Spruce Up Your Fall Wardrobe With These Must-Have Pieces

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Much as we try to cling to summer's warm embrace, there's no denying the inevitable: cooler temps, added layers, and, oh yes, the reworked seasonal wardrobe. If you haven't already started the process of packing away the lighter fare in favor of chunkier fabrics and more covered-up proportions, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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  • Restock with your perennial favorites, including neutral-colored tees, those dark indigo skinny jeans that go with everything, and make sure you pull back out the black leather jacket you splurged on last year.
  • Just because your well-loved boots look a little worse for wear doesn't mean they're necessarily done for. Find a cobbler and get them re-heeled. Same goes for that bag that got rained on — go to a "leather spa." And for that matter, don't forget to take all your coats to the dry cleaners. Good as new!
  • Know when to say goodbye to things that don't fit, and things that haven't been worn on the previous two cold fronts. Make the goodbye a little sweeter by donating to your local Goodwill or preferred secondhand shop.
  • Think about the "holes" in your closet: What needs to be replenished? Do you need a chic evening blazer? Are you due for a new set of cable-knit fisherman sweaters? Solidify that mental shopping list before heading straight for the trendier eye-catching pieces as soon as you enter your favorite store (online or otherwise).

Of course, with any deserving occasion — the autumnal transition among them — there's real justification in adding a few new bonus pieces to your fall lineup, too. Because, let's be honest, who doesn't love an exciting purchase to spruce up the existing clothing rotation? In case you need a starting point, read on, dear friends.

This trenchcoat can be worn three ways: as is, as a sleeveless trench dress, or as a cropped jacket. It would be fair to rename it, "the Transformer." (Storets Trench, $165)

For an accent that's equal parts prepster and luxurious, wear one (or stack a few) of these oxblood calf-hair bracelets. The hint of texture and rich hue have "fall" written all over this add-on. (C. Wonder Screw Stud Bangle, $48)

A classic ribbed sweater — light on the texture, but kicked up a notch where subtle details are concerned. You can wear this paired with a crisp oxford button-up, layered under a faux fur vest, or styled with your go-to jeans. (Madewell Elbow-Patch Stadium Sweater, $90)

You can play with the proportions of this season's It skirt silhouette: the fluted skirt. It's essentialness is in part because it's super-flattering on a range of body types. You can opt to show a little skin via a crop top counterpart; you can wear it with a tucked-in blouse and statement necklace; or you can dress it down with an oversized sweater and Chucks. (J.Crew Fluted Skirt in Double Crepe, $89)

The ankle boot gets a makeover every season, and while it's pretty hard to pick a clear favorite, these ankle-strap "cutouts" offer up a unique take on the traditional black ankle boot. (Loeffler Randall Franca Cut-Out Booties, $395)

Head to Bustle for 6 more fall essentials you should buy right now.

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