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Lorelai and Rory have been nailing the trend since 2000.
Picture this: You catch your first glimpse of foliage transitioning from green to shades of orange, red, and golden yellow. The air feels crisper, pushing you closer to layered outfits and cozy sweaters, and thus, it begins. It’s time to embark on your annual Gilmore Girls pilgrimage, binge-watching the series featuring mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory, who live in what seems like a perpetual fall in the quaint fictional town of Stars Hollow.
Upon each yearly rewatch, what intrigues me more than the best friend bond between the two main characters is their wardrobes. I would argue that Lorelai and Rory (aside from some peak Y2K style choices) have been serving quiet luxury looks since 2000. Between Lorelai’s layered work outfits featuring turtlenecks, long-sleeve tees, and structured coats and Rory’s preppy school-girl flare, including pleated skirts, blazers, and button-downs, their style is undeniably on-trend for 2023. Little did they know they were so ahead of their time.
I found 13 wardrobe staples for $45 or less at Target to emulate the Gilmore Girls‘ quiet luxury layered looks that would undeniably be Lorelai and Rory-approved for autumn.
A New Day Relaxed Fit Faux Leather Blazer, $40
A New Day Mock Turtleneck Ribbed Sweater, $20
A New Day V-Neck Pullover Sweater, $30
Allegra K Plaid A-Line Skirt, $45 (was $60)
A New Day Long Sleeve Oversized Button-Down, $25
A New Day Archie Loafer Flats, $35
Universal Thread High-Rise Barrel Leg Pants, $20
A New Day Six-Pack Lettuce Ankle Socks, $9
Universal Thread V-Neck Sweater Vest, $30
A New Day Oversized Fall Blazer, $38
Cupshe Cable Knit Polo Collar Sweater, $38
A New Day Cardigan, $25
A New Day Short-Sleeve Tie-Front Wrap Dress, $28
A New Day Relaxed Fit Faux Leather Blazer
I’ve always been a fan of Lorelai’s workwear style, which coordinated turtlenecks and button-downs with fitted pants, skirts, and boots topped off with a blazer. This faux leather style is a modern nod to her effortless, put-together looks but with a relaxed fit. It features a notched lapel collar and front pockets, and it can be dressed up over a timeless wrap dress or dressed down with distressed jeans. One shopper called it “an excellent buy for the price,” while another person said it’s a “perfect piece” for fall.
A New Day Mock Turtleneck Ribbed Sweater
I’ve never seen Lorelai favor a layering piece more than a classic turtleneck. It always looks polished under her countless trench coats, and this $20 option from A New Day is available in three autumn-forward colors: black, burgundy, and oatmeal. One shopper called the lightweight top “flattering” and “so soft.” Several reviewers note that it is a bit cropped, so if you want to avoid showing your midriff, opt for high-waisted bottoms.
A New Day V-Neck Pullover Sweater
If Rory’s private school style is what you’re after, then prepare to fill your closet with loads of pleated skirts, plaid, crisp white button-downs, along with easy-to-layer sweaters like this V-neck striped version. Rory’s style is more or less a school uniform, but the look fully embodies quiet luxury. This long-sleeve silhouette features ribbed cuffs and a fitted hem for a body-hugging shape. If you want a more oversized look, grab a size up of the sweater that one shopper called “perfect for fall.”
Allegra K Plaid A-Line Skirt
Keeping in line with Rory’s preppy style, this A-line plaid skirt (which probably would have been borrowed by Lorelai for work) worn with a pair of loafers or tall leather boots is a true fall uniform. It has an elastic waistband and is fully lined, so you can comfortably wear shapewear underneath, if desired. Once temperatures drop, add a pair of tights for added warmth.
A New Day Long Sleeve Oversized Button Down
Long-sleeve button-downs know no bounds when it comes to styling opportunities, and a majority of Rory’s looks in the series are built around this evergreen piece. Wear it open and layered over a lacy tank top, styled underneath a sweater vest, or even tied over your shoulders. At just $25, this button-down, available in black and white, is a capsule wardrobe staple that will never go out of style. According to one reviewer, it’s one of their “favorite tops,” because it’s “super comfy.” Another shopper noted that it’s “easy to iron” and comfortably lightweight.
Keep scrolling for more Gilmore Girls-inspired styles available at Target, including loafers, knit polo sweaters, and more.
A New Day Archie Loafer Flats
A New Day 6-Pack Lettuce Ankle Socks
A New Day Oversized Fall Blazer
Cupshe Cable Knit Polo Collar Sweater
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