It's been over a decade since my last first day of school, and yet I’m still drunk with that new-things-for-fall anticipation by mid-August. Boyfriend sweaters, wool miniskirts, penny loafers — the season’s classics are everything I’d like to wear year-round (and, in cyclical fashion, everything I could wear year-round growing up in Northern California).
In New York we get a week of real fall, maybe two if we’re lucky. A brief and blissful stretch during which you have a summer tan and you get to throw on an extra layer. Whether you celebrate with jeans or a pencil skirt, a blazer or booties, you can show off your favorite outfit without sweating through it or hiding under a coat. It’s the most wonderful time of the year — to shop.
The past few years, however, as fashion’s started to panic and retail has descended into chaos, you might have noticed everything’s starting to look the same: This season’s off the shoulder top, fall’s velvet shoe, winter’s oversized puffer. To find something different, the Vetements-like rebelliousness without the Vetements-like price point, has become harder than ever.
It’s why I’ve been scouring New York’s best consignment stores and Brooklyn’s hard-to-reach boutiques to feed my fever for something fresh. And it’s why our fall shopping guide might look a little different than everything else you’ve seen so far this month.
There’s no trick to wearing what we’re showing off, no stylist necessary. You can throw these sweaters and boots on with what you already own and love and, more importantly, it won’t cost you a month’s rent to add most of it to your wardrobe. No one must-have here, just plenty of things that will make getting dressed in the morning more fun — which is what shopping should be. — Britt Aboutaleb, Editor-in-Chief