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Hello, thank you for emerging from your leaf pile and putting down your newly sharpened pencils long enough to read this article. So that you can resume those activities ASAP, here is a list of all the staple items we here at Racked love so much that we buy them in bulk. (Or at least in pairs.) If you’re more in the market for warm-weather items (lucky! But bummer that you’re missing out on leaf-peeping), check out this post, and please let us know if there’s anything you yourself swear by to make these ~transitional months~ as glorious as they can possibly be.
This year I’m stocking up on turtlenecks. A turtleneck tucked into high-waisted jeans or wide-leg trousers is a totally acceptable lazy-person winter look, and I can also layer them under all the slip dresses and jumpsuits I’ve picked up over the past few years.
I have a black cotton turtleneck from Uniqlo from three or four years ago that has stood the test of time, so I’m heading there to pick up a few new ones in colors like white, maroon, navy, and camel. The brand makes three varieties of basic turtleneck, and I like all of them: a supima cotton one ($14.90), a HeatTech version ($14.90), and an extra-warm HeatTech turtleneck ($19.90). I’m thinking maybe one to two of each? —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor
I do a Disney half-marathon every November, and September is when I really begin training. I need at least two of these sports bras so that I can swap it out if one is in the wash and not miss a training. The wide straps on this one are perfect. —Annemarie Dooling, director of programming
To quote my friend Claire, everything’s just Vaseline. (For this and other truths, please subscribe to her ostensibly-about-beauty newsletter.) But you know what? That’s okay. Vaseline-like substances are what I need to get though fall, and then winter, because my skin is very dry. For the last few years I’ve bought several tubes of Aquaphor (basically just Vaseline) and put one in my bathroom, one in my bedroom, one in my backpack, and one in my purse. It works for lips and cuticles and any other cracked or scaly skin you may endure thanks to cold temperatures and wind and lack of a proper humidifier (buy a humidifier!!!). It’s also cheap — like, two-tubes-for-$5 cheap. —Julia Rubin, executive editor
The only bra I’ve ever bought more than one of is ThirdLove’s 24/7 bra — I actually bought three. I’ve already gone on and on about how much I love these bras, but I swear: I’ve never worn a bra this comfortable before. Related: Any time I find basic full-coverage cotton underwear that I like, I stock up. My current favorite pair (of which I now own several) are these Out From Under very high-waisted briefs from Urban Outfitters. They’re really soft and not super stretchy, so the fabric doesn't feel constricting at all.
And while we’re on the topic of top-drawer stuff, I buy most of my funky socks from COS. I have a lot of very plain boring athletic socks that I wear with sneakers and inside boots, but these are fun to wear with loafers and flats and ankle boots where my socks might peek out. Each pair is usually around $9, and they’re kind of special without being over-the-top. I just bought these and these, and I’m really excited to wear them. (And how cool are these?!) —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director
I’ve developed a really good bedtime skincare routine of three products that I’m about to stock up on again. I’m convinced that in past autumns, it’s helped me dodge the inevitable flakiness I’m susceptible to once the weather drops. I start by washing with Kiehl’s green exfoliating face wash (yes, it’s for men, but it’s also the best face wash out there!), followed by Alchimie Forever’s Kantic brightening mask (thick, gooey, and soothing, what could be better?), followed by this night cream from Korean beauty brand Aritaum that my editor Julia turned me onto (super cheap and super effective!). The results have consistently been dewy, glowing skin in the morning. —Chavie Lieber, senior reporter
As someone who’s long preferred skirts and dresses to pants — even in single-digit temperatures — opaque black tights are a fall and winter must for me. My absolute favorites for chilly weather? Uniqlo’s Heattech Tights, which I swear will keep you just as warm as jeans, especially if you wear them with tall boots. They’re also shockingly sturdy and rarely run; my pairs typically last two to three years with constant wear. Not bad for an under-$10 buy!
Also, never underestimate the power of a great fitted layering tee when the weather gets chillier; not only is it great for wearing solo with skirts and denim, but you can also pop it under your favorite sleeveless spring and summer dresses to fall-ify them. My favorite is Wilfred Free’s Diapason T-shirt from Aritzia: It’s stretchy and soft (but not sheer!), cut long in both the torso and the sleeve, and has a neckline that’s just scooped enough. I already own it in black, white, and gray, but I might have to pick up a new color or two before October hits. —Elana Fishman, entertainment editor