Back to school.
Only the most hyper organized have everything they need for the first day back. Not to worry, even if you chose to beach it instead of hitting the shops over Labor Day Weekend, here are some items to fill in the gaps for the coming fall months.
L.L. Bean canvas and leather tote
Our list of suggestions are in the spirit of “less is more”, to ensure that your fall 2012 “gets” are the right ones.
Vogue Editor in Chief, Anna Wintour, by © PETER STIGTER NEW YORK FALL 2008
Let’s start with accessories, because like Teen Vogue’s Gloria Baume, many of us often start a look with the shoes and bag we want to wear that day. Despite the fact that a lot of our info and life is on our smartphone, we still have stuff to carry. The only person I can think of who carries absolutely nothing is Anna Wintour. Hands-free is a sign of success!
There are many chic options to carry stacks of books, magazines and your ipad or laptop.
Carry-Alls: the classic L.L. Bean boat & tote “ice bag“. I don’t get on a plane or go to a Fashion Week without my large one. For under $25, I had mine monogramed, which turned it into a “keeper” bag as opposed to just “another tote”.
North Face Backpack
If you prefer a backpack, North Face’s “Isabella” comes in a cool graphic print for $80 – 85 [lifetime warranty included] makes a lot of sense. It’s got pockets for anything you could think of carrying, including your favorite snack. Continue the healthy eating you got into for bathing suit season and try packing Bitsy’s Brainfood cookies to nibble on when you get the afternoon munchies. They’re good, GMO free and far better for your waist than greasy chips and crackers.
Bitsy’s Brainfood, organic treats
L.L. Bean’s Signature collection has a lot of great classic styles you may remember from this 100 year old brand. The Creative Director, Alex Carleton, was actually raised in New England, and wore the brand as a child. Mr. Carleton has put a stylish twist on the core classics from the archives and has added pieces that will likely themselves become classics.
The new canvas leather tote [above] in bright yellow and tan leather is an elegant choice for a train or bus commute.
The 16″ updated hunting shoe [$199] has you covered for slogging in the country or the city as it has a bit of a dressy feel to it.
The stylishly updated 16″ L.L. BeanHunting Boot
Combat boots are back, but not as heavy looking as the Doc Martens of Nineties’ grunge. We tried on and loved the Steve Madden Troopa at Lord & Taylor’s. The cognac leather is both shiny and distressed and there’s a handy side zipper to make it easy to get on and off. At $99, they’re a good option for a 24-7 boot.
For sneaker days, we love Lacoste Meyas in gray and Keds new champion sunset striped sneakers.
Keds Sunset Stripe Sneakers
- Lacoste Meya Slip on Sneakers
QVC and HSN are other places to go looking for well priced basics and accessories. Be sure to look at Iman’s Global Chic accessory collections if you’re seeking a nice handbag or clutch. Her Platinum rich leather & haircalf iconic caryall bag is $349.95, but you’ll never part with it.
We’re looking forward to see Iman’s latest at the Destination Iman launch party later this week during New York Fashion Week.
The new jean is a hybrid between your favorite pair of denims and leggings. We love our Old Navy super skinny Rock Stars. They’re incredibly comfortable and with a price tag of under $40, you can pick up more than one pair – the black and a pair in rich jewel tone, right in step with fall trends.
Tops have you stressed? Our favorite fall back is the navy and white nautical stripe print available at any shop you look. The GAP has a short sleeve striped dress for $59 that will be your answer when you don’t have time to pull anything together.
David’s Lerner’s Mini-Maxi Chiffon Skirt in Indigo and Black
We were eager to try out the long skirt trend and to get into leggings again after attending a doMAIN showroom event PR guru Michelle Steinberg hosted back in July. David Lerner’s maxi chiffon skirt is both long AND short, casual AND dressy. For drinks or dinner out, wear it on its own and show some leg. When it gets colder, visit ShopBop to pick up a pair of David Lerner riding leggings that are incredibly flattering on. A-list celebs like Halle Berry and Megan Fox swear by their D.L. basics.
Jennifer Hudson Models a Sleek Coat from her Clothing Line for QVC
Top off with a clean lined car coat from Jennifer Hudson’s new clothing line for QVC. We previewed the coat at the doMAIN showroom and can’t wait for it to become available this fall. It will retail for under $200 and is something you’ll wear for years. Jennifer Hudson will be launching her QVC collection on September 6th. Don’t miss out!
Last but not least, try some bolder makeup and nails to keep your look on trend. Mark Cosmetics has a blue shadow and liquid eyeliner in a rich cobalt blue. Mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Mai Quynh’s created a statement look using i-mark shadows, electra and ice age and electra liquid liner. Estee Lauder has some deep dark jeweled metallics that instantly amp up even the simplest outfit.
Endnotes & Questions:
Who wore her Lacoste Meyas better, Amy Adams or Julia Stiles? Let us know in the comments!