October 12, 2016 - I Feel Pretty, Pretty Fix, Style

Pretty Fix: October – 10 Fall Essentials for Moms

Welcome to a special expanded edition of the monthly Pretty Fix!  This month I’m doubling my recommendations to give you a good base of fall essentials to build easy fall outfits.  Since the majority of my readers are moms who want a fashionable yet functional casual wardrobe I’m dedicating this month’s fix to the pieces that I reach for most in my own daily mom life.

This list covers some classic casual pieces that will never go out of style.  If you’d like to see an expanded version of this with the latest trends added in, then I’d love to have you join the Fall 2016 GYPO Style Challenge.  Not only are we styling every piece on the list below in our 27 days of outfits but we’re also adding in some fun fall trends.

10 Fall Essentials for Moms



1.  Striped Shirt – A striped shirt goes on almost every single style challenge shopping list, and for good reason.  It’s a classic that will never go out of style and adds interest to any basic outfit.


2.  Plaid Shirt – Fall and plaid go hand in hand.  Pair your plaid with your favorite jeans and riding boots or layer it under a sweater on cool days.



1.  Utility Parka – This lightweight outerwear staple is just right for chilly fall mornings and evenings.  You can layer it over a sweater when the weather turns a bit cooler.


2.  Long Cardigan – Autumn dressing is all about the layers.  Wear this one over any solid color top and add a printed scarf, skinny jeans and riding boots for an instantly chic outfit.



1.  Dark Wash Jeans – Skinny jeans in a dark wash flatter ALL body types and pair perfectly with all of your footwear – including riding boots, ankle boots, loafers, ballet flats and slip on sneakers.  Look for a great fitting pair that doesn’t stretch out.


2.  Black Skinny Jeans – I always recommend a pair of black jeans because they’re so versatile!  They can be easily dressed up for a date night or cuffed and worn with sneakers and an oversized sweatshirt for every day.



1.  Riding Boots – If there’s one thing you invest in this fall, make it a great pair of riding boots.  I’ve worn the same pair for over five years and on a cost per wear basis, they’ve been more than paid for.  Choose a classic style and color and be sure to polish them regularly to keep them looking like new.


2.  Black Ankle Boots – Like black jeans, black ankle boots can easily dress up any outfit.  They’re perfect for a fall date night but a pair with a low heel works just as well for every day.



1.  Leather Tote – A well-made leather tote is great for stashing everything you need for fall festivals and activities.  Get one that’s roomy yet lightweight to make sure you don’t feel too weighed down when it’s full.


2.  Printed Scarf – The ultimate outfit maker, a printed scarf instantly transforms your solid tees, tops and sweaters into something special.  Look for one like this with trendy details like tassels to freshen up your fall scarf collection.

Fall 2016 GYPO Style Challenge


Get the full fall 2016 shopping list with these classic pieces and fun fall trends plus 27 days of mix and match outfits created from these pieces!  Join the Fall 2016 GYPO Style Challenge and rediscover your style.

Leather Earrings Giveaway

One lucky girl is going to win her choice of any pair of lightweight leather earrings from Ayla Jane Designs.  If you have sensitive ears like me and can’t wear heavy earrings, you will absolutely love these.  I’ve been wearing the “Fixer Upper” inspired pair on the right every day! Just pick any of the easy ways to enter below.


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  • Celina Swanson McClaran

    I adore the brown leather earrings!

  • The champagne metallic earrings are my favorite! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Doused In Pink

  • Stacey Keeling

    Love the champagne earrings! I’d love to try these out for the pretty shape and light weight leather. 🙂

    Thank you for hosting today.

  • I love when you do these. I adore every single one of these pieces. The champagne metallic earring are gorgeous!

  • Rose gold in the earrings.
    Thank you!

  • Maureen

    Garnet and Gold chevron pair on Instagram were fantastic!

  • LoriM

    I like the gunmetal gray earrings.

  • RedTagChicLA

    I love your plaid picks!!!

    Check out how I merged a bit of Fall and Summer in a single look at the blog this week and let me know what you think!

    Happy Wednesday!


  • Dana S

    I love the champagne color! Beautiful!

  • Sonya Berkebile

    The gold and rose gold colors are my favorite! Love the October must haves also!

  • ADA

    I need to replace my cognac riding boots and need a new pair of black skinny jeans. Rather than that I do have all these mom essentials. Great list Alison and I agree 100%!

  • Oh wow! I love these leather earrings! The bronze and rose gold are my faves!


  • Laura

    These are all fabulous fall essentials! I wear my riding boots constantly!

  • Susan Jeffries

    I am loving these earrings! I cant wear heavy earrings anymore but I love larger earrings! I love the brown fixer upper and the chevron style are adorable! I needed to add some striped tees to my closet this fall too. Thanks for the links! Susan

  • I am just about to enter into motherhood, but these have all definitely been essentials for me while pregnant too. Such good pieces!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Great post! Love these choices!

  • LeAnn Kitchen

    I love the earrings! My favorite is the rose gold color.

  • Sherril McGann

    Rose gold is my favorite color of leather earrrings.

  • Wow. Ayla is talented. Love the Champagne metallic teardrop, teardrop earrings. Thank you.

  • Jen W

    Can you share what riding boots you recommend? My feet have shown me that I can’t look for a bargain; I need something good for the long haul like you described. But where to begin?? ;0)

    • My Frye Melissa boots have been a staple for the past five years. They’re totally worth the investment!

  • Krista

    Rose Gold – It would go with so many outfits and dress up whatever I’m wearing

  • Pretty earrings! Love your selection for fall essentials. Congac boots and booties I will be wearing throughout the fall, and am in love with the color olive.
    jess xx

  • amy coose

    Thanks for the chance to win, I love the metallic champagne earrings!

  • Taylor Closet

    My favorite color is the Bronze leather, gorgeous!

  • Great picks and I actually like the Rose Gold earrings…will go perfect with my LipSense pink colors.
    Rachel xo

  • Great list, Alison. I will definitely bookmark this post. Thanks!

  • Angela S.

    I love the gold leaf earrings because they seem so like fall and go with almost everything.

  • Beth K.

    Those bronze teardrop earrings tho!!! Swoon 🙂

  • Jenny Uribe

    I love the rose gold leather and champagne metallic.

  • Kristin Kohler

    I love leather totes, especially in the gorgeous cognac color you chose. They look so luxe even though they’re so practical.

  • Susanne Nieman

    I would love an aqua pair–but I didn’t see that color. So I’d probably go with gold or bronze.

  • Melissa

    This is a great list of fall items for moms, Alison! I have a lot of these items in my wardrobe. The leather earrings are cute. I especially like the gunmetal color. I love most things that are “Fixer Upper” inspired. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this weekly link up! -Melissa

  • Karen

    I think I would pick the champagne color ones :)! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lora

    I wish I could agree that dark skinny jeans will flatter all body types. When your shoulders are wider than your hips like mine, dark jeans make my bottom half look even smaller in comparison. I’ve tried so many over the years, only to hurry and switch them out with a lighter wash for balance. It’s so frustrating.

  • CaseyGirl

    Wow, the metallic earrings are so pretty!!
    This is a great post, thanks for the tips! (and hosting the link up!)

  • Cathy Schiffman

    I really like the rose gold! Very pretty!

  • Jill Schlegel Snethen

    I like the gun metal gray earrings. Thank you.

  • Nikki Merritt

    I’m in the market for some new black jeans. Will definitely check these out!

  • Shawnda

    I like the gold leather tear drop earrings!

  • Rose Gold all the way!

  • This is a great list of fall basics. I finally found a cognac tote and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  • megan

    i want all the striped tops! and i like the gun metal earrings!

  • I think these are essentials for all women! Great picks