Falling Into My Closet

It’s the end of August, and every major fashion magazine’s September issue has just hit newsstands and the insta famous bloggers are madly hyping their Fall looks.  This is also the time when thousands of followers, like you and me, start to feel overwhelmed, wondering where to begin in navigating Fall’s effect on our closets.  Alas, I have flipped through the magazines, scrutinized the insta posts, and looked at all the “new arrival” emails to boil down what I think are Fall’s biggest trends, and how you can reasonably attain the ones that speak to you most.

2017 FALL KEYWORDS: RED, Boots, Metallic, Sequins, Velvet, Studs, Plumage, Moto, Bombers, Mules, Sling-backs, Dark Floral, Embroidered, Sweaters, Tweed, Houndstooth, Plaid, Frills, Rips, Military

Below I have taken these keywords and mixed and matched them into a shopping guide which you can use to augment your closet this Fall…

  1. RED

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The color of the season is RED.  Whether it’s a red coat, jacket, dress, or boots, it’s everywhere.  Now, you can go big and snag the Stuart Weitzman stretch-patent leather ankle boot for $575 (left, they really are beautiful), but if that’s a little bold for your piggy bank, fret not…

Here are three red boot options that you can wear without filing bankruptcy…

 

LtoR: Steve Madden, GazeSam Edelman, Taye Heeled Ankle BootieUrban Outfitters, Vagabond Olivia Leather Boot 

2. Scrunch Boots

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While we’re on the subject of boots, this Fall’s style is scrunched, and I can’t get enough of it.  Again, the dream boot is the Saint Laurent Crinkled Leather Knee Boot (left), but if dropping $1,795 on the perfect pair of boots is not in your reality this Fall, here are a few options IRL…

 

LtoR: Stuart Weitzman, The Smashing BootSteve Madden, Vivacious

3. Metallic; Sequins

From day to night, metallic shine and sequins are all the rage.  Here are some of my favorite ways to achieve this look.

 

LtoR: h:ours, X Revolve Prairie TankFree People, Foil Babes Bodysuit

METALLIC+MULES

 

LtoR: Botkier, Clare Loafer MuleTopshop, Kylie Loafer MuleHalogen, Corbin Slide Loafer;  Vince Camuto, Marketa Mule

Sequins+Bombers

 

LtoR: Lovers + Friends, X Revolve the Sequin BomberBLANKNYC, Moon Dust BomberRachel Zoe, Dolley Jacket

4. MOTO

The moto jacket continues to hold strong … in various variations…

Classic 

 

LtoR: Sam Edelman, Contrast Trim Leather Moto JacketMadewell, Leather Moto JacketMichael Michael Kors, Genuine Shearling Moto Jacket

Embroidered & Studded 

 

LtoR: Sam Edelman, Studded Leather Moto JacketSteve Madden, Studded Faux Leather Biker JacketBLANKNYC, Embroidered Faux Leather Moto Jacket

Suede

 

LtoR: Topshop, Moon Suede Biker JacketBLANKNYC, Morning Suede Moto JacketBLANKNYC, Suede Moto Jacket

5. Military Jackets

 

LtoR: Free People, Ruffle Hem Military JacketVince Camuto, Faux Leather Military JacketRachel Zoe, Sadie Jacket

6. STUDS + BOOTS

The Holy Grail

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Saint Laurent, Freja Embellished Broken Heel $1,195

IRL

 

LtoR: Topshop, Ascot Studded Pointy Toe BootieSteve Madden, AMARAMercer Edit, Full Monty Studded Bootie

7. Embroidered+Floral

Floral has been hot all summer, and its not going anywhere this Fall.  In slightly darker hues, combine it with an embroidered or velvet vibe to make it feel more cool weather appropriate…

 

LtoR: Kate Spade New York, Swinton Embroidered LoaferMIA, Cameo Embroidered MuleTopshop, Robyn Floral Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

 

LtoR: Velvet by Graham & Spencer, Adara Velvet JacketEquipment, Adalyn Embroidered Button UpCentral Park West, Abbot Kinney Rose Hoodie

8. SWEATERS

Baby, it’s (going to be) cold outside.  So let’s get practical with some everyday wear to keep you warm this Fall.

Chunky

 

LtoR: Free People, Velvet Dreams Pullover SweaterTularosa, X Revolve Willoughby PulloverJ.Crew, Sweater with Ruffle Sleeves

Long, Open-front Cardigans

 

LtoR: Treasure & Bond, Stitch Play CardiganHalogen, Long Ribbed CardiganHalogen, Long Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan

9. TOPS

+One-Shoulder

 

LtoR: Riller & Fount, Kip TopSanctuary, Sienna TopCAMI NYC, The Mia Top

+Off-Shoulder

 

LtoR: J.Crew, Long-Sleeve Off-the-Shoulder T-ShirtCupcakes and Cashmere, Lois TopLA Made, Rory Top

 

LtoR: L’Academie, The Elastic Off Shoulder TopCupcakes and Cashmere, Otis SweaterCupcakes and Cashmere, Tommy Dress

+Frill&Flare

 

LtoR: J.Crew, Striped Button-Up Shirt with RufflesJ.Crew, Ruffle-Front White ShirtMadewell, Mistlight Mockneck Top in Seattle Floral

PAIR it all with my favorite go-to denim: 

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J.Crew, Madewell 9” high-rise skinny jeans in black sea

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The Wheels on the Bike Go Round and Round

If you know me, you know SoulCycle has become a regular part of my routine, so much so that as I was walking into class on Sunday I was told it was my 250th ride.  I was pretty surprised, I remember my first class like it was yesterday.  A fairly self-conscious person, group workout classes were never my thing.  Instead, I had always been the one to run down to the gym in my building at 11:30pm.  But after moving to DC and into a building without a gym, I had managed to get as far as level 1 yoga at the little studio down my street.  I had more or less given up on exercise while studying for the bar, and the non-judgmental atmosphere at Tranquil Space was a welcomed start on my journey to get back into shape.  This slow moving approach was quickly changed when my best friend, Jaclyn, moved to DC at the start of 2016.  By MLK Day she had decided we were going to SoulCycle together.  I was aware of the spin craze and knew Soul was the trendiest of the trendy.  I was also pretty sure I was not physically, emotionally, or mentally on that level.  But, she confidently told me I was going to love it, and I basically trust her with my life, so I grudgingly signed up for that first class and off we went.  I was surprised at the genuinely welcoming front desk staff who made me feel at ease as I walked into the bright studio.  I had, of course, insisted we sit in the back so I could hide anonymously in the group, and, as the lights dimed, we were off. I’m not going to say I was an instantly great rider, I was totally lost for at least my first four classes (some might say I still am today), but I was addicted after just class one.  I pushed through the newness and soon found myself clipping in several times a week.  As I gained strength, got better at the choreography, and generally back into better shape, Jaclyn insisted we move forward row by row until we were riding in front (something, I’m pretty sure I never, not even today, would be doing without her).  But the confidence I built at SoulCycle was not limited to the confines of the studio.  I was feeling better about myself, and more connected to my new community.  I even built up the confidence to try other workout classes and soon found another home at B.Fit Barre, also on 14th street.  SoulCycle gave me the start I needed to push myself to be the best version of myself.  Since starting Soul, I have doubled down on exercise and focused on my diet, and as a result I not only look better, but feel better.  That being said, I am pretty sure I still have the same 15 thoughts every class…

  1. I love this, so dark in here, just moving to the music, lessgo
  2. Its song two and I’m not dripping with sweat, maybe I won’t sweat as much this class
  3. What was I smoking? “Not sweat as much” that’s funny, I’m dying
  4. Why am I right handed and yet I naturally pick up the beat on my left foot, maybe I was supposed to be left handed and never realized it…
  5. Oh no, I went down that mental rabbit hole and wasn’t listening, what are we doing?!
  6. It’s getting really hot in here, how does Pauline wear a sweatshirt, I am literally dripping sweat and wearing as little clothing as socially acceptable
  7. How do I do this everyday and still not know where to look, I feel weird just staring at myself in the mirror for 45 min, I’m confused
  8. This is kicking my ass, I can feel my abs, YESSSSSSS
  9. I think I am on fire, maybe no one will notice if I pour water on my legs … no, that’s definitely weird
  10. LOVE THIS PLAYLIST, there should be a little screen on the bike that tells you song and artist… shit, I need to focus
  11. Yup, push up, tap backs are still my favorite
  12. We are already to weights?!
  13. Please, no triceps, please, no triceps
  14. Triceps
  15. Fastest 45 minutes of my life, can’t wait to do it all again.