All Needs, No Wants: 65 Essential Pieces to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe


Every time one season turns into another, thousands of new items flood the internet and IRL stores. At the same time, we're writing what feels like just as many stories dissecting the endless array of options and telling you which ones are worth buying. But rarely do we grant you one end-all, be-all list for the season, where every last thing you'll want or need to have in your wardrobe can be found and purchased. That ends today.

Instead of spending time you probably don't have sifting through pieces and pieces and pondering what you should or shouldn't buy, I handpicked the 65 most important items to fill your closet with for fall, from essentials like layering turtlenecks and tees, vintage denim, and knee-high boots to of-the-moment finds that will perfectly complement those basics. The list below is long, yes, but it's comprehensive, so once you've scrolled through it all, you're done. Consider every fall wardrobe–related task on your to-do list complete.


I've been on the search for the perfect baby-pink poplin shirt and think I just found it (on sale).

The stripes add just the right amount of preppiness.

The internet's going crazy over this quiet-luxury tank.

Anytime your sweater look feels blasé, add this tee underneath so the color is peeking out. It makes all the difference.

When in doubt, wear a black tee. It'll always look sleek.

Something about this silhouette is just so rich and luxurious.

Fall is layering season aka the time when you can throw a turtleneck underneath anything and it'll look amazing.

Gray pairs so well with bold colors like orange and green.

Just easy.

Last fall was all about standard waistcoats, but this year, every style has been elongated. It just feels more elegant this way.

I'm obsessed with the shrunken fit.

You might as well get the matching undies while you're at it.

This baby-pink cashmere sweater has me swooning.

This one's already in my cart and ready to be purchased (and worn 24/7).

The slightly tapered fit of this sweater makes it look so expensive to me.

Yes, Khaite's sweaters are extremely pricey, but as someone who owns two of them, they're absolutely worth the price. I've never felt anything like it.

This dress has me in an absolute choke hold. Do like Tory Burch does and style it with a maxi slip or sheer skirt underneath.

A dress for every type of occasion.

Meghan Markle was just spotted in this dress. Enough said.

Have you ever seen a dress this chic? I can't think of one ever.

The perfect amount of sexy vs. sophisticated.

Pencil skirts don't have to be boring anymore.

Thanks to Prada, we no longer have to pack up our white skirts come fall.

The prettiest, pearliest shade of ivory.

You bet I already own this gorgeous dark-wash maxi skirt…

…And these incredible barrel-leg jeans. Actually, I have two colors.

Agolde's Fusion jeans are going to be as beloved as the brand's Pinch Waist style in no time.

I prefer to ignore any and all mentions of the "no white after Labor Day" rule.

Everyone should have at least one pair of Levi's. They're *the* jeans to own.

These fit like trousers but look and feel like a track pant. It's a modern-day fashion miracle.

Just slouchy enough.

Celebs like Kaia Gerber swear by these Ref trousers.

When it comes to tailored basics, The Frankie Shop's always a good idea.

This just dropped at Nordstrom, and I'm already predicting an impending sellout.

I swear everyone I know is talking about, buying, and wearing this jacket style right now.

Whenever you don't know what to wear, just put on a trench over top of jeans and a T-shirt or a skirt and a sweater. It makes every outfit look good.

The fit on this blazer had me thinking it was designer.

There's just something so luxurious about an ivory blazer.

Mine just came in the mail. When's yours arriving?

Blame it on my days in Catholic school, where peacoats were the only outerwear style that passed the dress code, but I'll never say no to the sailor-inspired style.

Fact: A big coat is the most essential item in anyone's fall and winter wardrobe.

Hello, beautiful.

These sold out so fast last fall. Don't let it happen again.

I can't go a block in NYC without spotting a pair of Mary Jane flats.

These are so simple yet elevated. I get the feeling that Mary-Kate or Ashley Olsen would love them.

If you can't afford the Saint Laurent slingbacks right now (same), try this far more doable Sam Edelman pair.

You can't wear heels all the time. When your feet are in recovery mode but you still want to look dolled up, grab for these flat slingbacks from Massimo Dutti.

I'm about to girl math these brand-new moto boots from Reformation right into my shoe collection.

These days, I never wear jeans or trousers without a classic belt.

Tip: Always match your jewelry to your belt buckle. That's why I say you should have two black belts, one with a gold buckle and one with a silver one.

For those days, though, when your shoes are brown instead of black, a style like this is essential.

Less practical are these elbow-length leather gloves, though they make up for it in style.

Sheer tights are my trick for extending the wear-life of all my summer miniskirts and dresses.

I dream about this utterly timeless Massimo Dutti bag every night. Can you blame me?

Upgrade your work tote with a rich-looking suede bucket bag of the supersized variety.

Maximilian Davis's handbag selection for Ferragamo has every editor saving their pennies.

The '80s called—they said it's time to break out your black stretchy headbands again.

Cat-eye sunglasses will always be associated with glamour and grace.

These days, the bigger your earrings are, the better the outfit.

I know it's a lot to spend on earrings, but as someone who actually did buy these Bottega Veneta earrings and wear them five out of the seven days every week, they're worth it. They're so lightweight and make every look more stylish.

For styling inspiration, scroll through Saint Laurent's fall 2024 runway show.

I love styling these on top of my sleeves.

You'll own this watch for the rest of your life and be able to wear it every single day. Hell, if you take care of it, it can be passed down for generations to come.

Ever since Jennifer Lawrence wore an Elsa Peretti cord necklace from Tiffany & Co. with a full The Row look, I've been hooked on the neck bauble.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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