Essential Fall Outfits that Inspire

28th Sep 2016

As the first days of fall arrive, storing away our beloved tanks, shorts, and mini dresses can be bittersweet. Another summer of picnics, beach lounging, and sunshine has passed. However, this also means that we get to enjoy a season of crisp air on our cheeks, family holidays, and cozy nights.

Of course, this means adding the latest fashions to our fall wardrobe. Below you will find fashion tips, trends, and outfit suggestions that will make updating your cute outfits for the fall fun and easy.

Fun Colors for the Fall

At Pink Lily, we are especially excited about this fashion season’s embrace of warm earth tones. Brown is back and the fashion world is eager for it. Flip through any fashion magazine and you will see a celebration of the colors nearest and dearest to autumn: olives, coppers, and rusts. We have outfits that will keep you at the top of the season’s color palette.


Our olive-hued Can’t Resist Your Love maxi is perfect for formal evening events. The delicate looking ruffled bodice gives way to a beautifully draping, luxuriously soft modal cotton gown. Pair this dress with wedges and add a choker to accentuate your shoulders and neck, and you have a gown fit for a princess.

Rich and Deep Tones

Darker tones like chocolate, taupe, and deep blues are also popular for casual fall fashion. For cooler nights when you just want to be cozy, but still cute, try this Hold You Close plaid tunic. This shirt is as warm as it is comfy. Pair the tunic with ankle leggings or jeans for a cozy outfit that will keep you snug all season long. Finish off this basic fall outfit with a pair of our calf-high outlaw boots.

Golds and Mustards

Fashion’s focus on earth tones still means plenty of room for brighter shades among your casual fall fashion outfits. Yellows, oranges, and reds are also getting lots of attention this year. Try out our Go Your Own Way blouse in mustard. This low, V-neck is amazingly soft and comfortable while still edgy. The zipper neckline lets you choose just how much you want to show off. Also, the high-low hem is both stylish and ideal for all your cute outfits for the fall.

Pick Your Pattern

Solid colors are the foundation of any basic fall outfit, but sometimes we want to play with patterns. This is the season for it. You may remember all those rules about stripes and mixing different print—you can throw them out this year. Unusual shapes are in! Mismatched patterns are leading the fashion charge around the world and striped patterns are still on top.


Making your own statement about stripes works with high-fashion and in your cute outfits for the fall. This In the Line striped tunic is perfect for a night relaxing with the girls. The blouse has thin stripes that are cute and framed perfectly by the solid navy, full-length sleeves. The additional length gives the shirt a unique flowing look that once again goes perfectly with jeans and leggings. Complete this fun fall outfit with your favorite pair of boots, or try to sneak in a few more days of sandals.

Plaids and Checks

Adding plaids and checks to outfits is a fantastic way to combine warmth and depth in your wardrobe, while giving you plenty of accent colors to play with. If you like check patterns, have fun and choose outfits that make people look twice with perspective shifting patterns. Do not be shy about standing out—the boys are doing it too! In fact, menswear is actually inspiring this year’s fascination with plaids and checks. Take your plaid game to the next level with this Monogrammed Plaid Weekender bag. It has the deep blue and soft brown so popular this year, with hints of red that will allow you to pair it with plenty of cute outfits for the fall.

Polka Dots

There’s nothing more fun this season than polka dots. Big dots. Little Dots. Dots of all colors and patterns—we love them all! While polka dots can serve as the main pattern for any outfit, they are also super cute for accessories. If your current phone case is feeling a little square, add a few dots, or lots of them like on this hard plastic Confetti Dots IPhone case which can be monogrammed. Need we say more?

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This season’s fashions are also holding on to summer’s best and most delicate things: flowers. Floral prints of all shapes and earthy tones are popular casual fall fashion favorites. This peach floral headband is a wonderful accent piece that can complement and add a soft, feminine touch to any basic fall outfit.


Houndstooth comes to the fashion world by way of the Scottish Lowlands. This centuries old pattern is traditionally done in black and white. Popular in tweed jackets and caps, houndstooth has no limits. This season has kept the traditional black and white, but is playing with the traditional pattern size and expanding opportunities for this elegant pattern to shine. This monogrammed market tote will look lovely on your arm and add charm to every market trip or fall picnic.


The final pattern in our list for your casual fall fashion gives us a sneak peek of future fashion trends. Geometric patterns with bright colors and eye-catching patterns create futuristic and flirty outfits. Wear a complementing jacket to this Geometric Love short-sleeve dress for a fun date night or party. This lightweight dress can stay in your wardrobe well into fall by layering it with leggings and a chunky cardigan and scarf.

Back to Basics

Round out your fall wardrobe updates by depending on the old faithfuls in your closet. They’re items and styles that last from year-to-year, and sometimes from one generation to the next. It is never too late to start accumulating these classic styles that will get you through this season and beyond.


Tops are a girl’s best friend because they may be paired with any bottom, such as skirts, shorts, and slacks. Tuck them into your skirt or slacks for a more polished effect, add a thin belt for a vintage feel, or let it flow at your sides for an effortlessly chic look. Regardless of how you wear them, these are the four essential tops for your casual fall fashion.

  • Collared Shirts—Deepening your collection of collared shirts—such as lightweight flannels—will give you more than enough basic fall outfit options that can take you from the class to work and to casual events without giving up precious time for a wardrobe change.
  • Blouses— As versatile wardrobe staples, blouses are typically made of more delicate fabrics, such as satin or silk. Typically embellished, blouses can be that clothing BFF that works perfectly for day-to-night looks. For more formal events, or to dress up a little, add a touch of chic to your favorite ripped jeans. With options for scoop necks, V-necks, and sleeve lengths, the outfit opportunities are limitless!
  • Tunics—If your fashion priorities include comfort and fabrics with flattering drapes, tunics are the tops for your cute outfits for the fall. Often designed with unique cuts, buttons, lace-details and other adornments, they provide a wonderful canvas for any season’s favorite trends and patterns.

  • Sweaters—Sweaters and sweatshirts are likely the all-time favorite fall staple. There is a special joy when we get to show these gems around town for the season. This Not Your Average Girl Sweatshirt highlights this fall’s trends with its bright, but earthy floral pattern set against a classic gray.


When you find the perfect pair of trousers, hold onto them! Well-constructed pants that flatter you in all the right places are like a dream. Cropped ankle trousers continue to be popular, but this season has embraced the elegance of wide leg trousers.

As much as we love our capris in the summer, fall solidly belongs to the world of jeans. Distressed. Ripped. Skinny. Boot cut. There are so many wonderful styles of jeans to add to serve as the foundation of our cute outfits for the fall. Pair them with tunics, sweaters, and collared shirts—there is no possible way to go wrong!

We are talking a lot about pants, but there is just enough warm weather left for us squeeze a bit more out of skirt collections this year. While A-line and pencil skirts are timeless, pleated skirts are showing off edgy new designs, highlighted by the bolder shades in this season’s trendy colors.


Staying warm in style has never been easier. Similar to plaid patterns, popular outerwear in this year’s essential fall outfits include menswear inspired coats, like this olive green Born to Explore cargo jacket. With a vintage feel, this lightweight jacket will pair well with most of your cute outfits for the fall and should keep you warm (but not too hot) throughout the season. You can also layer with the ever-popular sleeveless vests in the season’s colors and patterns. As fall finally gives way to winter, trench coats and furry parkas are also big this year.


Make the most of these months before winter settles in and step out in your cutest fall footwear. Even though your favorite flats and boots will work with plenty of casual fall fashion, this is also time to explore other styles like small heels and pumps. These Heyday Booties in camel are the perfect brown and feature a zipper accent and a textured heel. Wear them to dress up your favorite jeans or to add a little sass to a dress or skirt.


No outfit is complete without just the right accessories. Think beyond the handbag and find the perfect purse, clutch, or tote for your outfit.

  • Gold Jewelry—When picking adornments, keep gold or silver jewelry pieces dazzling front and center. This season’s focus on earth tones gives you plenty of room to show off necklaces and earrings that are colorful, bold, and meant to draw attention.
  • Scarves—Our dual-purpose friend adds style to any outfit while making it cozy. Pink Lily’s fall line has a wide selection of medium-sized and oversized scarves. Browse the selection of colors that make perfect use of the seasons focus on plaids, fringe, and buttons. The gorgeous color combinations and patterns will pair perfectly with any casual fall fashion this year.

Outfit Ideas

With so many exciting fall trends, the combinations are endless. The tips below will help you take your cute outfits for the fall to the next level by adding details that are interesting and uniquely you.

Perfecting the Day-to-Night Outfit

Just because you put on a go-to basic fall outfit in the morning does not mean you have to trek all the way home to change come evening. When you are ready to go from day to night, freshen up your look by adding a cropped leather jacket as a sophisticated layer. Trade out those flats or tennis shoes for booties that will extend the lines of your outfit for a slimming effect while helping keep your feet warm on a chilly night without compromising your style.

It’s All About the Colors

We can make an ordinary fall outfit extraordinary just by simply adjusting our colors. Contrasting simple and bright colors is an eye-catching trick. For example, take a simple gray top that you would usually wear with jeans, and pair it with a bright colored bottom for a casual-chic combination that works for a variety of events.

Small Details Count Big

Pay attention to small details that can really bring an outfit together and make it stunning. Add embellishments like lace details, velvet trims, zippers, and cutouts. Experiment with buttons of different sizes and shapes—there is no outfit detail that is easier to swap out to completely change the effect of a piece of clothing. Sparing use of fringe details is also a great way to add a little sizzle to any outfit.

Never-Ending Layers  

From head-to-toe, plan your best cute outfits for the fall with layers in mind. Pair a fall weight dress with fleece-lined leggings and knee-high boots to keep you warm and looking good. As night falls, add a chunky scarf with a low drape to give the outfit additional texture. Be sure to carry a cute trench coat, just in case the weather forecaster is wrong.

If it feels more like a skirt day or event, layering still works. Leggings work perfectly with shorter skirts and booties. Top off the outfit with a knit poncho to keep you cozy and snug no matter where the night takes you.

At Pink Lily, we are thrilled to bring you this season’s newest trends and best fashions. Come back often for more updates, tips, and tricks to build both the basic and not-so-basic outfits in your wardrobe for every season.