The Pieces Every Well-Dressed Woman Needs for Her Fall Wardrobe


One of the secrets to making it through the brisker-weather months is having all your outfit bases covered in advance. Whether it’s well-tailored suiting separates that can be worn to the office and styled interchangeably, or an arsenal of top-drawer essentials (think silky robes and lacy bras) to further support your looks, a solid stable of fall fundamentals is key.

Thankfully, the new no-fuss assortments from Chico’s, White House Black Market, and Soma are made up of core items that take the choice paralysis out of getting dressed every morning. From substantial layers in sturdy materials (wool-blend blazers, cashmere jumpers) to the light outerwear pieces this time of year is renowned for, like the coveted “coatigan” (coat-cardigan hybrid), each lineup features a range of styles that are equal parts fashion and function. There’s a wide offering of denim and utilitarian-inspired cargo separates for an elevated off-duty look, for instance, as well as printed dresses and blouses geared toward more polished occasions.

Each piece is thoughtfully designed to work hard in your closet, while withstanding both the test of time and the ever-quickening trend cycle. So if you want to build out your wardrobe but aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve mapped out everything you need to get your autumnal capsule started.

Boudoir Basics

Behind every well-dressed woman is a strong collection of top-drawer pieces, and Soma’s new selection of intimates has all the essentials. From a lace-detailed bra with adjustable shoulder straps to cool to the touch sleepwear that transitions seamlessly to the cooler months, the floral prints and comfortable materials find the ideal balance between function and style.

Low-Key Luxe Denim

Substantial materials like denim are great for combating unpredictable weather and can also be styled multiple different ways. The Chico’s high-rise wide leg jean and trouser jean are versatile options that can be dressed up or down to your liking, whereas the button-detailed jeans from White House Black Market, designed with a gray wash, have a distinctly elevated feel. All three pair well with a classic turtleneck and plain white tee.

Smart Styling Separates

Layers are a quintessential part of transitioning through the constantly fluctuating autumnal weather. The latest from Chico’s and White House Black Market, from smartly tailored blazers to relaxed cardigans, can be mixed and matched in a versatile range of outfits that are suited for whatever the season throws at you, both for the office and your off-duty moments.

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Shelby Ying Hyde is a Brooklyn-based shopping and fashion contributor, with bylines on The Zoe Report, Teen Vogue, Essence, Nylon, Elite Daily and more. Prior to entering the editorial space, she worked at luxury e-commerce giants Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi on the product editorial team, where she gained an extensive understanding of the luxury market as it pertains to shopping and engaging customers in a digital space. Follow @theshelbyying on Instagram for shopping advice, sale updates, and tips for building a well-rounded wardrobe.

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