Many of us are going through uncharted territory with our wardrobes right now. For the most part, we’re not living our regular lives, so it might be uncomfortable to buy new things, especially for anyone still spending a lot of time at home. Still, it always feels good to wear something new, even if we’re just wearing it for ourselves.
Whether you’re going to regular happy hours or still doing it on Zoom; working from home or masking it at the office at least a few days a week, here are the best fall fashion must-haves for this season in both regular and extended sizes.
Remember, no matter how you feel about your body, the most stylish outfit is one you feel most confident in. And if you aren’t exactly sure what that is, one of these should do the trick.
A tie dye sweatsuit
Tie-dye might be the best thing to come out of 2020 because it’s impossible not to feel cute wearing it. The Laundry Room Off Duty Crop Jumper and Shorts from Swirl Boutique is the ultimate in cozy chic right now. You can wear these pieces together or as separates. Ideal for lounging around or running errands, it will become your go-to.
Old Navy’s Vintage Crew-Neck Plus-Size Sweatshirt has a similar aesthetic in sizes 1X-4X.
Get wild with this chic animal print from Athleta. The Warrior Longline Printed Bra and Leopard Elation Ultra High Rise Tight set is available in both Floral Mauve and Anthracite Grey colors—good luck choosing, it’s not easy!
If you need a little extra motivation to get your body moving, nothing works quite as well this outfit can. Better yet, it’s available in Regular, Petite, Tall, and Plus sizes for a fit that’s practically custom.
Super sexy activewear
Even if you’re still working out at home due to the pandemic, there’s no reason you shouldn’t feel extra good about your body in activewear. So flaunt what you’ve got, even if there isn’t anyone else there to see it, in the Heart Chakra Bra from Laced By Laju. Just as supportive as it is stylish, you can go hard on the cardio without worry. Don’t forget the matching leggings. Not going for grey? This set is also available in Mauve, Black and Mocha.
A romantic look
Need something to take you from brunch to date night that’s an elevated casual? The Allyson Top by Lani The Label from Swirl Boutique flatters the body without being overly revealing. The three-quarter sleeves keep you from getting too cold on windy autumn nights.
This Plus Size Smocked Floral Top from Forever 21 is equally ruched and romantic.
Flower print is here to stay and we’re here for it! It’s fresh and feminine. The Min Dress from LoveShackFancy has long sleeves, making it ideal for fall, but still wearable all year round. The length as well as the fit-and-flare cut make it ideal for wearing with boots.
The Floral Print Long Sleeve Dress by Leith is a darling plus size alternative.
Remember the days of scouring your favorite vintage stores? We miss them too. Wearing something vintage-inspired like the Shabby Chic Clothing Beatrix Tiered Lace Top comes close enough.
This Tanya Taylor Pilar Striped Ruffle-Trim Top is just as sweet looking and has a 70’s yet on-trend appeal to it.
A semi-structured shirt dress
The Peyton Poplin Shirt Dress from Universal Standard is a truly versatile wardrobe staple. Available in both black and blue, it’s easy to dress up with heals or down with sneakers. Wear it with a scarf, belt or just as it is. You’ll be surprised to see how many ways it can be styled. Perfect for all body types, it’s available in sizes 00-4XL.
A statement sweatshirt
If there were a sweatshirt that summarized the entire year in one word, Bando’s Feelings sweatshirt would be it. It’s fun, yet keeps it real. Made of medium weight 100 percent cotton French terry, it will keep you nice and warm. It’s the perfect casual top to wear with leggings or jeans in sizes XS-4X.
Stripes are classic. The Trovata Stella Sweater from Style Typology (a great online boutique that features a helpful style quiz) is made from soft, breathable cotton, so you won’t swelter on those warmer fall days. Then layer it on the colder ones. You’ll be surprised how often you can wear it.
The Striped Cardigan Sweater Dress from Elouquii has a similar look and layers well with leggings and a long coat in sizes 14-28.
A star print
You can’t take life too seriously wearing a star print. The Layla Silk Cami from Equipment is available in three styles: black with white stars, white black stars, and white with blue stars. It’s cut in a way that’s incredibly flattering and can be worn on its own or layered. You might have to buy all three colors.
The Star Print Swing Tank from Lane Bryant is available in sizes 14-24. The black stars on white fabric are perfectly accented by the flounced stripe detailing at the bottom. It’s casual but easily mixes with a black cardigan or blazer for in-person or Zoom meetings.
A statement vegan leather piece
It’s cool to be kind in this fresh-off-the-runway Ordell Vegan Leather Skirt from Joie. A bit of a splurge, it easily coordinates with any top you already have in your wardrobe, whether it’s a warm sweater or your favorite tank.
The Vegan Leather Column Skirt from Eloquii has serious boss vibes and while it’s a different shape that the Joie piece, is just as versatile up to a size 28.
A one-shoulder top
Sometimes one is sexier than two— at least when it comes to one shoulder tops. The Cotton Poplin One Shoulder Puff Sleeve Top from Nicole Miller is sophisticated and chic. It can be worn with everything from jeans to formal skirts.
The Ruffled One-Shoulder Top from Aqua Curve is a little more casual and available in sizes 1X-3X in Royal Blue as well as Black.
A comfy cotton dress
There’s nothing like having a dress you can wear to brunch and then go home and take a nap in. The Cantina Dress from Current/Elliot checks all of these boxes and is the kind of wardrobe staple you can wear season after season.
The Tie Front Dress from Eloquii has a different look, but the same comfortable vibes in extended sizes.
No matter where you are with your body, emotionally, or in terms of goals or numbers, a cute accessory will always give you a boost and make you feel good. OXB is a line of sweat-proof jewelry made exclusively with sterling silver and 14k gold-filled, so it won’t irritate your skin, or change colors. You can run, get deep in your asanas, or dance without worry. This female-owned brand has everything from necklaces, to rings, bracelets, and earrings—even workout hoops.
A bright beanie
Having a stylish beanie is always helpful for transitioning from summer to the best fall fashion. The Blush Monochrome Gold Foil Pom Beanie from Love Your Melon is an ideal accessory for this season because the color isn’t too wintery. Made of 99 percent cotton and 1 percent Lycra, it won’t itch or irritate your forehead the way wool beanies sometimes can. And every purchase helps fight pediatric cancer, so you can feel good buying it.