Fall is no doubt my favorite time to refresh my wardrobe. This time of year there's so much to play with; textures, layers, accessories, proportions. Fall lends itself much better to experimenting with fashion than winter or summer, where you're either trying to wear the most or as little clothes as possible. When fall comes around I really like to take my time and mix in new pieces and try different things as the season changes. This fall I'm looking to mix up my usual proportions and to combine different materials and textures. Here are four key pieces I'm incorporating into my wardrobe this fall, leave me a comment and let me know what pieces you're looking forward to wearing this season!
The Floral Maxi Dress
Although traditionally thought of as a warm weather piece the maxi dress is perfect for fall and transitioning into colder months. It covers your legs and is the perfect layering piece. It looks great with jackets or a sweater layered on top, or a long sleeve t-shirt underneath if you're into that 90's throwback look. For shoes I'll be wearing mine with sneakers or ankle boots and for some additional styling adding a wide-brimmed hat and some sunglasses. To avoid looking like you just came from vacation look for ones in pastel or darker colors, nothing too bright, that have a slightly vintage feel.
HIGH-WAISTED CROPPED JEANS
I think it's safe to say that jeans are almost everyones go-to and we're in an age of denim where pretty much anything goes. Flares, skinny, bootcut, cropped, high-waisted, mid-rise, light wash, dark wash, ripped, distressed, it seems like it's all out there! This fall I'm looking forward to something a little different, a cropped high-waisted jean with frayed and maybe a slightly flared hem. I know that sounds weirdly specific but I've been loving seeing looser cropped pants for a while now and want to translate that into denim in a way that's still wearable for everyday. Which means definitely something high-waisted but looser around the leg with a bit of a lived-in feel. Kind of a chicer version of the mom jean. I think these would go great with sweaters over top or tucked in, or with a tee-shirt tucked in with a jacket over top.
Ah the trusty sweater, warm, comforting, and cozy, it never lets you down. Luckily sweaters have gotten very fashionable in the last few years and we're seeing more inspiration and innovation in knitwear design. But this year I'm returning to a ghost from my childhood, the turtleneck. For years I stayed away from them, haunted by the scars of my past until I finally realized that turtlenecks today are not what they used to be. So if you're like me and thought them once frumpy and ugly give them another chance! One of my favorite looks is a tight black turtleneck under a leather jacket with a skirt or jeans. But you also have looser, more oversized versions to play with that could be worn over either the jeans or maxi dress I mentioned above.
Neck scarves are to 2016 what statement necklaces were in 2012. They're the hot new accessory, the "it" item, perfect for dressing up a simple tee-shirt or dress. The best thing about them is they come in infinite colors and patterns so there's one to suit everyones taste. I love the look of the classic red bandanna for a more laid-back downtown vibe, or a patterned silk scarf for going out in the evening. There's also tons of ways to tie them, some of which you can check out here. Neck scarves work best when the rest of the outfit it kept simple. So stick to only one or two other pieces that consist in a monochromatic or neutral color scheme and minimal jewelry.