7 Under-$70 Fall Basics I'm Wearing to Make My Outfits Look More Expensive


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There’s one thing that gets more play in my wardrobe than anything else: great basics. Sure, I’m always excited to experiment with the new trends of the season, but I spend most of my time shopping for basics that I know will be the building blocks of my wardrobe. I want my basics to be anything but boring, though, and I tend to gravitate toward pieces that have modern finishes that make them feel fashion-forward—and that’s exactly what’s lying in the new drops from our namesake clothing line.

I recently tried on some of the new arrivals and all of the pieces have the cool design elements and luxe finishes of pieces with a much higher price tag, but they all hit under $70. The leather top? A riff on a classic button-down style, but even cooler with its gathered, puffy sleeves. The checked pantsuit? An essential, but even better with a cinched waist jacket and trousers finished with a split hem zipper. Ahead, see how I’m wearing seven of the new fall basics for the season ahead.

Checked Suiting


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When in doubt, a matching set is always my go-to outfit when I want to feel polished, and these pieces deliver. I particularly love the timeless checked print that this set is finished in. Here, I wore the jacket on its own with nothing underneath and accentuated the cinched waist with a belt. The pants are designed with a zipper along the front, which I opened slightly for a split hem silhouette.

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Puff Sleeves


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I think leather tops are the ultimate transitional piece to wear when the season is changing and especially love this version because of the voluminous, puffed-up sleeves that instantly make it look elevated. This top feels especially luxe with the faux-leather finish. Right now, I’m wearing it with a few buttons undone at the top, tucked into a pair of loose-cut jeans. 

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Faux Leather


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Like I said earlier, matching sets are something I always rely on in my wardrobe, and here’s another one I’m loving. A rich burgundy shade is always a color I gravitate to, so I was excited to slip into this faux-leather top and pants. The top is finished with gathered, voluminous sleeves, while the pants have a great loose fit.

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Relaxed Trousers


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Here, I’m wearing the relaxed trousers from above and love how versatile they are. Yes, they work perfectly with the full matching set, but they’re also great with a simple tee. Moving into fall, I’d swap in a pair of chunky Chelsea boots and an oversize blazer.

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Printed Puffer


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When temperatures start to dip, puffer coats are my favorite piece to wear. While I normally reach for a standard black coat, I immediately fell in love with this houndstooth print version, which is fun but still neutral enough to wear with practically anything in my closet. Here I styled it with a pair of jeans and added a belt at the waist to add a little shape.

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Knit Cardigan


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I’ve pretty much been living in cozy sweaters recently, so I was very excited to add a new one into my arsenal. This style has a cool, retro vibe that looks great paired with jeans, but I can also imagine wearing it with a pretty slip dress.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.