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Five fall-fashion staples every New Yorker needs
Who’s ready for sweaters? [Raises apple-cider-gripping hand.]
We’re gonna bet you’re in full fall-shopping mode. But before you drop a month’s paycheck at Bloomingdale’s, take into consideration not only the staples you need (sweater, boots, coat, etc.) but also the new shapes and fabrics involved. (FYI: Said sweater should be three times larger than you think.)
Flip through our cheat sheet of New Yorker-approved pieces for fall 2014.
The Pants: Leather
We?re settling this debate once and for all: Leggings can be pants! It all depends on the quality of the fabric and how you style them. Cover both bases (and all your assets) by scoring some leather ones to peek out beneath your tunics. For genuine lambskin, look to well-fitting brands like J Brand or Eileen Fisher. Prefer faux? Obviously Zara is all over it.
The Skirts: Long
Midi or maxi, this season’s skirts are most definitely not mini. Find a silhouette that suits your body best (could be flowing pleats from Piperlime, an A-line situation by Tibi or a lengthy pencil à la J.Crew) and accentuate it with statement-making shoes. Pumps for Monday and Pumas for Sunday?
The Sweaters: Huge
Helloooo, fishermen. Store away your delicate cashmeres and give massive cable-knits a go for 2015. (Pro tip: Shop the menswear section for the heaviest weight.) Layer one over an oxford shirt and, of course, your brand-new leather leggings. Or try our all-time favorite winter trick: tossing one atop a printed dress.
The Boots: Short
Knee-high: not exactly out but then again...not exactly exciting. If you’re in the market for new boots, keep ’em ankle-length and low. That way your whole outfit will come across more modern. Which to consider? You can never go wrong with Loeffler Randall; though you’ll never forget Jason Wu.
The Coats: Belted
If you haven’t figured it out yet, everything is about exaggerated proportions right now. And robe coats are no exception. (Cue Altuzarra heart attacks.) Find one that comes with its own wool tie (Ralph Lauren or Trina Turk can help) or take your existing camel coat and define the waist with a leather belt. Whatever you do, just cinch it.