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6 Fall Basics I'm Buying Regardless of This Year's Trends


At the start of every new season, there are always certain non-negotiable basics I know I’ll be buying and/or wearing in the coming months, regardless of what the trends are. In winter, the list includes a warm coat and lug-soled boots. Spring might involve some new dresses and sandals, summer always requires a trove of white tops and basic swimsuits, and fall, of course, comes with its own set of essentials—all of which you’re about to read about below.

While our F/W 2020 trend research is still in the works, from outerwear to accessories, the “basics” portion of my autumn shopping list has been set for quite some time now. To see my must-haves in action thanks to the help of some of our favorite fashion people on Instagram and, of course, shop my picks for each category along the way, just keep scrolling.    

The cardigan's massive comeback is probably my personal favorite of the last several years.

I simply cannot wait for the summer heat to die down and get myself into a pair of rigid, cotton jeans this fall.

Because there's really no better category of shoes—amirite?

Everyone should own a classic (and/or fashion-forward) trench and, if you're going to buy a new one, there's no better time than just before the start of fall.

Dress trends come and go, but knit styles will always be relevant in the colder months of the year. My only requirement when shopping for them is that they pair well with boots and mules.

If you're going to buy a new purse for the coming season, it should really be a shoulder bag. More on that here.

Next: I shop all day for a living—these are the coolest things I've seen this month.