Fall 2016 Style Inspiration

These are the things I want to add to my fall wardrobe.

A classic beret worn just so.

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UPDATE: I literally bought a raspberry beret in a secondhand store.

An Elizabeth Suzann duster in black. This is a perfect layering piece for work. I’d wear a white button-down shirt under this. It has an art professor vibe that I love.

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A skinny silk scarf to add a little color and interest to my outfits. Instead of buying a new scarf, I recommend just buying a vintage men’s necktie and just wrapping it around your neck, like so. Maybe alter the necktie by adding a little fringe as seen below.

Saskia de Brauw at Mugler FW2015
Saskia de Brauw at Mugler FW2015

I’m interested in these Everlane pants. They look like great everyday basics.

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Everlane Twill Cropped Pants

 

This fall I want to splurge on socks. And since I splurge on basically nothing this is really saying something. They have to be just right. These two below fit the bill. The pink socks on the left say –  “My favorite salad is wine.” The photo is from an adorable Instagram account called ChinaTownPretty. The account was created to celebrate the street style of seniors living (and grocery shopping) in SF Chinatown. You should definitely follow. The photo below on the right is from The Sartorialist. It is from the Fall 2011 Dries Van Noten runway show. These pairs of socks inspire me to buy socks that add a little color or pattern and humor to my wardrobe. Just something that would make yourself or someone else smile when you sit down and cross your legs.

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China Town Pretty / Dries Van Noten Fall 2011 via The Sartorialist

 

 

I need to wear comfortable shoes that I can walk in. I want a pair as seen in the image below on the right. I can’t find them anywhere. Zappos offers a couple of pairs that are kinda cool. I’ll probably keep looking.

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See by Chloe / Dr. Martens Ally Monk Strap Creep / Image via Pinterest

What are you thinking of adding to your fall wardrobe?

 

Victor & Rolf Fall/Winter 2016/2017

If ever there was a runway show to inspire upcycling — this is it.

Mark my words — that basketweave effect on the jeans will be a street style trend.

Apparently, Victor & Rolf created this “Dickensian vagabond vibe” by upcycling their previous collections. I don’t know about you, but I am inspired to create a rag rug dress. It would be the perfect thing to wear to an art opening. Minus the chimney sweeper hat.

Read the full runway review over on Vogue.com.

Normcore

My friend and I were talking about how we are just not into fashion that much lately. For me, it has to do with not wanting to buy anything unless it is secondhand, or well-made by an independent designer (expensive). Also, as a library clerk, I can’t afford that much.

The world feels depressing lately so I decided to dive back into fashion blogs and see if I could get excited about anything. I stumbled upon Double3xposure, a fashion blogger, on Instagram. She is a 20-year-old college student living in Atlanta, Georgia. What I love about her style is how normal she looks.

Her hair is undone. She is wearing sensible shoes. Many of her outfits are just a t-shirt and cut off jeans. I particularly love that she embraces the off-the-shoulder trend by wearing a pajama top that she simply shimmies around her shoulders. #genius

Seeing her outfits got me thinking of normcore (think hardcore normal). I’d always heard about it but didn’t really know what it meant. I found this Vogue video where Alexa Chung interviews the people (K-Hole) who invented the term. This story is fascinating! You have to watch this. It’s like an art joke altering the fashion industry.

Wanting to always promote sustainable style is like always being on a diet. Occasionally, I just want junk food. Double3xposure has inspired me to keep eating healthy. I’m inspired to be creative with what I already have and make smart investments with pieces that I love.

Double3xposure says about her personal style:

To me having style has nothing to do with the amount of money you have. I believe style has to do with the creativity you put into the outfits you wear with the things you already have.

BTW — It is through Double3xpsoure that I learned about Older Brother. I love how eco-friendly and unisex their designs are.

P.S. Vivienne Westwood wrote a great blog post called — Unisex is good for the environment.

That’s enough to chew on for now. xo jam