6 Celebrities Show Us How to Make Our Boring Fall Staples Look Spectacular

Judith Jones

If you read Who What Wear regularly, you’ll know we love to talk about our trusty basics on the regular—from seasonal staples to the basics fashion girls love. And there’s good reason! They’re the building blocks of our wardrobes, they’re striking in their simplicity when worn alone, they serve as a versatile backdrop to statement pieces, and they get us out of every fashion pickle in a pinch.

So now that you’re armed with your fall staples, how do you keep them looking interesting and fresh all season long? We turned to some of our favorite stylish celebrities for plenty of inspiration. From colorful overcoats that’ll add some oomph to your jeans and tee, to trendy snake-print boots that will add wow factor to your simple cardigan, scroll below as we share some of the coolest celebrity fall looks that we fully intend on copying this season.

Staple: White tee
Jazz it up with: A statement fall blazer

On Katie Holmes: Mango Lapels Wool Coat ($200); Acne Studios Leather Mules ($480); Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents PM Bag ($4000); Prada Sunglasses ($350)

Katie Holmes takes her basic white tee from zero to 100 with the addition of a statement wool blazer in an autumnal burnt orange hue. Keep the rest of your outfit crisp and clean in neutral hues.

Shop the staple:

Hanes Nano T-Shirt ($6)

Shop the statement piece:

Mango Lapels Wool Coat ($200)

Staple: Straight-leg jeans
Jazz it up with: Tonal blue overcoat and accessories

On Jennifer Lopez: Max Mara coat; Timberland Waterproof Boots ($170); Valentino Medium Rockstud Matelassé Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag ($2895); Prive Revaus Jagger Sunglasses

No one makes their basics look spectacular quite like Jennifer Lopez. She paired her staple straight-leg jeans with a striking pastel blue coat, boots, sweater, and accessories to elevate her casual fall look. 

Shop the staple:

Slvrlake Tyler Mid-Rise Straight-Leg Jeans ($299)

Shop the statement pieces:

Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific Long Wool Blend Trench Coat ($249)

Timberland Waterproof Boots ($170)

Staple: White sneakers
Jazz it up with: An all-white and cream outfit

On Rihanna: Bottega Veneta Pouchin Intrecciato Nappa ($3100)

Take a leaf out of Rihanna's book, and pair your basic white sneakers with a monochromatic ensemble to exude a laid-back yet elegant look this fall. Don't forget to play with tones and textures (shearling, cashmere, leather, and cotton) to keep your look interesting.

Shop the staple:

Nike Blazer Low SE Sneakers ($75)

Shop the statement pieces:

Bottega Veneta The Pouch in Intrecciato Nappa ($3100)

Topshop Cream Luxe Faux Fur Gilet ($85)

Staple: Cardigan
Jazz it up with: Snake-print boots

On Chrissy Teigen: Magda Butrym Rochester Wool Cashmere Cardigan ($557); Schutz Maryana Tall Boots ($290)

Give your simple grandpa cardigan the fashion-girl treatment and pair it with trending knee-high snake print boots for a look with guaranteed wow factor. For those of us not quite as daring as Chrissy, you can pair it with a black miniskirt and tights as the temps get cooler.

Shop the staple:

Mango Long Knit Cardigan ($100)

Shop the statement piece:

Schutz Maryana Tall Boots ($290)

Staple: Check blazer
Jazz it up with: Peppy yellow pumps

On Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham Satin Pumps ($590); Plaid Wool-Blend Blazer ($1960)

By now, most of us probably own a staple check or plaid blazer which lends itself beautifully to the Autumn season. But how do we keep it interesting throughout the months ahead? Emulate Victoria Beckham's chic style and pair a few vibrant pieces such as bright yellow pumps and a sky blue crew-neck sweater. A desk-to-drinks look we'll be copying ASAP.

Shop the staple:

Violeta by Mango Double Breasted Check Blazer ($100)

Shop the statement pieces:

Victoria Beckham Satin Pumps ($590)

Everlane The Cashmere Crew ($100)

Staple: Sweats
Jazz it up with: Combat boots and a top-handle handbag

On Irina Shayk: Falconeri sweatshirt and sweatpants; Dr. Martens 1460 Boots ($140); Hermès bag

Give your all-black sweatsuit an upgrade and instead of sporting them with your usual sneakers, opt for a pair of trendy heavy-duty combat boots instead. Give your whole ensemble a polished touch by finishing with a ladylike top-handle handbag.

Shop the staple:

Lou & Grey Signaturesoft Plush Upstate Sweatpants ($70)

Shop matching Signaturesoft Plus Upstate Sweatshirt ($70). 

Shop the statement pieces:

Dr. Martens 1460 8 Eye Boots ($150)

Hermès 2019 Epsom Birkin ($15000)

Up next, 10 fall outfit trends it would be a crime not to know about.

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