Bonfires, football, apple picking and of course all things pumpkin spice can only mean one thing: fall is officially upon us. As the weather finally starts to cool down, it’s time to focus on refreshing your wardrobe for fall. With cooler temps and outdoor sports for kids and family outings to festivals and fall activities, Mamanistas need to look for easy, versatile pieces that can be layered together to keep you ready for anything the weather – or your kids – may bring. Bring on the blanket scarves, boots, plaids and cozy textures!
We’ve been studying runway reports and fashion news and scouring the stores to bring you The Modern Mamanista’s Fall Must-Haves List. To make the cut, each item needed to be versatile enough to wear at work or on the weekend, as well as budget-friendly and made with real moms in mind. We’ve also made sure that each piece is under $100. There’s nothing worse than reading a mom fashion blog and clicking on something you love only to find out it’s $459 and dry clean only. Have you ever tried wearing dry clean only to your son’s dusty football practice?!
And with that, following are our top picks for on-trend, versatile and affordable pieces to get your wardrobe ready for fall. If you’re like us and need everything written down, we’ve also created a printable fall shopping list that you can take with you.
TRENDS WE HAVE OUR EYES ON FOR FALL
PLAIDS & CHECKS
Designers are mad about plaid this fall with everything from coats to suits to blouses to shoes and accessories in plaid, check and gingham this season. Look for retro styles and earth tones for fall that can also transition into traditional holiday color palettes for winter.
Designers are getting fancy this fall with metallic fabrics, velvet accents, ruffles, sequins, and sparkles on everything. Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle, mama!
Holly Hobby has nothing on us this fall. Fashion takes a cue from Americana wild west this fall with pioneer and quiltwork inspired patterns, muted florals and Native American and western inspired fringe, suede and aztec patterns.
INTO THE WILD
Moms gone wild! Faux fur is back this season (did it ever go out of style?!) but this time adding bright bold furs to the mix. Leopard becomes more than an accent piece with blazers, trench coats, and dresses in animal print. Feathers that won’t fly south for the winter round out the menagerie gracing dresses, coats, jewelry, shoes and everything in between this fall and winter.
AMPED UP LAYERS
Outer layers kick it up a notch this fall with cozy long cardigans, suiting with an athleisure vibe, robe-inspired kimonos, and bold spins on the classic trench coat. As cooler weather hits, our outerwear is often the only visible portion of our #OOTD. Make your jacket, blazer or kimono the focus of your outfit with these bold layers this fall.
Bold, bright florals of summer give way to more muted tones this fall. Floral prints in grays, black and navy keep these these blooms from withering away in cooler fall weather. Pair these muted tones with skinny jeans, sleather leggings and booties! away!
OUR MUST-HAVE WARDROBE UPDATES FOR FALL
If you’re like us and your budget doesn’t always line up with your wishlist, we recommend focusing on a few key items to freshen up your wardrobe for fall and give you a lot of bang for your buck. Accessories and layering pieces let you mix and match easily into your existing wardrobe and basics you already have on hand like a denim jacket, jeans, tanks, etc. If you must choose, we suggest picking 5 items: (1) a great pair of mules which are all the rage this season; (2) a fabulous layering piece (jacket, faux fur vest or long cardigan); (3) luxurious textures like velvet or leather; (4) something plaid or check and of course, (5) leopard anything (it is a neutral after all).
Now that you’ve added some cozy fall essentials to your wardrobe, it’s time to mix and match your way to easy and effortless style. Here are a few easy formulas to follow to get the most out of these picks this fall!
AT THE OFFICE
Dress + Scarf + Booties
Glam Tee + Booties + Animal Print Bag
Plaid Dress + Faux Fur Vest + Booties
Glam Leggings + Plaid Top + Trench Coat + Booties
Muted Floral Dress + Long Cardigan + Tassel Earrings
Dress + Statement Necklace + Booties
ON THE WEEKEND
Olive Pants + Favorite Tee + Denim Jacket
Jeans + Plaid Top + Sneaks
Jeans + Cargo Jacket + Striped Tee
Jeans + Vest + Striped Tee
Olive Pants + Kimono + Gemstone Necklace
Jeans + Jean Jacket + Floral Top + Sneaks
OUT ON THE TOWN
Dress + Booties + Tassel Earrings
Olive Pants + Leather Jacket + Booties/Heels
Dress + Jean Jacket + Glam Sneaks
Jeans + Floral Top + Leather Jacket + Heels
Leather Leggings + Kimono + Heels + Earrings
Click here to print and take the Fall Wardrobe Updates Checklist with you! Happy shopping, Mamanistas!