With Labor Day right around the corner, I’m giddily thinking of fall clothes, fall foliage, hot mulled cider and tartan wool blankets (Ralph Lauren ad, anyone?). Honestly, I’m beginning to tire of my summer uniform of t-shirts, cotton skirts and sandals, and I’m eager to wear more polished and pulled together outfits. For me, the first day of fall won’t start on September 23rd, the date of this year’s autumnal equinox. No, it will officially begin with the imminent arrival in my mailbox of Vogue‘s weighty September issue with waifish Kate Moss gracing its cover.
As you might imagine, the hyper-organized, detail-obsessed project manager in me comes out in full force as I gear up for fall shopping. I like to approach the endeavor logically and with a plan of attack. (After all, I live in the real world and have limited “resources”—both time and money.) My first step is to sort through the season’s top trends and determine which ones I want to adopt and which ones are best left to others.
Since my copy of Vogue inexplicably hasn’t arrived yet (is the postman playing a cruel trick on me?) and the publication’s website is decidedly not user-friendly, I had no choice but to turn to New York Magazine, T Magazine and style.com.* And of course I glanced at slideshows of many of the Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections myself.
Based on my analysis so far, here are my five personal “Nays”:
- Mixing prints
- Bright-colored fur
- Capes and ponchos (are ponchos really flattering on anyone? Refer to my Tory Burch post)
- Maxi coat
Next up: the Yeah Yeah Yeahs—I mean, the “Yeas”!
Note: All runway images from style.com