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September 9, 2012

The Fall Buys

You know, I so wish I could tag this post as part of the “What’s In My Wardrobe” category. Instead, it stubbornly resides in “Aspirations” with no real hope of crossing over.  Unlike last year, I didn’t have a chance (or, honestly, the motivation) to parse the Fall 2012 Collections. After first checking out the trend report at to get an overall sense of the season (we’re talkin’ brocades, prints, peplum tops, etc.), I went the more practical and expedient route of visiting several retail sites to see what would catch my eye.*

J.Crew pleated poly crepe skirt ($128). I love the color and silhouette but wish the fabric was wool or silk crepe. I refuse to pay for polyester. Ever.

10 Crosby Derek Lam flouncy skirt. A lot to love here: silk georgette, made in USA, vibrant but wearable print, flattering A-line silhouette, side pockets. Price is still a stretch at $335.

I actually prefer the back.












Carven high-waisted, wool blend skirt. So much practicality (its pockets, length, color, fabric, detailing), except its price ($420).

Magaschoni embellished cropped cardigan ($350). OK, I know that white is not easy to keep clean or maintain. Still, it’s yummy cashmere with a cropped length and subtle but special beading. Wonder if it will go on sale…

McQ Alexander McQueen pin-shoulder wool sweater. I don’t know why I find white knits so appealing right now. This version features a hint of punk rock with the oversized safety pins. (It also makes me think of Elizabeth Hurley circa 1994 in that infamous Versace dress.) Hmm, $305. Or I could get a backsplash for my kitchen.

Anyi Lu “Melanie” bootie. The “greige” color? Heaven. Very versatile. Made in Italy. I may have to try these on. $465. Yikes.

J.Crew Excursion quilted down vest. Color? Warm bisque. I’d be channeling the outdoorsy parka trend, but would only get a few months’ use out of it. $110 is doable.

Marchesa. Total fantasy piece. I have no idea how much this costs. The gold-silvery brocade is opulent. It’s short but demure. (And is that an homage to Wonder Woman with the eagle/falcon design on the bodice?)

There you have it–my relatively down-to-earth fall fashion picks.  And I’m usually not that into the color blue for my wardrobe but as luck would have it, Pantone just announced its top 10 colors for Spring 2013.  What tops the list?  Monaco Blue and Dusk Blue.

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* I realize this could work better as a Pinterest board but geez, I don’t know if I can handle committing to yet another social media platform.

Update on Sept. 20, 2012: I headed to J.Crew after a rewarding day at work and bought the Excursion vest in navy. (The warm bisque color wasn’t all that flattering on me.) The store was having a spot sale so I got it for 25% off. It’s warm with a streamlined silhouette and just the right amount of puffiness. Perfect for October days to come!

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  1. I like the booties, but open toe? Not so much.

  2. You know, the open toe gave me pause too. And for that much money, there shouldn’t be any second thoughts.

  3. […] notice a palette of teal and white (the same colors from my “The Fall Buys” post) plus bright orangey-red. Clockwise from top left: Neiman Marcus ad for a pair of devastating […]


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