5 fall wardrobe essentials | the sunday brief

frequently readers ask, “what items are essential for fall, spring, winter or summer.” since my favorite season for fashion is right around the corner i’ve rounded up 5 fall wardrobe essentials every closet needs. the list could easily stretch to 10, but today we’re focusing on 5 fall wardrobe essentials that will take you through fall in style.

what’s on my must-have list? let’s take a peek. many of the photos are from the blog archive and are no longer available for purchase. so i’ve linked similar items that you can add to your shopping cart today.

leather jacket

5 fall wardrobe essentials

5 fall wardrobe essentials

leather or suede jackets are the first items i reach for once the temperature drops. they’re classic, modern and edgy all at the same time. and they add instant chic to any outfit. don’t forget leather or suede jackets are an investment that will last a lifetime. let’s see what’s next of our list 5 fall wardrobe essentials.


the sweater

5 fall wardrobe essentials

favorite fall layers

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears an Everlane cashmere turtleneck, Italian weave ankle pants, leopard pumps, and Talbots green overcoat

what is it about sweaters that make my heart go pitter-patter? well, for one they’re cozy, and they come in a variety of styles. sweaters can be oversized or slim-fitting, turtleneck or crew. what can i say except they’re the perfect layering piece?


the boot

5 fall wardrobe essentials

5 fall wardrobe essentials

5 fall wardrobe essentials

5 fall wardrobe essentials

every season i try to add one pair of boots to my collection. sock boots and over-the-knee boots are still trending. riding boots and booties are classics that are here to stay. but one of my all-time favorites is the chelsea boot. frye boots are always a good choice. i have a brand spanking new pair i can’t wait to wear. what’s next on our 5 fall wardrobe essential list?



the coat

winter wonderland

5 fall wardrobe essentials

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears Ralph Lauren distressed jeans, Talbots cashmere turtleneck, J.Crew brown loafers, and Ralph Lauren glen plaid coat

having grown up in the Midwest and spending a considerable amount of time in Minnesota i know a thing or two about overcoats ‘cuz baby it gets cold outside! even if you live in California or Florida, it’s a good idea to keep at least one coat on hand. you never know when you might make a trek to colder regions. start with a trench coat with a zip-in lining then add on to your heart’s content depending on the region you live in.


the blazer

5 fall wardrobe essentials

5 fall wardrobe essentials

beth from Style at a Certain Age wears a camel blazer, grey cashmere crewneck, white denim, and leopard shoes

a blazer works any time of year as it adds spit and polish to even the most casual outfit. military blazers, tweed blazers, schoolboy blazers, even velvet blazers are great additions to your closet.

happy sunday, ladies! i hope you had a terrific weekend.


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  1. Susan Loft wrote:

    Love your haircut. I live in Greensboro at the lake and shop in Athens often. Who is your hairstylist?

    Posted 8.18.19
    • annie wrote:

      I think the green coat with fur trim is beautiful. I used to have a red one like it many years ago.
      You look wonderful in every thing you wear, such an inspiration to me, as I am same age as you. And am trying hard to look more fashionable and younger!

      Posted 8.20.19
  2. Gaye hagan wrote:

    Beth, you have a gift of putting outfits together and looking smart, stylish and beautiful! What inspiration!

    Posted 8.18.19
  3. Karen wrote:

    Happy Sunday! Thank you for leading with last season’s Talbots emerald green coat with detachable fur collar. It was soooo popular! As a Talbots Sales Associate, I am super excited about the Fall line which will be unveiled tomorrow. For two weeks, shoppers can enjoy 25% off their Fall selections! The colors are to die for and the accessories are as tempting as the sweaters and coats. I hope all of your readers tune int9 Talbots store or .com on line!

    Posted 8.18.19
  4. Karen Falk wrote:

    Loved the article and the suggestions!

    Posted 8.19.19
  5. Mary Grogan wrote:

    Love all the outfits. Great ideas.

    Posted 8.19.19
  6. Christa wrote:

    Great looks. Where in MN? I’m in Rochester. It was a, lots of jackets and snow boots winter last year.

    Posted 8.20.19
  7. Debby wrote:

    Are the leather slacks, leggings are pants?
    Brand? At my age, leggings often look skimpy but I love your look. In my 60’s.
    Thank You!

    Posted 8.20.19
  8. Sharon wrote:

    I love a blazer. It just completes an outfit. I love your style.

    Posted 8.21.19
  9. Linda Miller wrote:

    Thank you. I needed an update on what I need. Just got out my winter clothes to send some to ThredUp, so I have more room. Hahaha

    Posted 8.21.19
  10. Suzanne Contois wrote:

    Just pinned your shawl and over the knee boot outfit-gorgeous! Beth I do believe we have the same Fendi? sunglasses you are wearing with the blue striped top 🙂

    Posted 8.25.19

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