For fall, it’s all about the classics—the perfect jean, the staple boot, and a plush knit. Any combination of those, and you are good to run out the door. And to assemble all these pieces together, there’s only one thing you have to keep in mind: proportions. How to make a blousy summery dress in a lighter-weight material feel more seasonally appropriate? Add a heavy boot. How to avoid a shapeless silhouette when slipping into an oversized knit? Pair it with a narrow jean—straight-leg jeans are alive and well as far as I’m concerned. How to wear a knee-high boot without looking too va-va-voom? Couple it with a polished midi-length skirt. After all, fashion, like everything else in life, is best when it’s in balance.
Ralph Lauren’s boxy double-breasted faux-shearling jacket looks great with semi-flared black jeans from Tory Burch. A COS dress splashed with a swirling pattern gets an edge with Proenza Schouler’s combat boots. Below, these and more fall outfit ideas set to inspire.