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If we were to take apart our fall wardrobes and organize the pieces by category (tops, pants, skirts, sweaters, dresses), odds are, many of us would have several items in common. Articles of clothing like black jeans, cropped sweaters and white button-downs likely exist in each of our closets—and lend to some seriously good minimalist fall outfit ideas. When it comes to minimalist aesthetics and capsule wardrobes, you have to learn how to create multiple ensembles with a collection of basic pieces. Thankfully, it’s not nearly as difficult when most of those items already live in your closet.
Taking items like a white ribbed tee, long neutral skirt, black leather pants or everyday boots and pairing each with different pieces to create easy, minimalist fall outfits just takes a little practice. If you’re unsure about where to start, I definitely get it. Minimalism is definitely a concept I understand in theory, but have trouble with in practice. I constantly fear that I’ll get bored with minimalist looks or will end up ignoring other pieces in my closet that don’t exactly fit the aesthetic. However, I’ve learned that you can’t deny how sleek a simple, minimalist outfit can often look. Whether you wear all-black everything or mix neutrals to create a stylish ensemble, you really can’t go wrong with a minimalist ensemble.
When the weather is cool, pairing these neutral wardrobe essentials likely already in your closet gets easier, thanks to the ability to layer and all the incredible neutral hues that autumn brings. But because I often struggle with what pieces to put together, I decided to take the time to create a full arsenal of minimalist outfit ideas to try this fall.
Below, you’ll find 18 easy and minimalist street style outfits to fall in love with for autumn. Just because minimalist is, at its core, simple, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it this season.
Tan Coat + Denim
Wearing jeans and a plain white tee? It’s all about the layering. Solidify your perfect neutral coat and complement it with coordinating boots and a handbag.
Blazer + Leather Pants
How to make your work blazer street-style ready? Pair it with baggy leather pants for an instantly edged-up look.
Long Jacket + Tied Cardi
When getting playful with layering, spice up a neutral ensemble by tying a cardigan prep-school style over the shoulders of your jacket.
When in doubt, a monochrome or tonal moment always looks put-together and chic.
Canadian Tux + Blazer
To break up a jeans-and-chambray-shirt look, throw on a longline blazer so the whole ‘fit isn’t denim-on-denim.
Everyone needs a solid trench coat in their wardrobe—even better if it’s got some details that make it stand out in a crowd.
Prints can still be minimalist! This simple suit is jazzed up by the all-over plaid, but the lines are clean and the overall look stays elevated and polished.
Black + White
Whoever said you can’t wear white after Labor Day obviously didn’t know the magic of black-and-white styling for fall. Exhibit A.
Femme Coat + Edgy Boots
How to dress up a simple sweater-and-trousers look? Style it up with chunky lug sole boots for edge, then add some contrast with a creamy, cozy coat.
Pastels can work year-round when styled properly. A tailored look in dusty pink is just as classic as black or tan.
If you’re rocking a monochrome look but want to break a few rules, throw on a jacket that offers extreme contrast. This oxblood look is great on its own, but the boxy, contrast-stitched cream blazer takes it to another level.
Denim Jacket + Cargo Pants
If denim on denim feels too Canadian Tuxedo for you, swap your jeans for cargo pants that give the same laid-back vibes but feel a bit more thoughtful.
White Dress + Black Jacket
How to transition your flowy summer dresses for fall? An almost-floor-length duster jacket, cute boots and a great bag.
Chunky Knit + Maxi Skirt
This floaty maxi feels unexpected when paired with a cozy sweater—and if you really want to go bold (or stay warm), copy this fashionista and layer pants underneath.
An all-leather look might seem intimidating, but it radiates “Don’t F*ck With Me” energy. And who doesn’t want that?
A knit two-piece is instantly more exciting than a sweater and jeans, no matter the color or cut.
Ditch the trousers and go for leather (or pleather!) Bermuda shorts, styled with tights or knee-high boots for an unexpected play on silhouette.
When you have a gorgeous coat to layer over simple pieces, you can throw together any neutrals and instantly look chic.
A version of of this article was originally published on July 28, 2020.