As summer winds down and fall approaches, it seems everyone needs to do the back-to-school shopping ritual. Only instead of Mead spiral notebooks and a pair of cords, we’re looking to things a little more grown-up. From the black trend (shocking, I know!) to layering to oversized bags, Essentials is the place to turn for everything you need this fall.
The runways were painted with a sea of black threads for this season. Everyone showed the color of choice in every fabric and cut possible. A favorite thing about black is that no matter how fussy the garment is, the color keeps it clean.
Keep it simple, but interesting in Calvin Klein’s Winthroper dress ($990, eluxury.com). The lightweight blend will make for great layering as a base piece.
For trousers, look to Dior’s Melody Pant ($810, eluxury.com). The straight leg is obviously huge again this season, and this pant will look equally stunning with a simple tank and chunky sweater or with a blazer.
Playing with volume can be tricky when it comes to fashion, but keep in mind the golden rule: always keep either the top of bottom slim, while showcasing the opposite with the fullness of the season.
Update the look of your leggings by topping them with something frothy and chic like Fendi’s pleated dress ($1,850, eluxury.com). With its flattering jewel neckline and black contrasting trim, it does the work of layering for you.
Look for printed, rustic toned blouses that can be thrown on with skinny jeans and boots or with a slim skirt and pumps. Second to none is Jean PaulGaultier’s printed blouse ($15450, eluxury.com). The poet sleeves and roominess of the blouse leave the options to be played with, when dressing it up or down. Be sure to go easy on the accessories when sporting a blouse so eye-catching. It speaks for itself.
Full skirts are never out of date, but this season, they’re full of volume and prints. For easy options, consider a plain long sleeved cashmere t-shirt with a full skirt and tights. Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Sumi Blossom ($238, eluxury.com) skirt brings the volume and vintage trend to life with a fun black and white print splashed with traces of blue.
Every show was full of layering. From soft frocks over rumpled cotton underpinnings to gigantic blanket wraps to swaddle you in, it was all about going layer by layer.
Capture the ease and luxury of fall’s best trend with DKNY’s tank with satin straps ($95, eluxury.com). The banded hem and contrasting straps allow the tank to be worn under and over everything in your wardrobe.
Cuddle up in a striped hooded shawl from Vince ($285, eluxury.com). The colors pick up the darkness of the season, and the inside-out seams give it an edge. It’s the perfect thing to finish off your look when it comes to layering.
Close off your search for the latest and greatest cardigan. Peter Som’s genius cashmere Bishop Sleeve cardigan ($920, eluxury.com) takes everyday luxury to new heights. Simple enough to put on over anything, but striking enough to impress a tough crowd, the cardigan plays with volume and a cinched waist that creates the ultimate effortless chic.
The past season saw the return of oversized bags…and we’re talking huge. Most are appropriate to use as a carry-on or laptop bag long after this trend has died, so make the most of it and invest in one you’ll love years from now.
The folks who spawned a craze with their infamous Trigger bag are back in full force. This fall, Botkier launches the arrival of their Fan Hobo bag ($695, eluxury.com). Perfect for the oversized bag trend in the larger size, the bag is made of sumptuous leather and has gold hardware, one of the trends among the oversized bags.
The Marc Jacobs Stam is back and it’s bigger than ever. For fall it has been updated in an easy hobo version ($1200, eluxury.com), but still has all of the fun with its gold chain and delicious quilting.
Keep it casual with the Marc by Marc Jacobs Danielle hobo ($438, eluxury.com). Cool and relaxed, the bag is massive and boasts the label’s name all over in a chic tone-on-tone manner. It screams fall when worn with rinsed jeans and a chunky sweater.