Wednesday, September 23, 2015


fall fashion staples

The crisp autumn air has arrived and with it has come the changing leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and most importantly fall fashion.  From fedoras to flannel, the cozy ensembles of fall allow us to still look chic before the five feet of snow hits come winter.  (Upstate NY Wardrobe = Parka and UGGS all day every day.)  Fall is one of my favorite seasons for fashion and over the years I have invested in some great pieces that have truly become staples in my autumn wardrobe.  I couldn't wait to share nine of my favorites with you today and while some of these items may be on the pricier side they have been well worth their investment.  I have worn them again and again year after year and they are great core pieces where I feel it’s worth it to spend a little extra money to ensure quality.  I hope you enjoy this post and let me know your favorite fall fashion staple in the comments below!

1. A pair of classic riding boots…
You can’t find better quality than Frye and these Melissa Button Riding Boots will last you a lifetime.  For reals.  I adore a classic leather riding boot and find I wear them on almost a daily basis come fall and winter.  I love the button detailing near the calf on these bad boys and the buttery cognac leather ages beautifully, only looking better with wear. 

2. A cozy flannel shirt…
A flannel shirt is a staple in everyone's wardrobe come fall.  They're comfy, warm, and versatile and this Flannel Cargo Workshirt in Buffalo Check by Madewell checks all the boxes.  All flannel offerings from Madewell are superb quality and this shirt would look great paired with jeans, thrown over a knit dress, or tied around the waist and .  (Tip: If you are a first time Madewell shopper beware they run big, I would recommend sizing down.)

3. A great pair of leather leggings….
So many fashion bloggers rocked leather leggings last year and while I loved the chic ensembles they created I was convinced it was a trend I couldn't pull off.  All that changed when I met Spanx's Ready to Wow Faux Leather Leggings.  These leather leggings are so comfortable and they suck everything in making you look amazing.  I could not be more in love.  If you have been on the hunt for a pair of leather leggings but have been running into unflattering or uncomfortable options I can't recommend these enough!

4. A classic faux fur vest…
Not only is this Topshop Leah Faux Fur Vest adorable, but it is so warm!  It will keep you nice and toasty in those cold winter months and the black offering is more subdued than it's camel variety, while still making a statement.  Pair this with a classic long sleeve tee, skirt, and OTK knee boots and we have ourselves an adorable fall outfit people. 

5. The perfect floppy brim fedora…
The fedora trend isn’t going away anytime soon and you can do it right by picking up this Floppy Brim Fedora by Rag & Bone.  I know the price tag is steep at $195, but if you have a small head like me and have had trouble finding a floppy hat that fits this will be the answer to your prayers and worth the investment.  The hat keeps its shape beautifully and fits snugly on small pea heads like mine.  (A more affordable option that also come in sizes is the Brixton line at Shopbop.)

6. A military vest perfect for layering…
A military vest is a great transitional piece to have in your wardrobe as we move from summer to fall.  Paired with a tank dress and chunky sandals in summer or over a sweater dress and riding boots in fall, this classic piece will be sure to make an appearance in your wardrobe again and again.  And army green is basically a neutral in my book, it goes with everything!

7. The cutest rain boots around…
If you’re going to be splashing around in puddles there’s no classier way to do it.  These adorable and super comfortable rain boots from Kate Spade have a darling animal print detail around the ankle and a miniature gold bow on the back heel.  I can’t even…these boots were made for me.  They pair well with jeans or skirts, and the height is flattering hitting right above the ankle. 

8. A great all-around tote bag…
I have raved about this Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote again and again, but I just love it so much.  If you are in need of a tote bag for school, work, or travel you will love this!  It seriously fits your whole life in a bag without looking or feeling bulky, wears comfortably, and holds up for years.  Plus they have an amazing 19 different colors to choose from.

9. The go with everything necklace…
This Rayne Stone Tassel Pendant Necklace was my first piece I purchased from Kendra Scott and now I can’t stop buying more and more items from her beautiful collection.  This gorgeous pendant necklace is high quality, hasn't tarnished in the year I've had it, and it seriously goes with everything.  I swear I get compliments every time I wear this versatile stunner.

xoxo Nicole

1 comment:

  1. I know I'm late to this but I will say that you are one of the few people I know who can wear hats!
    Also I love my longchamp bag, actually excited to use it when I fly to FL next month!