The 5 Items You Need to Shop This Fall

FALL 2017
By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

The best way to start a new season is with a cool new wardrobe. Thankfully for you (and your wallet) there's no need to start from scratch. A few key pieces are all that's necessary to refresh the essentials already hanging in your closet.

With fall just around the corner, we've compiled a list of the five clothing items you need to shop this season. Here are the trends are worth buying into.

1. Red-Hot Pants

Next season is all about the color red – especially when it comes to pants. To offset the bold and bright hue, stick with simple silhouettes like a classic wide-leg trouser. Top off the eye-catching bottoms with classic wardrobe staples like a leather jacket and crisp, white button-down.

2. Statement Mules

Shoes are often that last thing you add to an outfit, so turn fashion logic on its head and build your entire look based on a cool pair of heels. Playful statement mules are out in force this season and are a great way to express your personal creative flair. Keep it simple with block colors from the ankle upwards to really let your eye-catching kicks standout.

3. Victorian Neck Dress

While this summer was all about bare shoulders, come fall everyone will be covering up. Instead of reaching for your go-to turtleneck, opt for a high-neck Victorian dress. The delicate ruffles around the collar help create an elegant romantic look that's more literary heroine than cold-hearted spinster.

4. Plaid Separates

Fall is the perfect time to give your workwear wardrobe a modern upgrade. Ditch your basic black pantsuit in favor of sleek checkered separates. A sleeveless front-tie plaid top feels fresh, especially when paired with a matching flared pant. Throw on pointed pumps and grab a ladylike bag, and you'll be ready to tackle any boardroom.

5. Faux Fur Jacket

If you're going to invest in one piece of outerwear this fall, make it a faux fur jacket. The versatile topper will not only keep you warm and cozy during the chillier seasons, but it will instantly elevate all your favorite outfits, making them look super luxe. Wear it with a cocktail dress and heels for an ultra-glam look or layer it over laid-back separates and sneakers to show off your cool off-duty style.