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fall favorites

hi, friends!
as reluctant as i am to let go of summer, the past couple weeks has given us a few crisp mornings in nashville, and that little taste of cooler temperatures has really made me excited for fall.  i’ve always felt (and believe that many fashion folks would agree) that fall is handily the best season when it comes to style.  every year, i relish the days i can pull out my boots, sweaters, jackets, and wool hats.  for today’s post, i thought it would be fun to do something different and round up some of my favorite items in some key categories in hopes that it may provide y’all with some inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

sweaters

sweaters are by far my second favorite garment (behind t-shirts, of course) and i live for sweater season.  each year, i try to buy a couple of new sweaters that bring in something key for the season — like colors, details, or fabrications — to keep my current pieces feeling fresh as i bring them into the rotation.  this year, look for items with current styling such as lace-up details, bell sleeves, or  criss-cross necklines to bring in something unique without going overboard.  similarly, a cardigan with a unique pattern, such as color-blocking, or bouclé texture will add personality to your most simple ensemble.

denim

obviously, denim is seasonless and an essential part of the american sartorial legacy. it changes more slowly than other categories, but there are some key silhouettes that you should consider incorporating into your wardrobe if you haven’t already. the “mom jean” of the 90’s is here to stay, so if you don’t have a pair of high-rise, straight-leg jeans, you should snag a pair now. to keep them modern, choose some with just a bit of distressing, or a perfectly-faded wash, and avoid anything that looks like it could be something your mom (or you) wore in the 80’s.  the key to them feeling current, too, is a slightly loose fit through the leg but a close fit in the butt and thigh.  also worth trying are a pair of high-rise flares, as they are universally flattering and instantly make an outfit feel more stylish.  if you’re a risk-taker, try denim culottes or a cropped flare, as well as the fringed-hem pairs that have been making the rounds since the spring.

boots

ankle boots and over-the-knee boots will continue to be the key shapes this season. western influences are everywhere, so there’s a cowboy-inspired pair out there for just about anyone. embellishments are abound as well, ranging from textured leather, studs, buckles, and fringe.  the over-the-knee boot is a modern classic, so choose a pair that is versatile and suits your personality to maximize your opportunities to wear them.  chose a pair in a luxe suede, which feels more sophisticated than smooth leather.  invest in the best pair you can afford — if there’s one fashion rule i stand by, it’s that you shouldn’t buy cheap shoes!

jackets & outerwear

y’all know i love my leather jackets, but this fall suede versions are especially hot. choose a classic silhouette in camel, olive, or navy for an of-the-moment take on the timeless piece. bomber jackets are having a moment, and i am partial to the embellished versions — patches are trending and offer a DIY twist if you’re so inclined, but i especially like those that sport feminine embroidery for a little boy-meets-girl juxtaposition. the military trend is here to stay as well, so if you don’t already have a military-style jacket, it’s time to get one of these staples.

accessories

fall is all about the cozy accessories! beanies, wool hats, scarves, and socks…the possibilities are endless. this is where you can show your personality and don’t have to show too much mind to what’s trending — choose what you love and wear them with all your beautiful new fall pieces. currently, i’m crushing on cool suede baseball hats, 70’s-inspired crochet hats and scarves, and cozy socks to layer with my ankle boots. i love the bodysuit trend for easy layering and versatility, and am inspired by feminine lace details peeking out from your cozy knits — very demure and sexy.

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