Back when I was asking for blog topic ideas in the spring, I was genuinely surprised how many of you wanted fashion tips or posts with outfit ideas. Which is funny because I am NOT a fashion blogger. Most of the time I don’t even feel like I’m a stylish person. My sisters are always raising their eyebrows (or out-rightly voicing an objection) and all my inspiration comes from magazines from the 70′s or random photos I find of people in different cultures. It’s pretty quirky, to say the least.
But hey, I do wear clothes and sometimes I wear fall-ish clothes, which is super convenient since it’s fall. So if you want to know what my five staples for fall are (don’t I sound official), scroll down.
A great pair of jeans
First you have to figure out what a great-fitting pair of jeans means to you. Because they do not come one-shape-fits-all. My sister Hannah, for instance, rarely wears anything but dark wash skinny jeans. Have you seen me in dark wash skinny jeans? It’s not pretty. I need something looser. Higher waisted. I’m the one who will go for boyfriend jeans or wide legged 70′s cuts. Don’t follow denim fads. Just try on pair after pair until you find something you can walk in, sit in, eat in (gosh that’s so important) and feel confident in!
It’s no secret I’m a big fan of vintage. But it’s funny because I’m really not a retro housewife-in-pearls kinda girl. But the great thing is that, with vintage, you can be whatever kind of girl you want. You can don a sundress and pearl necklace, or you can pick up a 90′s floral dress in a thrift store and just rock it. These clothes that are so rich with history and stories take on a whole new life in your hands. I love wearing vintage at any point in the year, but the phrase “everything begins again in the fall” really has a meaning here. Vintage clothes, no matter how old, become new again on you.
I refuse to believe that scarves are just for the preppy. Because I own about twelve of them and wear them every other day in the colder months. I’m visually drawn to things with color and texture, so even though I sometimes wear head to toe black or neutrals, grabbing an embroidered, batik, or hand dipped scarf makes me feel like I’m still covering myself with beautiful things. Remember the Ayu scarves I told you about? They’re great examples of how you can take one stunning piece of fabric and wear it close to your face. People will look at your face, feel the happy vibes, and have their days brightened because of it. I’m not even lying.
Remember when you were a kid and you used to pull your arms into your sweater and say something like, “Hey look! I was attacked by a shark in a freak accident that left me armless!” and no one would believe you? Yeah, me too. I was missing sweaters big enough to lose my arms in, so this year I just decided to start wearing them again. Thus began my thrift store hunt and you’d be amazed how many giant shapeless wool sweaters you can find in Goodwill. In rad colors too that make you feel like a 1970s Ivy League student.
A wear-everyday jacket
For Hannah, it’s a trench. I’m not quite that classy but I was in desperate need of a lightweight jacket to get me through the in-between months. I had a brief affair with a fabric/leather motorcyle jacket for a good bit, but didn’t work with everything. And then, on one of the last days of summer, I stumbled across the denim jacket of my second grade dreams in the Gap. So much yes. I wear it everyday.
Well now you know what I’m wearing this fall. What about you?