Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Reader Request: Fall Accessories.

A friend of mine -- Blair from the wonderful blog, Closing Notice, where you can read most recently all about her AMAZING and green-with-jealousy-inducing posts trip west -- got in touch (a LONG time ago, sorry!) to ask about fall accessories.  As in, what fall accessories should I look for?  

Easy enough, right?  Except I'm a procrastinator and I'm just getting around to it.  Soooo, without more ridiculous talk from me, let's get this ball rolling!
First and foremost, ankle boots are EVERYWHERE.  They give any outfit a bit of an edge and can ground a summer dress better than anything else.  Add tights, a long-sleeved shirt under the dress, and ankle boots and you've transitioned your summery dress into fall!  (Better than the outfit posted on Monday, yes?  I hear ya.  People did not like.)

I prefer an ankle boot with a thicker heel; I feel it's more casual and better suited to day AND/OR nighttime.  Plus, it's easier to run and catch the bus. 
Second!  Capes!  There is nothing more chic than throwing a cape over your outfit as you head out the door.  Seriously.  Your friends will all be jealous.

Some people are scared of the cape due to the lack of definition and bulky fabrics.  Do. Not. Be. Afraid.  It's meant to have volume and is part of a silhouette.  But, if you run on the petite side, like lovely Blair, you can get one with arm holes (for lack of a better term!).  They will instantly make you feel more in control. 

And.  If you live in blustery Chicago you can get away with arm holes with long gloves.  Long gloves will make you feel gorgeous and like Grace Kelly.  Everyone wants to feel like Grace Kelly, yes? 
Scarves.  Yes, I know.  I talk about scarves ALL THE TIME.  But, for reals, scarves are the best accessories out there, especially when it's actually cold outside.  You can change it up with different colors, patterns, and textures and they will always be your friends.  Plus, they run at every price point!  Get yoself some scarves.  STAT. 

My personal credo: The bigger, the better. 

Another one: Go big, or go home.

Buy. Scarves.

Big. Ones. 
Brass and copper and gold are fall's best friends.  Wear it all.  And lot's of it.  Or little... if you're into that sort of thing.  I'm partial to chains and metal before it gets too cold to transmit the bitterness to your skin. 
Last, but not least, the camel/tobacco/tan bag.  You can never go wrong with it.  Period.  The end.  [Especially if you have the cash for the famous Ps1 -- I die.] 

PLUS, leather!  Suede!  Knit!  Fur (faux, of course)!  Texture, texture, texture, ladies.  This is the season where you can't have enough of it.  Pair the ribbed tights with the corduroy skirt and the fair isle knit sweater. 

Do it. 

I dare you. 

Basically this is the best dressing season.  There.  I said it.  Layers are begging to be created, textures are screaming to be touched, and cozy CAN be sexy.  I promise, girls.  I promise. 


Taylor said...

Of course those booties are 500$, otherwise they would have already been purchased....I am having the same debate, thus haven't bought any myself!

justagirlLaura said...

I know! The best ones are always uber expensive. Or put on hold until December 15th -- wtf!

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