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The 10 Wardrobe Essentials Every Girl Needs this Fall

“I have nothing to wear!” is a phrase we’re all guilty of using when we look in our closets, but there’s no need to say this ever again with our pick of this fall’s top 10 items.

With fall on the horizon, you could be feeling like your wardrobe is in serious need of a revamp. You may not have the budget to hit the shops and splurge on the latest trends, but we’ve narrowed it down to a select few closet classics, like the staple LBD or slouchy white tee, which will take you through this season and many more to come.

1. A Classic Trenchcoat

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Perhaps one of the most iconic of coats, a classic trench coat is a timeless staple in any girl’s wardrobe and can be worn in a variety of ways to give you a selection of the season’s trendiest looks. Dress it down with a pair of ripped skinny jeans, a slouchy tee and some slip-on sneakers or dress it up with an elegant mini dress and a classic pair of court heels.

And, who makes a more iconic trench coat than the luxury British fashion house, Burberry. Coats come in a variety of colors and styles, but the Mid Stone Trench is a favorite as seen here on models Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse.

2. A Pair of Skinny Jeans

Every girl needs a pair of these jeans. Classic skinny jeans are a must-have staple in your wardrobe. Wear them with a denim jacket and a slouchy tee for an off-duty vibe or smarten them up with a sheer blouse and a pair of black courts.

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A dark wash denim pair is one of the most flattering like this pair of Leigh Skinny Jeans from Topshop. For a twist on the classic skinny jeans, these Madewell coated skinny jeans are the perfect option.

Skinny Jeans

3. The Boho Dress

If you need an injection of print into your wardrobe, look no further than a dainty boho dress. Pair this dress with a pair of ankle boots and a fringed handbag for the ultimate off-duty outfite, or dress it up with a tailored blazer and a pair of court heels.

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Try this daisy print overlay dress from Topshop, and wear with leather ankle boots for a 70s take on the ultimate boho vibe. Or, pair this paisley cotton and silk mini dress from Talitha with an edgy leather jacket for a punk vibe.

Boho Dresses

4. The Nautical Jumper

There’s a reason every time you step foot in Paris, one of the fashion capitals of the world, a super stylish Parisian in a striped T-shirt is not far from sight. Stripes simply go with everything, making it a great piece to have in your wardrobe. This T-shirt looks as good dressed up with a leather pencil skirt or capri pants as it does dressed down with slouchy denim and classic sneakers.

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Mix this cool Comme Des Garcons striped tee or, for something more designer, this Alexander McQueen navy striped jumper with block colors, florals, denim, leather or other striped pieces.

Nautical Jumpers

5. The Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is one piece that will see you through all four seasons, whether it’s layered over a soft cashmere jumper in the colder months or draped over a casual tee and denim shorts during the summer time. For a failsafe going out look, wear your leather jacket slung over a party mini dress, as seen by fashion icon, Alexa Chung.

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It is a jacket that has become renowned for its ability to toughen up girly summer dresses and dress down smarter outfits while giving any outfit an added injection of style. It’s worth opting for a classic biker style, like this biker jacket from designer Saint Laurent, that you’ll still love in years to come.

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6. The White Tee

Nothing screams versatility as much as a white tee, so make sure you have this staple in your wardrobe and you’ll never be short of outfit ideas.

Whether you layer this perfect T-shirt under a jumper, tucked into a skirt or hanging loose with a pair of shorts, nothing says effortless style quite as well as this trusty staple.

Here, model Miranda Kerr works the T-shirt with a pair of leather shorts and a bold, red lip for perfect off-duty glam. ASOS make some of the best casual tees, with the softest feeling cotton, like this simple crew neck T-shirt.

The White Tee

7. The Tailored Blazer

Ever looked in the mirror before heading to work and thought you needed an extra something to make that office-look truly work? Look no further than a sharp, tailored blazer. It’s a great alternative to a coat during these warmer fall days while looking incredibly chic and sophisticated at the same time.

The Tailored Blazer

Wear this blazer with a pair of tailored cigarette pants and a smart oxford shirt for work, to tone down a bright cocktail dress at night, or slung over an oversized tee and a pair of boyfriend jeans for a casual daytime look.

The clash between the tailored piece and relaxed denim makes this outfit even more stylish. Amanda Wakeley nails style with this classic tuxedo jacket complete with glossy satin trims.

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8. The Knee-High Boots

Nothing says style quite like a pair of knee-high boots, and these are a great addition to your wardrobe during the colder fall months.

Not only do they keep your legs warm, but they look super stylish too. They can be paired with knitted dresses and leather skirts or layered over skinny jeans and a relaxed jumper.

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It’s worth investing when it comes to these boots so picking a pair from designer Stuart Weitzman may be a wise choice. This pair from the designer has gained a cult following among celebrities.

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9. The Little Black Dress

Nothing is more open to accessorizing and styling quite like a LBD, meaning you can create so many different looks just by adding accessories to this blank canvas. Worn by itself, the look says simple elegance and style, and accessorized with a pair of over the knee boots and a floppy hat, the look says off-duty glamour.

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Transform the dress from day to night by ditching the layering; pair the dress with sky-high heels, a studded clutch bag and a bold red lip for instant nighttime glamor. This Alice + Olivia jacquard black dress with a cut-out back is a firm favorite.

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10. The Ballet Flats

There’s a reason ballet flats have been in season for decades with celebrity fans including Audrey Hepburn and Alexa Chung while Brit actress Keira Knightley even opted to wear a pair on her low-key Parisian wedding day to rocker beau, James Righton.

They’re as stylish as they are comfortable, making them an ideal choice for a long day in the office or casual drinks at your local bar.

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You can wear them with a classic pair of black skinny jeans and a smart shirt and transition into night by switching the shirt for a more glamorous sequined skirt.

Choose a timeless pair that will work with the majority of your wardrobe like these nude quilted Steve Madden flats.

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These 10 wardrobe staples guarantee that you’ll never be without that perfect outfit this fall. Let us know which of these is your favorite by commenting below.

About the author

Alexandra Davis

Living in the heart of London, Alexandra is currently studying journalism at City University. Self-confessed lipstick addict, puppy lover, horse rider and designer handbag enthusiast, she enjoys writing for a range of fashion and beauty magazines.

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