How To Build Your Own Fall Fashion Starter Kit

In a time of ever-increasing options, knowing what to wear, and therefore what to buy, can be exceedingly difficult. Some extremists like to consider the recent aggressive increase of trends to be the reason so many have adopted minimalism. Then there’s the maximalists who jump all in and say the more trends, the better. We like to think we fall somewhere in the middle — the camp that toes the line between wanting to build out a solid wardrobe, but with items that are more modern than the ho-hum classics.

To tackle the onslaught of fall arrivals, we’re bringing that happy medium to life with the ultimate fall starter kit. Do away with the crippling indecision over what to pull the plug on while shopping for the upcoming season. Instead, fall back on these 13 autumn essentials to create a wardrobe that’s one-part classic (chunky knits, blazers, black booties) and one-part trendy (knee-high boots, silk skirts, see-through turtlenecks). Whether you’re on a baller budget or a college one, embrace the upcoming season like Target’s already embraced Halloween (a.k.a. too soon) with these cozy must-haves.

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The Blazer

Christine Alcalay Peak Lapel Blazer, $649, available at Christine AlcalayPhoto courtesy of Christine Alcalay.


The Chunky Sweater

Rejina Pyo Parker Color-block Ribbed-knit Sweater, $370, available at Net-A-PorterPhoto courtesy of Net-a-Porter.


The Knit Dress

Nanushka Canaan, $387, available at NanushkaPhoto courtesy of Nanushka.


The Black Booties

By Far Becca Black Suede, $527.33, available at By FarPhoto courtesy of By Far.


The Cozy Cardigan

Dôen Adelia Sweater, $298, available at DôenPhoto courtesy of Dôen.


The Co-ord Skirt Set

Ganni Woodside Blazer, $350, available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Ganni Woodside Skirt, $205, available at Saks Fifth AvenuePhoto courtesy of Ganni.


The Dark Wash Jeans

Jesse Kamm Sailor Pants, $395, available at Mr. LarkinPhoto courtesy of Mr. Larkin.


The Hoodie

Tibi Bond Stretch Knit Cropped Anorak Pullover, $325, available at TibiPhoto courtesy of Tibi.


The Silk Skirt

Lily Ashwell Gia Slip Skirt, $215, available at Lily AshwellPhoto courtesy of Lily Ashwell.


The Tall Boots

Loeffler Randall Gia Tall Boot, $695, available at Loeffler RandallPhoto courtesy of Loeffler Randall.


The Lightweight Sweater

La Ligne Lean Lines Tee, $115, available at La LignePhoto courtesy of La Ligne.


The Duster Coat

Audra Guideline Duster, $1450, available at AudraPhoto courtesy of Audra.


The Layerable Turtleneck

Acne Studios Very Fitted Turtleneck, $180, available at Acne StudiosPhoto courtesy of Acne Studios.

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