fall shopping guide
Autumn represents change. The change from the long, warm days of summer to the cool, dark & damp days of winter. The change from green leaves to brown. The change from life to lifeless. Although fall is beautiful, its also woeful with its looming reminders of the approaching winter. However, one thing that I always love about autumn is the fashion. With moderate temperatures and a gorgeous color palette to work with, it opens the door to some of my favorite styles & designs. To ring in the new season, I’ve rounded out some of my most loved fall trends, from both the past & the present.
Shearling Jackets: As far as I’m concerned, jean & bomber jackets are always in style during the cooler months. This year, however, these casual jackets have a trendy new upgrade – shearling. Not only is it a warm addition, but it gives generally simple jackets a little extra flair. Luckily they’re on trend right now, so finding one shouldn’t be a problem. I’m definitely on the prowl for one!
Get the Look: Shearling Aviator Jacket at UO; Shearling Aviator Jacket at ASOS
Satchels: I’ve always been a huge fan of satchels, and fall is by far my favorite time to break them out. With their back-to-school vibes, they have an exceptionally classy feel to them. As far as I’m concerned, brown satchels are everything & fall is their time to shine.
Get the Look: Brown Satchel at Modcloth; Classic Satchels by the Cambridge Satchel Company
Mock-Neck Sweaters: I remember as a kid, I absolutely despised the knit green turtle-neck that my mother made me wear in the winter. Now as an adult, I absolutely adore them. They’re classier and more versatile than a slouchy knit sweater and look great with a pair of slacks & heels or a button-up mini skirt & boots.
Get the Look: Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater at Nasty Gal; Suki Striped Turtleneck Sweater at Free People
Graphic Pullover Sweatshirts: Dressing cute doesn’t have to mean dressing uncomfortably, and graphic sweatshirts are the proof. Not only are they super warm & comfortable, but they can be really well styled with a little creativity. In the fall & winter, I love wearing my favorite Rolling Stones sweatshirt with my red pencil skirt and peek-a-boo Peter Pan collar underneath.
Get the Look: The 90’s Made Me Do It Sweatshirt at Nasty Gal; Squad Sweatshirt at UO; Girls Bite Back Sweatshirt at ASOS
Midi Skirts: I have a not-s0-secret love affair with midi skirts & fall is my favorite time to wear them. They look especially good on petite frames such as mine. New to midi skirts? Try a rust or mustard colored mid-length circle skirt for fall, or a trendy mid-length tulle skirt (like the one featured here).
Get the Look: Mustard Midi Skirt at Modcloth
Heeled Booties: Boots are an obvious fall staple – need I say more? This year, try adding some heeled ankle-booties to your wardrobe.
Get the Look: Lace-up Suede Ankle Booties at Free People; Dolce Vida Ankle Booties at UO
Collared Dresses: To be honest, I’m attracted to collared dresses & blouses, no matter the time of year. However, collared dresses with a Wednesday Adams/pilgrim/school-girl vibe in particular are oh so fall-friendly.
Get the Look: Peter Pan Collared Dress at Modcloth; Scallop-Collared Shift Dress at ASOS
Button-up Mini Skirts: These 70’s inspired skirts have become very popular this year, and for good reason. Whether they’re denim, colored corduroy, or a cotton print, these skirts are super retro & super stylish. To upgrade your button-up mini skirts to a fall appropriate look, try pairing them with a pair of riding boots and a knit sweater.
Get the Look: Corduroy Mini Skirt at UO; Button-up Faux Suede Skirt at Forever 21
Knee-High Socks: Like satchels, knee-high socks are reminiscent of back-to-school and are always a cute way to dress up a skirt or pair of leggings. Classic black knee-high socks are a fall staple, but don’t be afraid to try some fun & funky socks! I’m obsessed with foxes & I’m eyeing several pairs of foxy-socks.
Get the Look: Fox Knee-Highs at Modcloth
Neck Scarves: Neck scarves have burst onto the fashion scene this year & I’m fully on board. Try a silky or sheer scarf in black or red for a classy, Parisian look, or go for a printed scarf for a more eccentric vibe.
Get the Look: Silky Neck Scarf at UO; Patterned Neck Scarf at UO
Pin Flair: Although I’m someone who isn’t generally drawn to traditional jewelry, I love pin flair. Its creative, fun, retro, and versatile. You can create your own funky collection and place them whever you like – your jacket lapel, your bag, etc. I’m currently at work covering a baseball cap in an assortment of pins & its quickly becoming one of my favorite pieces.
Get the Look: Assorted Pins at Nasty Gal; Assorted Pins by Strange Ways
Dark Lipstick: Yes, technically this is a beauty trend and not a fashion trend, but lets face it, the two go hand-in-hand. Different lipstick shades are a fun & bold way to accesorize any outfit. For fall, try a dark, vampy berry color or a deep red.
Get the Look: Vampira Lipstick by Kat Von D ; Sheer Mulberry Lipstick by NARS
Of course, there are many more gorgeous styles that accompany the autumn season – these are just a few of my favorites. Be sure to leave a comment below & let me know what some of your most loved fall trends are!