I'm not someone who's governed by trends, but it's not to say that there aren't a few styles that come with each season that I get excited to embrace. Here are the five styles I'll be incorporating into my wardrobe these next few months and how I'm wearing them.
For years, I exclusively associated plaid with equestrians, holiday tablescapes, and professors. But now, I've completely come around to it, and have found that the majority of my recent outerwear purchases involve it in some capacity. Whether worn as a menswear-inspired coat (this one I featured in San Francisco sold out almost immediately) or a crisp blazer over dark jeans and loafers with a red lip, it's a cool spin on preppy, androgynous dressing.
I'll never tire of dainty gold huggies, but lately I've been leaning much more towards large hoops and ornate statement earrings. They instantly transform an entire look and are the ideal complement to fall's heavy knits. The bigger the better for me—and I think they look even better when offsetting casual looks—I love them paired with a vintage-y tee, midi-skirt, and booties. No need to hold onto your fanciest statement earrings just for events.
During the holidays, I've always embraced a long-sleeved mini. It's the more conservative sister to the straight-up mini dress, yet still feels subtly seductive. This season's new crop of printed long-sleeved dresses is so good, it has me embracing the look a few months early. Instead of feeling too romantic (flowered prints can veer there pretty easily), they have a bit of a western-leaning vibe, which feels fresh for fall. I look forward to wearing them with chunky, slouchy cardigans, boots and a berry-colored lip.
I'm a sucker for neutrals, which can easily be seen the minute you look in my closet. The majority of my blouses are white, and the only colorful sections are in my sock drawer. But there's something about this season's jewel tones that feels rich and appropriately festive this year. Whether embracing a bright purple knit, an emerald-colored silk dress or royal blue midi skirt, it's one of the quickest ways to update your wardrobe with only a few select pieces.
Regardless of the time of year, sequins always just make you feel festive and party-ready. But what's great about the newest crop of pieces that are readily available is that they feel much more versatile and not just NYE appropriate. I'm particularly drawn to the juxtaposition between elevated sparkles with casual pieces—a sequined kimono (this one I've been eyeing is now on sale) with boyfriend jeans or a sweatshirt paired with a glittery mini. But if you're not ready to go full blown disco ball during the day, one of the many miniature bags done up in sequined fabric is a good way to embrace the trend in a more subdued way.