So I may have jumped the gun on my minimagpie holiday styling post, but no one can argue with prepping the wardrobe for fall, which is just around the corner. PSL season OMAGAHHHH. (Only I hate PSLs.) I am, however, excited for that distinctive autumnal smell, the bite of cold in the air, the crunch of leaves beneath the foot, the warmth of a sweater, the delight of drinking something warm while taking a stroll around the neighborhood.
Fall Fashion Pick No. 1: The Mohair Sweater
I have to tell you that as I think about my fall wardrobe, I’m in large part inspired by the gorgeous retro-leaning pieces in Ganni’s collection — namely this stunning mohair sweater ($475), also seen on the bombshell above.
And you can get the look for less (though without that gorgeous fluffy mohair texture) with this steal from TopShop ($65).
Fall Fashion Pick No. 2: The Tod’s Driving Shoe / Moccasin
The Outnet has a great collection of Tod’s driving shoes / loafers on sale, and they are the PERFECT timeless piece and an ideal pick for fall. (In fact, they probably should have been listed in my wardrobe basics post…) I especially love the green suede (on sale for $255).
Fall Fashion Pick No. 3: The Wool Coat
Stop the presses: Outnet has THE MOST EPICALLY ELEGANT COAT on sale for $163 (down from $380!) The question is: do we go with timeless navy or slightly-more-edgy army green? (If you’re leaning towards the latter, you may also be a fan of the utility jacket, of which I sang many praises earlier this month.) LOVE the glossy gold buttons and the tie waist! So elegant and Katherine Hepburn-esque!
Fall Fashion Pick No. 4: The Rib Knit Sweater
Speaking of gleaming gold buttons, I’m loving the look of these slim-fit, button-embellished rib-knit sweaters from Petit Bateau, especially the merlot-colored one with those sporty cuffs (on sale for $65), though the navy is equally compelling. (Also love this striped variation, or this similar J. Crew style.)
Fall Fashion Pick No. 4: The Fit + Flare Dress
Fall Fashion Pick No. 5: The Statement Blouse
These have been all.over.the.place for the last season, but the frilled statement blouse is a great pick for fall — and I’m now eyeballing this striped J. Crew lovely ($78). I love the cerulean blue color and the trim cuffs. This sleeveless, bow-front Banana find ($68) is also a great pick for transition-to-fall styling — I could see it layered under a blazer — or this asymmetrical Loft style ($59 — I love that masculine cuff!)
Fall Fashion Pick No. 6: The Structured Leather Tote
I’ve mentioned it before, but this structured Cuyana tote ($195) is THE perfect falltime addition. Just as chic for toting books to class (are any of you lovely readers students?!) as it is schlepping essentials to work or heading to music class with your toddler. Also — a far more fetching price than the very similar-looking cult-classic Mansur Gavriel tote ($585). (And, monogrammable!)
Fall Fashion Pick No. 7: The Suede Kitten Heel Slingback
OMG OMG OMG. Are you tired of hearing me rave about Ganni yet? I’m just smitten with their (generally) well-priced pieces, and these stunning suede kitten slingbacks ($235) are no exception. They remind me of those Row bow-topped mules everyone has been dying over, but in a less trendy shape! I feel as though I’d wear them with EVERYTHING from jeans and a tee to a party frock (like this, which I also love!)
Fall Fashion Pick No. 8: The Statement Evening Top
In a similar vein: everyone needs a seasonally-appropriate statement top for date nights or after-work drinks, and I’m pining after this Cinq a Sept ruffly number (on sale for $172), which I’d consider wearing with either black skinnies or distressed denim for a high-contrast look. (Get the look for less with this splashy black statement top, $75, or this embellished-sleeve style, $51.)
Fall Fashion Pick No. 9: The Colorblocked Cape
I’m a big fan of The Cape — I think I lived in them during the better part of my pregnancy! — but this fall will be no different. Love this affordable find ($60) from TopShop, which will go with pretty much anything and everything in your wardrobe. Not a cape, but I also like this oversized check scarf ($29)!
Fall Fashion Pick No. 10: The Casual Coat
Mama mia, there are a lot of options for your everyday/weekend coat, and I covered a lot of bases in my ode to the utility jacket and my love song to the trench, but if you’re still on the hunt, consider a piece that defies conventions, like this utility-trench hybrid, on sale for $69! Love the tie-waist and the hood. Alternately, take a peek at this trench-cape hybrid ($168). So high-end looking!