I Told My Friend to Start Her Fall Wardrobe With These 5 Fashionable Basics


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Whenever my best friend asks about which pieces to test out for a new season, I typically direct her to fashionable basics first. Sure, trendier picks will come, but it's the basics that will often become the true weekly staples. So starting with basics in a new season and building from that is often of interest. For fall 2023, I suggested five next-level basics that are forward and modern and have the versatility factor that makes basics so appealing.

Below, you'll uncover the best fall basics to try, as showcased by some of my favorite fashion follows. You'll notice that each of the pieces could be styled with many items already in your wardrobe to create effortless and chic looks. If you're interested in shopping for fall, there are also inspired recommendations for each of the of-the-moment basics.

Tailored Blazer/Jacket


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No, those oversize blazers aren't going anywhere, but it's the tailored and more structured blazers and jackets that will enter the spotlight in a more noteworthy way to bring instant sophistication to any look.

Cable-Knit Sweater


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I think a cable-knit sweater is effortlessly chic and looks flawless with a range of coordinating pieces.

Maxi Coat


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A maxi coat or jacket is certainly statement making, but it's one of those special pieces that are forward but so versatile. It could turn into your go-to outerwear piece and bring elegance to any type of outfit whether that's casual or dressier.

Longline Shirt


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Relaxed shirting will continue to have its moment for fall 2023. Longline silhouettes, especially in stripes, will be worn with everything from trousers to jeans to skirts.

Dark-Wash Denim


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Light-wash styles will still be a go-to, but dark-wash jeans are also great to consider because of their inherently polished nature.

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.