When I was a teenager, the most important issue of Seventeen Magazine was the fall issue. August was packed with amazing fall fashion, and I loved going back to school shopping for clothes. Oh, the clothes! And the boots! And the cute tights worn with little skirts and new shoes! Was that not the best part of going back to school?
Funny thing, how all my fall clothes from last season mysteriously disappear when it comes time to do my closet seasonal re-organization... that means one thing and one thing only - time to go shopping!
I'm loving the entire fall line-up at my two favourite stores: J.Crew and Banana Republic. I like to mix it up with pieces from Club Monaco and GAP for more casual wear. And if I lived in the USA, I'd add Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus to that list, as you can always find great pieces to add to your wardrobe by various designers.
Now, I'm not one to follow the trends - rather, I like to look for ideas in magazines and then do my own thing when I'm shopping. My look is more or less always the same - nice pair of pants, or jeans, sweater or cute t-shirt, boots or cute heels.
These are a few of the items I recently purchased from J.Crew:
This shirt, in grey:
And this sweater is so soft and perfect to wear over almost anything - again, in grey:
I wore this when I went out for dinner for my birthday - it is so comfy, too!
See? I'm wearing the shirt... oh, wait - you can't really see it. But see how happy I am? It's because I am wearing that shirt!
Also? A cashmere sweater from J.Crew. I bought this in green. It's heavenly.
Another essential part of my fall/winter wardrobe is the super-comfy casual shirt - one you can throw on with jeans when you go to the movies, or out for dinner with friends, or even when you're entertaining at home. I bought this shirt in black, and I now want to order it in every single colour! It looks great paired with jeans.
My other fall must-have items are:
A great pair of black pants. Or a few black pants. They go with everything. If you find a pair that you love, buy two. You will thank me later! They are the most essential part of my wardrobe. And these pants from Banana:
A little black dress. Which you should all own, right? Because it's a great go-to outfit for those evenings out when you don't know what else to wear! A form-fitting grey dress will be a great addition to your fall wardrobe, too. I just bought one from Banana that I can't wait to wear to work with a pair of black tights and boots!
And of course, a pair of cute booties - in grey and black and brown. Comfort for me is key, too, as I have to carry my children around everywhere! (And I'm still searching for that nice pair of grey boots - help me out here if you have seen any!)
A classic white shirt. You can wear this with jeans, or any pair of pants, and all your skirts, too.
A great winter coat. It is freezing in Canada from November until March, so buying a new coat every winter is a must. I love a great camel coloured coat paired with a beautiful white scarf and gloves. Makes me tolerate winter a bit more, you know?
What are your must-have items for fall? Anything special on your shopping list that you are excited to buy?