Fall is beloved. We pine for it, plan for it, shop and blog for it. It can also allow us a wider margin of options within our modest closets, and for that we are grateful. Yet somehow in our haze of crunching leaves, crisp air, and our favorite knit, we tend to forget that too soon after Autumn comes Winter. The trends remain, but the large (albeit fabulous) coat thrown over can slightly obscure our efforts at achieving sartorial freedom. So while the chill is still tolerable, now is the time to indulge in the best of the Fall fashion we’ve been coveting.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve worn a few of my favorite trends of the season, including stark white shirtdresses, fall florals paired with paper-thin turtlenecks, monochromatic chunky sweater and leather skirt combo worn with suede boots for texture, and matching printed separates.
Shirtdress: Theory Runway / Hat: H&M / Belt: Chanel / Booties: Christian Louboutin / Sunglasses: Fendi
Part of what makes those special pieces in my closet so significant is there ability to transition seasonally, and an element of the unexpected. This skirt from MIMU MAXI embodies all of these things and more. I like to dress with an ounce of drama so the color, and length of this skirt gave me exactly what I was looking for. While it was designed with Spring in mind, bringing out the lighter colors for Fall is on my list for the cooler season ahead, and I cannot wait to pair it with boots, for a quintessential layering effect.
I wanted to do so many things with this skirt and had a plethora of outfits in my mind, but I narrowed it down. Ranging from rocker chic, to buttoned up in a blazer, and a sweatered ensemble I cannot wait to wear come colder times, this skirt stood up to the test of style and season.
Leather Jacket: Zara / Skirt (worn throughout): MIMU MAXI / Fringe T Shirt: Stella McCartney / Shoes: Tibi sim
When I wore these outfits I felt somewhat confident I was portraying Spring/Summer ensembles. Loading them onto my laptop made me feel like they may belong to a cooler season, and should be worn in the Fall and Winter. Which can only mean one thing: Leather is one of those things that ultimately exists without the encumbrance of season. It can be successfully executed in any weather, any time of year. Some may drop it during the warmer months, but the almost incongruous feel it lends to Summer makes me want to wear it even more. An appropriate shoe helps ground this look and bring it back to your respective season. So swap the knits on top for something lighter, or wear this skin in a color, and it can look completely contemporary even when the temperature rises.
From all the spring sartorial essentials, the jacket is probably the most versatile and practical piece in your closet. With the power to complete and sharpen any outfit, whilst providing an obvious meteorological vantage point, it is a building block within the foundations of your wardrobe that should not be overlooked. As of late, I have been repeatedly reaching for a particular version of jacket in the utilitarian family: The cargo jacket. Maybe it is influenced by the fact that I still reminisce about the times when I used to wear my father’s old IDF uniform shirt in high school. Or it could just be that it is so manifestly cool, it willingly transforms any outfit into a street style star.
It started with Zara. Soon thereafter came H&M. Topshop and ASOS have been doing it for a while, as is the fashion-forward way of our UK counterparts. It is the fastest fashion to happen, and now it is also trending, in a big way. These companies are pounding out collections to match (and possibly even rival) the likes of Céline, Balmain, Jil Sander, Tibi, Prada and Burberry Prorsum. It is becoming less a sideways solution, and more de rigueur, to indulge in these fast fashion trends from the most popular chains in the world. Can’t get your hands on the latest collection from Pheobe Philo? No worries; get your breezy asymmetrical striped skirt topped with an African inspired pop-art brushstroke print tunic with a quick visit to Zara. And if it isn’t near exact copies they are providing, at least you can pick up the trends à la mode that you need to complete your seasonal wardrobe checklist. Sweatshirts, midi skirts, crop tops and fringed everything are all being produced and sold at lightning speed.
Just how fast is it? Well you better log on quick, because as we speak the full midi skirts at H&M just sold out. The more avant garde and high octane the look is, the faster it sells out. It also doesn’t hurt that these pieces are being churned out virtually a couple weeks after the trends are shown on the runways. It is a spoke in the wheel of instantaneous gratification and consumerism moving us forward, one which is nearly impossible to get off of. Some may be against the permeation of the runways and deem it a travesty, but I don’t see it that way. If we can indulge in floral bomber jackets, cool kimonos, larger-than-life midis, and the fringiest accessories around, without breaking our credit card’s sweat, then why not?