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6 Early Fall Staples You Need for Your Closet


It is September 23rd. It was “officially” Fall 2 days ago.

Its cooling down here a bit in North Carolina, so of course that gets me in the mood for sharing 6 staples you need for your closet.

Ok. I know “need” is a strong word, and my husband would often call me out and say ” its a want”. Well, that’s darn near everything , right except food and shelter. Nevertheless, these items will make getting dressed a bit easier, as they are either completer pieces or base pieces for putting your outfits together.

This black blazer is a workhorse in my closet.

6 Fall Fashion Items for your closet

1. A neutral blazer.  Depending on your coloring, you will decide on cooler tones, perhaps a grey plaid blazer, or warmer tones, say, a camel blazer. This blazer will be a piece you can wear with skirts, jeans, trousers, and leggings. It will be that completer piece that really finishes the look and gives it that extra style In early Fall, wear a tee or cami under it to keep a bit cooler.

2. White or cream blouse. This blouse will be a piece that can be worn alone on those days where it is still a bit too warm to add another            layer, or as it gets chilly, worn underneath sweater vests, blazers, moto jackets. It is considered a basic that will be foundational to                   your outfits as well.

  1. Printed dress– I love plaid and of course floral, so I have several dresses that I choose from this time of year that give the Fall vibe but             are still light enough for the Season. A dark floral with booties or a plaid dress with tall boots would be wonderful this time of year.

  2. Straight leg or looser fit denim- As I mentioned in my earlier post- Fall Fashion Trends 2021, 90s jean styles are back and making a                  strong presence. Invest in a pair that fits you like a dream and that feels like denim with a bit of stretch for comfort. You need to  decide whether the mid -rise or high-rise is for you. High-rise is best for people with longer torsos.

5. Black booties-Chunky soles are in, but if you are not into this style or trend, a fashionable leather black boot will go miles in your Fall fashion wardrobe.

6. Black Faux leather leggings- If you aren’t into the Faux leather look, there are other black leggings out there which will take you into Fall with a jacket, tunic sweater or blouse. I just bought the ever-popular Spanx faux leather legging, but got them 50% off on Poshmark. If you do buy them, I suggest ordering a size up for comfort as they run small.

ex. white button down with jewel collar under a peplum top worn as vest.

a pine green floral print dress works for early Fall and later I would add a moto jacket

Looser fit denim by AG.

My favorite pair of black booties from Dolce Vita.

These faux leather leggings are years old, but held up well. I wanted to try the popular Spanx faux leather leggings this year.

What else might you add to your list of early Fall staples?

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Id love to hear from you in the comments.

Jess xx

Have a great weekend!


  • Shauna
    Posted at 10:39h, 26 September Reply

    A huge YES to all of these items! I love my faux leather leggings during these months too. I get so much use out of them, that I’m surprised each year that they last as long as they do without me needing to replace them 🙂



    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:51h, 26 September Reply

      Ill be getting out the faux leather leggings next month, I was excited to buy them. I was able to get 2 pairs for the price of one on Poshmark 🙂
      Thanks for popping by!i

  • Sinziana
    Posted at 01:22h, 26 September Reply

    Hello Jess! I enjoyed very much your post. All these are very good basic pieces…I actually have all of them except the dress (I don’t wear dresses). You look very beautiful in this dress!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:49h, 26 September Reply

      Hi Sinzianam thank you! I am a dress wearer, but have warmed up to the looser vintage style jeans. I just bought a pair from Madewell I really like!

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 22:15h, 24 September Reply

    Jess, all of these outfits are absolutely fabulous! Wow!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:00h, 25 September Reply

      Thank you Michelle! I do have all the staples, but looking at my closet I was in need of more solid colored blouses.. so I have bought a few.

  • Jodie
    Posted at 19:18h, 24 September Reply

    I love the faux leather pants now. I only have one pair of leggings, but I may have to change that.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:00h, 25 September Reply

      Thank you Jodie! I look forward to wearing the Spanx leather leggings. I thought they might be uncomfortable, but they are great!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 09:37h, 24 September Reply

    A beautiful collection.


  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:38h, 24 September Reply

    I always say need rather than want and get called out too – ha!! Fashionistas unite!
    I am looking for a cream blouse – I’d like to get another silk one. I am excited for fall dressing and hope the weather starts cool here soon!

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