Any other millennials feeling a bit weird when it comes to fashion? I could imagine it’s how our parents felt when trends from the 70s/80s came back in style. (I still feel like 30 years ago was 1970…yet here we are.)
I’ve ALWAYS worn what I wanted — whether it was trendy or not. I don’t care if something is “in” or “out”, I care if I like the way I look and feel. I definitely draw inspiration from those around me (and from social media of course) – that’s one of the many reasons I love living and working in New York City. Another thing that I think contributes to my personal style is the fact that New York City encounters all four seasons. We get the opportunity to switch up our style every few months as seasons change, and I love that so much.
I’m very impatiently waiting for my favorite season to approach New York City, and I’m just starting to get back into all things Pinterest. I’m starting to get an idea of what I want my wardrobe to look like to create the best fall outfits, and this week is all about getting rid of things I will 100000% not wear anymore. I’ve always had the issue of holding onto pieces “just in case”. I also feel like we’re all kind of navigating the “going back to the office” waters too. I’m still mainly hybrid, but I love that I have the option of going to the office whenever I want (even if we have no meetings on the calendar.
With that being said, your girl is SO ready to start putting together fall outfits. So let me show you what pieces I’m most excited about!
Loose (90s) Jeans
I actually can’t remember the last time I put on a skinny jean. Probably a pair of black Everlane skinnies. And I seriously cannot remember when that was. I don’t think skinny jeans are dead per se, but I do think the shift happened because we just want to be freakin’ comfortable! I never thought of myself as a denim gal, but then I realize I have two drawers dedicated to denim. So yeah, I enjoy a good pair of jeans. Right now, I’m super into straight leg, wide leg and loose/baggy jeans.
I didn’t know everyone hated ballet flats until I started seeing them on Gen Z TikTok’s list of things that are making a comeback. I’ve always loved ballet flats, and really any kind of flat. I think they’re super elegant and timeless (clearly). I actually had two pairs of my Chanel ballet flats at my parents’ house, so I picked them up this weekend and have been so excited to style them! I’m thinking about doing an entire post dedicated to styling ballet flats different ways — stay tuned!
I can’t believe I’m actually including wool sweaters in this roundup. My skin is SO sensitive. Like BEYOND. Everything bothers my skin, but…I’m still really feeling genuine wool sweaters for fall. I’m assuming it’s because I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw this cardigan. I think there’s something so effortless about a chunky knit! So I need all of them.
Leopard never really went away. I know we’ll never forget when Jenna Lyons said, “As far as I’m concerned, leopard is a neutral”. And it really is. I don’t think we’re wearing leopard with our chambray shirts anymore, but I do think we’re mainly incorporating leopard in accessories. Hair clips, silk scarves, shoes, earrings. It’s a nice little addition of novelty to your outfit. On the flip side, I’m really into this BOLD statement jacket. Sometimes you gotta go big or go home, ya know? But also, something like this dress could be a less bold of a statement, but still a statement.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know just how obsessed I am with these trousers. I own them in all four colors/patterns — and you can see how I styled them multiple ways here. They’re the absolutely perfect pant for work and weekend. I wear them SO often. For sizing, I’m 5’3 and I wear a size 00 and got the shorter inseam. I could have gotten away with not altering them, but I wanted to be able to have the option of wearing them with a lower heel OR a flat sneaker/sandal.
I’m REALLY excited for this trend. Along with ballet flats, I think these are so timeless. I ordered a few pairs from J.Crew and I can’t wait to style them. I think they’ll look incredible with denim!
Button Down Shirts
Ever since I started working at J.Crew, I remembered just how important crisp button downs are in your wardrobe. Okay, they don’t even need to be crisp — I loved wearing this seersucker button down this summer and also can’t wait for flannel in the fall.
I mean, do I even need to explain this?! There is absolutely NOTHING like a good cashmere sweater. I’ve actually purchased more cashmere sweaters this SUMMER (I know) than I have in the last few years. I’ve been wearing them over my shoulders and they really just easily elevate a look for some reason. Oh and they’re obviously great when your office is -12 degrees;)
Blazers (as Jackets)
I’m really gravitating towards blazers in heavier weight fabrics – I have my eye on this one. I love the idea of wearing this as a jacket once temps start to cool down. I also think they look so cool belted, so I think that’s a style challenge I’d like to accept.
Okay this one might seem weird, but hear me out. I think thick glasses (whether you actually need glasses OR they’re blue light) feel like fall/winter. Is that a weird observation? Maybe. But for some reason, every fall look I’ve put together so far, I’m reaching for my new tortoise blue light frames. Very Jenna Lyons if you ask me;)
And there you have it! All of the things I’m wearing for fall. Now if only the temps would drop drastically…
What are you reaching for in fall?!