Fall fashion 2021: How to update your wardrobe, from A to Z

Fall has arrived, which means it’s time to transition our wardrobe for cooler weather.

While some trends come and go, plenty of pieces are forever, such as a timeless trench coat or a good pair of boots.

Many of us are probably itching to leave the house and dress up again, and retailers know it. Big-name brands such as Coach and Abercrombie & Fitch have already launched fall sales.

To help you get some fashion inspiration, we’ve created a fall fashion guide, ordered from A-Z.


(Photo courtesy of Amazon)Amazon


This classic diamond print from Scotland has made an appearance all over fast fashion chains from sweater vests to cardigans.

Where to buy: Argyle Plaid Cropped Sweater Vest, $19 at Amazon

Nordstrom Rack

(Nordstrom Rack)Nordstrom Rack


From business casual to formal attire, a blazer can add a timeless effect to any outfit.

Where to buy: Faux Leather Blazer, $50 at Nordstrom Rack


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Chelsea boots

Boots are a closet staple for every fall wardrobe, and a taller edition of this classic is being seen all over retailers.

Where to buy: Harrow Bootie, $200 at DSW


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Denim dresses

This jacket essential is now being seen in shirt-dress form.

Where to buy: True Religion Women’s Georgia Shirt Dress, $139 at Macy’s


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Embossed detailing instantly looks high-fashion.

Where to buy: Madison Shoulder Bag, $346.50 at Coach


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Flared pants

Skinny jeans used to dominate, but now it’s all about the flare.

Where to buy: 70s High-Rise Flare Jeans, $98 at $ Levi’s


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Gold jewelry

Fall calls for warm-toned jewelry.

Where to buy: Pegged Signature Necklace, $125 at Coach

Urban Outfitters

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High-waisted denim

This silhouette is flattering on all body shapes.

Where to buy: BDG High & Wide Jean in Dark Green, $59 at Urban Outfitters


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Iridescent satin

A silk-like top can be worn to dress anything up.

Where to buy: Escalier Satin Silk Button Down, $30 at Amazon


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The more polished version of sweatpants.

Where to buy: Sportswear Essential Collection, $60 at Nike

Nasty Gal

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Knee-length skirts

Satin slip skirts are a great piece that can be made casual or formal.

Where to buy: Satin Split Leg Midi Skirt, $12.80 at Nasty Gal

Abercrombie & Fitch

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Leather leggings

A massive step up from traditional skinny jeans.

Where to buy: Vegan Leather Skinny Pants, $99 at Abercrombie & Fitch

Marc Jacobs

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Marc Jacobs’ “The Tote”

This designer bag has been seen all over social media recently.

Where to buy: “The Tote Bag” $175 at Marc Jacobs


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Nike Air Force 1

This clean white, iconic sneaker is one of the brand’s top-selling styles, and it matches everything.

Where to buy: Nike Air Force 1 ‘07, $90 at Nike


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Oxford button-down

Dress down this classic shirt with blue jeans or wear chino pants for a business casual look.

Where to buy: Amazon Essentials Classic-Fit Button Down Poplin Shirt, $21.90 at Amazon

Nasty Gal

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Platform boots

Add a bit of 70s fashion to your look this fall.

Where to buy: Faux Leather Platform Heeled Boots, $35.60 at Nasty Gal

Banana Republic Factory

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Fall temperatures are naturally all over the place, so layering is the best bet.

Where to buy: Soft Fleece Half-Zip Sweatshirt, $36 at Banana Republic Factory

The North Face

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This jacket is light enough for fall weather, while also waterproof.

Where to buy: City Breeze Rain Parka II, $179 at The North Face


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Bodysuits that are perfectly fitted work great as a top with jeans.

Where to buy: Ribbed Long Sleeve Mock Neck Bodysuit, $42 at Lulus


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Trench coats

This timeless coat adds a polished touch to any outfit.

Where to buy: Trench Coat, $650 at Coach


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Ugg boots

These furry boots are on the top of many people’s fall and winter shopping lists every year.

Where to buy: Classic Mini II Genuine Shearling Lined Boot, $150 at Nordstrom


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These canvas sneakers come in a variety of colors that match any outfit.

Where to buy: Vans Authentic, $50 at Vans


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Wide-leg pants

A more loose fit is now dominating skinny jeans.

Where to buy: The Lightweight Wide-Leg Crop Chino, $36 at Everlane


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X-ray fabrics

Sheer tops add great detail to basics like a white tank.

Where to buy: Alfani Printed Sheer Button-Down Top, $17.93 at Macy’s

Forever 21

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Y2K style

Early 2000s style has made a massive comeback this year with rhinestones, abstract prints and chains.

Where to buy: Juicy Couture Rhinestone Fleece Hoodie, $35 at Forever 21


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Zebra print

This animal print is a cool alternative compared to leopard print.

Where to buy: Zebra Print Fitted Mock Neck Long Sleeve Tee, $48 at Express


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