As sad as I am to see summer end, I'm thrilled to be heading into fall and all that it brings—slouchy sweaters, cozy nights at home, Sloan heading back to school. I usually struggle with transitions (even those as small as the turn from summer to fall, which is particularly subtle in Southern California), but this year I've found myself poring over photos of new fall collections and stylists' picks. To celebrate the new season, I've honed down a wish list into the ten pieces about which I'm most excited. And keeping to a true wish list, I included my ultimate "wishes" here as inspiration (hence the exorbitant price tags) alongside similar, more affordable options.
1. Slouchy leather pants: These paneled leather pants are so over-the-top, but that's exactly what I love about them. I'd tuck in a crisp white button down, throw on some gold hoops, and a simple pair of pumps. But honestly, they're so cool that they could also stand to be paired with a vintage sweatshirt and sneakers and look just as good.
2. Camel coat: A camel coat was also on my wish list last year, but since I waited until it was actually cold to start searching, all of my favorite finds were sold out at that point. This season I'm getting an early start and am looking for one that's tailored, classic, and chic to throw on over well, anything. It's such a smart piece that will never go out of style.
3. Sparkly evening bag: I've been seeing little slouchy wristlets everywhere and since the majority of my evening bags are neutral, I love the idea of adding a splash of color. This one feels particularly festive with rainbow sequins and while it would certainly dress up an evening look, I'd be just as likely to wear it during the day with ripped up jeans.
4. Pearl ear cuff: I've never been a pearl earring girl - they're typically too conservative/preppy for my style, but all of the unique iterations I've been seeing this season feel cool and current.
5. Sweet and simple mules: I pretty much live in my pointy-toe pumps throughout fall and winter and these cut-out mules are kind of the updated version of what I own. I like where they hit on the foot, which elongates the leg, and that it's such a versatile shoe that would look just as good with a slinky dress as it would with a pair of cropped trousers.
6. Knot belt: I've pulled back on belts in recent years and this knotted style has me excited to embrace them again. It has both a sleek and slightly undone vibe that would look great thrown over an oversized blazer.
7. Off-the-shoulder blouse: I pretty much lived in off-the-shoulder tops all summer, but a lot of them feel a bit too seasonal (hi, gingham). This blouse, with its contrast piping, asymmetrical shape, and buttons adds a polish to it that makes it appropriate for fall.
8. Satin slip dress: A lot of the slip dresses I came across last fall had almost everything I was looking for - (i.e. drapey in all of the right places), but fell short in one major way: they almost all looked too much like pajamas. This option, with its chiffon paneling, walks the line of chic-sleepwear-turned-slinky-dress that I'd wear with a pair of strappy sandals and an oversized trench.
9. Oversized plaid trench: Speaking of oversized trenches, this one is about as cool as it gets. It hits on two of the biggest trends for fall: menswear-inspired outwear and plaid. Since this specific piece won't be making an appearance in my closet anytime soon, I'll most likely settle for a plain trench with exaggerated details in the sleeves to become a new grab-anytime staple.
10. Classic leather mini: I had a leather mini skirt from Zara that I wore so many times over the years that it literally fell apart. Ever since, I've been wanting to find a replacement that feels just as no-frills that I can pair with a chunky knit and booties once the weather cools.