Melanie's Picks: 5 Wardrobe Staples to Invest in this Fall!
Posted on September 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 one. 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 (it's called the Perfect Shirt for good reason).
Nothing says Fall like boots! Whether you wear them under skirts 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 these styles from Banana Republic, Franco Sarto and Tory Burch.
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! If you're really in the mood to splurge, try this cashmere version from J.Crew.
Blazers are a must have for Fall! Invest in a wool version or try the new tweed or leather trends 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 Ralph Lauren, Zara and Ted Baker.
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, Kate Spade and Marc by Marc Jacobs.
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!