10 Wardrobe Essentials Worth Investing In This Fall

by Hannah Baxter, Coveteur

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Fall dressing comes with a significant amount of relief around the Coveteur office. Honestly, after so many months of enduring the stifling subway platforms and debating whether or not to wear denim cut-offs in the office, we’re welcoming cooler temperatures with open arms and empty closets. Well, maybe not *completely* empty, but there is plenty of space just waiting to be filled with the impending season’s coats, boots, and the coziest knitwear we can find.

Now with the rise of the capsule wardrobe, there’s never been a better time to take a hard look at your online shopping cart and consider what items will transcend seasonal trends and which will be donated after you ultimately wear them just once or twice. So, the challenge for this fall is to finally invest in those pieces that you’ll will love year after year, despite the changing tides of fashion. Once you begin to follow that guideline, you’ll quickly find that your entire wardrobe is both stylish and functional, AND you’re wasting less money in the long run (yay!). Here are the ten essential styles that are worth investing in this fall.

A Carry All Bag With A Dash Of Hardware

There is nothing quite as timeless or versatile as a simple leather bag. It’s the first building block of a truly stellar wardrobe, and something we see in every closet we’ve explored. We’re also loving that hardware is continuing to pop up in designers’ collections this past year. It’s the perfect edgy addition to take your classic purse to the next level.

Off White Large Ring Pouch, $415, Kara

Chained Saddle Up Large Black, $489.74, Little Lifner

CHLOÉ Faye Medium Leather And Suede Shoulder Bag, $1,950, Net A Porter

Silky Pajamas For Working And Sleeping

Who doesn’t want to feel both chic and outrageously comfortable at the same time? The answer to that is no one, and the solution is silk. Specifically, silk pajamas. There’s no sign that the pajamas as daywear trend is going anywhere anytime soon, and we couldn’t be happier. A solid or patterned set is an elevated upgrade to any wardrobe.

Ochre Matchstick Silk Pyjama Bottom, £150, Asceno

Coco Teal Silk Pyjama, $466, Olivia Von Halle

Staud Corso Satin Top, $175, Net A Porter

Statement Boots That Are Actually Comfortable

All hail the rise of the mid heel boot. With just a touch of height, but a seriously comfy sole, we cannot get enough of this closet staple. And while we’re all for your standard black ankle bootie, it’s time we focus our attention on finding bolder colors and silhouettes. You’d be surprised how much it can make or break an outfit.

Dorateymur Red Patent Nizip Boots, $550, Ssense

MM6 Maison Margiela Patent-trimmed Ankle Boots, $685, Net A Porter

Aquazarra Quant Croc Effect Boots, $895, Net A Porter

A Shearling Bomber For Maximum Coziness

There’s no replacing a leather jacket as the ultimate in transitional dressing and cold weather layering. It’s a classic for a reason. However, we’re loving the added texture that a shearling jacket provides. It’s a perfect mix of statement and timeless, and our closets are in dire need of an investment style.

Moya III LMTD, $1,195, The Arrivals

Linne Camel, $2,600, Acne Studios

Chloé Oversized Leather-Trimmed Shearling And Alpaca Coat, $8,250, Net A Porter

A Hat For A Head To Toe Look

Can we just admit that styling your hair is way better in the fall because HATS? There’s nothing like throwing on a beanie last minute and cruising out the door no worse for the wear. But if you’re going to disguise your day-four hair underneath a hat, then you might as well make it the chicest version possible.

Maison Michel Virginie Fedora, $578, Net A Porter

Yves Salomon Pom Pom Hat, $242, Farfetch

Marilyn Baseball Hat, $150, rag & bone

A Structured Blazer For Day To Night

Anyone who says a blazer has to be boring has clearly never found the right one — the right one being structured, with flawless lines, and a slim cut. Whether you pair it with boyfriend jeans or a full-on power suit, the right jacket will last you years.

Theory Stretch Wool Blazer, $395, Net A Porter

Alexander McQueen Grain de Poudre Wool Blazer, $1,995, Net A Porter

The Row Nodler Felt Blazer, $3,990, Net A Porter

Personalized Jewelry In Your Favorite Metal

It’s not hard for us to justify a new jewelry purchase, but adding in a personal touch to any piece makes it all the more special. A custom signet ring or a charm with your initials means that the piece will hopefully stick around for generations or more.

Oval Pinky Signet, $268, J.Hannah

Blanca Monrós Gómez Monogram Necklace, $560, Catbird

Catbird Alphabet Stud, $48, Catbird

White Sneakers That Go With Everything

Sneakers have solidified their status as a must-have staple for fashion insiders. Whether you’re adding to your collection or pondering your first pair, a plain white style is anything but basic. Your feet will thank you.

Nike Air Force 1 07, $90, Nike

Stan Smith Shoes, $110, ASOS

Acne Studios White Adrian Grain Sneakers, $370, Ssense

Striped Trousers For Every Day

A high-waisted trouser will never go out of style, and we can’t get enough of this season’s striped options. Whether you’re wearing a minimalist t-shirt or a slouchy button down, there’s no wrong way to style this staple.

Sorrenti Pant, $178, Reformation

Maggie Marilyn Striped Jeans, $325, Net A Porter

Alexis Cade Wide Leg Pants, $430, Moda Operandi

A Workwear-Inspired Boiler Suit

While our love of a good jumpsuit is no secret, cooler temperatures mean that we can finally embrace the full work-wear look with long sleeves in sturdy fabrics. Plus, pulling on a boiler in the morning eliminates the need to overthink an outfit, or stress about separates. One easy pick and you’re good to go.

Utility Jumpsuit, $59, Abercrombie & Fitch

Jardin Denim Jumpsuit, $249, Apiece Apart

Icons Mechanic Plain-Weave Cotton Jumpsuit, $305, Barney's New York

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