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5 fashion essentials you can buy for fall and wear forever

Layer up and look gorgeously autumnal with these must-haves.

You'll break out these seasonal fall staples year after year.You'll break out these seasonal fall staples year after year.Figuring out the best way to layer will allow you to re-use seasonal fall staples year after year. (Photo: Flickr, M.C. O'Connor)

Fickle fall weather poses a wardrobe conundrum unlike any other. It's warm and sunglass sunny one day and then grey skies and a chill in the air prevail the next. Winter looms and we can't bear to think about breaking out our heavy coats, yet. What on earth is a gal to wear?

The fun thing about fall fashion is that its unpredictability actually allows us to be adventurous and have some fun with layering. Unlike summer when we're trying to dress as minimally as possible to stay cool, fall welcomes more items we can play around with and ideas to try out.

Incorporating just enough pieces that withstand the coming and going of trends and last you season to season is the key to a balanced wardrobe. It can be exciting to add the latest trendy items to your cart as you're shopping online, we get that. But what's even more fulfilling is having a handful of seasonal fall staples you can rely on year after year that never go out of style. The best part of all: you'll save a substantial amount of money in the long run with just a handful of fall must-haves.


Capes

The new way to cover up is with a cape, like this one from designer Ruti Zisser.The new way to cover up is with a cape, like this one from designer Ruti Zisser. (Photo: Courtesy Ruti)

Cozy capes can replace the fall jacket in our opinion. They look effortlessly chic in varying silhouettes, prints, and textiles and transition well from cooler to warmer temps. Israeli-American designer Ruti Zisser nailed the look this season with a fantastically feminine and oversized black and white cape that features a cowl neck. The Ruti Cape was inspired by the beautiful architecture of Tel Aviv. "A wonderful mix of modern buildings, the [fall/winter 2015] collection is rich with sculptural pieces that have a strong urban edge," says Zisser.


Oversized sweater

You'll get years out of a roomy, knitted sweater. You'll get years out of a roomy, knitted sweater. (Photo: Gal Meets Glam )

Nothing says autumn quite like the cozy, oversized sweater. It's one of fall's most wearable must-haves since it can be styled up or down with comfort simply by adding accessories, shoes or a killer bag. The Moderne Sweater by Madewell, a division of New York-based J. Crew, has just the right amount of breathability without being bulky. Balance the oversized knitted look on top with a slimmer silhouette on bottom.


The Shirtdress

The classic collar and cuffs of this shirtdress adds a timeless touch to the universally flattering A-line silhouette.The classic collar and cuffs of this shirtdress adds a timeless touch to the universally flattering A-line silhouette. (Photo: Cuyana)

The beauty of a shirtdress is that it lends itself to effortless layering with fall's unpredictable weather. A bit cooler? Throw on a blazer and slip on a cute pair of ankle boots. In warmer fall weather, a shirtdress can look chic with wedge or flat sandals, or even a pair of Converse for a weekend brunch. We're fond of this shirtdress from Cuyana in San Francisco, which balances the tailored touch of a classic oxford shirt with the sophisticated ease of an airy dress.


Vest

A durable vest like this one is an ideal cover up for transitional weather. A durable vest like this one is an ideal cover up for transitional weather. (Photo: Flickr, Kileen Cheng)

Invest in the vest, arguably the coolest and one of the most useful pieces a woman can have in her fall wardrobe arsenal. You can throw on one over anything – a dress, a jeans and tee combo, or a blouse and skirt pairing for work – and you instantly look pulled together and prepared for whatever the weather has in store. We're digging this fitted, quilted vest by Sweden-based H&M.


Blazer

No matter what's thrown at you, you'll look instantly pulled together in a blazer like Kate Middleton.Slip on a blazer and you'll look instantly pulled together like Kate Middleton. (Photo: Getty Images, WPA Pool)

A good blazer is a solid wardrobe investment and a seasonal staple that has the power to withstand trends. Feminine and fitted, it's sharp and sleek with clean lines and the best way to transition into heavy winter coats. Slip it over a simple v-neck tee and jeans or a work-appropriate pencil skirt and silk cami. It can even double as a jacket on those chilly-but-not-quite-cold mornings. We love this timeless navy blue blazer from J. Crew that will pull together even the most casual of outfits.

Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the web’s first ethical fashion, beauty and travel site for women. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, and Cottages & Gardens. Lindsay has been featured as a fashion and beauty expert on the Veria Living Network. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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