Shop Your Closet: 25 Fall Outfit Ideas
I created a roundup of fall outfit ideas a couple years ago, and it’s been updated and republished a few times. When I went to update it again for this year, I realized how dated most of those looks are!
Isn’t it funny how we go along and styles are sort of similar for a few years, and then all of the sudden they go through a pretty big evolution? I feel like that’s where we are this year.
So I went ahead and started over from scratch, although I did pull a few looks from that original post that I feel are still relevant… and because I’m an overachiever, I came up with 25 fall outfits this time!
Since most of you say you live pretty casual lives, I’m going to stick with more casual looks, but a lot of these can be adapted for the work place or dressed up for church or date night. Just swap the jeans for pants, and maybe wear a dressier shoe, depending on your dress code or venue.
25 Fall Outfit Ideas
I did my best to link similar styles for the items that have sold out, but the idea here is to shop your closet, so hopefully it’s not too frustrating when you can’t purchase the exact pieces.
#1. White Tee + Olive Cargo Pants + Denim Jacket + Snake Print Sneakers
This outfit in one version or another has been on constant repeat since last spring when I got these pants. (FYI, they’re on sale at Neimans, and I recommend sizing down one.)
But you can wear any olive cargo pants and recreate this look. (I’ve also worn it with black skinny cargo pants.) Don’t have snake print sneakers? White works too.
#2. Stripe Turtleneck + Black Quilted Vest + Black Skinny Jeans + Fashion Sneakers
This outfit is from several years ago, and I still wear it, although now with my Veja sneakers because I passed my Adidas down to my daughter.
Also, this tissue turtleneck is a great layering piece for fall and winter. For size reference, I take a small.
#3. Camo Tee + Ivory Cardigan + Blue Jeans + Chestnut Booties
Camo is trending this year in a major way, and this tee is soft and comfortable. I love it with the ivory sweater; but grey, navy or black would also work just fine.
#4. Black Sweater + Black Denim Jacket + Blue Jeans + White Sneakers + Grey Scarf
This is an outfit I wore a few times early last spring when it was still cold here in Philly, but it works for fall too.
I cannot wait to break out this scarf again, I wore it a ton last year. It’s thinner than some, and made of the softest cashmere. (Makes a great holiday gift too!)
FYI, this v-neck cashmere sweater is on sale for $59 TODAY ONLY at Lord + Taylor! I recommend sizing up; I have the medium.
#5. Camel Turtleneck + Teal Puffer Vest + White Jeans + Brown Riding Boots
I think this outfit is really fun with the white jeans, but if you don’t like wearing white in the fall, black or blue would also work with a teal vest and camel sweater.
And I was super excited to find this vest still available at Amazon this year. It’s really soft and lightweight, and very flattering on. It’s not as bright as it photographed here; it’s more like the color on the website. For size reference, I take a small.
#6. Black Tank + Grey Jeans + Light Grey Cardigan + Snake Print Booties
Monochromatic looks are timeless and always classy, and they’re also trending at the moment. I like the combination of the light grey sweater and darker grey jeans, and then the snake print booties add a nice bit of color and texture to the look.
I wore a black tank here, but it also works with a white tee for a more casual vibe.
#7. Black Top + Blue Jeans + Animal Print Flats
You can’t go wrong with black and denim and leopard. This exact blouse is low inventory, but I found a similar one. Or you could totally do this with a black sweater.
#8. Grey Sweater + Black Jeans + Denim Jacket + White Leather Sneakers
Black jeans with a grey tee and denim jacket is one of my go-to outfits, and one day it occurred to me to try it with a grey cashmere sweater. I really like the juxtaposition of the luxe sweater and casual jacket, and it’s warmer than a t-shirt on cooler days.
The white leather sneaker trend is perfect for this look — a pair of Golden Goose would look amazing with this — but you could also wear black sneakers (how fun are these!?!) or booties (something casual like this.)
#9. Ivory Sweater + Blue Jeans + Animal Print Flats
This is another very simple outfit combo that always works. (I did basically the same thing except with the black blouse in #7.)
If you don’t have animal print flats, I highly recommend getting a pair. They’re a great way to add pattern and texture to an outfit in a subtle way.
This pair is wallet-friendly and more comfortable than you might think. There’s no padding or support, but they don’t rub or chafe anywhere. I had them on for a few hours at the mall the first time I wore them, and I did fine. They also come in leopard print.
#10. Green Quilted Vest + Stripe Tee + Blue Jeans + Leopard Flats
This is another outfit from a few years ago that I would totally wear this season, and this stripe tee is still available!
The J.Crew Factory artist tee is one of my favorite layering pieces. The ballet neckline is more flattering than a traditional crew, and the slub cotton material is thicker than most (not see-through at all) and fits close to the body without clinging.
#11. Camel Turtleneck + Dark Wash Jeans + Plaid Coat + Cognac Loafers
I just shared this outfit a few weeks ago, while it’s more conservative than most of my looks, I’m kind of digging the preppy vibe. Even without the coat, it’s a simple and pulled-together look that you can wear so many places.
Not a loafer fan? Booties or ballet flats work too.
#12. Snake Print Blouse + Black Jeans + Black Booties + Taupe Moto Jacket
A blouse is such a fun way to participate in the snake print trend without breaking the bank. I love how this one looks with black pants and a taupe moto, but you could also do black trousers and a taupe/beige blazer for the work place.
#13. Camel Sweater + Black Quilted Vest + Blue Jeans + Burgundy Flats + Plaid Scarf
Here’s an oldie but goodie! I loved this look — I still remember getting excited when I created it. A camel sweater is such a great closet basic; this time I’m wearing a crewneck style, but a turtleneck would work too. Unfortunately the scarf is old, but you could do this with any plaid scarf.
FYI, this cashmere turtleneck is just $59 today at Lord + Taylor. I recommend sizing up; I have the medium.
#14. Leopard Pullover + Black Leather Jacket + Black Jeans + Black Booties
This is another look I shared recently, and it’s very simple. Any printed top will work with an otherwise all black outfit.
#15. Ivory Sweater + Olive Jeans + Cognac Boots
I love this simple color combo for fall. The key to making a very simple outfit like this look polished is to make sure the fit and proportions are on point, and accessories help too. I wore a layered necklace to create a focal point.
#16. Grey Turtleneck + Burgundy Puffer + Black Jeans + Black Booties
Super simple, but again, the fit and proportions are on point; and the luxe cashmere turtleneck keeps the look polished.
For accessories, I wore large pearl studs for earrings and my silver link bracelet; but I decided to forego a necklace. Instead I opted for a more minimalistic look, which seems more sophisticated in this case.
My layered look vest sold out, but this one is similar (same brand), just without the black under layer.
#17. Grey Sweater + Light Wash Blue Jeans + Black Leather Jacket + Black Booties
Here’s another variation on the denim, grey, and black combo. (I did black pants, denim jacket, and this same grey sweater for #8 above.)
#18. Pastel Sweater + White Jeans + Grey Mules
You may not think about pastels for fall, but I think it’s fun to wear colors that are a little unexpected. Keeps things interesting!
#19. Graphic Tee + Blue Jeans + Snake Print Booties + Leather Jacket
Nope, I never get tired of leather jackets and jeans! Adding a graphic tee is a fun way to elevate this basic look and express your personality, and the snake print booties add pattern and texture.
#20. Evergreen Sweater + Black Jeans + Black Boots + Leopard Clutch
This outfit is a little more wintry, but of course you can wear it in the fall too. You could also wear a brown boot to break it up, but I like the way the black knee high boots on black jeans create a long, lean leg line.
#21. Black Sweater + Black Leather Jacket + Dark Wash Skinny Jeans + Black OTK Boots + Red Bag
It doesn’t get much more basic than black and denim with a pop of red, but there’s something super chic about this look that I love. The leather jacket adds an edgy vibe, but you could wear a black blazer if you wanted a more conservative look.
FYI, this v-neck cashmere sweater is on sale for $59 TODAY ONLY at Lord + Taylor!
#21. Camel Turtleneck + Dark Wash Skinnies + Tall Brown Boots + Blue Wool Coat
And here’s yet another simple outfit with jeans and a camel cashmere sweater. This blue coat is gorgeous on the camel, but any color wool coat would work here — grey, red, white, black… anything works with camel and denim.
FYI, this cashmere turtleneck is on sale for $59 TODAY ONLY at Lord + Taylor. I recommend sizing up; I have the medium.
#22. Ivory Mockneck + Taupe Moto + Blue Jeans + Snake Print Booties
I tend to wear darker neutrals, but I really love this ivory and taupe combo with the lighter wash denim. The lighter print snake print boot is fun too, although I didn’t keep these because they weren’t very comfortable.
I have my eye on this pair, although I keep telling myself one pair of snake print booties is enough. If you’re in the market for a pair, I can attest to the comfort of the Gigietta — I have it in the tortilla suede.
#24. Oatmeal Sweater + White Jeans + Taupe Boots
And here’s another outfit with a combination of light neutrals. You could also do this with white cords.
And finally . . . I couldn’t do this post without dredging this one up from the archives.
#25. Yellow Cardigan, Leopard Scarf, White Tee, Blue Jeans, Brown Ankle Boots
If you found my blog from this outfit on Pinterest, raise your hand!
Undoubtedly my most pinned outfit of all time, this mustard cardigan with the leopard scarf and bootcut jeans is still relevant.
Sure, rises have gotten higher, and infinity scarves have given way to more traditional styles, but I would totally wear a more modern iteration of this outfit right now. In fact, I put one together for you!
That’s a wrap! I hope these fall outfit ideas help you expand your closet and get more wear out of what you already have.
And if looking over these outfits makes you realize you have a hole or two in your fall wardrobe, this is a great time to find good deals on closet basics as we head into the holidays and Good Friday sales. I recommend keeping a list of what you need so you can snag a good deal when you see one.
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photos: Alison Cornell