The Essentials of Fall Fashion

The air is crisp and the leaves are changing, so it’s finally the best time of the year: fall. The coming of fall inspires preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving, along with all activities associated with them — hayrides, pumpkin picking, haunted houses, corn mazes and anything along those lines. But, the most important thing to think about when doing all things fun and fall-like is what to wear. If you’re planning a hayride with your best friends or a trip to a pumpkin patch with your family, VALLEY has the most essential articles of clothing you should have in your closet that you can wear for any fall activity.


Ankle boots, riding boots, you name it — they’re totally in during the fall. Yes, they may be clunky and hard to store in a small closet, but they’re cute and comfortable, and can be worn on any fall day. Ankle boots go well with looser fitting jeans, such as mom or boyfriend jeans. You can roll the ankles of your pants so that the style of the jeans pairs well with the shoes. With riding boots, you can wear more straight-leg jeans that can be tucked into the boots so it’s a more sleek look.


Denim is the new black — it goes with practically everything. Denim jeans, jackets and even dresses are in now, so what better time than now to fill your closet with all of them. When the weather gets cooler, it’s easy to throw on a pair of jeans with a cute top for a comfortable, casual look. If you want to get more dressy during the season, pair a denim dress with some ankle boots and a cardigan to pull off the fun, fashionable fall look.


Honestly, you can never have too many sweaters. More often than not, it’s better to be cold and layer up with a sweater than have to deal with being warm. All types of sweaters are great to wear throughout the fall, especially turtlenecks or crewnecks for the extra warmth. To dress up a sweater, add a statement necklace or a fun pair of earrings that can really tie your look together, and to maintain your cute, but casual look throughout the day.

Layering Tees

Layering tees are perfect for the fall. When you leave your dorm, apartment or house and it’s colder outside, you can wear a tee underneath a cardigan, and then take your cardigan off as the day goes on — it’s like two looks in one! Solid tees and graphic tees are great finds at thrift shops, stores downtown or even hand-me downs from family members that can be worn throughout the season.


Yes, dresses may lean more to the side of a summer look, but there’s nothing wrong with rocking one during the fall. Solid or patterned dresses can be paired with jean jackets or cardigans during the fall to make your look fit more into the season. To tie your look together, you can wear a cute pair of ankle boots or riding boots with high socks so that you can show off your dress and your shoes.


If you’re looking for some extra warmth on a cold day, scarves are the perfect accessory. Some scarves can be worn to tie a look together if you’re wearing a solid color tee or sweater, or they can be worn just for the aesthetic. Other scarves serve a purpose of warmth, and can tie your look together if you’re wearing a jacket all day. It’s always good to keep a scarf in your bag in the fall, though, in case you get cold.


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