6 Fall 2019 Investment Pieces That Work With Literally Everything In My Closet

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For The Zoe Report's fall fashion issue, TZR editors are sharing the Fall/Winter 2019 pieces they’re most excited to welcome into their wardrobes. For senior social editor Aidan Macaluso, that means finding core staples that can be worn again, and again, and again.

I think I’ve always been an emotional dresser. It's something that was undoubtedly encouraged by my mother, who let me dress myself from a very young age (even when that meant layering multiple bathing suits over my dresses for preschool). For this reason, I’ve always had a tough time understanding what exactly constitutes my personal style. It’s always felt ever-changing, and at times, lacking a through line of consistency. Embarrassed to admit that I’ve always secretly craved a "signature look," in recent years I’ve come to terms with the idea that maybe I just don’t have one — or one that I can readily identify, anyway.

So rather than approach each new season with my "personal style" in mind, I focus on individual pieces — why I’m drawn to them, and what makes them inherently wearable. Before purchasing something, I go so far as to quantify how many days a week I’d realistically wear it. It’s in that equation that I’ve learned I can appreciate trends without buying into them (a wild revelation, I know). So, while I may find the micro-bag trend utterly adorable, I will not be purchasing the Jacquemus Le petit Chiquito.

My fall picks reflect my desire to invest in core staples that can seamlessly pair with my (eclectic) vintage finds. While the below pieces undoubtedly align with this season’s trends, more importantly, they maintain the ability to be dressed up or down for years to come.

Acne Boots

A great ankle boot is hard to find, but I believe I’ve found it in these square-toe boots (with a forgiving block heel!) from Acne Studios.

Ulla Johnson Sweater

I love that this sweater is classic with a romantic twist.

Bottega Veneta Clutch

This clutch is seemingly everywhere, and for good reason. It’s the perfect neutral piece that is not only timeless, but will improve with age.

Reformation Jeans

This season I’m opting for slightly longer hems, forgoing cropped styles for bootcut denim.

Rotate Dress

While this dress speaks to the ‘80s resurgence of Fall/Winter 2019, above all, it's the perfect black dress for a myriad of occasions.

Oscar De La Renta Necklace

I love amplifying simple looks with bold jewelry, and this necklace will make any outfit look infinitely more polished.