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Your Fall Style Checklist: 8 Pieces You Need

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With the looming change in season comes a distinct, nagging concern: you’ll soon have to retire your effortless sundresses and lightweight tanks in favor of thicker, plusher items. While you know you’ll acclimate to the cooler weather, you may wonder if your wardrobe will keep up. In a word, yes, thanks to this handy fall clothing checklist that touches on basics needed to keep you comfortable.

Ready to make a seamless season transition? Let’s get started.

Your Fall Clothing Checklist

1. The Denim Skirt

Knee-length denim skirt

Denim skirts are fairly ubiquitous. Even if you’ve never owned one until now, you can be confident it will remain a favorite for years to come. The versatility of this GAP High Rise Button-Front Denim Pencil Skirt (59.95) is undeniable. Try it with anything from a plain white t-shirt and a pair of flats to a polished blouse and heels for a flawless look.

2. The Bucket Bag

Dark brown bucket bag

The sculptural appeal of the universal bucket silhouette makes it a particularly polished choice for pre-fall and beyond. This Sole Society Prima Vegan Bucket Bag ($32.48) boasts a seasonally fresh oxblood hue and a deep, spacious interior. You’ll also love the bonus zippered pouch to keep change from rolling around the bottom.

3. The Cool Booties

Open-toe ankle boot

Chic ankle boots are always a reliable option, especially because they’re available in so many styles. A peep-toe design gives you a few more weeks to show off your pedicure before you graduate to fuller coverage. These Calvin Klein Minda Ankle Boots ($59.99) add a mod twist to your look thanks to an oversized zipper pull.

4. The Cape Topper

Fringed black cape

Capes ruled the fall/winter 2018 runways, and with good reason. They mark a dramatic departure from the chunky outerwear pieces that usually dominate the last few months of the year. They’re also exceptionally versatile, as this ASOS Plain Cape ($29) illustrates. Wear it over a light top for a layer of warmth, or over something thicker for extra coziness.

5. The Chic Watercolor

Watercolor dress

Warm watercolor motifs were spotted all over the runways, proving it’s simple to wear brilliant hues even during autumn. This breezy NYDJ Lana Cotton Voile Dress ($43) helps you make a smooth transition to fall. It’s all in how you style it! Try it with a denim jacket, a scarf, tights, and booties for a colorful Sunday brunch ensemble.

6. The Tapered Pant

Houndstooth tapered pant

Tapered bottoms are decidedly more upscale than leggings, yet still offer the comfort and laid-back appeal of your favorite casual pants. There’s a graceful nonchalance about them, and they look right at home with anything from blouses to tank tops. These Gibson & Latimer Houndstooth Plaid Pants ($79) will even work in corporate settings.

7. The Animal Print

Leopard print keyhole dress

Animal prints are still everywhere, yet the trend leans more subdued and understated than brash and bold. Opt for neutral hues that pair nicely with other seasonal shades, like plum, wine and emerald. This MICHAEL Michael Kors Keyhole Dress ($55.99) captures the spirit of the trend and is appropriate for work or play.

8. The Chunky Jewel

Chunky necklace from Bauble Bar

It’s hard not to obsess over chunky jewelry when it’s absolutely everywhere. Strive for balance to avoid competition between pieces. This BaubleBar Sariel Statement Necklace ($44) is a substantial alternative to your go-to chains, yet provides the same classic appeal thanks to its sharp gold hue.

These are our picks — what’s on your fall clothes checklist?