Minimal Outfit Ideas for Fall

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Hats, boots, jackets and knitwear galore – what’s not to love about cozy and romantic fall fashion? If you’re a tee-and-shorts kinda gal struggling to create elaborate outfits for the season, here are a few quick tips on fall looks.

In the spring and summer, bold prints reign supreme, but in the fall, plain pieces are having a fashion moment. Fall wear tends to include multiple layers, large and shapeless coats, and bulky accessories like scarves, hats and gloves, so it’s best to stick with simple pieces that won’t look too busy. After all, fall fashion is all about understated sophistication. The secret to creating minimal fall outfits that are still stylish? Color-coordinate for a cohesive and put-together appearance – whether that means choosing clothing items in varying shades of the same color, or matching your bag and footwear to the rest of your apparel.

Layering is a simple way to elevate fall clothing by tying everything together. Consider incorporating an on-trend cropped sweater vest to your look – wear it over a long-sleeve turtleneck or button-up. Layering also allows you to repurpose your summer staples, like tank tops and short-sleeve blouses, by simply throwing an oversized cardigan or button-up on top.

Want more visual inspo? Scroll down below for four fall outfit ideas that you can easily recreate!

Outfit #1

   

This outfit is built on two thick autumnal pieces: a ribbed knit turtleneck in blue and a cable-knit vest in khaki. Not only does layering provide extra warmth and textural interest, but the classic blue and khaki color combo also contrasts well against the get-up’s other B&W items, which offer a chic appeal. Wide-leg black pants are a wardrobe staple, and this pair is designed with fashion-forward front pleats and double-button closure, as well as an elastic-back waist for comfort. A black newsboy cap and two-tone canvas bucket bag complete the consistent color scheme and exude an effortless “it girl” aura, while casual white canvas sneakers ground the look.

Outfit #2

   

Inspired by a wearable, everyday version of a Japanese school uniform, this cute fall outfit plays with various muted shades, combining an almond-colored short-sleeve blouse with an off-white side-slit mini skirt and an oversized khaki cardigan. The knit sweater cardigan comes with tortoiseshell buttons and roomy pockets, so you can bundle up when the temperature drops. A pair of sleek buckled brown loafers and an adorable brown mini satchel (which can be worn as a backpack, crossbody or handbag) furthers the preppy, schoolgirl aesthetic. If you live in a colder area, keep your legs warm by opting for thick tights instead of the off-white ribbed crew socks shown here.

Outfit #3

   

A more dressed-up ensemble with subtle Parisian influences, this outfit consists of a flattering V-neck ribbed cropped tank in black, an almond-colored H-line knit midi skirt and an oversized button-up in a pale grayish-green. The oversized button-up can be draped over the shoulders for a relaxed and androgynous look, or tied at the waist with sleeves cuffed to create an hourglass silhouette. The soft pastel colors emanate a gentle elegance, while the strappy heeled mules (which can be worn two ways) and a structured push-lock white shoulder bag add a posh, pristine touch.

Outfit #4

   

This ensemble comprises a long-sleeve black mock-neck top layered under an almond knit vest, similar to the first outfit but in a more lightweight construction. The combo is styled with a pair of straight-leg brown corduroy pants. Compared to jeans, corduroy pants give off an alternative, artsy vibe and suit the fall color palette to a T! A brown houndstooth crossbody bag imbues the look with a classy, retro air reminiscent of Se-ri and Seo Dan’s wardrobes from Crash Landing on You. As this is the only patterned piece in all four looks, it’s only fitting that it would feature one of the season’s most popular prints. Finally, short lace-up combat boots in black inject toughness while echoing the color of the mock-neck.

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