October 12, 2012

{Fall Feelings} 10 Things to Wear

Last week I talked about all the things I wanted to do this fall, but let's be completely real: one of the most exciting things about fall, for me, is the fashion. I know, for a second there you thought I was going to say Pumpkin-Spice-Latte, but, secret revealed: I think they're disgusting. I'm not going to beat a dead horse by waxing poetic, once again, about the novelty of scarves and wool and coats, but it really is an exciting recharge to my wardrobe. It's like back-to-school shopping, except I don't have to worry about accidentally touching someone's A.B.C. gum under my desk, or defending my sartorial decision to wear a tie to school when I was 14, or fuss over who was picking me up from school, (because I didn't get a parking spot in my school's lottery, of course).  Plus, as much as I love New York City, the weather here is close to terrible, with the exception of a few glorious weeks in each season. Those weeks are now, so I'm savoring them, big time.

Before making any big new introductions to my wardrobe, I made it my business to clear a ton out, with a bevvy of goods taken to local thrift shops or donated to charities, (tip: Buffalo Exchange on Driggs and North 9th now have a ton of my old clothes). I'm trying my best confront and make amends with my compulsion to shop, and become more conscious of what I buy. Rather than meaningless shopping, I want to try to focus my consumerism on pieces I'll keep in my wardrobe forever - like the glitter heels and DVF coat that made their way into my wardrobe last winter, or the leather jacket I snagged on sale for under $60 that I literally would not be able to live without.

I made my first major fall purchase yesterday, a gorgeous chartreuse coat that looks so good against my red hair, (modesty!), which I'm sure I'll be cherishing for decades. At least, I hope; chartreuse is a classic color, right? Anything else that enters my wardrobe will have to pass some kind of litmus test. A quirky, timeless clutch, a well fitting pair of jeans, classics with flair... Those are the things I want to invest in, and "build a wardrobe" with. Of course, being able to invest in something as superficial as my wardrobe, at all, is an enormous privilege - but here I go again making points that should be their own entirely separate posts... And, hey, note to self: this is a wishlist, not a to-do list. 

1. Loeffler Randall Rider Bag, $595. 2. NARS x Andy Warhol Collection, $39 - $65. 3. Diane von Furstenberg "Anette" Pumps, $278 (somehow, I do not own a single pair of classic, pointed black heels). 4. NYDJ Coated Denim, $150. 5. Karen Walker "Harvest" Sunglasses, $250. (After buying one pair of KW sunnies from Gilt Groupe, and receiving another during NYFW, I've decided these are worth their pricetag). 6. Giles & Brother Tusk Necklace, $250, (score! this arrived at my doorstep yesterday, well after I first made this collage - thank you Giles & Brother!). 7. Charlotte Olympia Spider Web Flats, $675. 8. Lulu Guiness Lips Perspex Clutch, $422.  9. ASOS Cameo Doorknocker Earrings, $35. 10. Tom Ford Café Rose Perfume, $205, (oh, I still have a feeling this one will stay on the wishlist...)


  1. never ever had a pumpkin spice latte in my life, didn't even know it existed! we are doing the exact same thing, making room in my closet is like making room in my head! it is time for a new season aka new beginning. my fall pieces at the moment are my new Louis Vuitton hat and a heidi from the mountains kind of skirt! and they look amazing together. so get it when you say 'invest' ;)

  2. I think chartreuse is a classic color! It's a staple in my closet! I also am stalking these coated jeans... Well by stalking I mean im about to purchase! Lol...

  3. Love those Karen Walker sunglasses a lot! xx

  4. Love the first bag! I am also trying to buy less now. I think that at one point I was so excited to finally find clothes in my size that I bought pretty much everything I could find! lol I have bought a couple of simple but well-cut black dresses for Fall/Winter. It'll allow me to wear crazier accessories/ shoes with them.

  5. Ok, I know I'm a horrible enabler (but I too believe in investing in pieces you'll treasure forever), but you absolutely need those Charlotte Olympia flats, the Lulu clutch and a pair of classic black pumps in your wardrobe!
    Briony xx

  6. Hello Nicolette,
    I am a baby blogger and I love how you compile all of your items into a collage.

    Can you please tell me what program you use to do this? I've seen it on many blogs and I'd like to know.

  7. i've been doing the same with my wardrobe lately. i'm also moving next month, so that helps motivate me to purge. my personal wardrobe building strategy has been buying almost no new clothing, just vintage. that way i KNOW they are timeless pieces that will hold their value, should i happen to tire of them.

  8. there you go again - including links to things i cant help but click and add to my cart!!!

    ps - now i feel guilty... i won a parking spot in the lottery :)

  9. Hi Alex, I don't know about Nicolette but I just do mine on Polyvore & then take a screengrab & paste it into Photoshop where I can add text. It's the easiest way for me. x

  10. i make my collages in photoshop!

  11. i do all my collages in photoshop! i have a consistent styleguide that i use for all my collages/gift guides/round ups, so this is the best way to control the content.

  12. I live in greenpoint and was thinking of stopping by that buffalo exchange. What sizes of clothes did you sell? You're a 10/11 shoe right?

  13. Love the sunglasses!

  14. Love your own outfit/ top right. Cashmere, leather and glitter?? Who would have thought?? Love your wish list too. Surprised you dont have a pointy clasdic pump in your enormous shoe collection. But then point was out for the longest time. Hahaha. The Chartusse coat/ New accuisition = Gorgeous. Cant wait to see it on you. Bring it along. Geetting cooler now.

  15. Fall dressing has to be my favourite of all, all the knitwear and the opportunity to add sparkles to things to jazz them up a bit!

  16. What great picks! I especially love the coated denim! They're so edgy and funky, but at the same time, chic. I can so easily see them being dressed up or down; a very versatile piece! Secondly, that lips clutch is just sick! <3 it! Just wish I could afford it! :)

    Stephanie :)

  17. I LOVE dressing for fall! It's the best season through and through, with the weather, scenic foliage, and amazing clothes! I'm lusting after deep, dark lip colors and cozy knits. Too many clothes, not enough time or money to shop. ;)

    - Samantha

  18. I love fall and dressing fashionably in a cozy sweatery kind of way! Your find of the Giles and Brother jewelry is blowing me away!! Love love love your style and picks!!

    adorn la femme

  19. Will you please offer some advice on how to style the coated denim? I actually own that pair, but am in a constant struggle about what to wear with them.

    Also, yes, Karen Walker sunnies are so worth the price. So are Tom Ford's, I've found, since the lenses tend to be pretty dark and they're surprisingly durable. This coming from a girl who thinks spending more than a few dollars on sunglasses is a waste since I'm forever breaking/losing them.

  20. You must have better skills than me obv- I can't cut out the images all nice & pretty, Polyvore does it for me. I just use a template for the text, etc & paste the image into a layer underneath lol.

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  23. Ah! That coat! I can't wait to see it on you and yes, I'm sure it looks amaze against the red locks! x


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  26. Woah that perfume is priceyyyyyy. My friend has those Karen Walkers, I'm totally wanting them as well. I bought a pair from Gilt as well and they're so good, I gave my Miu Miu's a rest so that's impressive. I really really want the Charlotte Olympia cat flats but I think the moment has passed, they're always sold out. Not that I could afford them anyway.

    I miss fall so much, it just doesn't exist here. I don't even remember having a winter last year so I'm not hopeful for this year lol. Fall was always my favorite time of year living in New York. It's just so exciting.

  27. I know you didn't ask ME (yet here I am!) but I think you shouldn't worry about the fact that they're coated so much. It may be causing you to overthink and throwing you off. I generally wear mine with button up shirts and also oversized tanks and tees just like I would with any other pair of jeans. Dressing them up and down accordingly.

  28. The Buffalo Exchange stores in L.A. won't buy plus sizes. I know; I've tried to sell my clothes there. You're lucky the stores in NY do (or, at least, you've found one that does).

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  32. You remind me: I have to clear my wardrobe again too! Way too daunting a task. By the way, we were in New York in the heat wave last summer. It wasn't as bad as I expected. However, I'm from Texas so I did expect much worse.

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  37. If you're in the L.A./OC area, I'm part of a plus size meetup group on Meetup.com that periodically has clothing swap meetups. I haven't been to one yet, so I don't know what other people have to offer, but it might be worth checking out if you can't find another solution.

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