A few weeks ago I stepped back in front of someone else’s camera for the first time in over a year. Local photographer Kayleigh Kay and I did a fall fashion inspired shoot so I could share with you some of the looks I’m looking forward to wearing this fall, as well as talk about some of the trends for the season. Let’s get this party started!
Dressed Up Grunge
This look was the most fun to put together. Grunge and punk revivals are big for fall, and I decided my much-loved plaid would look great paired with something a little more unexpected than leather, denim, or combat boots. So instead, I put it over my sleeveless, playful print dress and belted it with 3 belts. Two of the belts are braided, with one of them being gold metallic, and the other is black with yellow and silver rhinestones. I decided to dress it up a little with a pair of hot pink platform sandals.
This whimsical–print dress is private-label from a store called Kumbaya in Florida, and I got it there last December. The flannel is ancient (at least 6 years old) and I got it at Discovery Clothing. The belts are from… I don’t remember. But places like Target and Forever21 always have a great selection of belts, and I’d wager 2 of the 3 are from those places (if not all 3). The shoes I got last summer at Payless. My glasses are prescription and are Derek Cardigan frames from Coastal. Hidden under the dress (but peeking if you look close) are lace bike shorts I got forever ago at Forever21 when I found it necessary to have something cute under a too-short summer dress. They were a good investment, to say the least. They’ve saved my butt (pun intended) a few times.
This is a fun weekend look that’s great for those warmer Indian summer days. It’s a fun party look too, and perfect for a night out on the town (if you don’t mind your legs and feet being a little chilly. You could also add lighter colored patterned tights under the dress. I’d go with nude or cream–a little more subtle that way. But it’s a fun, playful look with a lot of texture and a great way to give a nod to 90’s grunge without being overly drab or masculine.
I couldn’t resist updating a classic trench coat by pairing it with coated skinny jeans and a graphic tee. Oh, and kickass shoes! To update this old trench (I got it at Old Navy in 2004) I cuffed the sleeves. I removed the belt long ago, and am always glad it’s not dragging behind me, waiting to be shut in a car door. These fab jeans are, believe it or not, Rock & Republic from Kohl’s (here’s a similar pair). The shirt, you might recall, I custom-designed at Allied Shirts (formerly Dress United). I partial-tucked the tee in, added some leather bracelets and a skull ring, as well as a pair of earrings from ShopBevel, and then finished off the whole look with a fantastic pair of lucite wedges from UrbanOg.
I wanted to just keep this outfit on and call it a day, to be honest. It’s so perfectly me. This trench coat was actually in my “maybe I’ll get rid of this” pile, but I pulled it for this shoot because I knew that when fall hit, I’d regret getting rid of it. While it was a cheap Old Navy trench when I bought it, it was $50 and actually a huge splurge for me–one of my first classic pieces purchased after college graduation, when I made $30,000/year. It’s lasted quite awhile and held up surprisingly well, and I think deep down I knew that if I got rid of it, I’d regret it. When I saw how it looked with the sleeves cuffed, it revived itself, and I’ll be putting it back in my fall coat rotation. After all, you really can’t go wrong with a basic tan trench coat. Plus, for 2013, it works nicely with the pastel coat trend, since it’s so light (and boy am I thankful I didn’t dye or paint this last year, like I thought about doing).
Ok, now real quick, let’s talk about these coated jeans. I now own three pairs of coated denim. One is gold, one is burgundy (or perhaps oxblood), and my most recent purchase are these black ones. Now, I have faux leather front pants, and they’re nice, but these coated jeans? Perfect for fall! Leather is super in for fall, and having a pair of versatile coated jeans to fill that void fantastic. They can be dressed up for going out, dressed down for a weekend look, and even worn to work. I’ve already worn them a handful of times since getting them, and I foresee them being a fall wardrobe staple.
This is a great day-to-night weekend look, but you can make it work-friendly by swapping out the wordy tee for a solid one or one with just a graphic on it. Stripes would work fantasticly here, as would a pop of color in the form of a baseball tee. Heck, you could even dress up your favorite sports team t-shirt with this look, which might actually make football gear tolerable for those of us who don’t particularly do the sporty thing.
White after Labor Day is no longer a no no, with “winter whites” being a near constant runway look. While I’m not one to wear cream or white bottoms (with few exceptions), all white on top is another story. But, you know me, I love me some texture, so instead of going simple with just a plain white tee, I went with a white 3/4 sleeve fitted tee under this great Folkish Moto Vest from Forever21. With the studs and embroidery, it adds a little bit of interest and color to an otherwise basic look. On the bottom, I cuffed my favorite skinny jeans–the first pair I ever bought, which have been lovingly worn to holes in both knees. And of course, my black lucite wedges, a black belt, black leather cuff, and my Black Heart Creatives “Skinny Bitch” necklace.
While this look isn’t work-friendly, it’s perfect for a weekend when you want to look chic but stay relatively low-maintenance. It’s punky, with the black leather accents, torn jeans, and studs, and the (faux) leather vest is totally on trend. It’s an easy-to-wear look that’ll look just as great out to dinner with the girls as it will on date night with your other half.
A vest like this is a great fall wardrobe staple. It adds a little bit of warmth for those in-between days, and can easily be layered over tees, cardigans, sweaters, buttondown shirts, or even your trusty denim jacket for even more warmth. You can punk out a dress too, adding a vest like this over a floral print or basic little black dress. I got this for my birthday in June and have worn it a couple times on cooler days, but can’t wait to continue to wear it in fall. I have a neon pink pencil skirt that’s begging to be paired with this for a weekday!
Hooray for Hats!
I love hats, though I rarely wear them. The only reason I don’t wear them often is because they weren’t work-friendly, and with my hair’s past length, hat head was a real issue. But this fall, I’m going to rock hats, specifically, this great tweed one, which belonged to my Papa (it was his “signature”). Menswear fabrics are also in this fall, which is great because when else would you be able to get away with them?
This look was inspired by this post on Lookbook. I loved the metallic jeans, chunky socks, long cardigan and dark shirt. I gave it my own spin, notably by taking a razor blade to this cardigan, which was in my “donate” pile until I realized how chic it would look with some distressing. Chic, and totally in line with fall’s grunge trend. Under the cardigan is a Guess tee that may or may not be vintage–it was thrifted, so I’m not 100% sure if it’s actually old, or just well-worn. On the bottom are my metallic coated skinnies, purchased last year at Express (Rock & Republic has a similar pair, actually, here). I topped them with one of my favorite things to wear in fall, chunky knit socks and combat boots. Add a long claw necklace and you’re good to go. I kept accessories simple in this case, because of the boldness of the pants.
This is one of those looks I can get away with at work, but most people likely can’t. The gold jeans, however, can easily be dressed up for workplace wear, with a simple top, black blazer, and sleek black pumps or flats. And you can take ’em out for a night on the town with thigh high boots (another fall fashion must) and a pretty black top. Think of them as a neutral and you can make this metallic leather look work for you.
In case you can’t tell, my fall fashion trend obsession is definitely grunge. Perhaps because I didn’t subscribe to the grunge trend that much in the 90’s, or maybe because it speaks to my rock star style, I dunno. Either way, grunge-inspired looks are the ones I’m gravitating to as we get closer to fall. I’m only lucky that it’s in fashion this season, I suppose. The good news is, the grunge trend works with nearly every other fall fashion trend for 2013 too: pastel coats, plaid, fur, leather, and even menswear. Heck, I would wager you could even make the mid-century silhouettes work with grungy wardrobe.
So there you go! Four fall fashion looks I’m dying to wear.
What do you think? See anything you’re excited to try out this fall? Did I skip any trends you were hoping I’d touch on? Drop me a line in the comments below and let me know! Oh, and if you haven’t figured it out yet, you can click each photo above for a bigger version, in a new window for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks again to Kayleigh Kay Photography!
If you like her work (and I hope you do), go be a fan on Facebook. If you’re in the Chicago area and looking for portraits, baby pictures, or even want something more fashiony like what we did, drop her a line. You won’t be disappointed!