I am going to be on a sort of vacation next week. I’ll be on Instagram but I’m taking a week off from the blog to really bliss out and relax. I’m telling you this because when I get back, it’s going to be Fall fashion mania over here. I’ve already started putting some shopping collages on my LTK page (which is also my Instashop) but today I wanted to talk about what trends I’m excited about and how I am thinking about shopping this season.
One thing I love about getting older is that it becomes easier and easier to say “YES, I love this…” and “Nope, nope, not for me (but great for other people!).” I have a pretty good handle on my own personal style, what makes me feel great, and what’s not for me. Like Golden Goose sneakers for example. Just not for me. But so cute and fun on others.
Fall is far and away my favorite season to shop for. This year I am investing most in classic, tailored pieces (and denim) with a more masculine/boyish (preppy even?) feel that I can mix in and wear with my more feminine pieces. I have so many great dresses (and in Charleston, you just need dresses!) but am buying fewer dresses and more separates with the hopes of injecting a little more “cool and casual” into my style repertoire. Here’s a little brain dump with how I’m thinking about fall fashion and key trends.
How I’m Thinking About Fall Trends.
Investing in these…
Denim & Stripes
Obviously these two are always a classic but the trend is (in both cases) a slight twist on the classic. With denim, it’s all about modern, updated silhouettes. I bough two pairs of great jeans from Toteme: these and these. They were expensive but I love them. I tried on SO MANY pairs of barrel jeans and these worked best for me. But I will say that finding the perfect fit took a little bit. I went up one size in the tapered style and up two sizes in the barrel.
And on the stripes front you know I will lean into stripes any chance I can. This season’s stripe is a chunkier stripe. I bought this sweater from Jenni Kayne a few months ago and it is a favorite. I also got this oversized tee from Everlane.
Lots of Brown
This is just something I’ve noticed with the t-shirts, blouses, pants, and sweaters I have been buying. I don’t know if it is a trend per say but I cannot get enough pecans, camels, espressos, etc. Browns look great mixed together and with creams, yellows, and greens (colors I own a lot of!).
Dabbling in these…
Clogs are a very very big trend. I told myself, you can buy one pair! It’s funny, these remind me so much of high school. In high school (I was class of ’99 for context) I was deeply obsessed with J.Crew. We didn’t have one at the mall on Cape Cod so my mom would let me use her credit card to order from them, and I’d pay her back in cash with tips from busing tables at their restaurant. I loved my J.Crew clogs so much. They were burgundy suede I think. For this trend I went with the Loeffler Randall pair (of course) and really love them. They are very comfortable and true to size! On the more affordable front, I love these and these from J.Crew too.
Trousers are probably the biggest trend for Fall but also the one I am most nervous in. That’s why we are just dabbling here. I ordered this pair from Courtney Grow’s collection, and also these “barrel chinos” from Everlane. Surprisingly, I really like both, especially the chinos. I find the barrel trend actually works well for my body… the higher rise holds me in (like a straightjacket lol) and the cropped silhouette hits just at my ankles (I like my ankles!) and showcases a fun shoe like these or any of these (I like fun shoes too!).
Flats with a high vamp
I am (somewhat surprisingly?) very into the vests as shirts trend. So I ordered this one from Emerson Frye. I am not sure how I am going to feel about it but I wanted to at least dabble in this trend. I could see myself wearing this with jeans or trousers and a high heel (to keep the look from going too menswear). And I think this sweater vest is so cute. Also: to take the pain out of layering, I love this two-in-one shirt/vest combo from Veronica Beard. The proportions are just right!!!!
As I mentioned above, I am not buying toooo many dresses but they’re always going to be a part of my style. I love everything Mille makes. While I am on a smocked dress hiatus, I got this dress and this dress and love them both! (I size down in this brand!)
Skipping out on these…
I am just not a pink girl. I love the Barbie-core trend on other people but it’s not me. There’s a chance I’ll buy a hot pink shoe and I did get this striped tee but I generally pass on most pink things. Again, so cute for others! My friend Jen did a great roundup of hot pink – her post is packed with style inspiration and ways to get the look if that is something you are into.
These are just not for me… I don’t think I can do it! As an old millennial it’s just too “Steve Madden and Express during my sorority days.” You’ll see me wearing my trousers and barrel jeans with more feminine shoes (platform heels, stilettos, even ballet flats…) I’m just not a chunky loafer person. I think this pair is cute for other people but not for me. Watch me say this and buy a pair this winter, I just don’t think it is in the cards!
The Birkenstock Clogs
Maybe I will have a change of heart. You know I’m a die hard Birkenstock fan. I got my first pair in high school and never stopped wearing them (I think I have 5 or 6 pairs now?) but the clogs just aren’t doing it for me. If I’m doing a clog (already a sort of frumpy/casual item) I want it to be a dressier clog. I can’t commit fully to the Birkenstock clog.
Things I’m pulling back out:
I feel like every few years, a new piece of jewelry has its moment. Remember arm parties? Then it was statement necklaces (ideally layered; I can’t believe how I used to layer two or three statement necklaces). Then statement earrings. For a while now it’s been just delicates, and maybe a statement earring. While I am NOT reaching for statement necklaces again (I have safely stored away a few of my favorites from my BaubleBar days, as everything comes back in style at some point), I am having more of a neck moment.
I bought a few of Theodosia’s candy necklaces this summer (LOVE) and have been layering them with things I already own. A longer gold box chain that belonged to my grandmother, a tennis necklace, etc. I think that if you buy one piece of jewelry for Fall it should be a tennis necklace. Here are a few that I love: big splurge, littler splurge, steal!
If you scroll Pinterest, you’ll probably see girls in sweaters and all black… carrying a straw tote. I am here for this! There are so many more expensive designer options out there but I say go to Etsy! This and this are my two favorites. To get the “trend,” it’s important to wear your straw tote with your sweaters, jackets, and blazers. I think it’s the juxtaposition of something traditionally saved for summer with cold-weather classics that really makes the look.
Sweaters are also a no-brainer but in particular, cropped silhouettes and cardigans. And stripes, casually draped over the shoulders. Chic, chic, chic.
My Gucci Loafers
I bought my Gucci Jordaan Loafers back in 2017 (for $695, not $920, womppp) and love them so much. They’re perfectly molded to my feet and just so comfortable and classic. There are times where I wear them a lot and other times where they stay on their shelf in the closet. This season is their time. Preppy pieces are VERY in this fall, which I love. I am thinking pull on shorts, cute tee, Gucci loafers, striped sweater over my shoulders.