Five Non Obvious Things for THIS Fall
Reader request: What five things should we buy for fall? A shortlist of the things I want RIGHT NOW (excluding coats because...too soon and too many!)
I was going to write about my love of granny shoes this week…but a pair that I felt essential to test out for the post is still in transit, so you will have to ruminate on what you think that even means until next week!
In its place, I am moving up a reader request: five things I’m thinking about for this fall, beyond the classic cashmere crewneck. I don’t want to bore you with a list of snoozy basics. I’m here to open your eyes to the details. So…five things I’ve been ruminating on and will almost 100% buy this fall. I just haven’t yet, because honestly, who buys all their fall clothes by the first week of September!?
A wide, low, unfinished mock neck sweater
Also in this category, roll neck sweaters. Something that makes the neckline feel slightly untidy. I’ve been very into proper pants and skirts lately. Khakis, black pants, vintage Prada skirts sourced on the far reaches of the internet. They need something not quite polished to make them feel like they are for the reality of 2022 life. I like that you might see a white t-shirt peeking through this neckline, or it might be a bit folded over from your jacket. Or off-centered.
A super duper structured pant
I’m gravitating toward dress pants. A stiff, structured pant feels like the element tying together the whole “comfortable, louche, but I’m a grown up and my taste is unparalleled look.” It may look like you are more in the know than jeans wearers, but you’re basically wearing the same thing. And they’re definitely on the same comfort-par as non-stretch denim.
A Really Cheap Watch
I’ve been wearing a Timex Indiglo for many years. Just a round dial, faux croc strap. My last one bit the dust a year before the pandemic. When I brought it to the watch repair shop, they said it would cost three times as much to fix than just buy a new one. So I chucked it but then never bought the replacement. Until now! I wear the teensiest version they make, leaning into its plainness. 25mm. I’m not trying to make a statement with this watch, I’m trying to literally do the opposite. It’s a breath of fresh, anti-fashion air. I won’t lie, I’m also slightly terrified of the rise in crime in NYC and this weirdly helps me cope.
Timex, if you are reading this, would love it if you made one of your super awesome men’s automatic watches in a smaller (lady friendly, 25-27mm) size (awesome guy gift btw!) We can’t all pull off a men’s watch but we ladies also want the best quality!
A Paco Rabanne Skirt
Here is the one thing I HAVE already purchased. I can pair it with a sweater and chunky boots or the Row Tevas, or these actual Tevas (thank you Simone Kitchens and Lane Florsheim!) Tie up a flannel button down around the waist or just put on a structured tee (see August Cos newsletter).
Why so specific as to keep it exclusively to Paco? They just seem to get the print + fabric balance right, season after season. I was looking for a season-less floral. And something with a little spring in the fabric. Definitely not something in cotton Voile that looks like its supposed to be a Victorian undergarment or that I’m desperate to hold onto summer, bc you know, summer is the worst.
I hear you. You don’t want to spend boot money on non-leather for fear of them not lasting as long. And so I’ll just tell you, they’re not for inclement weather and they’re probably not going to last as long. But boot styles change and you replace your leather fashion boots before they are totally trashed anyway!
Very excited about this whole sock boot trend for three reasons: 1. They’re not leather!! Don’t you ever feel that you’re just wearing too much of it and you no longer feel like yourself? Leather jacket, leather bag, leather boots. Its too much! These help soften the vibe. 2. They are skinny mini right on your skinniest miniest part of your body. They will be so flattering sticking out of a maxi skirt (see above) or dress pant (see above) or cropped jeans (see last week!) And 3. They are just so awesome looking.
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Following up: did you ever buy that Patou sweater? I' loved the neckline a soon as you posted and haven't found anything comparable. It's on sale and I'm seriously tempted, but I'm concerned about pilling and that damn logo on the sleeve. Your thoughts?
LOVE all these suggestions! Thank you for such a fun and useful newsletter. Question: How does your Paco Rabanne skirt run, size-wise? I'm usually a 4, but if a brand runs small I need a 6.