Though my style has become decidedly less sweet as I've gotten older, I don't think you could necessarily say any of my shoes are clunky or masculine....until now. I'm currently on the hunt for a pair of lug-soled boots - honestly the uglier the better? Since most of my closet consists of feminine dresses, they'll be an ideal complement for adding a touch of edge to my fall and winter wardrobe.
I have Instagram ads to blame for this recent obsession. After being served with an ad for a super soft, sweatshirt-y looking quilted jacket a few weeks ago, I've been on an internet tear trying to find juuuuust the right one for my fall/winter wardrobe. Apparently I'm still prioritizing comfort over literally everything else (...will I ever go back to not being laser-focused on being cozy every second of every day? Standby for update) and sooner or later, a quilted jacket in a muted color like washed black, mauve, or olive will be mine.
I don't know why it's taken me so long to invest in a pair of Mary Janes – they're the quintessential "fall in Los Angeles" shoe. They're flat, comfortable, and give off the effortlessly French vibe I'm always attempting to attain. This velvet option from Everlane had been calling my name, but then I discovered the array of textures, colors, and materials from Loeffler Randall's line, and I'm nervous I'm going to go from zero to two pairs quicker than I'd anticipated. - Jess
I had a sweater dress in my early 20s that I lived in - until it literally started to disintegrate in multiple spots and I've been searching for a replacement ever since. Though it doesn't even have to be knit, the idea of a long-sleeved, fitted dress that hits mid-calf feels effortlessly chic (and will also go hand-in-hand with my aforementioned boots).
As fall approaches, I need to start coming to terms with the fact that my usual rotation of mules, slides, and sandals are just not going to cut it. If you don't live in southern California you're probably scoffing at the thought of it being cold here. You don't need to layer up but a shoe with a little more coverage is actually necessary (my feet do not look great when they're exposed to colder air). For the last few years, I've survived with a pair of pointed black boots that I've worn to death but I don't have a go-to sneaker at the moment. I love a white pair of sneakers. They feel fresh, classic, and go with everything.
One of the newest hobbies Justin and I have taken up during the pandemic, like a lot of couples we know, is tennis. I think I would have enjoyed any activity that's outdoors, gets my body moving, and allows me to indulge in a *bit* of healthy, intramarital competition, but it certainly helped that I'd played (and loved!) it as a child. Unfortunately, the courts near our home aren't in the best shape, so for months I was slipping and sliding on the overused surface, constantly nervous I would fall and break a bone. I invested in these ASICS sneakers that were a total game changer, and once we realized this wasn't just a phase, I also ordered this tennis skort and two tanks from Year of Ours, and a skirt and dress from Non-Member.
After exclusively wearing tie dye sweats last fall, I'm still so giddy about the prospect of actually getting dressed up and leaving the house. I've found myself drawn to a sort of preppy, schoolgirl vibe with exaggerated collars (removable and as part of blouses), barely-there cardigans, swingy A-line skirts, and socks with loafers. They won't all be worn together, nor too often so as not to pretend I'm actually back in school, but the pieces feel so intentional and polished after nothing but loungewear.