It’s time for our my monthly Signature Style Series with my pals Sarah and Kim. Let’s talk about Fall Wardrobe Items I am Coveting Now.
The older I get the more I appreciate a wardrobe made up of solid basics with interesting accessories. I find I most often prefer texture over pattern. I love a Statement Jacket or Coat, but I like pairing it with a column of color. I am only 5’4, so that is the only way I can pull off a Statement piece. I need to keep a simple base so that the look doesn’t overwhelm me. I like a pop of color here and there, but a lot of pattern doesn’t really appeal to me personally. I love it on others, I just don’t think I can carry it off.
I am really loving all of the camels I am seeing this year. Camel is great with black, ivory, and denim. It probably is not my best color but I love its versatility.
ARTEMIS SMOKING SHOES
I know I am a bit obsessed, but I wear mine all the time, especially in the fall and winter here. I am coveting a neutral pair that I can wear with jeans, camel etc. This pair is on my list, but I know they are getting a new shipment soon.
BROWN SUEDE BOOTIES
I don’t have a lot of options when it comes to shoes and boots (dreaded bunion). I have had wonderful luck with Gentle Souls. I own the Emma boots and the booties in two colors. I can wear them all day long pain-free. According to the reviews, this boot also works for bunions. They are on my wish list. I like these because they have a very small heel. I probably could not wear these all day long but I think they would be fine for a few hours or an evening out.
I have a couple of (ancient) black coats from J-Crew (love the quality of their coats for the money) that I don’t wear very often because it never got very cold in Monterey County. It gets a little chillier down here so I have a Camel coat on my radar. This one from Annie Bing is the best that I have spotted (at least under $1000K) that is a blend of cashmere and wool (many of the pricier ones have polyester in them). I think this style is timeless and worth the splurge if you are on the hunt for one. FYI TJ Maxx has a good looking all wool& cashmere one at a great price here.
This J Crew boiled wool version might be more suitable for me. I haven’t decided.
BLACK SLING BAG
I do not own a (fanny pack), or do we call them belt bags or slings?. I love the fact that one’s arms can be free. I won’t be wearing mine around my waist. I am coveting something in either black leather or quilted like this MZ Wallace sling. They also have a larger version that would be nice for travel. I will link all at the bottom of the post.
The leather ones that I have my eye on, the Rag and Bone Commuter Lambskin (of course the priciest), the Longchamp LeFoulanne, and the coach outlet for a great price.
WOVEN OR TEXTURAL BROWN SHOULDER OR TOTE BAG
I do not own a dark brown bag. I have several on my radar, but I am looking for something affordable. I like the Dooney Barlow (it is on sale). I am not a big fan of double handles or logos on bags, but these handles can be tucked in. At least the logo is small and I think you can switch sides. Their bags are very well made and well worth the money.
I also love the Dragon Fusion tote. It is less preppy and more casual and textural.
LEOPARD CROSSBODY BAG
I am also on the hunt for a leopard crossbody bag that doesn’t cost a small fortune. I like these Gigi New York options. Both of these bags have “skinny” straps in my opinion. They do have clip-on straps. I would replace with a sturdier wider strap like these that you can find on Etsy. You can also search eBay, Poshmark, and Etsy for some of the older J-Crew versions.
MIDI SWEATER DRESS
I love the sweater dresses I am seeing this season. I think they would be great with boots or booties and a fun jacket. I love these two. The one on the left is from Rag and Bone and the one on the right is from Theory. They are both pricey but H&M has a cute one at a much better price point here. All are linked at the bottom under SHOP THE POST
Last but certainly not least, I am on the hunt for a riding boot that will accommodate my bunion. As you may recall, most of my boots (we think) ended up at the Goodwill during our previous move. I had a comfortable pair of La Canadienne riding boots that were ancient. The only possibility I have seen so far is the Vince Carly. The footbed looks like it is wider than most and the leather is soft. They do not have a zipper which worries me. What I really need is a wide width, but when one gets a wide width one gets a wide calf which doesn’t work for me. Any suggestions? I am searching eBay for a pair that is already broken in. You might enjoy Pop Sugar’s article on the Best Riding Boots here, or this article on Riding Boots in Who What Wear.
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As you can see my list is heavy on accessories. I don’t really need clothes. I always feel like the accessories make the outfit. Thank you for reading about my Fall Wardrobe Items I am Coveting Now. That’s it for my Fall wishlist. I always scour Ebay and Etsy for vintage scarves and accessories. Let’s pop over and visit Kim and Sarah. I know they will have some great ideas. This week will be heavy on fashion. I am going to try and squeeze in my fall home decor tour either Friday or Monday. This is a busy blogging month!