Melanie's Picks: 5 Wardrobe Staples to Invest in this Fall!
Posted on Sep 23, 2012
Fall is here! Sweaters, boots, coats oh my! Fall shopping can be overwhelming and also break the bank if you're not careful. To help ease the process, I've made a list of essential pieces to build your Fall wardrobe on. Spend a little more on these and get ready to keep them for life!
1) Crisp White Collared Shirt
If you don't already own this classic wardrobe staple, now is the best time to invest in one. Needless to say the white collared shirt is one of the most worn items in my closet and I shamelessly own more than just a few. Invest in one that fits just right since it will be worn as a layering piece more than anything else. Make sure it's made of good quality cotton and buttons all the way to the top. My all time favorite is from J.Crew (the J.Crew Perfect Shirt is exactly as advertised - perfect!).
Nothing says Fall like boots! Whether you wear them under skirts and dresses or over jeans, be sure to invest in a pair that is pure leather (I still cringe at the thought of pleather boots) with a sturdy sole. Classic styles for Fall are the stacked heel and riding boot. Either will take you well into Spring and be with you for years to come. Shop my favorite riding boot and high-heel knee-high styles from Nordstrom.
3) Black Turtleneck
Chances are you already own a black turtleneck as it's almost as basic as the collared shirt. It looks great on everyone and is very forgiving. In the event you don't own one, (or could use a new one) look for one in a medium weight knit with a ribbed turtleneck. It looks great under sleeveless dresses, over skirts or as the perfect compliment to your work trousers! My favorite (and best quality) turtlenecks are from J.Crew.
Blazers are a must have for Fall! Invest in a wool version or have fun with interesting silhouettes or unique embellishments out now. Classic styles include military, ladylike and equestrian. If you're looking for a statement piece, try one in a bold color! Here are my picks from Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, ASOS & Zara.
5) Leather Bag
Fall is a great time to invest in a timeless leather bag. The options are endless, so find one that's perfect for you since you'll want to keep this staple for years. Pick a timeless color that will go with everything - Fall favorites include brown, camel, taupe and black. Here are my picks from Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Coach.
Be sure to read our tips on How to Shop Fashion Trends to learn how to save money on pieces that aren't as essential. Have anymore Fall must-haves to add? Comment below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!