Fall is all about leather and fur (and a little bit of lace) and there are more than a few ways to achieve this luxe look. But should you prefer to go faux, there are plenty of options out there that won’t leave you looking like a muppet. Many designers have decided not to even dabble in the realm of authentic animal skins, most notably Stella McCartney. Faux options have come a long way since the inception of pleather and plasticky fake furs and at times are almost indiscernible. Faux and vegan furs and leathers are not only animal friendly, but much more cost efficient than their counterparts- twice the incentive to fake the funk.
1. Stella McCartney Bryce Mohair Faux Fur Jacket, 2. David Lerner Faux Leather Leggings, 3. BCBG Micah Faux Leather Top, 4. Milly Faux Fur Cheetah Skirt, 5. Stella McCartney Faux Leather Platform Ankle Boots, 6. Karl Lagerfeld Omari Faux Fur Vest, 7. Club Monaco Tasha Leggings, 8. Unreal Fur Furry Floss Faux Fur Jacket, 9. Club Monaco Lena Faux Fur Cashmere Gloves, 10. J Brand Carey Coated Skinny Jeans
This is one instance when it’s fine with me to fake it.
The only item more clutch to one’s closet than the perfect fall boots is the perfect fall coat. Growing up in Florida, I was unfamiliar with inclement winter weather. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening during my first northeastern snow storm. This was when I took a crash course in dressing for the elements. Never again would I be chilled to the bone without the appropriate outerwear. Someone wise once told me that if you have a nice coat, nice bag, and nice shoes during the winter, it doesn’t really matter whether you’re wearing sweats underneath– no one will even see them. I’m not encouraging that, but I certainly wouldn’t shame you for running to Starbucks in your jammies so long as you cover them accordingly. While you should have one go to coat to cover all occasions, you’re going to need a couple more to fill in the wardrobe gaps. Below are some essential styles that will keep you warm and looking cool.
- The trench: Rachel Zoe London Belted Trench, Burberry Brit Short Leather Trimmed Cotton Twill Trench Coat, Club Monaco Isabella Trench
- The leather jacket: T by Alexander Wang Reversible Leather and Nylon Bomber Jacket, Mackage Veruca Leather Jacket, Club Monaco Lee Moto Jacket
- The cape: Max Studio Single Breasted Cape, DSQUARED2 Wool Cape, Anthropologie Chevron Sweet Poncho
- The varsity jacket: Lulu & Co Wool Blend and Leather Varsity Jacket, Club Monaco Gabi Varsity Jacket, Current/Elliot The Varsity Jacket
- The camel coat: Club Monaco Ashley Quilted Sleeve Coat, 3.1 Phillip Lim Split Sides Pea Coat, Joseph Man Wool and Cashmere Coat
- The statement coat: camilla and marc Silentium Wool Coat, BB Dakota Hazel Leopard Coat, alice + olivia Rhonda High Neck Coat
- The weekend jacket: Canada Goose Trillium Parka, Tibi Scuba and Padded Twill Coat, Vince Fur Trimmed Hooded Anorak
- The classic coat: GAP Moto Coat, Dawn Levy Harper Leather Trim Wool Wrap Coat, French Connection Leather Trim Asymmetrical Coat
Don’t be left out in the cold.
There’s a reason that the 1920’s seem to be cited as inspiration for so many parties, weddings, and celebrations. There’s also a reason I’ve already used this time period and novel turned movie as inspiration. (Spoiler alert: don’t click if you haven’t read the book. Seriously, you haven’t read the book?). The post World War I, prohibition era was a period of time where excess, glamour, and any good reason to kick up your heels ruled and no one made any apologies about it. Our generation seems to wax poetic of this time and from a fashion standpoint, I can see why. Finger waves, rising hemlines, and the transition from strict conservatism (hello, sportswear) all emerged along with advances in closures (hook and eyes, zippers, snaps) and fabric (rayon). With the release of The Great Gatsby next month, there’s sure to be an onslaught of 20’s themed summer soirees. So, start channeling your inner Daisy ahead of time.
Deepa Gurnani Scalloped Headband, Skaist-Taylor Cropped Mongolian Lamb Jacket, Club Monaco Bridget Feather Skirt,Reed Krakoff Leather, Mesh, and Feather Sandals
Now, go read the book. You’ve still got time.
By now, it should be clear how I feel about knitwear. Cardigans, pullovers, hats, and gloves. My favorite piece of knitwear, however, is the sweater dress. By far one of the most versatile pieces of the autumnal season, it can be worn alone with a great pair of boots, with tights when the brisk breeze turns to a crisp chill, and over leggings when the snow plows start to rumble through the streets. A slouchy, soft sweaterdress is the equivalent of an oversized boyfriend shirt. It’s comfortable, easy, and altogether chic. It also has the overwhelming effect of making you look completely cuddly and I cannot be held responsible if handsome strangers have the overwhelming urge to hug you when wearing one.
1. Club Monaco Kaylee Sweater Dress, $170, 2. Forever 21 Essential Cable Knit Sweater Dress, $27.80, 3. MINKPINK Queens Sweater Dress, $99, 4. Lovers & Friends Forever Sweater Dress, $190, 5. McQ Alexander McQueen Knitted and Lace Sweater Dress, $405, 6. ONE by YMC Sweater Dress, $199, 7. by Zoe Esky Tunic Sweater Dress, $238, 8. Rag & Bone Lisbeth Embroidered Sweater Dress, $595, 9. MHL by Margaret Howell Ribbed Knit Wool Sweater Dress, $295, 10. Rebecca Minkoff Essef V Back Cashmere Dress, $368
Ain’t nothin’ better than a dress that’s also a sweater.
With the arrival of summer comes the arrival of outdoor music festivals. The first of which to kick things off is Coachella. Coachella is not only one of the bigger music festivals, it’s one of the most photographed. Let’s just say it’s a sartorialist’s wet dream. The look is usually a bit boho meets Beverly Hills, but some have taken the hippy dippy look to extremes. I can’t say I’ve ever had the desire to camp out for three days with no working plumbing, but if you happen to be someone who favors the port-o-potty over pate, then perhaps you’re headed out that way this weekend. If that’s the case, you may be thinking, “What to wear? What to wear?” Well, I’ve come up with three looks that are sure to have you looking like you’re with the band. (Just please do me a favor and keep your shoes on).
hat: Club Monaco Jody Straw Hat, $69.50, top: Roxy Sky of Stars Crochet Lace Crop Top, $49.50, skirt: Collective Concepts Crochet Waist Maxi Skirt, $78
top: Blood is the New Black Metal Bears Distressed Tank, $29, shorts: RUNWAYDREAMZ Handmade Vintage Half Studded Shorts, $168, sandals: DV by Dolce Vita Archer Nude Sandals, $69
sunglasses: Ray-Ban New Wayfarer, $125, dress: Juicy Couture Daisy Guipure Crochet Lace Dress, $298 , boots: Report Marks Bootie, $110
This is also an opportune time to test out chalking your tresses!!