When autumn lovers explain why they love the season so much, they’ll mention an article of clothing, no fail. Whether it’s sweaters or jackets or layers of everything, the stuff we wear during fall has an appealing mix of nostalgia, practicality, and just-want-to-sit-by-the-fire coziness. And while there’s a definite measure of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” new styling ideas never hurt anyone.

Below, our favorites from Nordstrom’s 1901 line, a collection designed to celebrate timeless looks. Get ready to see these classic autumnal pieces through fresh eyes.

The new way to wear: a cableknit sweater


Proof of the perfection of the humble sweater? It’s the only article of clothing to have a season named after it (sweater weather!). With the cableknit’s classic shape and salt-of-the-earth energy, it’s easy to pull on with your favorite jeans and easy boots.

Challenge yourself for fall ’18 by finding one with special details that enhance the timeless knit. Ties at the neck and wrists and a delicate raised collar make this snowy option seem blouse-like. Resist the urge to pull on jeans and pair with a mini instead. The cut’s spring-like, but the right material can make all the difference (this one is wool coated in a plasticky finish).

Nordstrom 1901 Sweater, $79

Worn with: Fendi Skirt,

The new way to wear: suiting


Tailored jackets and proper trousers—especially worn together—are year-round classics that feel especially right for crisp fall weather. Flip the idea of matched separates on its head with a chic jumpsuit that fakes the look of a top and pants but has all the ease of a one-piece.

Piping at the cuffs, lapel, and breast pocket define menswear-inspired details, while a silky fabric in a dark hue is versatile enough to wear to work or cocktails. For the office, pick a pointy, bow-topped flat that gives a feminine finish. Replace with heels to take it out at night.

Nordstrom 1901 Pajama Jumpsuit, $99

Worn with: Nordstrom 1901 Flats, $90,; Alexander Wang Clutch

The new way to wear: a pencil skirt


Sleek, simple, and with a hemline that’s appropriate for the most conservative office, the pencil skirt is back and better than ever. Make it feel modern by not thinking of it as a basic anchor piece. Instead, turn it into a statement with a classic plaid print and a thick belt.

While the silhouette will always look good with a basic shell, crewneck sweater, or button-down, it’s easy to relax with a fun graphic t-shirt. Tuck it in for a clean look.

Nordstrom 1901 Pencil Skirt, $79

Worn with: Nordstrom 1901 T-Shirt; Valentino Bag

The new way to wear: a blazer


Unscientific studies have shown that half of all women are thrilled when fall weather rolls around because it’s time to pull out a blazer. The topper has a high ROI, with an ease of wear that manages to make any outfit feel instantly more polished.

This fall, shake it up by wearing one over a statement blouse and with wide, cropped pants. Avoid chilly ankles by styling with a higher boot that slips under roomy pant legs. Extra credit if you opt for a standout color like dusty red.

Nordstrom 1901 Blazer, $149

Worn with: Nordstrom 1901 Blouse, $69,; Nordstrom 1901 Pants, $89,; Salvatore Ferragamo Bag


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