fashion Archives – Page 2 of 7 – A Little Leopard
fashion Archives – Page 2 of 7 – A Little Leopard

fashion Archives – Page 2 of 7 – A Little Leopard

Since one of the last proper Wednesday Wishlists I did involved summer vibes, it seemed only appropriate to bring it back with pieces to take you from chilly fall months to even chillier winter months:

Clockwise from left: coat / clutch / iPhone case / lipstick / flats / key ring 

Though I have a puffer, I could use a new winter coat and the Madewell City Grid Coat is just lovely. I also love those slightly-pointy J.Crew leopard ballet flats. Wear them out and about now, and change into them from Uggs in the office when the weather turns too cold for people. (This is a thing that happens in Chicago, trust me.)

While I also totally need a new keychain (how great is that Urban Outfitters one?), the rest of the items on this list are pure wishes. I love Clare V. clutches and bags, and things with French words on them, so this feminin pouch is no exception. Also, how ridiculous/great is that marble iPhone case? No one needs an actual Carrara marble iPhone case, but darn, is it pretty (and apparently quite protective!)

And, as many girls know, a good lipstick will last you all season. I’ve been lusting after NARS’ Audacious collection since its debut.

Shop my fall-wishlist picks below:

I’ve always loved BaubleBar’s guest bartender collections, where they partner with a celebrity on a capsule jewelry collection. Blair of Atlantic-Pacific and Olivia Palermo are some past favorites of mine (because of course they are). The latest, though, is particularly great: blogger Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam.

This is a little more than the usual “Guest Bartender” gig, too. Julia showed off her San Francisco home and incorporated coordinating home accessories into the collection – and I pretty much want them all. Yeah, sure, my apartment already has plenty of trinkets and tchotchkes, but I’m a sucker for just this sort of thing. I’m loving the brass and soft pastel accents, and I can totally see that rabbit ears display case on my shelf. Of course, this being BaubleBar, there are perfectly pretty jewelry pieces in the collection as well. It’s all perfectly in line with Julia’s aesthetic, and as romantic and, well, glamorous as you’d expect.

It’s pretty budget-friendly, too – the most expensive piece might be those $85 bookends (which are agate and really, really cool). And can we talk about those adorable coasters and wine charms? I have no need for wine charms, but when they’re that pretty…maybe I do.

Some of the pieces are unfortunately already sold-out, but I feel like BaubleBar does a pretty good job of restocking, so it may be worth putting your name on the wait list. Shop some of my favorites from the collection below:

All images: Gal Meets Glam

I remember my first “designer collaboration” item – a pair of Isaac Mizrahi for Target (probably circa 2005 or so) oxford-style heels that have remained in my closet to this day. One of my absolute favorite prints in my art collection is an Isaac Mizrahi sketch also from, you guessed it, Target.

Target was one of the forerunners in the designer collaboration game, leading the way in bringing designer fashion to the masses at a more affordable price point. Now, you’ve got Balmain x H&M pieces up to $500, begging the question – why collaborate with a high-street/fast fashion brand at all?

That’s why I was thrilled to hear that Target is creating an ongoing collaboration with one of my favorite sites, Who What Wear, in the form of monthly capsule collections inspired by street style. The absolute best part? Everything in the collection is under $50. Now that’s a price-point that would actually allow me to refresh my wardrobe with trend-friendly pieces each season – which, based on the monthly capsule collection – sounds like exactly what Who What Wear and Target have in mind.

“We created everyday essentials and a handful of trend-driven, more directional pieces,” Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr told Business of Fashion. “We want the shopper to be able to mix and match and pair pieces with what they already have in their closet.”

The first collection doesn’t officially hit stores until next February, but this is one I’ll be counting down to. Check out the video below for more on Who What Wear x Target’s first collaboration:

Image via Refinery29

I’m kind of obsessed with utility jackets – they can be worn so many different ways. In fact, I’ve worn mine so much that there’s now a giant hole in the left elbow. My temporary solve is now to only wear it with the sleeves rolled up, but I’m definitely in the market for a replacement (I am leaning toward this guy or this guy).

Military jackets are truly wardrobe workhorses . They’re great as light outwear during the beginning part of fall, or an additional layer in lieu of a cardigan as it gets cooler. You can even layer them over a cardigan. There’s clearly a reason 90% of the outfits on my “wear” Pinterest board involve a field jacket.

That’s a made up statistic, but the point stands. These babies are great. Why do you think I loved that Banana Republic trench dress so much? Because it’s basically a utility jacket in dress form, that’s why.

In fact, my only real quibble about utility jackets is they have so many names. Utility jackets, army jackets, field jackets, military jackets. Can’t we just all agree on a single term? It’d make online shopping for them far easier. (And that, my friends, is what they call a first-world problem.)

Take my holey elbow story as a warning: this is a piece worth investing in. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite options under $150 below:

Images: The Sweetest Thing, Atlantic Pacific

Sometimes, you walk into a store and there it is – the item. Jacket, purse, shoes, whatever, you need it. You just know.

That was…not actually the case with this trench dress. This was a slow burn. I wandered into Banana Republic, saw it, felt the material, but thought to myself , “Hmm, this may not even look that good when I try it on…and it’s $130.”

Then I came back, and the dress was still there – with 40%, plus an additional 35% off if you used your Banana Card. I have a Banana Card (of course I have a Banana Card). I tried it on. The sales guy and I chatted about how Marissa Webb wore and styled it and designed a more expensive version for her own namesake collection. I realized there are at least three ways to wear this dress. Sure, the title of this post might be “Essential Fall Item,” but I see no reason this lovely little piece can’t work year-round. I was sold. I needed it. And so (after some shenanigans that involved calling and ordering from a Banana Republic store in Pennsylvania), I got it.

Anyway… did I mention there are at least three ways to wear this baby? Because there are, as evidenced by this promotional image:

That’s why I’m convinced the trench dress is a truly all-season piece. It works as a dress, a light duster jacket and a layering item. I stole my styling from Banana Republic Creative Director Marissa Webb, who paired hers with leather pants for the Banana Republic F/W 2015 NYFW presentation:

(Can we also just appreciate these fab leather front leggings I got from Banana Republic on super-duper sale this summer? K great.)

I’ve gone the jacket-styling route too, and can’t wait to continue to play with the options. I’m thinking maybe a black turtleneck underneath for some chic utilitarian, vaguely militaristic-slash-beatnik vibes?

Dress: Banana Republic // Leather-front leggings: Banana Republic (old, similar here and here) // Shoes: Target (old, similar here and here) // Bag: Zara (old, similar here) // Necklaces: H&M, BaubleBar // Lips: MAC “Diva”

If this lovely little item is still available in your size, please run, don’t walk, to your nearest Banana Republic store and snatch it up. Limited sizes are available online (and mine was sold out in the Greater Midwest Region) but this dress is so worth a bit of a search. Trust.

If you’re not willing to do the legwork, though (understandable!), here are some similar options that would probably also do closet triple-duty:

What’s on your fall must-wear list? I’m always looking for new pieces to justify purchasing!

Images: Margaux Pepper, Banana Republic, Huffington Post