10 Versatile Fall Essentials That Will Maximize Your Style

versatile fall essentials

Autumn is on the horizon, and that can only mean one thing (besides pumpkin spice and everything nice): It’s time for a closet refresh!

These versatile fall essentials will get you through the season with style for days.

Fall days, to be exact.

1. A Sleeveless Dress

Here’s the thing: There are dresses, and then there are sleeveless dresses.

These sleeve-free designs work overtime by mimicking the look of traditional jumpers, so they’re basically the most versatile dresses you can own (right up there with LBDs).

Rock them under slouchy cardigans, style them under blazers, or wear them over your favorite button-down blouses as you please.

This is definitely one of the fall essentials must-haves for this year!

2. A Long Vest

Hate stuffy blazers but needing an outer layer that’s work-appropriate?

Say hello to my little friend, the vest.

This versatile number looks great closed or open, and a long structured vest in particular can double as a menswear-inspired dress.

3. A Tunic

Similarly, button-down tunics can work as dresses for maximum styling possibilities.

Pair them with blazers, put them under sweaters and vests, or wear them under crop tops to get the most use out of your summertime tanks. So, so chic.

4. The Sleeveless Turtleneck

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I used to wonder what sleeveless turtlenecks were all about. I mean, why would anyone wear a cozy turtleneck without sleeves?

But Pinterest made it clear to me when I started seeing bloggers styling their sleeve-free, high-neck cable knits over blouses, tunics, and dresses.

It works. Big time.

5. The Menswear Blazer

Okay, so you can really only wear a blazer a couple of ways: open or closed.

But what makes these pieces ultra versatile is their ability to be casual, sexy, or totally professional.

Try a boyfriend style for a longline silhouette, or choose a fitted blazer to show off your waist.

6. The Striped Button-Down

The beauty of the striped shirt is that it goes with everything. Seriously.

Basics? Check. Floral prints? Yesss.

Other stripes? You bet. It’s more sophisticated than a standard long-sleeve tee, but it keeps you just as covered. (Perfect for fall.)

7. A Slip Dress

The beauty of the slip dress is that it transcends seasons. Wear it in the months of summer with your favorite strappy sandals, or layer it beneath a belted coatigan with tights and boots in fall.

It’s sexy, chic, and uber feminine without trying too hard.

8. The Reversible Tote

Okay, so I recently bought myself a reversible tote after wanting one for a couple of years (I’m a hard sell, apparently.)

Anyways, I can’t rave about it enough. It switches from brown to black with little effort, so it goes with everything in my neutral-heavy wardrobe. Plus, its size accommodates everything.

Try one for yourself. Two bags in one, ladies. Two bags in one.

9. The Twinset

Jackie O. knew her stuff. The twinset is a dynamic little duo, because it’s perfect for mixing and matching.

Wear it together, or break it up to stretch the mileage. You can even wear it all year round if you choose one with a sleeveless shell.

I recommend buying two: a classic neutral and a print.

10. The Jumpsuit

Wear it under a blazer. Layer it with a twinset. Style it under a jean jacket or over your favorite top.

Jumpsuits are like blank canvases, so wear them as you see fit.

How many of these versatile fall essentials will you wear this year?

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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