Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics from Ann Taylor

It’s finally fall, y’all, and that means sweater season! Some people get excited about pumpkin spice lattes this time of year, but I get excited about sweaters.

Besides, I’m an Americano girl, myself. Or I’ll do a mocha latte if I’m going to treat myself… any month of the year!

But I digress.

If you’re a regular around here, you know I pretty much live in one of two basic uniforms this time of year — a pullover sweater and jeans, or a cozy cardigan/tank top combo with jeans.

I love the simplicity of an outfit that comprises elevated basics, and no one does elevated basics like Ann Taylor, so today I’m styling two effortless fall looks from their newest arrivals.

The first features this chunky ribbed turtleneck sweater and black skinny jeans.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics from Ann Taylor

I’ve had some requests to feature more sweaters without wool, and this one is extremely soft and not itchy at all.

I love the texture of the knit and the contrasting ribbed trim. It’s also such a gorgeous shade of pearly white.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

I did order my regular size small in this sweater, but I think I would prefer the fit of the XS.

You can see that it’s quite boxy, and the arms are rather wide. Sizing down would give it a more flattering fit.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

I paired this chunky sweater with black skinny jeans, and I took one shot of the outfit with the sweater front-tucked so you can see the button detail on the jeans.

They’re black with gold so they look a lot more sophisticated than your typical button-fly jeans.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

When I want a cozy outfit with a few more levels of interest, I go for a cardigan/tank combo.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

This long v-neck cardigan was one of the first pieces that caught my eye when I was perusing their new arrivals to prepare for this post.

The “rustique” color looks so rich and luxe, and I love the contrasting buttons and the ribbed trim.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

When it arrived in the mail, I was thrilled with the quality of the soft, cozy knit. It feels extremely soft against the skin, and because it’s mostly acrylic/nylon, it’s machine washable.

Style Tip: I like my cardigans to fit close to the body for long, lean silhouette, so I sized down to an XS in this sweater.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics

I’ve had this ivory mixed jersey tank for several years, and it’s my go-to for wearing under jackets and cardigans.

It has a woven layer in the front for a more elevated look and a comfortable knit back, and I appreciate the wide bra-friendly straps and flattering scoop neck.

This tank is so good, I actually have it in the black as well — it’s definitely a wardrobe must-have. It runs true to size; I have the small.

Effortless Fall Style with Elevated Basics
And can we just take a minute to discuss this belt?

I’ve been wanting to wear more belts because they add such a nice finishing touch to an outfit. This snake print belt is the perfect accessory to pop this look.

Speaking of accessories to pop an outfit, this croc print tote with the leopard lining adds another layer of texture to this classic look, and it’s the perfect size for everyday.

It has a detachable zipper pocket inside, and it fits easily over the shoulder when you want to be hands-free.

Croc Print Accessories for Fall

And these jeans are a modern classic, for sure. They’re an ankle-length skinny with a raw hem and a comfortable 10″ rise, and the color is a versatile medium stone wash.

They’re also 40% off right now, with code POPUP. Both jeans in this post run true to size; I have the 6.

Elevated Fall Basics: 2 Effortless Fall Outfits with Ann Taylor

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photos: Alison Cornell