The beauty of the changing seasons is that you have the perfect excuse to create a new capsule wardrobe. Here you will find the best fall outfits for this season.

Dressing for fall

Fall is definitely dress season for many.

That’s partly because of the beautiful, autumnal colors used for clothes, shoes, and accessories for fall.

But, it’s also because fall can lend itself to a totally timeless style which you can wear next fall, and the one after that, and the one after that…

Think about it. Autumnal colors never go out of fashion, nor do coats and jackets like the moto jacket, the trench coat or the classic wool, belted coat.

Your longline cardigans will always be in style, as will your sweaters, whether round neck or v-neck.

And those leather riding boots you have in the back of your closet; you can get those out now and they look current even if you bought them five or ten years ago.

Also take a look at the best colors for fall 2019.

Krista (below) shows that you can definitely break the no-white after Labor Day ‘rule’ with a look incorporating white with soft camel.

She wears a pullover poncho from Target. Recreate her look with these similar jeans, booties, and clutch

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We’ll show you a totally timeless fall capsule which will take you through fall to the start of winter and beyond.

Tips for choosing your fall outfits

Fall brings so many wonderful options to put together stylish outfits.

Here are just a few tips. As fall is a perfect season for classic dressing, you may also want to take a look at this style guide and capsule wardrobe for the classic style personality.

Choose beautiful autumnal colors

Arguably, fall brings with it the chance to choose some of the loveliest colors for your outfits.

You can opt for rich colors that mirror the shades of falling leaves as well as burgundy, mustard, olive, emerald, and other jewel shades, or soft browns.

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Ariane (above) wears shades of mustard with her plaid pants.

Get this similar sweater, moto jacket, plaid pants, clutch and sneakers to copy her look.

Think about your fabric choices

While suede can be tricky to wear in winter when the weather gets wetter and there is the possibility of snow, it looks particularly beautiful in fall.

Corduroy can also scream fall – but be careful as it can also look dated, so choose modern cuts and colors, unless you are deliberately going for a 70s look.

Dress for weather fluctuations

In fall, just as in spring, you may get warmer days and cooler days in the same week, or warm days and cool nights depending on where you live.

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Vanessa (above) opts for classic red, white and blue.

Recreate her look with this similar top, jacket, sweatpants, and sneakers.

What you will need to create countless fall outfits

I’m going to give you a shopping list here of 4 tops, 4 sweaters, 4 coats, 4 jeans or pants, 4 dresses or skirts, 4 pairs of shoes or boots and some accessories to go with them.

You can use it as inspiration if you are investing in your wardrobe this fall, or you could use it as a starting point to shop your own closet.

That gives you 24 pieces (plus accessories) which should see you through the colder months.

There are 9 outfits at the bottom to get you started, but you will see that you can combine these pieces in countless different ways.

Fall outfits – tops

When choosing tops for fall, you are likely to want tops with sleeves to give you some extra warmth as the weather cools down.

Look for rich jewel shades, but you are also likely to want a paler neutral shade. Also look out for animal print.

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Chelsea28 cross front blouseAnn Klein asymmetrical sweaterGibson safari shirt1.State keyhole blouse

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Lynne (above) pairs a polka dot shirt with her leather ants.

Check out these white blouse options from Tommy Hilfiger, Vince Camuto, and 1.State. Recreate her look with these similar pants and booties.

Fall fashion – sweaters and cardigans

Of course, knitwear is a staple of your closet for fall. Look out for waterfall cardigans as well as long-open styles for layering. A belted cardigan is also universally flattering, as is a top with ruching or draping.

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Socialite waterfall cardiganSplendid long cardiganHalogen wrap cashmere cardiganTen Sixty Sherman turtleneck top

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Patricia (above) wears a cozy cable knit with her neutral pants.

Get this similar sweater, straight pants, clutch and booties to recreate her look.

Fall clothes – coats and jackets

It goes without saying that you will need at least one coat or jacket, and preferably more, to see you through the months of fall and beyond.

A trench coat works just as well for fall as it does for spring because it protects you from the elements without adding too much bulk.

Suede is a beautiful fabric for autumn or you could try an autumnal print such as plaid.

A sleeveless jacket is also a good option as you can layer over your long-sleeved tops. If you are investing in a new moto jacket, you could choose a softer shade rather than opting for black.

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1.State plaid blazerHalogen trench coatHalogen moto jacketAnn Klein vest

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Natalia (above) wears a plaid coat with her Gucci bag and Gucci belt.

Steal her look with this similar turtleneck top, plaid coat, jeans and booties.

Autumn outfits – pants and jeans

A great pair of jeans is essential no matter what the season. For autumn, you could also look out for plaid pants, corduroy and deep shades like burgundy.

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Paige bootcut jeansKut from the Kloth corduroy skinny pantsBailey 44 plaid crop flare jeansMoon River belted wide leg pants

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Sandra (above) adds autumnal style with her fringed scarf and leopard print booties.

Check out this similar top, bootcut pants, booties, transparent bag, and fringe scarf.

fall dresses and skirts

Of course, you don’t have to push your dresses to the back of your closet just because the weather is cooling down.

Look out for flattering wraps and asymmetric dresses as well as leather or suede skirts in autumnal colors.

If you have a pleated skirt already in your closet, this looks just as lovely with a sweater for fall as it does dressed up with a blouse or silk tank.

Here is how to wear a skirt in a casual, chic way.

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Rachel Parcell cheetah wrap dressCAARA sweater dressHelene Berman pleated skirtRachel Parcell leather pencil skirt

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Sarah (above) teams her turtleneck with a pleated skirt, Hermés belt and Gucci bag

Steal her look with this similar top, pleated skirt and cuff heels.

Shoes to go with your fall fashion outfits

When it comes to shoes and boots for fall, there are so many lovely options to choose from.

Rather than a black leather knee-high pair of boots, you might want to think about a suede pair in a softer shade such as brown, tan or gray.

You are also likely to want to wear flats as well as heels, but you could add interest by looking out for textures such as reptile, which are very on-trend this fall.

While it can be tricky to wear white sneakers when the weather becomes inclement, you could try a darker color such as navy or burgundy.

For more inspiration, take a look at the best shoe trends for winter and fall 2019.

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Louise at Cie flatDavid Tate bootieBlondo knee high bootClarks sneakers

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Karen (above) keeps her knitwear and booties neutral.

Get this similar turtleneck top, blazer, jeans and booties to steal her look.

accessories to go with your fall looks

Fall offers so many opportunities to play around with stylish accessories.

Look out for suede bags and gloves, scarves in autumnal colors such as burgundy, as well as in pretty prints.

You might also want to give your outfit some added pizzazz with leather gloves and a floppy hat.

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Kate Spade leather toteMadewell crossbody bagCollection by Joya multi-stone necklaceKendra Scott drop earringsHalogen cashmere scarfMax Mara leather glovesRachell Parcell panama hatBP. blanket wrap

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Melinda (above) tops off her outfit with a stylish hat.

Check out this similar sweater, pencil skirt, booties, scarf, glasses, and hat.

Also take a look at how to choose a hat for your face shape.

Fall outfits for women

There are countless different ways you could put together the pieces in this fall capsule. But here are 9 different fall outfit ideas to get you started.

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How about you? Will you be putting together your own fall outfits capsule? What are your own favorite fall outfits?

Continue reading:

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  3. A Sustainable Fashion Capsule Wardrobe: 9 Ways To Wear Ethical Clothing Without Compromising On Style

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