Fall has hit retail and Seattle in a big way, and so far so good. It’s going to be a great season with ample variety. Here are some items that have been winners on clients, or that earned a place in my own wardrobe. I’ve been extra vigilant about the quality and fabric of my wardrobe, and am pleased to report that the new items are stellar. Lots of fun colours, patterns, trendy items, and classics.
1. Boden Antonia Sweater
This lovely pullover has a romantic and trendy puff at the crown of the sleeve and blousons at the cuff. It’s gorgeous quality, non-itchy, crisp to the touch, and easy to wear UNTUCKED. It fits fluidly and looks dressier than the norm. The ribbed cuffs can be cuffed back if they’re a little long. Plenty of length for tall gals, and the fuchsia is mine.
2. J.Crew Leona Bootie
A dressy yet relatively flat bootie with a high shaft is hard to find, and these fit the bill. If your foot is remotely wide, do not try them. They fit my low-volume feet and narrow ankles perfectly with a cushioning insole to take up extra width. They are comfortable and very polished. The high shaft might cut into your ankle at first, but feels fine after a while.
3. BLANKNYC Renegade Snake-Printed Blazer
4. Scotch & Soda Pants
Scotch & Soda makes some of the best quality and most fun bottoms at retail at the moment. The fabrics are dressy, but the silhouettes are casual. That way you can dress the items up or down, and remix them any way at all. The fits are neither straight nor curvy, but somewhere in between. The rises are mid to high rise, but not too high. Fabrics are luxe and the detailing is fun. I have two pairs that I altered at the hips, waist, thighs and bottom to create a perfect fit, and they’ve been fabulous.
5. Boden Tweed Pants
The Malden Tweed Pants might be my favourite pants of the season, which I’m wearing here. I got the navy with the citron stripe. The stripes are matched on the side seams and beautifully made. They are woolly but half lined, and feel extremely comfortable and luxurious. Dressy, but not too dressy, and fun with boots and sneakers. They will probably work on both a curvier and straighter figure because the cut is that good. Fabulously on-trend.
The British tweed pants are wonderfully dramatic and work well on a curvier figure. They are half lined, well made, luxe, and swoosh as you stride. They run big, so size down. Fabulously on-trend, and great with flatforms or sneakers.
6. VAGABOND Mya Pointy Toe Bootie
These darlings work best on a low and regular volume foot with a narrower ankle. Soft, and reasonably comfy. They are dressy, excellent with skirts and dresses, and all sorts of pants or jeans because of the streamlined fit. They’ll work for holiday parties and more formal occasions, and look festive in the trendy patent. The cream are mine for dressy wear.
7. Boden Modern Classic Shirt
I’m back to loving button-down shirts because I felt like a change from my blouses. These are my favourite for Fall because they’re crisp and FLUID. They are not supposed to be form-fitting. They look great tucked into bottoms, OR untucked and layered under a vest or pullover for the school uniform trend. Gorgeous quality, comfy, playful, and polished. I have the “fish ’n chips” shirt, and it’s a workhorse.