The 10 Essentials Every Wardrobe Needs for Fall
A high-quality turtleneck, a well-tailored blazer, boots. Thanks to more time spent at home and fewer opportunities to dress up, we’ve become laser focused on fundamental wardrobe staples. And while previously these might have been relegated to “building blocks”—namely, pieces that create a canvas for something more exciting to shine—these closet pillars are currently enjoying time in the fashion spotlight. Here, Team Moda introduces the only 10 pieces you need this season—and endless outfit options for each.
1. The TRENCH Coat
Dating back to World War I, trenches were originally designed for the British military (hence the name) but quickly transcended social stratums, and were worn by everyone from the working class to the royal family. Today, its appeal remains universal, with the fashion pack adopting the silhouette as a mainstay.
Constructed from lightweight yet insulated and weatherproof fabrics, it’s the epitome of transitional wear, ideal for in-between days when it’s neither too cold nor too warm. Then, there’s the layering piece (a benefit few coats can claim). Trenches tend to be thin enough to slide beneath heavier outerwear (try letting the collar poke out from beneath) or worn over a chunky sweater (no need to worry about stiff, narrow arms). Finally, its archetypal status gives designers an ideal foundation on which to creatively experiment, whether that’s Daniel Lee’s luxurious renditions at Bottega Veneta, Martin Grant’s finely-crafted classics, or Jonathan Anderson’s arsty spins for Loewe. Choose yours accordingly.
PICTURED: LA COLLECTION Trench Coat, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI Boots, LE17 SEPTEMBRE Sweater
2. The TWO-IN-ONE Sweater
Historically, “two-in-one” may not have always had the most desirable connotations (see: shampoo), but that changed after Phoebe Philo presented the scarf-cum-sweater for Celine’s Pre-Fall ‘18 collection, her last for the French house.
Fast forward to 2020 and the two-for-one has propelled the humble knit to hero status. Its extended drapery captures the casual insouciance of styling sweaters knotted over your shoulder (while discarding any preppy factor). Look to fine yarns in sophisticated shades—we love mushroom, brick, and cobalt blue—and pair with skirts or pants alike, tucked in or out.