Hey Mamas. It’s Fall! Which means that it’s time for a little Fall wardrobe 101. Whether you just had a baby, are expecting a baby, had your babies long ago (or heck – don’t ever plan on having a baby)…these are the pieces to consider adding into your daily rotation.
Athletic – Inspired
The sporty vibe is huge this Fall. The easiest way to rock it? Find a long-sleeve shirt with varsity stripes. Wear with denim, or even a sleek pencil skirt. My hands-down fav top is pictured above – it’s Free People’s Game Time linen henley (I’m wearing it here, size small). Mine came from Nordstrom, but Zappos has my three fav colors in stock: Charcoal, Navy or Cream. But you can also find tees with sporty colorblocking, referee-inspired stripes, and cozy sweaters with sporty stripe-sleeve detail. I love them all this Fall (and my top picks are coming out soon)….
It’s hard to beat a drapey sweatshirt for almost any situation. Going to park? Pair with jeans and sneaks. Going on a date? Use it to offset a fancy mini and high heels. It also dresses up via statement necklace oh-so-easily. My hands-down fav is Everlane’s (pictured), simply because it’s a sweatshirt/sweater hybrid with amazing drape.
pictured: Everlane’s seed stitch raglan
Find one. Just find one that works for your body, and wear it everyday. Like….really, seriously, everyday. I harp on this because cheap cozy sweaters often don’t last, don’t retain their shape, and end up not flattering. If you splurge in one area….make it a cozy sweater (or boots). I’ll have a round-up of cozy sweaters coming out soon, but in the meantime….I like Vince. (This Vince sweater makes my heart beat fast.)
pictured: Vince colorblock sweater
Turtleneck lovers, unite!!!!! What looks ah-mazing under a denim jacket? BLACK TURTLENECK. What keeps booty shorts and over-the-knee boots sexy, not trashy? BLACK TURTLENECK. What looks equally awesome with a statement necklace OR a man’s big ‘ol watch? Yup – you guessed it: BLACK TURTLENECK. There are few things more grounding than a black turtleneck…especially if you plan on taking the rest of my advice and amping up your interesting sweater and denim game. My fav black turtleneck is J.Crew’s tissue turtleneck tee (currently 25% off with code SHOPFORFALL).
pictured: J.Crew’s tissue turtleneck tee
Striped Tee (Long Sleeve)
There’s nothing quite like a long-sleeve, striped layering tee. Find one with long enough arms so they can peek out from anything you layer over top. Rag and Bone’s striped tee (pictured) is fantastic – the stripes highlight your shoulders in the most lovely way when on, but I also love J.Crew’s striped turtleneck (IknowIknow but it’s on sale) and Zoe Karrssen’s black striped tee.
pictured: Rag and Bone’s striped tee
Mixed prints is huge this Fall (again)….especially mixed plaids. Get a plaid shirt, wear it with a plaid scarf. (Not as crazy as it sounds – I did this a few years ago.) Finding a good plaid shirt is the key – and it’s tough. Madewell’s Ex-Boyfriend Shirt in Cherry Plaid is pictured (Madewell is one of my fav sources for boy shirts in general)….but the nervous among you may be more comfortable mixing J.Crew’s large gingham print in black/white.
This season, if you are going to invest in a pair of jeans, don’t get the plain, dark wash. Go for something interesting. Try a pair of destroyed denim, or jeans with patches. If dark washes are your only jam, then fine: try a pair of moto jeans, something coated to look like faux-leather, or trouser-inspired detail. No matter your style, it is time to Branch. Out. But here’s the good news: The shape of jean doesn’t matter. Skinny, flare, boyfriend, bootcut or trouser – as long as it’s interesting….your outfit will thank you. I’ll be doing a denim roundup SOON (but I linked to my current favs above).
Remember the $300 jeans I’ve been dying over for two years now? (They’re also the pair pictured above.) I’m drooling because they nail that perfectly distressed black-gray. Well. Other brands have (finally!!) caught up. Including this shockingly affordable pair of washed black jeans from Blank Denim.
pictured: R13 Skinny Jeans
We’ve covered sweatpant trousers in the past here, or even on date night here, and they’re still going strong for Fall. If anything, they’re getting better. My current favs are Lou & Gray’s Trackstripe pants.
pictured above: J.Crew sweatpants (currently on sale!)
A Stylish Jacket
If you have to chose only ONE piece this Fall….get a stylish (yet comfortable) jacket. I’m not talking about a stiff blazer, or a coat that you “save for good”. I’m not even talking about a gorgeous wool coat for when the weather turns. I mean something lightweight that you can wear now. Something comfortable that you DO actually want to wear. And something that is not a Patagonia fleece. Let’s step up our jacket game. Start by finding something that makes your heart beat fast. I highlighted a few of my favorite jackets a few weeks ago, and I have more to show you soon. Cool jackets are so huge for Fall that the sheer volume of choices make my head spin. (But I found some ah-mazing, totally drool-worthy options, so stay tuned.)
pictured: I CANNOT FIND IT. Shoot. But no matter – more options coming…
Vests are all kinds of fun! A few ideas: Throw a chic vest over top of a denim jacket. Or use it to ground mixed prints (like your plaid shirt OVER the striped tee – let the striped sleeves peek out!). You can also slip one on over a turtleneck – black faux fur over a black turtleneck is monochromatic dressing at it’s best.
pictured: Madewell vest
While the style of boot will ultimately depend on the types of jeans you wear the most….I think that a flat, short boot is a solid choice for Fall. While I see lots of women still rocking the tall-boot-over-skinny-jeans look, it is definitely considered a classic at this point, rather than something new or fresh.
pictured: Jeffery Campbell Brit Wrap Booties
So easy, yet so chic. I covered this trend recently in the article, If You Only Buy One Pair of Shoes This Fall….THESE. (I’m obviously very opinionated on this topic.)
pictured: Rebecca Minkhoff Slip On Sneakers
This is a big, HUGE trend for Fall. I covered all of my favorites in the article, Fall Must-Have #1: A Seriously Cool Hat.
pictured: Anthropologie Leopard Print Baseball Hat
As I race Raines to school every morning, I am always thankful for my over-sized pair of glam sunnies. It’s what I wear in place of makeup to school drop off. I’m especially loving a colorful pair, since I typically wear neutrals. The oxblood pair (pictured) would be a gorgeous, on-trend update for Fall.
pictured: Italia Square Sunglasses in lilac
While scarves are always fabulous, this year I’m sticking with plaid. As I mentioned earlier, I plan on getting some serious plaid-on-plaid action.
pictured: J.Crew Plaid Scarf
Perhaps “mom friendly” is a better term. But in any case, backpacks seem to hit that perfect note of nonchalant-cool.
pictured: Marc Jacobs backpack
Voila! That’s my Fall Edit. I have more detailed articles as follow-up – especially about JACKETS – but how annoying to wait, right? So how ’bout this: I created a little secret shop called Shop The Fall Edit. As I work on the follow-up articles, I’ll throw my fav pieces to be featured into that shop. So if you don’t feel like waiting….take a little browse through. I’d love to hear what you think.