Women’s Fall/Winter Outfit Inspiration

When it comes to women’s fashion, there are so many countless stores, styles, and options out there that it can be overwhelming! Not to worry, I’ve put together a handy-dandy “cheat sheet” for you! 🙂

Similar to my previous post, here are three tried-and-true outfit “formulas” that photograph beautifully and are flattering across a wide range of body types. I’ve also included links below for each item shown, but any similar item will work, regardless of the brand. As always, I recommend focusing on timeless, classic styles over trends, and avoiding distracting elements such as busy prints and logos.


Outfit Formula #1: Sweater dress + brown or tan ankle booties (+optional leggings/tights)

Left: Abercrombie dress, Clarks boots | Middle: Abercrombie dress, Blondo boots | Right: Abercrombie dress, Clarks boots


Sweater dresses instantly kick up the classy factor while maintaining a warm and cozy fall feel. Plus, it’s super easy to add leggings or tights if the weather is on the chilly side! Choose a beautiful fall hue like deep red or forest green, or opt for a neutral cream or heather gray, then top it off with some leather or suede ankle booties for a winning combination of textures that photograph and pair beautifully.


Outfit Formula #2: Cozy sweater + faux suede skirt + ankle booties or riding boots

Left: J. Crew sweater, H&M skirt, Blondo boots | Right: Abercrombie sweater, LOFT skirt, Naturalizer boots


Another way to play up fall textures is with a classic sweater and skirt combo! I’ve been seeing a lot of faux suede skirts in stores this fall, and for a trend, I think they’re very classic. I especially love the ones with buttons down the front! As always, ankle booties work well with almost any fall outfit, but suede skirts also pair wonderfully with taller riding boots.

For milder weather, pick a sleek, lightweight V-neck sweater, or amp it up with a chunky, cable-knit mockneck sweater for colder temps. I recommend tucking or half-tucking your sweater for a bit of waist definition.


Outfit Formula #3: Fun sweater + dark wash skinny jeans + wedge booties

Left: J. Crew sweater, Banana Republic jeans, Dr. Scholl’s boots | Right: Abercrombie sweater, Banana Republic jeans, Dr. Scholl’s boots


Not a dress/skirt kind of gal? Sub in a great pair of dark wash denim, and you’re golden! If you want to keep things from looking toooo casual, pick a sweater with a fun detail such as a tie-neck, balloon sleeves, or an elegant cable stitch, and finish the look with some sleek wedge booties.


Some great places to shop for women’s outfits:

J. Crew (sweaters, jeans, tops)

Everlane (sweaters, tops)

Abercrombie (sweater dresses, sweaters)

LOFT (sweaters, skirts, tops)

Madewell (sweaters, jeans, tops)

American Eagle (jeans, sweaters)

Zappos (shoes and boots)


Looking for more? Check out my men’s fall/winter outfit inspiration guide here!



Jocelyn Bravo is a Northern Virginia family photographer who specializes in creating joyful and luminous images for families and couples. She is based in Alexandria, VA and loves working with clients all across Virginia and the DMV.


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