While the weather gets cooler and leaves start to turn, autumn offers awakening and renewal in one place: our wardrobes. I’ve already had my eye on a few classic staples this month to freshen up my fall wardrobe and wanted to share them with you while they’re all still in stock!
Resin Hoop Earrings – My love for resin earrings is still going strong, especially when it comes to a pair of tortoiseshell patterned hoops by Loeffler Randall. (The designer recently introduced jewelry!)
Black Merino-Blend Sweater – I actually purchased the green version of this sweater last weekend. I love that the knit is more supple than J.Crew’s “Tippi” sweater, which makes me certain I’ll be reaching for it throughout the season for workdays and weekends. Plus, it can be hand washed rather than dry cleaned. Banana Republic might not be the most fashion forward, but they do have basic sweaters down pat.
Leather Travel Bag – I’ve been using a beat up, faux leather tote from Old Navy as my personal item for every trip in recent memory. It holds a lot, but it’s not in the best shape anymore nor is it the most organized. This bag, however, looks perfect for air travel. I have cash in my “splurge” account and will probably snag it soon so I have it in time for our next international excursion.
I’d love to know what’s on your wish list this month!
As I get older, I find myself drawn to unfussy, classic pieces that withstand the test of time — and honestly, those have really been the foundation of my closet and the items I wear over and over again. Take this Tory Burch coat, for instance. I added it to my wardrobe back in 2015 and I look forward to chilly weather every year so I can wear it again. The Prada sunglasses were my first designer pair and I still reach for them weekly. The bag? Well, we all know it’s something I’ll keep in my closet forever. That’s not to say that I haven’t made some sartorial missteps when curating my closet — I’m sure taking a look through the archives here will turn up some gems — but narrowing down my style and considering the longevity of each piece is not only a fiscally responsible decision, it’s a sustainable way to shop. Long gone are the days of hitting up the mall to find a cheap “going out” top and a bauble to match, only to add them to the donation bag a few months later.
One brand that has quickly made its way into the “classic-pieces-I’ll-keep-forever” category is AUrate. I introduced you to AUrate earlier this year, but I wanted to put the jeweler back on your radar this season when we’re all looking at making bigger investments in our wardrobes and starting to think about gift-giving and receiving. AUrate is a lot like Warby Parker or Everlane in that the brand seeks to create more transparency in their industry by cutting out the middle man to bring direct-to-consumer fine jewelry at fair prices without sacrificing quality or style. All of AUrate’s pieces are handmade in New York City by experienced jewelers and are guaranteed for life.
When I browsed AUrate’s collection with my own wardrobe in mind, I knew I wanted to go with a gold necklace. I have a few dainty options, but nothing that bridged the gap between a luxe piece of jewelry and an easy-to-wear everyday piece. This 14k gold bar necklace nails it. I put the necklace on immediately when it arrived two weeks ago and I’ve been wearing it every day since. It’s a moderate investment at $220, but it’s one of those perfect pieces you’ll treasure for years.
J.Crew blouse | Tory Burch coat (old; also love this plaid coat and this one) | Gap jeans | Madewell loafers (also available in velvet) | AuRate necklace (c/o) | Wigs here | Prada sunglasses (old; similar)
Thanks to AUrate for partnering on this post!
The older I get and the more I travel, the less likely I am to pack clothes specifically for outfit photos on vacation. I gravitate more and more to the classic pieces that make up the foundation of my closet and are, quite frankly, my preferred items to wear anyway. (It’s amazing how creating a capsule wardrobe in a carry-on suitcase forces you to define your style.) This was one of my favorite outfits from our recent trip to Seattle. It was comfortable for exploring the Ballard and Fremont neighborhoods, and a tote bag made it easy to stash the things I bought during the day.
Wearing: Banana Republic trench (old; similar; I also have this one.) | Leith dress | Puma sneakers | Old Navy tote bag (old; similar; splurge-worthy version here) | Formal Gown | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses (old; similar)
It seems that whenever J.Crew releases a new striped top, I absolutely have to add it to my closet, but at least this time it’s not just another navy and white one (which I do have in this top, too)! It’s just such an easy piece that wears and washes well, making it something I reach for just about every weekend.
Wearing: J.Crew top (more colors here) | LOFT skirt (old; similar) | Tory Burch tote (old; similar) | Vince Camuto loafers (old; similar, just ordered these in black) | backdrops foxbackdrop | Monica Vinader ring (similar) | Rachel Comey earrings | Tory Burch sunglasses (old; similar)