I'm a 55-Year-Old Former Nordstrom Buyer—These 8 Fall Basics Work for Everyone

When we’re looking for classic-yet-forward style inspiration, we consistently turn to Susie Wright. You might already be familiar with her, but she’s a 55-year-old stylist, influencer, and former Nordstrom buyer. Essentially, she just gets it thanks to her fashion résumé and sleek personal style. And no, age has nothing to do with what you should or shouldn’t wear, but her sartorial point of view over 50 is also intriguing since she’s been able to spend years fine-tuning her style. On that note, we thought we’d tap her expertise in building a perfect fall wardrobe. And given that basics act as the foundational pieces in any flawless closet, we wanted her thoughts on the simple fall items she swears by.

There are actually eight fall basics Wright relies on and wears often because she thinks they really could work for everyone given their versatile nature. To highlight further, Wright shared a bit of outfit inspo below showcasing the basics in action. If you’re shopping at the moment, there are inspired recommendations as well.

1. Oversize Blazer

"An oversize blazer works easily over any T-shirt you own. And when the weather cools down, switch to a cashmere tee for a bit more polish—and warmth." — Wright

2. Shirt Jacket/Utility Jacket

"A shirt jacket is an easy piece to add for a seamless transition into fall. I love it with denim or even over a dress, belted. Casual but super stylish." — Wright 

"Wear a faux-leather anything—shirt jacket, jumpsuit, or blazer—and it instantly adds a cool vibe to any fall outfit." — Wright

4. Faded and Light-Wash Jeans

"Faded denim has been a favorite wash all year. As we head into fall, I’ll be wearing all my faded denim with blazers, printed tops, and cozy sweaters!" — Wright

5. White Shirt

"A white shirt is a staple no matter the season. Heading into fall, combine with a cardi and your favorite denim for an instant, classic look." — Wright

"I love bootcut jeans because they are super flattering. Who doesn’t want a leg-lengthening style that looks great with most any top?" — Wright 

7. Printed Dress

"A chic dress and white booties is a favorite fall combo. Sophisticated and easy and perfect for most occasions." — Wright

8. Black Denim

"Black denim is foundational for any fall wardrobe. I can’t imagine getting dressed without a good pair. They’re the starting piece of any outfit!" — Wright

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