The first day of fall usually feels like a typical summer day in Southern California. But I’m always eager to move on to the new season. Over the years, I’ve used the same strategy to make the transition and create outfits that feel more current with how I want to dress now. I turn to light weight sweaters, cotton shirts, and let bare ankles peek out from trousers into a polished shoe. The key is to let the palette dictate the season, not the clothes themselves.
Several photos I used for inspiration confirmed black jeans and trousers will be the anchor of my wardrobe. Cropped, full leg, straight, high waisted – anything goes as long as the pant sits at the waistline. I prefer a wide leg, pleated fit worn with a belt for an elevated interpretation of a style that can often look uninspired. Slipping on a flat or heeled loafer in polished leather is more than welcome after living in sneakers and flat sandals all summer. I immediately feel pulled together.
Soft knit sweaters and cool cotton tops in warm neutrals are the perfect transitioning element to pair with black. Of course, they’ll also wear well with denim in any shade. Cardigans are a having a major moment and along with patterned sweaters, will make my closet look current. When colder months approach, I’ll simply add layers. Khaite has several of my favorites including the short-sleeved super light weight cashmere above. I also love the silhouette in a tiger pattern or solid black.
On warm fall days, I’ll pass on the sweaters and reach for a cool cotton shirt in an interesting color or a crisp white to contrast black bottoms. I love the shape of the piece from Co in the opening images and the high ruffled neckline on the sleeveless top from Erdem I’m wearing above – a perfect layering piece under jackets and knits as the temps go down. I’d also just as quickly toss on one of the Isabel Marant Etoile shirts I posted about earlier this month.
The final touch is sporting a great bag. There are so many to choose from this season, but my heart is set on the Padded Cassette bag from Bottega Veneta. I’ve loved it since Daniel Lee introduced the exaggerated weave detail in his debut collection for BV. On a side note, I bought it in Mallard Blue, but returned it for a classic shade – black, brown or even this deep merlot. The Row and Khaite have some stunning, simple options too.
At the start of each season, my shopping begins at Mytheresa, where I’m able to focus on a well edited selection of pieces. I’ve partnered with them over the years on several posts and love every item that’s found its way to my closet. They’re the keepers, often investment pieces, that don’t get tossed with a wardrobe edit. I’d consider all of the above as additions to that category. Along with beautifully curated merchandise, Mytheresa’s customer service, friendly returns process and speedy shipping keep me coming back for more. If you’re new to shopping their site, I suggest starting with a few of their edits, such as Essentials, Investment Pieces, and New Arrivals.
Thank you Mytheresa for partnering with A Note on Style on this post.