Not to Alarm You, But Fall Clothes Are Hitting Stores—Here's What to Prioritize

Living in Southern California where we have mild, blink-and-you'll-miss-it seasons, it can be hard to get into a fall mood. Growing up, going back to school signaled fall's arrival for me—I associate the season more with new binders and gel pens than with changing leaves and spiced lattes. Since my last first day of school was many moons ago, I've had to rely on something else to get me excited about fall: all the cozy new clothes

I don't know about you, but looking forward to a new-season wardrobe really helps me get used to the idea of kissing summer goodbye. I know we're still in the middle of sweltering August weather, but the autumnal equinox will be here before you know it—only five more weeks to go! With that in mind, scroll down to shop the four categories of fall clothes I'll be buying right out of the gate. 

1. Slouchy Pants

Vince always makes the chicest basics that will last for decades to come. 

Yep, low-rise pants are here to stay. 

This $35 price tag is calling my name. 

Cargo pants will be hugely popular this fall. 

When it comes to wide-leg pants this season, bigger truly is better. 

Why not give your jeans a break? 

These incredibly chic pants are bound to sell out. 

2. Cowboy Boots

Reformation's cowboy boots are too cool for school. 

Isabel Marant may be the queen of the fashion-forward cowboy boot. 

These statement boots are sure to turn heads. 

These are more versatile than you might think. 

By Far definitely knows how to design covetable accessories. 

I knew Free People would have a killer selection of cowboy boots. 

2. Cute Sweaters

I'm simply obsessed with this side-tie detail. 

This sweetheart neckline is so darn pretty. 

From the delicate lace to the cute ruffles, there's a lot to love here. 

Yep, I'd spring for the matching pants as well. 

Sweater vests will be everywhere this fall, so why not get a head start? 

4. Colorful Blazers

I love this sweet baby-blue color. 

No, pastels are not just for spring and summer. 

This red-wine blazer is striking. 

Don't sleep on H&M's excellent selection of blazers. 

This corset detail is so pretty. 

This is one of my favorite Danish brands. 

Plaid will always be perfect for fall. 

Mango never seems to get it wrong.