Ah, fall: the season of hot apple cider, colorful leaves on the ground and, most importantly, cozy, fall fashion. Styles change every year and for those who aren’t keeping up with the hottest trends from Marc Jacobs or Dolce & Gabbana, here are the staples you should have in your closet to give your autumn some extra warmth.
There is truly nothing better than an oversized, thrifted flannel shirt. Although there’s nothing new about flannel shirts, they are perfect for that crisp, in-between-the-seasons kind of weather. Flannels are not only flattering on everyone, but they come in so many different styles and colors. Plus, I highly recommend thrifting at Goodwill instead of buying your flannels. Not only do they lessen your contribution to the fast fashion industry, but flannels are best when they’re broken in. Why would you want a brand new, stiff flannel, when you could have one with built in character? Of course, you could loosen the buttons or fray the edges on your new flannel, but who has the time for that?
I’m a strong advocate for comfort over style, but with a pair of solid boots, you really don’t have to choose. A pair of boots can make your outfit look twice as nice. There’s tall military boots that look fantastic with a pair of skinny jeans underneath or short, work boots, so you can make your lumberjack dreams come true. Although my current stock of boots were purchased at Payless (may they rest in peace), you can get a good pair of boots pretty much anywhere shoes are sold. Target and Marshalls are my favorite places to get good quality shoes for a cheap price. Velvet boots are especially cute for autumn, and they transition well into your winter wardrobe, too.
God, I wish I had a pair of corduroy pants. I feel like anything made of corduroy just embodies the feeling of fall. It’s like if a thermal shirt/pants grew up and became the CEO of a cool music production company. Specifically, pants and jackets made with corduroy are perfect for fall. It’s the best way to spice up whatever you have in your closet and make your super casual outfit look high fashion. Unfortunately, corduroy clothing does seem to be a bit pricier, but I doubt it will go out of style anytime soon. American Eagle in particular has some great corduroy styles this season.
Finally, after a long and unreasonably warm September, beanies are appropriate for the weather. Personally, I don’t wear beanies often, but they give both warmth and comfort on a chilly day. They’re also perfect for when you just can’t get your hair to look the way you want it to. Trying to avoid the hipster look of a red slouchy beanie? Try the fisherman beanie style! With the light ribs in the material and the large fold, it gives the classic beanie a modern twist. You can get literally any kind of beanie for a reasonable price at Zumiez, and you might as well get a cool new deck for your skateboard while you’re there!