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September 17, 2015

What to Wear Next: Fall’s 10 Casual Must-Haves

Don’t let your casual wardrobe fall by the wayside. When it’s time to prioritize, clothes for work or an upcoming function often take the front seat. So this is the category that can just sneak up on you. When you have a casual day at the office or are meeting friends for brunch, maybe having casual drinks one evening, or just meeting up with parents to watch the kids’ games, everyone likes to look current and modern, right? We want you to avoid that feeling of staring into the abyss of your closet and realizing you have nothing to wear that you feel good in. So, let’s dive right into some key essentials to get you through our favorite times of the upcoming season…the relaxing ones.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed our Fall top 10 lists for work or after 5 this week, check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
http://www.vince.com/cashmere-ribbed-cap-sleeve-turtleneck-/invt/vnv307876231&color=Heather%20Steel
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1. The Fresh Look of Sweaters. We rarely talk about sweaters without talking about Vince. The timeless yet modern styling holds up year after year, so it’s always worth the price. Plus, the wonderful quality and easy fit win - no matter your age or size. The delicious cashmere of this cowlneck sweater is the perfect weight in that it’s not too heavy, and it's oh-so soft and cozy. The a-line shape of the body is the ideal mix of a poncho and a sweater, so you can wear it over leggings or skinny jeans for any relaxing day. Add a long sleeve tee or turtleneck underneath on really cold days when you want to cover your arms. It looks really updated with leather leggings or coated jeans and can take on a more professional feel with slim ponte or wool trousers. We’re highlighting the beautifully neutral grey, but it comes in classic black and a pop of red, too. In XXS-XL the fit is typical Vince, so size down if you are between sizes.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/TEESANDMORE/longsleeve/PRDOVR~E0246/E0246.jsp Madewell - Songbook Dolman Tee
Madewell - Songbook Dolman Tee
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Songbook Dolman Tee
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2. The Inspired Top. French inspiration is on full display with the importance of striped tees this season. While horizontal stripes can be intimidating for some, this version from Madewell ensures you have nothing to fear. The dolman sleeve keeps the silhouette loose, yet so stylish, with a slit hi-low hem that can be tucked in or left untucked without looking sloppy. And in XXS-XL there’s one for everyone. J.Crew also has a more traditional boatneck version though it won’t be available for a few more weeks. Petit Bateau even has a beautifully made turtleneck version. Wear them with your favorite jeans – we mean it. Any silhouette from slouchy to skinny, dark wash to broken-in, look great. With flared jeans, you really create a Parisian feel…and we say “oui oui”.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/denim/Lookout/PRD~C9896/C9896.jsp J.Crew - Lookout High-rise Jean
J.Crew - Lookout High-rise Jean
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Lookout High-rise Jean
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3. Denim Reinterpreted. Last week’s focus on denim layed out all the great new updates for the season. And higher waisted jeans, especially in skinny shapes, was certainly one of them. It really works to elongate your legs and create balance so you'll actually get slimmer lines than you do with a low rise. J.Crew offers this medium wash in 23-32, Petite and Tall, so the modern fit will work for everyone – as will the price. The washed fabric has some great stretch to it and its really soft - you’ll love to wear them all weekend. You can show off the higher waist with a tucked in plaid shirt. Or, let it create a smooth line under a long sweater or tunic, since that higher waist ensures love handles and bellies are happily sucked in. The length looks modern hitting just above the ankle with any flats or sneakers. And the skinny shape is easy to tuck into boots all Winter long.
https://www.shopbop.com/changing-times-printed-tunic-free/vp/v=1/1586422728.htm Free People - Changing Times Printed Tunic
Free People - Changing Times Printed Tunic
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4. Pop of Pattern. Free People’s boho vibe is the perfect resource for a vintage-feeling print this season. The soft, larger pattern in the striped border offsets the smaller, more geometric pattern of the ground, all working effortlessly on the relaxed tunic style to ensure the easy fit is just right. The split hem makes it easy to wear it untucked or partially tucked in the front to remove some volume. If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Lord & Taylor is carrying it, also. This blue combination is our favorite - it’s so easy to wear with black, camel, or any shade of denim – but it also comes in a couple of other pretty colors through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/7-For-All-Mankind-Fashion-Flare-High-Waist-Pants-Cognac-7-for-all-mankind-Jeans/prod182260758___/p.prod 7 For All Mankind - Fashion Flare High-Waist Pants
7 For All Mankind - Fashion Flare High-Waist Pants
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5. The New Shape of Pants. Casual pants are all about corduroy this season, and 7 For All Mankind’s version has us swooning. While they come in an easy black, too, this cognac brown is the color of the season and looks just amazing in corduroy. The perfect alternative to denim, they go with everything. And the updated fit slims with a higher rise that sits at the waist to avoid muffin tops and love handles. If you’re looking for a truly modern, easier fit NYDJ’s bootcut version has the same updated casual feel. Whichever you choose, you want the length to just skim the ground – a wedge or chunky heeled bootie will show off the flare, so be sure to bring them with you if you need your local tailor to shorten them.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sweaters/Pullover/PRDOVR~E2364/E2364.jsp J.Crew - Collection Relaxed Cashmere Pullover Sweater
J.Crew - Collection Relaxed Cashmere Pullover Sweater
6. Fall’s Color. J.Crew is one of our favorite resources for cashmere sweaters – their pricing is great for the lovely, soft 100% cashmere and their colors are beautiful season after season, delivering updates that take a classic style to a modern level. We’re featuring the Warm Sepia orange – a color that really shows off the popular ‘70’inspriation this Fall, but click through the ‘shop it’ button to see all the pretty colors. From neutrals to deep jewel tones and soft colors, they are all winners. XXXS – XL, J.Crew’s modern fit is relaxed and easy so you can curl up in this sweater all weekend long. The extended ribbed cuff on the sleeves adds just a touch of shape to the perfectly drapey silhouette.
https://www.shopbop.com/ida-oversized-fringe-cardigan-riller/vp/v=1/1551671182.htm Riller & Fount - Ida Oversized Fringe Cardigan
Riller & Fount - Ida Oversized Fringe Cardigan
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Ida Oversized Fringe Cardigan
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7. Fringe, Fur, Feathers & Jewels. We’ve touched on fur, feather, and jewels throughout the week, so here, let’s tackle fringe – in a very Mark Shale way, of course. There are fringe inspirations in the market this season that have a strong western flare or may remind you of the hair band look of the ‘80’s. But this Riller & Fount (known for great knits) cardigan designed just the right way to do it. The super soft knit feels almost like a sweatshirt, but has a whole lot more style with its fringe shawl detail. The cardigan style is easy to throw on over your favorite tank, tee, or turtleneck and your favorite jeans. It’s long enough to wear with black leggings, too – and it’s so much more polished looking than a slouchy sweatshirt or oversized plaid shirt. You can even replace the self-tie with a pretty leather belt and complete the look with high, flat boots. Picking up the kids or running weekend errands just got a lot more stylish. (Tip: Sizing is numerical. 0=XS, 1=S, 2=M, 3=L)
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/aquatalia-by-marvin-k-becca-weatherproof-lace-up-boot-women/4099330 Aquatalia by Marvin K - Becca Weatherproof Lace-Up Boot
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8. The Shoe Update. Boots of every shape, from pointy and western to high and sexy, can be found this season. And lace-up combat styles are back in favor, as well. They give you that bit of a cool-girl grunge feeling that is just right on the weekends. And they can also provide a lot of function as the weather starts to change. Aquatalia is known for their beautiful boot styles that are made of the finest leathers, yet still weatherproof. Unlike other functional boots out there, theirs are stylish enough to wear on nice days, too. So getting these lace-up boots now will ensure you’re still looking good once the icy rain and slush hit. They look great with slouchy jeans rolled up, skinny jeans or leggings tucked in, and peaking out from under bootcut jeans. They’re even cute with tights and sweater dresses.
https://www.shopbop.com/small-drawstring-bucket-bag-sophie/vp/v=1/1522636865.htm Sophie Hulme - Small Drawstring Bucket Bag
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Small Drawstring Bucket Bag
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9. The Bag Renewal. Bucket bags remain important this season, and the soft update of suede is the best way to do it – especially when that suede is in this rich cognac tan. It’s the color of the season, and just as versatile as black. It’s so great-looking with denim and all the casual fabrics of the weekend. This bag isn’t too big, giving you a nice option that can be worn crossbody and still hold all the weekend necessities. Also in leather – black and beautifully rich deep oxblood - you won’t go wrong with any of them. Sophie Hulme’s handbags are known for clean lines and luxury materials, and this bag won’t disappoint.
http://www.joie.com/loysse-sweater-dark-heather-grey Joie - Loysse Sweater
Joie - Loysse Sweater
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10. It’s All in the Details. The sweater and wrap hybrid of a poncho is back, and it’s that easy finishing touch on the weekend that gives you instant style –and endless comfort. This season, some are quite fabulously fashion forward, like this plaid Theory version, but Joie’s take is subtle and cozy in a wool/cashmere textured stitch that isn’t overwhelming in size, and is easy to wear with any jeans or comfy weekend pants.
 

Comments (4)

Thanks, Mary. We so enjoyed shopping with everyone through our retail stores...and love that we can now continue that relationship online.
9/22/2015 11:09 AM
Mark Shale
I miss your stores too. I am difficult to fit as I am tall with long arms and inseam. I could always find wonderful clothing at your store and l... Read more
9/22/2015 10:56 AM
Mary Kane
Markshale, I miss your store. Will you ever reopen in Oakbrook. - Alice
9/17/2015 9:17 AM
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