As a stylist, I’m always seeking out the best options for minimalist outfits for the Fall.
Before you think you don’t need to transition your wardrobe to fall because you are still working from home, consider how much more productive you feel when you dress your best even at home, in any season.
Science has proven that clothes with symbolic meaning help us to fulfill that role better, such as a doctor wearing a white coat. Research also shows that what you wear changes your self-perception of your own “productivity, trustworthiness, creativity, and friendliness.”
As fall approaches, comfort continues to be one of our top priorities–whether we are working from home or venturing out and about.
Here are my top fall minimalist outfits for women I’ve been picking with my virtual styling clients.
3 Fall Minimalist Outfits for Women
Outfit #1 – Comfortable Trousers
We’ve all had those days where putting on jeans just sounds…restricting.
To up the comfort level and elevate your fall minimalist style, opt for comfortable trousers instead. This means swapping out denim for more wearable options with waistbands that might include an elastic band or a drawstring.
My recommendation: Arles Woven Straight Leg Pants | Net a Porter
Why I chose this:
Straight-leg pants are a must-have for many of my female clients right now who are seeking a comfortable, long-lasting minimalist wardrobe for fall and winter.
They are also an unexpectedly flattering option on so many body types, and work well for a variety of occasions– trousers are a must have for your closet, especially if you’ve gained or lost weight.
From the office to dinner, they look put together and the opposite of frumpy. The darts on the top of the trouser and the comfortable fabric create a flattering look, and make the perfect addition to any woman’s Fall wardrobe.
Try pairing these trousers with a variety of other colors, especially navy and heather gray. Casual and cozy tops alike will work well with these pants through the fall and winter.
Outfit #2 – Luxe Fabrics
Luxurious fabrics instantly elevate your style and make you love getting dressed in the morning. Who doesn’t want to spend the workday in silk or cashmere?
One positive side effect of choosing quality fabrics is that cashmere happens to be one of the most eco-friendly options, earning a top ranking in fashion circles for “conscious luxury.” Whether sustainable fashion is important to you or just want a soft top that makes you feel amazing, Fall is the time to bring your A-game when it comes to cozy fabrics.
In September, stores typically have their best fall products available, so it’s a great time to build your minimalist capsule wardrobe for fall and winter. Opt for soft fabrics like silk, cashmere, and wool, which will fit you beautifully and contain more natural fibers increasing the comfort factor.
If you aren’t sure what color to invest in, opt for a core color.
My recommendation: Gray Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater | Net a Porter
Why I chose this:
A lightweight cashmere sweater is a must-have for a woman’s fall minimalist wardrobe and you’ll find yourself reaching for it year-round.
It breathes, has durability, and is so comfortable. This sweater in particular has a versatile shade of gray that allows you to pair it with a pop of color or a core color for a more subtle look.
Afraid that cashmere will be high maintenance? Surprise- it’s not and you don’t have to dry clean every single time. I recommend washing your cashmere less than 3 times in the season and using the Laundress Cashmere Shampoo at home. (It’ll take you less than 10 minutes)
Outfit #3- Texture Play
Fall is one of my favorite times to play with texture and sophisticated prints.
Plaid and pinstripe are some of my favorites to share with clients who want a subtle yet elegant look regardless of your body type. Prints don’t always have to be immediately obvious, and can make people take a second look as they try to figure out why your outfit is interesting and flattering without being flashy.
Pair prints back to a core color you find somewhere within the pattern for easy mixing and matching.
My recommendation: Belted Vest in Linen | Argent
Why I chose this:
If you already have all the blazers you need, opt for a more modern take on a layering piece. I love a sleeveless blazer for my executive clients- they are perfect to layer with a turtleneck during the colder months or with a beautiful silk blouse during the warmer months.
Wear with dark grey, black or even navy trousers and you’re set!
Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.