I need help! Clothing stores have been flooding my inbox lately telling me to shop their new arrivals. I’ve looked at Ann Taylor, Loft, J. Crew, Talbots, Coldwater Creek, Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic just to name a few. I’ve been looking around trying to get ideas on what I like so what would you say we should all have in our closets this fall?
Fall is my favorite season to shop for; I love jeans and sweaters and closed-toed shoes. The simplest way to build a fall wardrobe that will work all winter is to stick with classic basics and look for pieces you can layer and wear in multiple ways.
The first rule of fall shopping is to buy now; waiting until the weather is cool enough for whatever it is you’re eyeing will most likely mean that it’s not available in your size or in the color you really want. Keep your receipts and leave the tags on everything — if you change your mind before the temperatures drop, most places will let you return your purchase. But if you shop carefully, that won’t be an issue.
What should you look for this fall? Here’s my Top Five picks for Fall 2012.
A blazer will change your whole closet; it instantly dresses up even the most casual jeans-and-tee look. There are some great cropped schoolboy versions around right now; my favorites are from J. Crew and the Gap.
A skinny jean really can work for just about any body type; the trick is to get the right jeans and pair them with the right top. I know that the Gap’s jeans are getting a bum rap right now (ha! bum rap, get it???) but I’m still a fan. If you’re looking for other options, though, Rachel has a fantastic rundown.
Loafers are back this fall, but they’re not the traditional Bass Weejuns. Look for fabric loafers in lush colors and patterns, to add texture and interest to your outfit.
A chambray shirt is a nice alternative to a traditional button down, and it goes with everything. Wear it with cords or chinos for a casual weekend look, or pair it with a pencil skirt for work. I’m loving the look of a chambray shirt with a silk or sequin skirt for girls’ night out.
Color blocking is an easy way to give shape and structure to even the most unstructured pieces. Opt for combinations of brights and neutrals (jade green and navy, for example) to keep from looking clownish.
What’s on your fall shopping list?
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