We hate to break it to you, everyone, but fall weather and fall fashion really is upon us. As jarring as a change in season can be, it's also super exciting to move on to another section of your wardrobe and have an excuse to shop for new season-appropriate styles! In this transitional time, it's best to rely on go-to outfit formulas. For fall, that often means a skinny jean–and-boot combo, something most modern women have available in their closets at any given time. Just because it's an easy outfit decision, however, doesn't have to mean it's boring.
Just ask Chrissy Teigen, who stepped out this week in an outfit that technically fits that formula but looks so much cooler than you would imagine. For an event in New York, she donned classic black skinny jeans and pointed-toe patent leather ankle boots. But where she took the look to another level is with a gold-embellished Anine Bing belt and a tie-front top. The look may sound pretty normal on paper, but it's really very versatile. You could always fully tuck in a similarly buttoned top rather than tying it and switch out the shoes to either make it more appropriate for day or dress it up for nighttime. That's the whole genius of this look—it's easy to copy with items you have in your closet right now, but you can also alter the whole vibe with simple stylistic changes. Thank you, Chrissy Teigen, for blessing us with an inspirational foundation like this to work with.