Fashion People Agree: This Is the 7-Piece Fall Basics Wardrobe

Basics are often considered the backbones of a wardrobe thanks to their inherently versatile nature. As a result, we typically plan our seasonal wardrobes around said simple staples. For fall specifically, there’s an edit of a few specific basics that we fashion editors unanimously agree reign supreme and act as the foundational pieces in particularly forward looks. Basically, this curation of items could be mixed and matched with other trend-driven pieces to formulate modern and of-the-moment fall silhouettes.

Intrigued? Below, you’ll find the ultimate seven-piece fall basics wardrobe, which includes everything from timeless outerwear cuts to comfortable separates. We’re also showcasing outfit inspiration to highlight those basics in action.

Keep scrolling for more. Oh, and if you’re shopping at the moment, you’ll also uncover coordinating picks for each trend.


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Bring instant polish to any fall ’fit with the addition of an of-the-moment slouchy blazer.


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The knit and ribbed dress in a neutral hue will reign supreme this fall as a cozy yet chic choice. 


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A trench is about as timeless as it gets. Try a classic cut or one that has a little something extra like puff sleeves.


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Comfortable clothing is obviously key, and relaxed trousers (especially those with an elastic waist) are where it’s at.


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In the shoe realm, a pair of black boots with a chunkier sole will become a staple to be worn with everything from printed trousers to joggers to denim skirts.


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You just can’t deny the power of a comfy cardigan to complete that ideal fall look—either layered or worn on its own as a top.


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When it comes to denim, the looser the better. Straight-leg jeans for the win.

Up next: I Have a Closet Full of Blazers—These Are My 5 Favorite Ways to Wear Them.

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.