Fall is my absolute favorite season. When I was growing up, I couldn't wait to go back-to-school shopping with my mom every September—not necessarily because we were buying new things, but because fall was the one time of year when, together with my little sister, we'd all go out for a week-long marathon of retail reinvention.
I remember going to the Lord & Taylor in town, the smell of fresh leather in the shoe department hitting me as I picked out a new pair of patent-leather Mary Janes. I remember looking longingly at a pair of pointy-toe pumps I'd never be able to buy, but wanted so desperately just so I could look like my gorgeous mother. I remember convincing her at the Castle Bootery in town that the chunky (and glittery) platform Skechers sneaker-heels were appropriate for third grade (they definitely weren't).
Now, as an adult, I still believe that fall is the best time to reinvent yourself. Screw New Year's resolutions. Every September I make my own resolutions about who I want to be that year—and how I want to look.
This year's resolution? To tone down the girly repetition of solid chiffons and silks that typically overflow my wardrobe and replace them with edgier fabrics and unexpected prints.
So, without further ado, here's my massive lust list. What's on your wardrobe radar for the fall? Let me know if anything I'm dying over, you're dying over too.
J.Crew Collection Leather Skirt: Leather is a fabric I've always feared, and this year, I challenged and promised myself I'd learn how to not only incorporate it in my wardrobe, but love it too. If there were ever a leather piece I thought I could actually pull off and adore it's this J.Crew Collection skirt. Not only is it pleated, it's the color of rich oxblood. Who knew girly and edgy could come together so well?
J.Crew Collection Sequin Bow Pants: Ok, so I may or may not have a J.Crew pants problem. First, I love wearing separates because I can be even more creative when I get dressed. Second, J. Crew's pants fit me like a dream. Personal preferences aside, these trousers' sequin bows exude a girlish flair, but still look tastefully tailored. Also, they aren't black (if I buy another black bottom I swear...) and they are embellished but not overdone for those of you who fear too much fashion in one piece (I certainly do).
Burberry Textured-Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag: All summer I thought to myself, "If I'm going to splurge on a bag this fall, then I am definitely, and finally, buying myself a Proenza Schouler PS1." That was, until I saw this Burberry bag. This color green is a hue I've been obsessing over for a year-and-a-half now. The softness of the suede mixed with the textured leather makes it endlessly versatile. The rich brown leather piping and the strong architectural lines solidify it as both trendy and timeless. Even though Burberry has never been a must-have brand for me, it just re-entered my radar and should re-enter yours, too.
Kate Spade New York Normandy Park Dot Bag: Both Marc by Marc Jacobs and Kate Spade New York have gone dotty in the past year. However, Kate Spade New York's ladylike aesthetic scores the brand a permanent place on my lust list. This sweet circular shape contrasts with the dressed-up gold chain to make it the ideal bag for a night out on the town or even a quick shopping trip.
Stella McCartney Wool-Blend Brocade Top: The second Stella McCartney's blue brocades hit the Paris Fall 2012 runway, I was in love. Not only is brocade the it-print for fall, blue-and-black could very possible be my favorite color-combo. I love how rich and regal the pattern looks, while still remaining feminine and tough. I would love the top just as much with a tailored black pant as I would with its matching skirt and visa versa.
Prada Jeweled Satin Sandal: Every season, Prada cooks up some shoe to fawn over. While most people are still sacrificing a month's paycheck for spring's "Hot Rod" and this season's flower-printed leather pieces, I'm seriously eyeing these bejeweled purple satin platforms. They sport just the right amount of embellishment to make them special, and they're the perfect electric purple color for fall. I could walk out of my house in a potato sack with these shoes on and still manage to look chic!
Loeffler Randall Natalie Studded Toe Flats: Cap toe shoes are everywhere this season. While the old Lauren would gravitate towards a gold metallic pair, the new Lauren wants to go for these black studded flats. They're pristinely pointed and boast perfect, tiny, tough-studded details at the tip. I definitely think one of my flowy chiffon dresses or oversized sweaters would go well with these flats.
So, do any of my must-haves match yours? What's on your wish list for fall? I'd really love to know in the comments!