My Five Fall Go-To Outfits

A while back I posted my favorite fall items and today I’m going to show you five go-to fall looks you can make with those items.  Go-to outfits are for the days when your brain doesn’t work, when you woke up 30 minutes late, or when you simply don’t have energy to think about what to wear.  They’re no-brainer outfits that help you get on with your life to the more important things–but still look put together!
As usual, besides just showing you outfits I also tried to break down each outfit into a super easy basic formula while giving suggestions for ways to change things up so that you can do this with different pieces in your closet and put your own twist on things.

Let’s talk about each outfit…
Plaid Shirts Options: one, two, three, four
Cozy Sweater Options: one, two, three, four
Boots: one, two, three, four
1. Plaid button-up + open cardigan or sweater
This is by far my favorite and most often worn combination in the fall.  For a lazy, fuzzy-brained day I can quickly reach for one of my 5 plaid shirts and any of them will work with this sweater and jeans.  When I want to change it up I can take it to the next level and use different colored jeans or different colored cardigans.  The possibilities are endless in that regard. 
Dress (Target) // Similar: one, two, three
Cardigan (Target) // Similar: one, two
Boots: onetwothreefour
2. Dress + cardigan + tights & boots
I LOVE this combination.  It’s a great way to utilize your dresses–even your spring dresses!  Back in January I wrote a post on wearing a spring dress in the fall.  I am even more behind this combination now that I discovered fleece lined tights!  Uh, amazing.  Having a pair of those will provide extra warmth for some of my thinner dresses.  (When it gets REALLY cold you’ll obviously need a thicker dress.)
I’m excited to take almost any dress that I have and play with colored cardigans and colored tights to mix up my fall outfits.  
Cardigan: Tilly’s // Shop: check here for lots of options
Scarf: Old navy // Shop: one, two
Boots: onetwothreefour
3. Plain tee + fall colored cardigan + patterned scarf
This combo is so easy–that’s why it’s a go-to look!  Again, once you play with different colored tees, jeans, cardigans, and scarves, this combo can give you an ENDLESS amount of options.  It’s a totally great formula for looking put together on the “don’t make me think” days. 

Chambray Top: Target // Shop: one, two, three
Skirt: one, two, three
Boots: onetwothreefour
4. Chambray top + skirt
I recently wrote about how chambray tops are a skirt’s best friend, and the combo is so easy that it made it into my top 5 go-to fall combos.  Choose nearly any skirt and pair it with a chambray top.  Tuck it and belt it or tie it over, and you’re good to go!  For shorter skirts, play with different colored tights.  BAM.  You’re dressed and out the door.

Top: Banana Republic // Similar: one, two, three
Vest: Old Navy
Boots: onetwothreefour
5. Striped tee + boots
I definitely love me a striped tee.  For this outfit I paired the tee with a vest, but you can just as simply wear a striped tee sans vest and with a statement necklace instead (like I did in this post).  I love how easy it is to choose any of my striped tees and any statement necklace, throw on jeans and boots, and head out the door.  You can also change up this look with different colored denim or layering other pieces over the tee, like a blazer or a moto jacket.  
Are any of these combos your go-to fall outfits, too?  
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    October 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! i really want a mustard cardigan too!!

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    Judy Carpenter
    October 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    They are all great outfits and they really reflect your personal style. Way to go.

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    Blog Red Peeptoe Pumps
    October 29, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I love a floral dress with tights and boots, and this combination looks lovely on you! It has me thinking about my own spring dresses and the color combinations for tights, cardigans, and belts for these next few weeks of fall!

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    LA Lynn's
    October 29, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Love all your fall looks!!!!! ~Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    October 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Love your looks. I will definitely try looks #1 and #3.


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    October 29, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    These are all adorable, you look great!!

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    October 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I struggle to get one good-looking outfit together, and you roll out five? Sheeeeesh 😉 Love this, and since I'm getting ready to start a 30×30 for November, I need all the inspiration I can get! Wonderful post, lady.

    Sam ipsa loquitur

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    October 29, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I'm just starting to put together some posts on go-to fall pieces/outfits, and an army jacket/vest is most definitely on my list (your version in #5 is so darn cute!), as is of course a chambray shirt and a great scarf. So much to be done with all of these, and such easy put-together outfits!

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    October 29, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I love that your fall outfits all have such wonderful prints!

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    October 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    I'm laughing my butt off right now, because here in Seattle, these could be five SUMMER looks! 🙂

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    October 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Those are great go-to's!!! 🙂

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    Ragan Wesson
    October 29, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    i love your blog! you give such great, straightforward advice. and everything is very practical. thank you!

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    October 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    SO CUTE! I love #3… definitely a go-to for me as well 🙂

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    Hems for Her, a.k.a. Katie
    October 29, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for the cheat sheet, and for the link to the fleece lined tights! How awesome is that!?

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    October 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Love your blog so hard! I've been reading for a while, and finally felt inspired to comment: I just bought very similar boots to the ones in this Kmart..for $19.99 (on sale this week)! I can't wait to try to recreate some of these outfits now =)

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    Amanda English
    October 29, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I'm happy in anything with a pair of boots on!!!! Love the looks! #3 is my fave!

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    October 29, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    I love all your outfits!! You have great style. My fav would be #2! It's something I would totally try to wear too. 🙂

    xo – Sheila

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    October 29, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    i love of all of these looks and #3 is my fave because i live in a variation of that look m-f lol


    C's Evolution of Style

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    October 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    love every single one of these outfits, you really make them look so effortless!!



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    October 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I am wearing the maxi and denim top combo today. All your outfits are super cute!

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    Kacie Ellis
    October 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Great outfits! I have boots that color and want to wear them with every outfit!

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    October 30, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Thanks so much for inspiring me to "shop my own closet" and to really think about things before I buy them. I think before I read your blog I was buying random pieces that were nice but didn't really "go with much". Now I think twice before I buy to make sure it is versatile.

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    October 30, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Thanks Audrey for today's math lesson on "Fall Fashion Formulas." Last year I was all about wearing black opaque tights and suede pumps or booties with my dresses and skirts. This time around I will give fleece tights and tall boots a try. Homework…check.

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    October 30, 2012 at 3:10 am

    Those boots are fantastic – they look great on you and go with pretty much everything!

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    October 30, 2012 at 6:12 am

    Thanks for the breakdowns as usual Audrey. I'm printing it out and taping it close to my closet. Btw, I tagged you in a pin on Pinterest–a video about using generalized breakdowns(like you do for us) of outfits in magazines, etc. and making it your own(ie. doesn't have to match exactly to the inspiration).

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    October 30, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Your fall fashions have inspired me so much to get out of my daily rut as a stay-at-home Mom. I was usually just throwing on jeans and a t-shirt and going about my daily routine. I now have mixed up my wardrobe somewhat based on all your ideas and I am so happy that I look now like a more stylish Mom! My daughter who is 12 even commented on how nice I looked and how much she liked my outfit yesterday!!! I wore a pair of skinny jeans and brown boots with the jeans tucked in, an orange/spice colored long sleeve shirt and a leopard cardigan with gold jewelry. My little girl loved it!!! Thanks so much Audrey for all your inspiration!!! I check your blog daily and it really has changed my life!!!

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    October 30, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Today I went shopping and didn't buy three things I'd picked up because I knew deep down that they wouldn't really go with anything else I own. In the past, I would have bought them and they would have collected dust at the back of my wardrobe with the tags still attached. I definitely have you to thank for it!

    Delaney x

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 30, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    That is SO awesome! Sounds like a cute outfit. 🙂 And I love that your daughter commented on it!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Great job, Delaney! It's so hard to resist, isn't it? But way to go listening to that voice deep down inside. You won't regret it later!

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    A J
    October 31, 2012 at 1:08 am

    That first outfit is my favorite, but I like all of the others too.


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    October 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I love them all, especially the first one. I need a pair of boots like this soooo bad!! They look amazing with everything!!

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    October 31, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I've learned SO much in the 2 days since I've discovered your blog! Looking forward to future posts. 🙂

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    October 31, 2012 at 4:01 am

    Cute looks! Love #4!


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    Belated Bloomer
    November 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Loving ALL the outfits! Seriously, I am thinking of what to do with my maxi skirt and you just showed me how effortlessly you did it. Those boots are so versatile!


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    wasifa ahmad
    November 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks for ideas!

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    July 8, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Love these combos! Thanks for the ideas (:

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    August 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    I have to ask, where did you get the bag? It seems to go with everything!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    No idea, gift from my sister. But they're popping up again in stores!

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    Linda R
    October 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Love these outfits! I'm prego for fall and winter but I can totally make these outfits work with my ever-growing belly. Thanks!

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    victoria g.
    October 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I'm in awe with your boots! May I ask where you got them?

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    November 8, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    You should do an update for 2013….!!

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