Summer is a glorious season, and I've never been one to prematurely embrace fall or wish summer away, but at the same time I'm a firm believer in preparedness, and guys, the fact of the matter is, autumn is gaining up on us (was anyone else shocked when they looked at their calendar this morning?). Although it saddens me that summer is quickly fading, summer and I had a good run and I'm definitely looking forward to styling some killer fall looks. So today I'm sharing my 2015 fall essentials to help YOU prepare for the season in the chicest, most practical way possible.
The shirtdress: It's a winner. And how can it not be? With endless versatility and a remarkably flattering shape, this dress is my go-to. I love how I can keep my sleeves rolled down during those chilly morning commutes and easily roll them up when the sun comes out to play later. Another fabulous trait of the shirtdress? It explores both feminine and masculine properties, making this selection polished, timeless, and quintessentially effortless.
The fuzzy keychain (aka my pet hamster): Don't laugh. I swear it's a thing. Fuzzy keychains have taken the fashion world by storm this season... Okay, I may be exaggerating a bit, but fuzzy keychains really are THE accessory to know now. They can be spotted in bunches, alone, and in a variety of fun colors. They add a playfulness to any look and give me warm and fuzzy feelings, which will help me make it through the approaching winter season. What's even more amusing is that now your handbag has its own accessory - it's like giving your dog a pet dog of its own!
The berry lipstick: Finding that perfect shade can be a challenge, but once you find it, your makeup game is forever changed. A berry lip is universally flattering and a no-brainer for fall.
The compact bag: Purses are having a mini moment. Smaller versions of classic silhouettes are the trend to try this fall for three reasons, these adorable bags are light, unobtrusive, and carefree!
The peep-toe bootie: One word - ventilation. Don't underestimate the power of a cool toe breeze during a sunny afternoon. Peep-toe booties are my footwear of choice for fall because they're a unique hybrid of sandal meets boot, which fits the fickle autumn mood to a Tee.
Normally this would be the time I'd talk about my fave nail color for autumn. But, as you can see in this photo, I am not wearing any polish. I've decided to go all natural with my nails for a while because I can't remember the last time I haven't worn polish and I thought it'd be healthy to give my poor nails a break. But FYI: my go-to fall nail colors are gray, navy, and eggplant ;)
The wide-brimmed hat: Hats are an easy accessory to forget. But truth be told they're the icing on the cake of almost any look and can really take your outfit to the next level. I love a wool one, like this, for fall.
Photos by Ryan Kathleen Greene
[dress: Ann Taylor // booties: Old Navy (similar here) // hat: H&M (similar here) // purse: Michael Kors (super similar here) // fuzzy keychain: Michael Kors // earrings: Ann Taylor (old but similar here) // watch: Fossil // bangle: Alex & Ani // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Bite Beauty]
These photos were taken on Monday and let me tell you, fall was most definitely in the air. It felt wonderful! However since then, temps have risen again and we're back to July status. But it is comforting to know that fall is drawing near.
Work these must-have items into your wardrobe and you'll be golden for this exciting season change!