Autumn is Gilmore Girls season. This is an undeniable fact of life. No matter what climate you're living in come Sept. 22, you can hop on Netflix and instantly be transported to a quaint New England community where coffee is a major food group and you can never have enough fashionable coats.
The series may span all four seasons, but fall is undoubtedly when the fictional town of Stars Hollow really comes to life. Sure, it could be the picturesque scenery surrounding that gazebo or the abundance of quirky small-town festivals. But we have another theory as to why the show's autumnal episodes were (and still are) so special: Lorelai Gilmore's wardrobe.
From those cozy beanies to her seemingly never-ending rotation of chic outerwear, the quick-witted single mom is one of TV's most iconic trendsetters. She singlehandedly mastered the art of effortless layering, always giving off the vibe that she just threw on whatever was closest and, somehow, it worked.
In reality, piecing together a look that's thrown together without being too sloppy requires quite a bit of finesse. So, if you plan on cosplaying as Stars Hollow's favorite resident this season, there are certain pieces that every self-respecting GG fan needs in their wardrobe to achieve the ultimate Lorelai look.
A Faux Leather Blazer
Whether she's running things at The Dragonfly Inn or meeting Rory for lunch at Luke's Diner, you can bet that if the temperatures are dropping, Lorelai is rocking this classic fall staple. A leather blazer is just about the most versatile piece you can own. Keep it casual with a graphic tee and a pair of trousers, or go for a more professional vibe like our girl Lorelai has in the picture above with a structured skirt and a turtleneck. This one from Amazon is a steal.
Again, Lorelai is all about those layers. And during the fall and winter, turtlenecks are her go-to for adding sophistication to even the most basic of ensembles. They look as chic with an A-line skirt as they do with a pair of jeans. And you can find them in so many colors, styles and fabrics that there's something out there for everyone. This bodysuit variation is a modern twist that even Emily would approve of.
A Silk Shirt
There's something so timeless about a silk blouse. This fabric choice is one of Lorelai's signature looks — and it will never go out of style. Channel your inner Lorelai with this purple-hued piece, which looks just as polished tucked into a skirt as it does with some jeans and loafers.
A Corduroy Jacket
Lorelai was — and still is — the queen of coats. But this sherpa-lined corduroy style had to have been one of her best. It's rustic yet oh-so-chic, and it will keep you warm on those brisk fall days. Plus, a muted shade like this one looks great with just about everything.
Basic Long-Sleeve Shirts
When the goal is effortless layering, you have to have some reliable basics in your wardrobe. Long-sleeve shirts are a must for autumn, and Lorelai's go-tos are on the simpler side. But when you throw them under a super-cool graphic tee and pull your hair back into a bandana, you can create a look that's anything but basic.
Graphic Tees & Tanks
This one might go without saying, but it warrants an honorable mention nonetheless. If there was ever a signature Lorelai Gilmore piece, it has to be her novelty tees and tanks. This is a great opportunity to go thrifting and curate a collection of one-of-a-kind items. Just make sure they're in a fitted style like this Y2K one.
A Sweater Vest
Vests are still having a major moment, and Lorelai's look in this scene is no exception. She masterfully pairs the whole vest-over-button-down combo with ease. Today's sweater vests are a little more oversized and boxy, but the sentiment remains the same.
Lorelai had a look that was all her own, and it often included a healthy dose of color, pattern and texture. So embrace whatever weird designs or unique prints you're feeling this season — and don't be afraid to mix them up. We just know this cool long-sleeve top would be hanging in Lorelai's closet right now.
Scarves are the perfect way to dress up a look in a pinch. And Lorelai's are always vibrant and playful. Whether you're wearing them as a statement piece or to add some warmth, it's the perfect way to show off your style. The bold palette of this one just screams Lorelai.
Lorelai was never one to shy away from a good accessory, and her hats were always on point. Beanies in particular — such as this classic navy blue version — were a staple in her wardrobe. They look great with everything, and they're an especially cozy touch for those nippy autumn days.
No matter the season, Lorelai Gilmore's style is always worth emulating. If you want to bring her chic and effortless aesthetic to life this autumn, these pieces are a surefire way to do so.