Fall is right around the corner. It’s the time when the leaves start to change, iced coffee is replaced by pumpkin spice lattes and our closet changes. Our sandals, swimwear, and vacation clothes go to the back of the closet. Ankle boots, knitwear, and layers become our go-to essentials. Autumn brings with it Halloween and the start of the holiday season. With the weather being unpredictable, autumn is when you want to invest in transitional pieces that carry your closet from summer to winter.

At Bella Barnett, autumn is one of our favorite seasons. There’s no better time to shake up your closet and try something new. We’re sharing ten outfit ideas to help you kickstart your fall 2021 closet. 

1. Midi skirt and knee-length boots

While sneakers are the shoes of the year, knee-length boots are a timeless autumn staple. As the temperatures start to drop, layer up against the cold with knee-length boots. They’re practical yet seductive and add a chic feel to your outfit. If you’re heading to the office or a day out in the city, you can keep it feminine with a midi skirt and button-up shirt.

2. Black jumpsuit and leather jacket

What we love about autumn is layering. With the right accessories and outerwear, you can keep wearing your favorite pieces as the temperature starts to drop. Our 'Aleah Bandage Jumpsuit' is perfect for a night on the town, and you can dress it down with a leather jacket. We’ll be swapping out our stilettoes for sneakers for a streetwear look.

3. Denim and sexy knitwear

Autumn is when we dig around our closet for our tried and tested denim jeans. Instead of keeping it casual with a cotton t-shirt, take your inspiration from Katie Holmes for a flirtatious but perfectly autumnal look. The actress went viral after being photographed in a cashmere bra and cardigan matching set. This contemporary take on knitwear is perfect for the first weeks of autumn as a transitional look.

4. Cozy knitwear and leather pants

If denim isn’t your thing, swap it out for leather pants. While leather is neutral, it’s a closet staple that comes out on its own during autumn. One of our favorite autumn trends is to give your look a laidback feel with cozy knitwear. It’s the perfect off-the-clock look or when you’re spending the day sipping on your favorite drink at a coffee shop. Play with texture and shapes by styling your leather pants with oversized knitwear. You can even add in suede boots for an unexpected twist.

5. Embrace Parisian chic

Paris is always a good idea. When you’re looking for an outfit that can take you from brunch with your girlfriends to a night in the city, keep it classic. You can never go wrong with Parisian chic. Our 'Persephone' bandage dress gives you an elevated look that is understated while giving you the perfect base for a dramatic accessory. Throw on your oversized drop earrings and add a pop of color with your heels.

6. Play with autumnal hues

When autumn hits, orange and warm yellow hues are everywhere you look. Take your inspiration from the world around us by embracing the changes of the season. You can choose your favorite color and create an elevated autumnal look by mix and matching different hues. You can take crisp orange trousers and style with a light yellow sweater with a red bag, and a fun accessory in the same hue. Have fun and embrace the warm shades of autumn. Embrace pumpkin season with head-to-toe orange.

7. Bandage dress and trench coat

Autumn is all about outerwear. A trench coat is a must-have and the perfect investment piece into your closet as a transitional essential that will carry your favorite dresses through every season. Our 'Hakula' mini bandage dress incorporates autumnal hues with a universally flattering silhouette. You can throw on a trench coat to stay warm on the go and give you a classic look. It’s perfect for posting on your Instagram feed.

8. Minimalist athleisure

Comfort-driven casual fashion is here to stay. While we love our bandage dresses for a night out, we stick to a more relaxed look on our days off. If you want to stay cozy and warm but with a streetwear-ready look, choose minimalistic athleisure. The trick is to stick to one color palette for an on-trend look. You can give your look a supermodel twist by swapping sneakers for pointed heels to instantly transform your look. If you’re planning on traveling in fall 2021, this outfit is a staple.

9. Play with animal print

As soon as autumn hits, we dive into our closet for our favorite animal print. Whether you’re a fan of leopard print or an unexpected zebra print, it’s time to put it to the front of your closet. The secret to wearing animal print is to keep the rest of your outfit minimalistic. You can style black jeans with an animal print blouse or style a Carin Tiger Print Set with classic black heels and gold jewelry. 

10. An unexpected pop of color

Do you have a special occasion coming up? Autumn weddings can be hard to plan for with the unexpected weather. It’s easy to think that a little black dress is your only option or that you have to stick to a neutral color palette. Our 'Abbey' yellow one should bandage dress brings a touch of sunshine to your day with an effortlessly chic look. Is yellow not your thing? It’s also available in autumn-appropriate orange and signature red.

We think autumn is the perfect time to shake up your closet with new dresses. Whether you want a statement party dress or a classic LBD, our curated collection of dresses has something to offer every woman. What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Which of these fall outfits is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!