Ah I love fashion week season. So much street style inspiration floating around!! Above were some of my favorite shots from the last week, including, of course, perennial favorites Emmanuelle Alt and Olivia Palermo, as well as Elin Kling, whose blog and style I love, and I think that adorable thing in the white dress is probably Miraslava Duma, though the photo wasn’t captioned.
Have you been noticing little Miraslava around, cropping on The Sartorialist and Garance? I fell in love with her for this image, and then back when she had bangs it lead to a serious consideration of re-cutting bangs for myself.
Anyway… NYFW and these shots above have been inspiring me to think about my wishlist for my fall wardrobe, which, as you will notice by most of the designers listed in the captions, is purely a wishlist– I will most likely have a budget that would allow me to obtain about 3.5% of this list, or, in other terms, the bottom half of one shirt sleeve.
But, I think it’s very useful to set out at the beginning of a season what your dream items are, so that you can then be conscientious about deciding which items are worth splurging on (instead of impulse buying), and also be able to spot a great knockoff that fits the bill when you find it.
Let’s start with the basics. As you’ll notice, I like basic basics that can be easily mixed and matched, and go day to night just by switching out jewelry, shoes, and jacket. And I like to stick with what works. For me, it’s skinny jeans with a solid t-shirt, tank, or button-up in a classic color. All I really like to switch up is the cut and material. This year, I am crazy for washed silk button-ups (I could buy all my blouses from Equipment, which incidentally is owned by Carine Roitfeld’s husband).
With the jeans, my staple is always a super dark blue wash, no distressing, with mustard stitching (J. Brand) (I don’t know why but for me it changes everything if the stitching is blue, it doesn’t work for me), but for this season I’m also after a pair of dark cherry red and maybe a lighter wash, and would kill for a pair of black waxed ones– they kind of look like leather due to the shine and have a rock and roll vibe.
And finally, I like shoes that go with a variety of stuff and set a mood. I have learned I don’t really need many shoes at all because I wear the same types over and over– for me, it’s a neutral ballet flat, a sassy black heel, a neutral boot, a driving loafer (not pictured) and something leopard.
I’m also a fan of basic accessories that go with everything. I don’t like switching my purse everyday (inevitably will get to the park with no sunglasses, the library without my library card, etc.), or even every week– I like an everyday bag that I can use all the time and matches everything. For me, the color of that DvF bag above goes with all my basics. Add a great scarf for texture (seriously, it needs to have texture or it will fall flat– I’ve learned from experience!), some classic earrings and sunglasses, and one more item for a little flair– right now it’s thin hammered gold bangles I’m after.
Here’s where I’d like to add a little flair this season. Usually my go-tos are a dark green Barbour, a putty-ish brown simple leather motorcycle jacket, or a classic navy blazer. But my-oh-my, that navy velvet blazer from Miu Miu (please someone knock it off fast) is calling my name, and the black Barbour has a little added edge that I’m digging. Plus, a fur vest makes any outfit more fun, and how adorable is that red duffel cape?!
And finally, layers. I love any combination of feminine and masculine, so the layering pieces I’m lusting after are these lady-like silk pieces and the simple, but oh-so-cozy looking sweaters from See by Chloe (I love this line!).
Also for your fashion entertainment– this cute video about how to layer, from Because I’m Addicted. I love this!
So tell me, what are your favorite go-to basics and brands? What’s on your fall wishlist? What are your favorite blogs for following fashion week?
It’s cool for guys too:
As if the dreaminess of a canvas safari tent weren’t enough reason on it’s own, Serengeti Under Canvas, a part of &Beyond Africa, explains an additional motivation for their mobile camps:
“Carefully planned to bring guests as close as possible to the magnificent natural spectacle of the Great Migration, the two Serengeti Under Canvas camps are situated at a variety of private campsites throughout the national park and move according to the path of the migratory herds. A comfortable drive brings guests into the midst of moving masses of wildebeest and zebra, ready to witness the natural drama as herds brave obstacles and predators to reach rich grasslands.”
Sign. Me. Up.
Their name is actually just Outlier, but isn’t the alliteration of Outlier Outfitters just irresistible? And it makes sense too– Outlier makes “performance” clothing that is meant to transition from commuting to everyday activities to outdoorsy pursuits without batting an eyelash (yes, I just anthropomorphized clothing, they don’t have eyelashes). And, they’re really good-looking.
I’m basically obsessed. If I were a guy, I think I could wear only Outlier clothing every single day and be happy. It’s stylish but not precious. They basically took all the kind of stuff that REI sells and re-designed it to also look good so you don’t look like you’re always wearing athletic clothes. Classic styles (they even have collared shirts and chinos), basic solids, and quality materials (reimagine the possibilities of merino, forget dri-fit).
They now have this women’s bicycle riding pant, and you better bet I’m all over that. I had a nasty accident on my bike a month or so ago and now refuse to bike in anything other than biking pants (they made it so that my leg only bruised rather than bruising and also being slashed up) and apparently these are made to not tear in an accident (in addition to being water-resistant, breathable, etc.). I hope they expand their women’s line soon!
Check out their website for more great photography that will really make you want the Outlier lifestyle and to read all about their clever products.
PS – I swear I wasn’t paid to endorse this brand. I just think they make great stuff and filled a hole in the market! PPS – Outlier, if you want someone to consult on your growing women’s line… wink wink… just saying.