How to Style Your Fall Staples Like a Fashion Insider

Who doesn't love Fall fashion? (Spoiler alert: nobody.) Embracing a new season and all the cozy classics that come with it can be exhilarating. But while few things can beat a versatile pea coat or a timeless pair of boots, without the right style inspiration, your wardrobe can end up feeling kind of ho-hum before the holidays even arrive.

So how to keep your brisk-weather basics from feeling, well, basic? Take a cue from the street style set, of course. After all, these are the women who make a job out of getting dressed; they just know how to put pieces together creatively. Rather than scrapping your whole closet when you get stuck in a rut, just make like an insider and work your wardrobe favorites in new ways. You've got the tools: you just need to know how to use them.

Need help getting started? Go on and read through the slideshow for 24 ways to reinvent your eight staple pieces this season like the style star you are.


Amp up your stripes by adding interesting details and textures. Playing off the black and white with embroidered loafers and an acid wash denim jacket makes for an anything-but-basic look.

A skirt over a shirtdress over a turtleneck is the (successful) layering formula we never saw coming.

Turning your sexy slip dress into daytime fare with a single layering top? That's just smart (and practical) styling.

Pea Coat

Pack a punch by committing to a bold color combo from head to toe.

More is more when you add luxe colored velvet to a rich-hued plaid.

Try matching your coat to your skirt for a monochromatic look with maximum impact.

Ankle Boots

Switching out loafers for booties gives menswear trousers an updated look. Bonus points if you add the hat shape du jour: the baker boy cap.

Keep your favorite summer mini in play by adding sleek extras like bell sleeves and ankle boots.

Summer's ubiquitous cropped flares actually make the perfect playmates for Fall's ankle-high footwear.


The quickest way to give your blazer a makeover? Cinch it at the waist with a chic belt.

Channel your inner 80's chick by throwing your boxy blazer over a full skirt and rolling up the sleeves.

Blazer + kimono + jeans = next level style.

Sweater Dress

Need a more defined silhouette? Belt your waist and watch the look transform from shapeless to showstopper.

Go mod with a boxy bag, white booties, and geometric frames.

Tall Boots

Let your boots do double duty as a tights alternative that will keep your legs warm and your look stylish.

You may not have thought to couple your rugged boots with your slip dress but, as you can see, it's time to give this unexpected combo a try.

A maxi coat and midi skirt with tall boots equals high style.


Who needs hosiery when you can sub in a great pair of denim under your midi dress?

The sheer trend gets a whole lot easier to wear when you layer it under your favorite distressed denim.

Match your coat to your crop top, then add pops of bright and metallic accessories for good measure.

Chunky Knit

Take the tonal approach by pairing your textured knit with other pieces in the same foliage-inspired color palette.

Flip the script by working your sweater under slick overalls.

Tucking into a leather mini with exotic ankle boots takes your knit from cozy to cool like that.