Fall Trend: Pastel Clothing
Forever 21 Jacket
Thanks to the tough-girl motorcycle cut and the refined lady-who-lunches tweed, you get tons of work-to-weekend flexibility.
To buy: $33, forever21.com for info.
Sophie Theallet for the Limited Dress
Swap same-old neutrals for slate blue. (Don’t worry, it will still look serious for the office.) This cotton-blend dress also has seaming that’s slimming.
To buy: $108, thelimited.com.
Roberta Chiarella Necklace
Even against a muted shade, this creamy metal-and-resin strand becomes a major focal point.
To buy: $48, robertachiarella.com.
Try a touch of pink leather to refresh any outfit.
To buy: $13, dailylook.com.
Sturdy golden heels and rubber soles help offset the height.
To buy: $40, shoedazzle.com for info.
Twisted just so, this cotton-and-silk scarf with a subtle ombré pattern adds a casual, graphic touch.
To buy: $13, uniqlo.com.
Wear this light blue silk blouse (which is surprisingly supple for the price) just as you would a chambray button-down.
To buy: $50, uniqlo.com.
Banana Republic Pants
These cream slim trousers are made of a medium-weight cotton blend with a jacquard texture, so they’re better suited to fall.
To buy: $89.50, bananarepublic.com.
The Limited Belt
Black leather and nice hardware help anchor the white-after–Labor Day look.
To buy: $35, thelimited.com.
Gold-tone links are set off by a faux gem that resembles sea glass.
To buy: $13, dailylook.com.
Jules Smith Ring
A thick band is unadorned yet striking.
To buy: $65, julessmithdesigns.com (available in rose gold and silver).
Rachel Rachel Roy Clutch
Carry this faux–animal-skin patchwork bag whether you’re going dressy or casual.
To buy: $59, macys.com for stores.
A viscose-blend pullover with sparkly beaded dots is a shining example of comfortable luxury.
To buy: $148, bodenusa.com (available in late October).
United Colors of Benetton Blouse
Ideal for fluctuating September temperatures. Wear this sleeveless silk blouse alone, or show a pop of collar under a sweater.
To buy: $60, benetton.com for stores.
Once you pair these pale cotton-blend pants with icy tones, like silver and gray, they gain cooler-weather versatility.
To buy: $60, zara.com for similar styles.
Get a little strap-happy before the cold sets in with these stilettos of faux leather and suede.
To buy: $38, lulus.com.
Paired with a pastel bottom, this boxy silk number nods to the nifty 50s. But worn with slim black pants, it’s modern-day chic.
To buy: $180, topshop.com for info.
Tess Dress Skirt
It’s easy to cozy up to pink when it’s in fall-friendly wool.
To buy: $125, tessdress.com. (Enter the code simple20 to receive 20 percent off sitewide.)
Spikes and studs in unexpected sorbet shades? Rock on.
To buy: $13 to $20, dailylook.com.
This handwoven straw bag has a mother-of-pearl bow that doubles as a clasp.
To buy: $180, bhldn.com.
Chinese Laundry by Kristin Cavallari Heels
In a soft blush suede, these simple d’Orsay pumps beautifully illustrate the power of understatement.
To buy: $130, chineselaundry.com.
The interplay of light and dark makes this knee-length polyester-blend sheath a versatile year-round staple. (Yup, it looks great with black tights.)
To buy: $90, zara.com for info.
Need Supply Co. Bracelets
Slip on gold-tone pentagon-shaped bangles when you want extra edge.
To buy: $24 for three, 804-355-4383.
Tinley Road Top
Here’s a polyester bow blouse that looks classic even if you wear it with trendy coated jeans.
To buy: $49, 877-747-3754.
Calvin Klein Skirt
A nubby fall tweed seems featherlight in cloudy colors with glints of gold thread. It’s a natural match for dusky shades.
To buy: $89, Lord & Taylor, 800-223-7440.
Rosy faux leather updates an otherwise conservative carryall. Comes with a shoulder strap.
To buy: $47.50, asos.com.
Banana Republic Heels
Sure, these suede beauties flash some toe, but they’re substantial enough to wear with tights later.
To buy: $120, bananarepublic.com.
The Silk Tee
Just Female Top
Cut a few inches longer in the back, this lilac silk blouse offers a sneakily sophisticated tactic for hiding your bum.
To buy: $110, 804-355-4383.
Simply Vera Vera Wang Necklaces
Once you slip on these antiquey beaded chains, your look gets transported to more glamorous days gone by. Best with simple, clean necklines.
To buy: $48 each, kohls.com for info.
Ami Clubwear Skirt
Adding charcoal is another way to fall-ify pastels. A nice plus: This knee-length polyester skirt has a stretchy elastic waist.
To buy: $30, 855-264-9327.