Think of a jumpsuit as the trendy counterpart to the quintessential black dress. It works with all of your favorite accessories, but the cool, modern silhouette packs a surprising punch. A stunning necklace makes a serious statement against the simple neckline. To let it shine, keep your bag and shoes simple. Use a pretty wrap to add a pop of color.
To buy: Jumpsuit, $80; mango.com. Necklace, $58; baublebar.com. Shoes, $80; stevemadden.com. Wrap, $98; Nordstrom.com. Clutch, $30; renttherunway.com.
The Midi Skirt
Welcome the trendy update to the classic midi: layers and layers of tulle. The ladylike length and an unexpected color, like deep navy, keep it from looking too ballerina. Add an embellished sweater to keep it feeling dressed up, cozy, and—best of all—already accessorized.
To buy: Skirt, $69; lulus.com. Top, $35; dorothyperkins.com. Shoes, $69; zappos.com. Clutch, $40; solesociety.com
You may think trousers belong organized into the “office” side of your closet, but this pair can bridge both worlds. With a flattering, streamlined cut and a healthy smattering of pretty crystals, these pants look right at home among even the most decked-out cocktail dresses. (Talk about “fancy pants”!)
To buy: Pants, $97; oasis.com. Top, $115; topshop.com. Earrings: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A similar product can be found here. Shoes, $99; nordstrom.com.
Sometimes breaking up can be a good thing—as in the case of coordinated pieces. Seen everywhere from the runways to social-media style stars, these sets combine the best parts of dresses (easy, no-brainer outfits) and separates (customizable sizing for the top and the bottom, and mix-and-match possibilities). For a formal event like a wedding, wear the coordinated pieces together for a chic look with a little retro appeal. Later (or for yet another friend’s celebration of matrimony), pair them with other items from your closet for an endless array of ensembles.
To buy: Skirt, $134; asos.com. Top, $54; asos.com. Cuff, $150; maxandchloe.com. Shoes, $75; aldoshoes.com. Clutch, $173; revolveclothing.com.
The LJD (Little Jewel-Tone Dress)
Make this your new fall wardrobe staple. Deep, rich shades of almost any color are universally flattering, plus they feel much more festive than basic black. Look for pretty embellishments (like this frock's lace sides) or try the tones in a classic sheath shape that you can also recycle for the office. Barely-there heels keep the look from being too heavy, while oversized tassel earrings dress it up enough for any occasion.
To buy: Dress, $130; modcloth.com. Earrings: Unfortunately, this item is no longer available. A similar product can be found here. Shoes, $60; riverisland.com. Bag, $78; nordstrom.com.