happy monday, ladies. another week begins while another month draws to a close. Labor Day weekend is fast approaching which marks the unofficial start to fall. schools are back in session, leaves begin to change colors, and the temps become cooler. all markers that fall has begun. so let’s take a look at 5 fall classic wardrobe essentials. and i have a surprise guest joining me with her take on fall classics. many of you already know Cyndi Spivey and her lovely fashion blog. i’ve long been a fan and an admirer of this amazing woman who is an industry leader! Cyndi is a marvelous example of how to stay modern, fresh, and relevant. and her style game is strong! so we thought we double the fun today and share our thoughts on 5 fall classic wardrobe essentials.
if you have followed me for any length of time, you know i regularly sing the praises of the mighty blazer. it always makes my list for fall classic wardrobe essentials. my personal style is decidedly preppy, and the blazer is the cornerstone of preppy style. having a few blazers in your closet is not excessive at all! a well-fitting, well-made black blazer will see you through office outfits, date night outfits, over jeans for brunch – trust me, you cannot go wrong with a black blazer. but consider a tweed blazer for fall and winter when you need an extra layer. a tweed blazer over jeans and a sweater is a picture-perfect outfit for any day of the week. trending this year are cropped blazers and boyfriend blazers.
y’all know i am a true blue jean mama. i am more likely to be found in blue jeans on any given day than most other items from my closet, which is why i have a steady rotation of styles. i have classic straight leg and boot cut styles and the new classics: skinny, wide-leg, cropped, and flare. well made, well-cared-for jeans can last for many years, so even if a particular style has fallen flat one season, it will definitely come back around. so if you have the space for it, store them and wait until they make their way back to the top of the heap. read my ultimate denim guide for tips on fit and styles. gen z tells us that skinny jeans are dead. ha! not on your life. but if you want to stay current, this year straight leg jeans are it.
maybe you stray from a black leather jacket because you don’t think a motorcycle jacket is your style. well, let me tell you that black leather jackets come in all sorts of styles! from the typical motorcycle jacket with zippers and pockets to the more streamlined cafe racer style, bomber styles, and blazers! whatever style best suits you and your wardrobe, i bet you can find a black leather jacket, faux leather jacket, or suede. the options are endless these days. and moto jackets come in all sorts of colors.
boots and booties are one reason i love fall fashion. ankle boots or booties are still trending for 2021, but this year’s difference is lots of Chelsea boots and lug soles. don’t worry; fashion boots still have their place with regular soles. but if you’re interested in staying modern, fresh and relevant lug soles are the way to go. boots have always been a fall classic wardrobe essential, but chunky boots are trending this year and just might be the most popular boots for this season!
what beats a cardigan when it comes to a must-have staple in your closet? perfect for the office or the weekend, they are the quintessential layering piece or third item. yes, there are still traditional button-front crew neck cardigans available. but grandpa cardigans and cropped cardigans are all the rage.
don’t forget to stop by and say hello to Cyndi Spivey and take a look at her 5 fall classic wardrobe essentials. you won’t be sorry!
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Hello! I am new to your blog via Cyndi. I would like to know where to find your denim guide you referenced above. I really like your blog! You have a new fan!
hi linda! the post was just updated with the link but here it is again:
Beth your style is impeccable!
love you, girlfriend! i have and will always be one of your biggest fans.
Hi, Beth, all great looks and ideas, thanks.
Could you provide a link to the blue moto jacket? Love it!
the blue moto jacket is no longer available. many times we pull photos from the archive for inspiration. but you can shop moto jackets
with the link provided. hope this helps!
Maeve – it was Scoop brand from Walmart ($40!). I saw it on Beth’s post months ago, bought it immediately, then purchased it in every other color – Rose, Teal Green, Ivory and Black. I pined for the pale taupe color, but it was out of stock in my size. Keep checking Walmart’s website. I am. Wouldn’t be surprised if they stocked this again for Fall/Winter.
Classy, as always😊
thanks so much!
Beth: What a homerun today on your styles – so classic, so beautiful, so well coordinated! Beautiful!
glad you liked them!
i love blazers. Counting my denim blazers/jackets, I have 35. Seems like an awful lot doesn’t it. It is one of the items in the store when I shop there, that I am drawn too. Thanks for showing the many ways to wear them.
a girl after my own heart!
Hi…I am new to your blog as per Cyndi. Love your style and I loved your jean video I clicked on. Great ideas, like the putting your blue jeans around your neck for sizing and the freezer idea to freshen them up. 🙂 You are adorable.
thanks so much for being here!
A great post Beth, just as the weather starts to turn. Love the pink blazer, I’ve a pink suede jacket that I love to pair with jeans and biker boots when it’s colder. Bring on the autumn (fall), the jacket deserves an outing!
ooooh that sounds gorgeous. i’m always a sucker when it comes to pink!
Let me introduce myself – I’m Yvette from Central California where agriculture reigns supreme. I’m in my mid-50’s, a wife, mother, business owner and former teacher. I have been a Cyndi Spivey regular for years and I can tell I’ll be one of your regulars going forward. I love your classy aesthetic. I’ll also be checking out your book club – I REALLY enjoy reading.
thanks so much for introducing yourself. welcome!
Where did you find the beautiful scarf? Love your suggestions for fall attire!
the scarf is from DiFore New York. here is a link:
try to use code BETH for a discount. i think Andrea, the owner, will still honor it.
Do you have a guide to the difference between boyfriend, schoolboy cut blazers. Do the cuts ever go out of style. Also thank you for saying keep good jeans even if cut is out of style at the moment. I love jeans and I hate to think I need to get rid of them if out of style at the moment.
i have a blazer video and how it should fit but it doesn’t go into the difference between the cuts. yes, schoolboy blazers are not on trend at the moment. they
have a fitted silhouette and shorter hem that hits the hip. boyfriend blazers are on trend as they have an oversized fit that’s quite popular today.
Love the two tone oxford flats. Where did you find them??
those shoes are from J.Crew about a year old. hope this helps!
I’ve lost 40 lbs and have 25 to go to reach my goal. Since my size is changing, what I buy this fall won’t fit next fall. Any recommendations for transitioning to smaller sizes without having to break the bank?
congratulations! i bet you feel terrific. this fall i would take a look at knitwear and jeans/pants that have an elastic waist. Liverpool jeans are
a good choice and Banana Republic has some terrific knitwear. the Scoop line from Walmart has really cute clothes that don’t break the bank.
Lisa – I have Walmart’s Time and Tru brand stretch pull-on leggings in 20+ colors. They have 3-4 different denim washes, neutrals like khaki, black, white, olive and burgundy, many fun colors and many nice prints. I wear them with tunic length or longer blouses, tees, knit tops, sweaters and cardigans. Inexpensive, yet they are surprisingly attractive, comfy and flattering – high, wide waist eliminates muffin top and helps flatten tummy. Look cute cuffed too.
Hi Beth! Great post and so many good tips! I, too, came to your site thru Cyndi. Loved it, look forward to seeing more! Have a wonderful day!
welcome! i’m so happy you’re here!
Fantastic post! Am over the moon. Cindy, blazers, new blog sisters, and as always, you, Beth! Fall is my favorite season and you’ve just ushered it in for 2021 looks in the most spectacular way! You and Cindy are gorgeous and gifted and generous to share yourselves with us. Will be on the hunt for satin pants~
isn’t cyndi adorable? always love to hear from you, sylvia! xo
We couldn’t agree more. Love this post and the Banana Republic Jacket. Looks great.
How can I join the book club
there is a link on my blog that says Book Club with Style. here it is again:https://www.facebook.com/groups/bookclubwithstyle
I recognize all these previously posted outfits and still love them. The RL paint spattered jeans still make my heart flutter. The cream vest over brown polka dot blouse is the outfit I most look forward to wearing soon now that it has cooled off a bit here in NJ. I see a lot of sweater vest outfits online, but I’d wear them whether they were in vogue or not. I consider that a classic look! Also, I’ll not retire my skinny jeans, jeggings or leggings as I consider them to have attained classic status. And I’ll always love my classic cardigans – I must have hundreds (over 50 WM Time and Tru alone – the weight is so perfect and there are so darn many lovely colors each season). Of course, also love cropped, long and duster cardigans!
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