7 Must Haves for Fall

fall fashion must haves

New York has had a spate of beautiful, crisp, cool weather, and I think it’s been just the thing to re-energize my creative juices and inspiration. I’m totally serious. It’s like my entire body just perks up at cool temperatures. My skin has been looking better, I think more clearly, and yeah, okay, like 95% of my (formerly SF) wardrobe comes back into play. It’s exciting times, people.

The cooler temps have made me serious about wardrobe items I might want to get this fall. To me, autumn wardrobe pieces are things you wear over and over again, year after year, and many never go out of style (versus some of spring and summer’s light frocks). That’s what makes them feel so classic and treasured and homey, like re-discovering a book you love every year. There’s magic in finally being able to pull out a sweater you’ve owned and loved for half a decade, and worn through so many adventures.

This year’s list includes ankle boots (I really find I end up wearing boots year round!), a smaller handbag, a cape, a new coat (because I only have one or two that can even take me into December’s temps), a dark lip stain, a new sweater or two, and if I get really adventurous, some leather pants. This, in my mind, is a completely reasonable list, though I can already see Joe’s face were I to come home with a new pair of boots (“Don’t you already have ones exactly like that?” he’d ask, to which I’d say, “No, see, these are black with brown heels. Those are just brown.”)

What are you coveting this fall?

J.Crew Aggie ankle boots | JW Hulme Tiny Legacy Bag | M Missoni LeggingsReplay Sweater Cape | Hanita Cape Coat | Ganni Mother of Pearl Check Coat | Vapour Aura Multi Use Stain | ModCloth Cable Knit Sweater | Steven Alan Cable Knit Sweater

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  1. 9.9.13

    Those boots are fabulous! Love!

  2. 9.9.13
    Ashley said:

    LOVE those ankle boots. I have trouble finding the perfect length skinny jean to put with ankle boots with long legs. This post makes me excited for fall. :)

    • 9.9.13
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Yay, me too!

  3. 9.9.13
    Kayla said:

    Faux leather pants are totally on my fall shopping list too!


  4. 9.9.13
    Alexa said:

    Definitely love both of those sweaters at the bottom! They would look so cute with leggings and boots! :)

  5. 9.9.13

    I can’t find the link to those leather pants – am I just blind/jetlagged?

    • 9.9.13
      Victoria McGinley said:

      No, I am…I forgot to add it in! It’s there now :)

  6. 9.9.13

    That coat is everything. Also, this layout is beautiful – like a page from the J.Crew catalog!

  7. 9.9.13

    Love the fisherman sweater trend! I have several vintage ones hat I love to get out every year.

  8. 9.9.13
    Madi said:

    I feel like I’m leather obsessed right now! (Faux) Leather bags, leather dresses, leather tops! When you do find that pair that won’t break the bank…please do share! I am hoping to find some of my own for me trip to NYC in October for Bridal Week! ;)


    • 9.9.13
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Will do!! :)

  9. 9.9.13
    Joanna said:

    That cape coat is just amazing. I’ve tried on a few like it in past years but have yet to commit – you’ve motivated me to go for it this season! Not that you’re taking a poll, but I would vote for that over the sweater cape any day!

    • 9.9.13
      Victoria McGinley said:

      I’m kind of thinking the same thing! I tried on the most amazing cape coat at Anthro a few years ago but hesitated. I’ve always regretted not getting it!

  10. 9.9.13
    dana said:

    american apparel has a great fisherman sweater too!! and love the cape idea!

    The Casual Classic

  11. 9.9.13
    Andrea said:

    I’ve been on the hunt for a great poncho for years!! Maybe I’ll have luck this year. :)
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  12. 9.9.13
    Maryn said:

    I found awesome faux leather ponte pants at Nordstrom (their Halogen brand) for under $100!

    You’ll have to snap some photos of you in your new fall wardrobe :)

  13. 9.9.13

    I would say cape sweater over cape jacket, I have a cape{y} sweater and wear it all the time!

  14. 9.9.13
    Andrea said:

    I’m always looking for new natural lipsticks. I will to try out that brand. Thanks for the recommendation!

  15. 9.9.13
    chelsie said:

    I’m totally coveting little bags for Fall, too! x

  16. 9.9.13
    Kate said:

    Those boots are perfection, And love the capes — I have to try some on to see if I’m cool enough to make them work ;)

  17. 9.9.13

    Faux leather pants are a game changer, go getcha some.

  18. 9.10.13

    Beautiful capes!

  19. 9.11.13
    Nnenna said:

    Ankle boots are definitely one of my fall staples. I bought a new pair of flat black leather ones just a few weeks ago and I already know I’ll be wearing them constantly soon!

  20. 9.11.13
    rox said:

    heck yes ankle boots!

  21. 9.15.13
    Montanna said:

    Vapour is amazing. My aunt used to work for them. They’re based out of Taos, NM.