I'm a Fashion Editor Who Loves to Plan Ahead—32 Fall Essentials I'm Buying Early


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I've always been a planner, often thinking weeks ahead about even the most inconsequential of decisions. Like the industry I work in, where everything has a six-month lead time, I thrive when I can plan for things in advance. So naturally, as I watched designers debut their fall/winter collections in February, the gears in my brain were already turning, planning which items would become essential to my wardrobe when the season actually arrived.

With fall now on the horizon, I'm stress-free, as I've already made all of the hard sartorial decisions that come with the arrival of a new season. From new-and-improved basics like the halter top and pastel-colored button-downs to of-the-moment outerwear, jewelry, and footwear that are sure to dominate in a few months, the pieces I'm planning to bring into autumn have all but been added to my closet. Now, all I have to do is actually buy them. See and shop all 32 of them below.

'80s jacket:

Relaxed denim:

Cat-eye sunglasses:

Slingback kitten heels:

'90s basics:

Polo-neck sweater:

Structured trench coat:

White jeans for fall:

Mary Janes:

White layering tee:

Cropped cashmere sweater:

A-line skirt:

Oversize studs:

Pastel button-down shirt:

Classic trousers:

Off-the-shoulder dress:

Understated handbag:

Halter top:

Slip skirt:

Hourglass minidress:

Wool blanket coat:

Sleek sneakers:

Oversize bag:

Satin tank:

Cuff bracelet:

Sculpted top:

Dark-wash denim:

Crew-neck knit:

Pointed-toe boots:

Ivory coat:

Track pants:

Ballet flats:


Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.