Fall Fashion Finds: A Checklist for the Modern Woman

by David Witkewicz

Fall has arrived, which means many women are packing away the light summer essentials and breaking out the warmer colors and heavier fabrics.  If you’re a parent you’ve likely already found the must-haves for your children’s wardrobe.

But what about your style plan for the fall? Regardless of where you work or what industry, style is a means of displaying self-confidence.

As we transition seasons, catalogue your existing fall wardrobe into ‘still love it’ or ‘leave it’. Before you run out to your favorite retail therapy destinations, it is helpful to have a fall fashion checklist on hand.

Use this on-the-go checklist of staples every woman needs in her wardrobe.  This list will help you find this season’s hottest fashion pieces, without draining your time, energy or budget.

*Style Tip: Pin your favorite fall fashions to your Pinterest boards for style inspiration.


Fall Fashion Checklist for the Busy Entrepreneur:

#1 – Know What’s Popular This Fall

This season is all about finding the right staple pieces, and the accessories to match.  Blues, greens, and jewel tones are the must-have colors for fall.

#2 – Review Your Current Wardrobe

Cross-check what you currently own against what is popular this season.  You may find that you have a few pieces that will work well with the latest fashions.  This will also help you identify what pieces you still need and help guide your purchases.

#3 – Gotta Have Pieces for This Season

This season is ripe with warm berry colors, deep textures and pieces that offer style while remaining flexible as women transition from work to family life to a night out.

A few items that will solidify your fall wardrobe, and provide flexibility into the winter months, include:


Fall Blouses
Blouses this season feature a variety of colors, prints and styles to flatter any woman’s unique figure.

Women-on-the-go receive added value because a blouse, like today’s career woman, is as flexible as a demanding schedule requires.

For weekday to weekend wear, from meetings with colleagues to cocktails with girlfriends, women’s work blouses can go with anything. Mix and match with pencil skirts, dress slacks or colored jeans.

Change the look in a flash by adding a jacket or belt.

Pencil Skirt

One of the best pieces to freshen your fall look is a tailored pencil skirt. Perfect when your workday requires you to be poised and confident.

A skirt with clean lines gives you the freedom to add your own style with a colorful blouse, jacket or cardigan sweater.

Accessorize with a belt, boots and statement accessories.

Power Dress At Work and At Play
A simply stated style like a dress not only says feminine, it is also an easy versatile item that can be dressed up or down by adding a jacket and jewelry.

Whether it’s a new client or a night out with the girls, dress to impress!

A dress is a great travel piece too. It is lightweight for your carry-on and screams, “Bump me up to first class.”

Statement Necklace

Our friend Ali Brown is not only the go-to expert on entrepreneurship for women; she is also a fashion icon.

Her bold style doesn’t define her but it does add to her radiant charm. Ali can be found wearing a statement necklace when hosting or speaking at her events.

By selecting a striking necklace, you too can accessorize an otherwise simple outfit into a bold and beautiful look.

#4 – Mix & Match

The ability to mix and match pieces from your current wardrobe, and a new checklist, is key in getting more mileage out of your fashion spend. Whether you’re shopping online or in a store, make note of what pieces repeat themselves in multiple looks.

For example, is the same blouse used with a jacket and a cardigan? With business pants and again with women’s colored jeans? A quick shift in accessories, such as adding a belt or colorful necklace can also offer a new spin on the same outfit.

Ready to shop?

Take this checklist with you by pinning this post to your Pinterest board for smartphone-handy access.

And, speaking of Pinterest, have you seen the styles She Owns It leader @MelissaOnline has pinned? While you’re pinning this checklist to your own board, check out Melissa’s pins and give her boards a fashion high-five with a friendly follow.




David Witkewicz, Head of Design at New York & Company, NY&CO is a leading specialty retailer of women’s fashion apparel and accessories, and the modern wear-to-work destination for women, providing perfectly fitting pants and NY Style that is feminine, polished, on-trend, and versatile—all, at an amazing value. 

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2 Replies to “Fall Fashion Finds: A Checklist for the Modern Woman”

  1. Rhian

    Wonderful fashion tips you got here. Being comfortable and stylish in the fall and winter seasons can sometimes be tough.

  2. Jasmine Sandrea

    It’s fun to revamp your wardrobe with new colors and new accessories. I’m glad that dresses are back for office wear. I believe that a woman can look as powerful in the right dress as she can in a pair of slacks. Being feminine is not a sign of weakness. Shoes for the new wardrobe that are comfortable as well as stylish are also important.

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