8 Perfect Early Fall Jackets

Deciding what to wear this time of year is tough, but deciding which jacket to bring (or not to bring) is pretty much impossible. Do you bring a lighter coat and throw a scarf and hat in your bag, or a heavier coat and pray the cool weather lasts?

Nowhere is this greater felt than in London, where the weather can (literally) change in the amount of time it takes you to walk down the stairs from your flat to the street.

Regardless, one way or another those shoulders need warmin'. And if there's anything I've learned this year after becoming (somewhat) minimalist and rethinking my views on shopping, it's worth it to invest a large portion of your wardrobe budget on a quality coat. 

I did some research, and found 8 perfect early fall jackets that will make an A+ addition to that wardrobe of yours. These coats and jackets are all high quality, good looking, and made by independent manufacturers.

 

THE ALL-WEATHER COAT:

coal waxed warbler jacket  by bridge & burn, available via of a kind

coal waxed warbler jacket by bridge & burn, available via of a kind

THE CLEAN-CUT COAT:

dale coat  by hackwith design house

dale coat by hackwith design house

THE PARKA:

beacon parka  by KULE

beacon parka by KULE

THE TRACK JACKET:

THE NON-JACKET:

cora kimono  by hackwith design house via parc boutique

cora kimono by hackwith design house via parc boutique

THE WORK JACKET

alvord grey waxed jacket  by bridge & burn

alvord grey waxed jacket by bridge & burn

THE PLAID ONE:

Valentine Gauthier  Castletown Jacket via ethica

Valentine Gauthier Castletown Jacket via ethica

THE CALIFORNIA TRENCH:

mollusk mac  by mollusk surf shop

mollusk mac by mollusk surf shop

NOTE: This is an edited version of a post  that originally ran on Second Floor Flat in October 2013. Products and retailers have been updated.


3 Perfect Fall Dresses from ModCloth

Did anyone else know that ModCloth designs their own label? I didn't, and now I'm super glad that I do because their pieces are adorable and ready for some srs fall layering. 

Case in point - this darling little red dress which, in my not-humble opinion, would be killer with my new haircut:

Remarkable without a Cause Dress from ModCloth

 

 

or perhaps the Taking the Train Dress, because it has the cutest name ever

Taking the Train Dress from ModCloth

 

 

Also thinking of pairing the Baggage Claim to Fame Dress with chunky boots (or creepers!) and a plaid button-down around the waist and wearing that the next time I travel. I'll change out of that and slip right into my Atlanta shirt because it's important to dress in themes, people. 

Baggage Claim To Fame Dress from ModCloth

How To Wear A Ballerina Skirt

Mamma loves a good ballerina skirt.

In fact, a quick stop at the charity shop yesterday yielded a wool, mid-calf length ballerina skirt that only cost me £12. Not bad, Tuesday afternoon.

 

For more in the world of ballet + fashion, check out my story on Refinery29 London and learn how to rock a ballerina skirt. Yes, it can be done. 

Fall Colors

Purple, navy, black, crimson, and pale blue have never felt better together. Here are some objects that are inspiring my pre-fall color palette

(psst...click on the images to find out where they're from!)

this plum tote

this crisp jacket

this bag

this branding

this Jane Birkin dress:

these shoes

these flowers

this home:  

this case

this hair:  

and this idea:

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult

I've always been one for printed cotton clothing.

I'm not sure why cheap prints are so attractive to me or any of my fellow middle-class female consumers, but they just are.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


There's nothing like the excitement that comes with the first spotting of a floral or geometric print. Something about seeing that bright, overtimulating print in a bright, overstimulating store is thrilling, but this thrill is always short lived. Pretty much as soon as you take your new, ill-fitting cotton/poly blend dress out of the Target/H&M/Primark/Forever21 bag, you're over it and spending that £12.99/$19.99 feels like a bad choice.

It took me a while, but studying fashion design finally made me understand minimalism and what makes it so great.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Now, I'm obsessed and basically only want to wear well-designed solid color/classic printed pieces. I still have my slip-ups (Saturday's purchase of £6 Primark floral flats) but am (kinda) on my way to being the type of gal who can walk into H&M, see a printed dress I like, and leave without it.

Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


Junky Cotton Prints, Or The Battle To Dress Like An Adult


And if you've seen To Rome With Love: the reference the "junky cotton print" dress worn to a movie premier by a woman with ladders in her stockings felt like someone has looked straight into my soul and completely and totally understood everything about me.

From here, here, here, here, here, here, oh—and here!