Despite severe supply chain challenges caused by the global pandemic, online collections for Autumn and Winter are looking surprisingly good and well-stocked. Brick-and-mortar stores on the other hand, are quite bare. It’s very tough gauging how to stock retail these days, and I wish all retailers the very best. On that note, these items have been winners on some clients and forum members recently. Be sure to browse all the size and colour options.
1. Karen Kane Bias-Cut Midi Skirt
Bias-cut skirts can look sensational when they are long enough and have sufficient width. In other words, the manufacturers didn’t skimp on the fabric to cut costs. These bias-cuts skirts from Karen Kane are sustainably and ethically made in the USA, and drape like a dream because they have the right roomy cut and fit. They mould to the shape of the body, but do not cling.
2. Linea Paolo Patent Booties
These are gorgeous, very comfy, and with an on-trend snip toe. I bought the white pair last year, and LOVE them. They look chic and modern in a crisp and clean way. This year they came out with three options in patent leather that aren’t quite as soft as my white leather pair, but comfy all the same. Each pair has a different and unique colour-blocked stripe at the back. Click the links to see the variations. The style is good for long toes and lower volume feet.
3. Miz Mooz Leighton Booties
These are super comfy, soft, well-made, robust, and quite unique. They are a rare find in purple, green and teal. I’ve found Miz Mooz shoes to run a little short in the toe box so be careful when you have long toes. Some styles look a little steampunk, if that’s your cup of tea.
4. Michael Kors Hooded Stretch Packable Down Puffer
Do not underestimate the fabulous online selection at Macy’s. Prices are generally more affordable than other department stores, and their service has greatly improved. They have a wider range of sizes too. These Michael Kors short packable puffers are well-made, create a fab fit, and come in all sorts of colours. Some of the styles have back elastic detailing to give them more shape. Styles have either silver or gold hardware. Sizes range from XXS to 4XL and most items are on sale. I have my eye on some of the orange jackets.
5. Banana Republic Sweater Hoodie
I have this hoodie in cream and LOVE it, so much so that I am thinking about getting the blue. It’s very cosy and comfy, and looks more polished and dressy than a sweatshirt hoodie. I’ve worn it with my Hugo Boss suit, jeans, and a velvet bias-cut skirt. The neckline is awfully neat and tidy. Half of the hoodie is made of an Austrian fabric called EcoVero, which is a more sustainable viscose-based natural fibre made using sustainable wood from controlled sources. The production of EcoVero causes 50 percent less emissions and takes up half as much energy and water.