It seems like in just a blink of an eye, we've hit fall weather, but I'm not complaining. I've got bonfires, cozy movie nights, and all manners of pumpkin treats on my brain, plus I couldn't be happier to pull my fall wardrobe out of retirement. Let's be real, fall fashion is the best fashion—but with the new season comes a few negotiables when it comes to your closet.
I love a trend as much as the next girl, but quality basics and seasonal staples are the backbone of my fall wardrobe. So where do I get said basics? None other than one of the OG mall brands, Gap.
Right now, the retailer is offering up to 60 percent off select styles until October 9, but the savings don't stop there. Score an extra 50 percent off sale items, plus 10 percent off regular-priced items with the code PERK. Being the shopper that I am, I took the liberty of rounding up all of your must-have fall essentials that are currently at a crazy affordable price. Expect to see plenty of staple denim, versatile tops and t-shirts, and so many great sweaters.
If you were on the hunt for the perfect oversized sweater to curl up in all season long, your search is over. Made from 100 percent cotton, this sweater is thick, soft, and oh-so-cozy. It's also built to last you multiple seasons, so you can feel good about buying it. Personally, I've already got this cream and the navy colors in my cart.
There's one style of jeans I consider as the non-negotiable, must-have pair every closet needs and that's a classic straight-leg pair. The slim, high-waist fit is flattering on every single body type by lengthening your legs, cinching in your waist, and perking up your butt. This pair does it all and only for $40.
When a plain white t-shirt isn't cutting it, this polo shirt can save the day. It's a great option to zhush up some denim, plus you'll want to keep it in rotation for the office. I find the slim half-sleeves an especially chic detail, too.
As the name says, a trench coat is iconic for fall and you really can't get through the season without one. It's the ideal coat to throw on during rainy days and tricky transitional weather and looks good with anything you have underneath. This olive shade feels especially fitting for the season, too.
Need a new work pant? Or maybe you're just tired of wearing jeans everywhere you go. If that's the case, these khakis have got you covered. You can think of them as your everyday trouser. Dress them up with heels and and sweater to take you from the office to date night. Then throw on your favorite t-shirt and sneakers for an easy daytime look.
Yes, this is yet another one of Gap's merino wool sweaters, but this cardigan is so good, that I couldn't leave it out. This roomy sweater is the ideal throw-on-and-go piece for fall. It'll work over your fall dresses and long skirts, or you can even button it up and wear it as a top. Trust me, you're going to get plenty of wear out of this cardigan.
If this skirt is still in stock in your size, I encourage you to add it to your cart ASAP. You really can't go anywhere without seeing a fashion girl in a long denim skirt, but thankfully they are just as versatile as your favorite pair of jeans, I promise. Wear it with a t-shirt and sneakers for a more casual look or go with sweater and knee-high boots for work.
Ballet flats never really went out of style, but now they're going through a major resurgence, in case you haven't notice. A classic black pair will take you far this fall. Wear them with skirts, baggy jeans, long dresses, or whenever the vibe is comfy and chic. And if you're wanting something more fun, there's also metallic silver and gold to choose from.
If there's one sweater style I can't stop wearing, it's a slim turtleneck. The knit is undeniably chic tucked into jeans or a long skirt, plus they work as the perfect layer piece on extra-chilly days. I love these Gap turtlenecks so much, I have them in multiple colors.
There's something about fall and the dark academia vibe that go together. For instance, this blazer may look collegiate, but to me it looks like my new favorite fall jacket. I love the slightly-oversized fit and the brown plaid is so easy to style with jeans or trousers.
To me, you can never really have too many t-shirts in your closet, especially if you switch up the styles. Some tees look better with jeans, some serve as the perfect layering piece, and others work as a base for exquisite accessories. This sweartheart t-shirt, complete with chic half sleeves and corset seams, I would reserve for the days I need to dress up my go-to combo of jeans and sneakers. Did I mention it's an extra 50 percent off?
Another day, another Gap sweater I'm obsessed with. My love for Gap's knitwear runs deep, especially with this striped turtleneck. It's big. It's soft. It's chic—basically, it's everything you could want in a sweater. Wear it with leggings for cozy days at home or jeans for a casual look. Trust me, this is a sweater you'll practically never take off in the fall.
I personally cannot get enough of button-down shirts during anytime of the year, but for fall, I'm switching over to flannel button-downs. They're soft, cozy, and pair perfectly with leggings and Uggs for work-from-home day or movie night in. But just because they're comfy, don't think I won't be wearing them with trousers to work, either.
In case you're in need of a LBD for fall, I've got you covered. Think of this black dress as the ideal base piece for all of your chic fall outfits. Mix and match with your favorite jackets, coats, boots and sneakers. The possibilities are pretty much endless with this simple, classic dress.
Come fall and winter, I consider leather pants to be a staple. They make anything you wear look so much more polished, not to mention they are so much warmer than your average pair of jeans. Dress these up with heels and a sheer top for the weekend, then add a cozy sweater and flats for work. After a wear or two, you'll quickly realize why I consider them a staple.
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Brooke Knappenberger is the Associate Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she writes across the board from fashion and beauty to books and celebrities. As a pop culture junkie, Brooke obsessively consumes and writes about the latest movie releases, streaming TV shows, and celebrity scandals. She has over three years of experience writing on fashion, beauty, and entertainment and her work has appeared on Looper, NickiSwift, The Sun US, and Vox Magazine of Columbia, Missouri. Brooke obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism with an emphasis on Magazine Editing and has a minor in Textile and Apparel Management.
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