I love fall fashion.
The layering, the colors, the versatility. I love it all.
Now that my favorite season is here and I have a better grasp on my sense of style (and some money), I will be doing more shopping. **peeks in j.crew.com shopping bag**
I used to hate shopping. All through college, I didn’t like the idea of going into a store and trying on a whole bunch of clothes I didn’t go in there looking for or knew I wasn’t going to buy. Window shopping was too much of a tease. If I wasn’t looking for something specific, I didn’t really shop, unless my friends dragged me along with them. I knew my “style” and wasn’t really looking to branch out, so what was the point? I couldn’t really make decisions about what to buy on my own. Not just because shopping with the homies is more fun, but I was not willing to step outside of my comfort zone. And I didn’t know the direction I needed to walk in.
Needless to say, that has changed. I have more confidence in my choices and don’t mind going out with friends, or alone, whether or not I am looking for something particular. I have started to look at different fashion blogs and magazines just to get ideas or learn about what trends are out there. Even with whatever is new on scene this season, there are some essentials that stand the test of time. In my closet, at least.
The Trench Coat
After letting 2 falls and 2 springs come and go, I FINALLY got one. I looked at my shorter trench last week and got excited about wearing it. Like homegirl in the picture, I have long arms so this has always been a point of frustration for me when it comes to shopping for jackets and coats, but I got lucky at Banana Republic.
Who knew I would come to love these things as much as I do? They are so versatile for looks and functionality. The color, fabric, and pattern possibilities are endless. J. Crew sent me a catalogue last month, and good Lord, I could easily spend a whole pay check on their blazers. I have a few cute options on hand already, but I’m looking to try a really bright color or different fabric. Might even cop the one in the picture…
Cute, lightweight scarves
It may still be too early for scarves, but in a few weeks, these will be clutch. I love scarves because you can ad extra color, pattern, or texture to an otherwise plain casual outfit. Last year, I bought a few silk scarves just to experiment. I was worried because I only really saw older women wearing them, but they turned out to be a big hit. I’m a big pashmina fan as well. There is just something nice and cozy about your neck being wrapped up and warm, indoors or outside.
Every…single…time it rains, I kick myself with my soggy shoe and regret not having a pair of these. I’ve shopped around for a pair, but always get caught up in a few things. What designer? What height do I want them to be? Will my skinny legs be swimming in these things? Should I get a solid color, or mix it up with something patterned? Will they look to clunky? I still don’t know the answers to these questions, but I will soon enough because I need these in my life!
Made initially for equestrians, these boots have become a huge staple in the last few years (I think). When it isn’t raining, riding boots add something fly to the look of the day. I love their simple and classic look. You can’t go wrong with a rugged finished or the more polished look; no heel or a very slight one. Rocking these with some jeans will make my long legs look longer and better. Shorter women should be cognizant of the height of your riding boots. Once you start approaching the knee, you start to look cut off at the same. No bueno.
Do you love fall fashion (and the season), too? What are your fall fashion essentials? Have you noticed any new trends emerging for this season? Do you have any rain boot recommendations?
Wishing you well,