Out of All of the Great Basics Out There, These 37 Top My List for Fall



If there is one thing my friends always ask me about, it's what basics to add to their wardrobes. I've encouraged many of them to put down the super-trendy pieces and start focusing on a capsule wardrobe with versatile pieces they can style in multiple ways that will actually last.

Since fall is knocking at our doors, it's about time to start packing away our summer clothes and dusting off the fall pieces we've saved from last season. This got me thinking: What better time to do a deep dive into my favorite retailers and find the best basics to add to our wardrobes this fall?

For fall, the basics that came to mind are knee-high boots, knit dresses, jeans, ballet flats, ankle boots, outerwear, and, of course, a few classic accessories you can top any outfit off with. After hours on Nordstrom, Reformation, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter, and H&M, I found 37 chic basics that are guaranteed to elevate your fall looks. I found everything I was on the hunt for, from perfect fall dresses to boots that are legit compliment magnets to skirts to style with chic knits.

Keep scrolling to see the 37 fall basics I'm loving right now.

I wear dresses more often than not, so when fall comes around, I always add to my rib-knit dress collection. This off-white midi one has my heart.

I just got these, and I know I'm going to wear them all the time.  

This tie-belt coat looks like it costs way more than $85. 

Now I know the price tag on this one is steep, but I'd wear it all the time, and it's so gorgeous. 

A good pair of knee-high boots is an absolute must. 

These are a favorite in the Who What Wear office. 

A good pair of loafers has got to be in your fall shoe rotation. 

This dress comes in three colors. I'll take them all. 

The layering opportunities with this one are endless. 

I wear my leather belt 24/7. 

These pants are a fan favorite for a reason. They also come in so many different colorways. 

The perfect ankle boots to pair with denim. 

There's something about a good black dress that I just love. This one has date night written all over it. 

I have these jeans, and trust me—you'll love them. 

I've been dreaming about this skirt ever since I first saw it.

These jeans come in three different washes, and I love them all. 

I need this Ralph Lauren coat like yesterday.

Pair with jeans, trousers, or a midi skirt. 

I'd wear this skirt with a leather belt, knee-high boots, and a knit top. 

A simple watch adds so much polish to an outfit. 

Girls night or date night, this dress works.

Perfect for work but can definitely be styled for the weekend. 

The cutest under-$20 ballet flats ever. 

Style with your favorite sweater and boots. 

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