I’ve always found fall and winter more difficult for me in terms of getting dresses. I’m a warm-weather girl at heart and love the ease of summer’s one-and-done dresses. This time of year requires more layers, more thinking, more time. The only way to make this easier? Having a uniform.
The details (color choices, different accessories) might change but otherwise my day-to-day uniform this time of year looks something like this: a great blazer (Blazé Milano makes my favorite ones), a t-shirt or lightweight sweater (I live in J.Crew’s cashmere tees), a pair of straight-leg jeans, and a pair of flats, either a sneaker or a ballet flat. It’s a formula I can follow and when I’m short on time (read: always), I can just grab and go. The key is to have a range of great basics that are top-notch quality (they’re workhorses, after all), timeless, and, most of all, versatile.
From the best knits and outerwear to chic sneakers and versatile boots, here are 12 items that are must-haves in my fall uniform.
Blazé Milano Blazer
When it comes to blazers, Blazé’s are the best. They’re tailored to perfection.
Totême Straight Leg Jeans
My jeans have their own rotation but this pair of straight-leg denim is a favorite.
J.Crew Cashmere Tee
These cashmere tees are the best. They’re under $100 and come in a million colors.
Totême Camel Coat
If I didn’t already have a camel coat that I love (going on seven years!) then I would buy this one. It’s the perfect color, and I love the wrap detail at the waist.
A great pair of sneakers is a must. This canvas pair from Veja comes in several colors (three of which I have) and really are comfortable for all-day wear.
KHAITE ABIGAIL JEANS
I love a cream jean this time of year. Just as versatile as blue and look especially good with a white knit.
KHAITE STRIPE SWEATER
The thing about classics is that they’re meant to last. In other words, investing in the right ones (quality) is key. Khaite’s sweaters are worth the splurge.
The best t-shirt ever. Period. This under $20 crewneck offers some serious bang for your buck.
The leather color and heel height on these is perfection.
I love a turtleneck. This one offers the comfort of a t-shirt with more polish.
LE MONDE BERYL MULES
Slip on and go.
I am always on the hunt for the next best pair. Celine still makes my favorites.
Accessories are the quickest way to freshen up a uniform. Tie a silk scarf around your neck, or in your hair.