Gigi welcomes guest blogger…
Keep your Spring flowers. You can have your lazy summer days. And while I’ll always say let it snow, let it snow, let it snow, let it be known that when it comes to fashion Fall owns my heart. That’s right — capital F. After the layers have been shed and the sunscreen has been smeared I’m ready to cover up again in rich colors, bold styles, and exciting cuts. After scouring the runway shows I think I’ve found a few investment pieces to buy though this post will focus on my midrange purchase list. 2011 has been underwhelming so far but with fall comes the promise of exciting shopping days ahead. When Gigi asked me to write this guest post the hardest part was culling my list to 5 items. So instead I’ve picked 5 ideas that have me captivated (and counting my pennies).
(right)Bennett Chino ($80) with Silk Blythe Blouse ($98).
1. Monochromatic looks.
Playing with color tones is one of my favorite fashion games. This fall that idea goes to a whole new level. Though monochromatic looks are challenging to pull off they are incredibly alluring when done right. The shots above are from two recent J.Crew catalogues and both illustrate the right way to create the look: slightly darker on the bottom with simple, clean lines. Leave the prints in the closet when assembling this outfit. In both cases a final pop of complementing color cements the look — on the left it’s the yellow coat while on the right the orange bag does the trick.
2. Colorful Denim!
Why settle for basic blue when you can choose from colorful hues? It’s a throwback to the 80s I admit but retailers have been smart to render these rainbow jeans in modern cuts. The flare is coming back I know though I’m not quite ready to revisit that cut yet. I’m eager to say ta ta to skinny jeans so the best place to settle is on straight legs. Anthropologie’s Pilcro Stet Slims ($98) are the winners in my book so far. They look great on my curvy frame and are comfy all day long. They work as neutrals (yes, even the pink!) when combined with other soft and saturated tons. Pair the gold jeans with a brown or black sweater; the pink with a creamy ivory top and the moss with grey or blue. One other color that’s everywhere is red for denim. Bright red has already had it’s day here in NYC and now for fall we’re moving on to rusty reds and clay-infused versions.
3. A scout shoulder bag.
A girl can never own too many bags, right? Well, what if all the bags you want are the same style? Gulp. It’s going to be hard to pick one from this pretty bunch. On the left we have Anthro’s adorable Steam-Powered Satchel ($288), a mini scout that is both soft to the touch thanks to yummy leather and tempting thanks to different tones of that leather. Then again, perhaps something more classic will do. Something like Kate Spade’s Essex Scout ($395), a classic for sure in natural leather. If trendy is more your thing then turn your eyes to J.Crew’s Edie Purse in Italian Calf Hair ($448). I wish the calf hair wasn’t real — faux is fine by me — but the look of the bag is undeniably attractive. It takes the classic shape and gives it a modern twist. They’re all small enough not to break your back but big enough to fit your wallet, cell and necessities.
4. This whole outfit.
Sometimes you don’t need to mess with suggestion. I’d have to try on the dress to see how long it actually is. But assuming it approaches my knees I’d belt this, add a blazer and rock it to work. The shot above is from Neiman Marcus, and the items are Diane Von Furstenberg’s Fluerette Shift Dress ($345) in rosy and Stuart Weitzman’s Antique Leather Wedge Boot ($695).
5. One crazy item.
I’m happy to see that both lace skirts and leather skirts have carried over from last fall to this year’s collections. Now I’d like to add one more option — a multi-textural skirt like the one above from Adam’s upcoming fall collection. I’m not sure where I’d wear it. I’m not sure what I’d wear it with. None of that matters! Sometimes you need to take risks to keep your closet interesting.
Thanks again to Gigi for the guest posting opportunity! Come say hello over at Effortless Anthropologie, where the community is not-so-patiently waiting for Anthro’s fall collection to debut.