As editors, we're constantly asked, "What should I add to my wardrobe this season?" Our answer: "Keep it classic." Now, that doesn't mean boring—it's all about which updated essentials you select and how you style those pieces to help breathe new life into your existing looks. Splurging on wardrobe staples that are well made and will outlast the ever-changing, fast-fashion trends is the key to creating a personal look you'll always love. So whether you're just starting to fill your closet or adding a few special new pieces, scroll on to find our fall fashion checklist...with a twist.
Leather & Denim
For a grunge inspired look, pair your favorite jeans with a minimal bralette and top with leather jacket for effortlessly cool 90s feels.
The Animal Print Coat
A animal printed coat is the perfect way to take a walk on the wild side and add a bit of lux to any ensemble.
The Shirt Dress
Don't be such a stiff. Give your summer shirtdress a little sex appeal with some thigh high leather boots.
The Trench Coat
An old-school trench is the perfect transitional coat—a super versatile wardrobe workhorse.
The Bold Blazer
A bright blazer and edgy latex leggings are the bold basics your closet is missing.
Even More Ways to Style Your Favorite Fall Essentials Pieces
Photographer: Quil Lemons / Models: Faith Jaggernauth at Supreme Management & Alecia Rodriguez at New York Models / Hair: Nigella Miller / Makeup: Marcelo Gutierrez for MAC Cosmetics / Manicure: Dawn Sterling at Statement Artists for OPI / Production: Andrew Samaha @NYCFILMLOCATIONS and Victoria Durden
A version of this story appears in the September 2020 issue of Marie Claire.