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!

Shop Your Closet: 25 Fall Outfit Ideas to copy right now

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.

white tee (exact) // denim jacket (exact) // cargo pants (30% off; similar for less) // Vince leopard slip-ons (budget option)

#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.

striped turtleneck (exact) // quilted vest (exact) // black jeans // Adidas Superstars // burgundy backpacks

#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.

camo tee (exact) // similar cigarette jeans // similar ivory cardigan // neutral wedge booties (exact)

#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.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing VEJA Esplar with AG Raw Hem The Legging Ankle Jeans, black Bernardo leather moto jacket, and Everlane cashmere scarf

 similar leather jacket // similar black v-neck sweater // skinny jeans // exact scarf // sneakers (exact; option for less)

#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.

packable vest (exact; mine is the cold green) // camel turtleneck (exact; this one is on sale) // white jeans // Frye riding boots in whiskey (other options)

#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.

similar grey cardigan // black shell // similar grey jeans // snake print booties // necklace

#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.

lace yoke blouse (similar) // skinny jeans (exact; option for less) // leopard flats

#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.)

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing VEJA Esplar with black AG legging ankle jeans, Two by Vince Camuto Denim Jacket, and grey cashmere pullover

similar grey sweater // black jeans // denim jacket // sneakers

#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.

sweater (exact) // jeans (option) // shoes (exact)

#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.

similar vest // stripe tee (exact) // skinny jeans // leopard flats

#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.


plaid coat (exact) // similar cashmere turtleneck (size up) // dark wash skinnies (exact; option for less) // leather loafers (exact – so comfy!)

#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.

My blouse is on sale for $21, but sizes are getting depleted. (I have the small, for reference.) Find more options here.

snake print blouse (exact; other options) // black jeans // similar moto jacket // similar sock booties

#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.

camel cashmere sweater (exact) // quilted vest // skinny jeans // burgundy flats // plaid scarf options

#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.

How to Wear Crop Pants in the Winter with Sock Booties

 leopard sweater (exact) // black jeans // similar leather jacket // similar sock booties // black satchel

#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.

similar sweater (option for less) // olive jeans // camel boots (also love this pair!) // similar necklace

#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.

A casual-cool fall outfit featuring a Marc New York burgundy hooded puffer vest with black Rag & Bone skinny jeans, booties, and a grey cashmere turtleneck. #falloutfit #fashion #fallfashion #outfit #fashionover40

similar burgundy vest // grey turtleneck (exact) // black jeans // black booties

#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.)

similar grey pullover // similar leather jacket // straight ankle jeans // similar booties

#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!

lavender sweaters here and here // white jeans // similar grey mules or taupe sandals (flat option) // pendant

#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.

NYC tee (exact) // grey leather jackets // raw hem skinnies (budget option) // snake print booties

#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.

evergreen sweater (option) // black jeans // black boots // leopard clutch (option)

#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!

similar jacket // similar black v-neck sweater // dark wash skinnies // OTK boot options // red crossbody // earrings

#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.

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camel turtleneck // dark wash skinnies // exact coat (more sizes here; option) // brown boots 

#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.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Dolce Vita Coltyn Snakeskin Booties, AG Legging Ankle Jeans, BlankNYC Suede Moto Jacket Midnight Toker, and Madewell Inland Turtleneck.

ivory mockneck // similar moto jacket (option for less) // skinny jeans // snake print booties (I recommend these)

#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.

cowl neck sweater (option) // white skinny jeans // taupe boots (option) // tote

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!

leopard scarf // yellow cardigan // white tee // brown ankle boots // bootcut jeans // brown belt

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