Fall Wish List
Let’s talk fall because I’m so sick of summer already! That said, many of the items on my wish list are with Southern California’s fall weather in mind, and may not be seasonally appropriate for your climate. Below are some of the things I’m on the lookout for, and am already daydreaming of wearing for my mid-October trip to Santa Fe and Taos, or strolling in on breezier afternoons and evenings.
Before you immediately leave this page after seeing the B-word above, just listen to me for a sec. Birkenstocks are seriously making a comeback. Giambattista Valli’s new show featured some cool, black and metallic studded versions and labels like Celine (fur-lined!) and Houghton have partnered with the brand to make hip, modern versions of the hippie staple. Birkenstock themselves are also constantly adding new styles, materials, and colors to their classics to keep up with the times. Hell, these comfy slip ons have even been spotted on the fashion forward feet of celebs like Heidi Klum and Mary Kate Olsen. Besides all that, they’re heaven for your feet and I can’t think of many things less fashionable or sexy than bunions.
Printed Palazzo Pants
WARNING! Do not attempt to combine the aforementioned footwear with this style of pants unless:
-You are a tall, thin supermodel.
-You don’t mind wearing unflattering things.
-You follow the tips below
Okay, now that that’s out of the way let’s talk palazzo pants. If you’re not of Amazonian height, there’s a risk of these making you look shorter and wider. The best way to avoid this is having them tailored to perfection. They should be high-waisted so the smallest part of you is highlighted (if you’re apple-shaped, maybe avoid this pant altogether) and therefore the voluminous leg will be balanced. Also, they should not be longer than just skimming the ground. To get maximum leg length they should fall exactly there: not cropped, and not dragging on the ground. If you only plan to wear them in heels make sure to bring your favorite pair to the tailor with you for an accurate measurement. They should fall just shy of being able to be stepped on. An ideal pair will also be more narrow in the butt and hip area to give a sense of your shape, and be of a thin, flowy material like silk verses something stiff and bulky like polyester, which can add volume.
Vintage Denim Jacket
So much easier said than done. I can’t tell you what I’m looking for or what you should look for in the perfect denim jacket, only that I believe when I put it on, I’ll know. I do know that for my small frame something too oversized won’t work, but I don’t mind a little slouchiness for an easy vibe.