I recently read about a style influencer’s five fall closet staples.  Her top five include: a denim jacket, something animal print, boots and mules, a go-to pair of denim, and a cozy cardigan.  And of course…I have five more to add to the list: an army green cargo jacket, checked blazer, loafers, leggings, and a blanket scarf or poncho!   

Let’s start with a denim jacket which goes with everything and is particularly popular this season, paired with sweats.  So after a brisk walk, grab your denim jacket and meet a friend for coffee. Easy breezy…right? My fall staple addition is an army green cargo jacket.  Again, it works well as an athleisure look and yet is sophisticated enough for work.

 Style influencers love animal print, which never goes out of style.  From a scarf to boots, it definitely adds a cool vibe to your fall style.  I think the same goes for fall plaids and checks, so be sure to add them to your fall staple list.  I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I can’t live without a checked blazer…a staple that gives so much bang for the buck!  

Influencers definitely have mules and booties on their list!  I’m loving a pair of lace-up booties a stylist featured during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale.  She wears hers casual with a t-shirt and leggings….such a cute weekend look. Mules are perfect for fall and can go casual with jeans or dressed up with slacks.  

As far as shoes go, my fall staple is a pair of loafers…so classic.  And BTW….I’m loving a pair of camel driving loafers by Mercanti Florentino from DSW.  It makes me so happy to know snakeskin shoes are trending again this fall. A pair of Steve Madden’s pointed toe snakeskin loafers just might be on my wish list….just saying!  

When blogger, Allie Provost, talked about her “Come to Jean-us” moment, I have to admit it made me laugh.  But don’t you think that’s a great way to describe the moment you find the perfect pair of jeans? Allie’s jean favs are from Madewell and American Eagle.  A fall staple that’s a great substitute for jeans is leggings. Like denim, leggings go with just about everything and can be dressed up or down. A good brand to try is Spanx, and Dillard’s has a great selection.   

 I totally agree with the influencer’s selection of cardigans, because they are this fall’s number one trend and pair perfectly with jeans, leggings, sweats, and pajamas.  To add some extra coziness to your fall staple style, I’m recommending a blanket scarf or poncho. And think about mixing your fall prints by wrapping a plaid blanket scarf over a striped t-shirt.   

And here’s the best part….I bet if you take a look in your closet, you already own most of these fall staples!  Happy fall y’all!  

Holley Williams is a personal stylist specializing in closet inventory, seasonal shopping, closet organization and wardrobe consultation.  Contact Holley at [email protected].