Help! What To Wear On New Year’s Eve

It’s been a solid month of holiday craziness and now the world is asking us to put together yet another memorable outfit, this time for New Year’s Eve. If you’re like most of us, you’ve left this to the last minute. Stuck staring at your closet? We got you. To help you out with this painful process we’ve rounded up some seriously rad NYE outfit ideas courtesy of our boutiques and designers. Steal away.

 

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To keep it simple, all you really need is a pair of standout pants. Bonus points if they are gold.

 

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Pick a dress that looks even better when you move and then dance all night long.

 

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Heels aren’t necessary to feel fancy. Pair your sneakers with a luxe pleated skirt and simple tee.

 

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Velvet, stripes and a statement sleeve. Now that’s a hat trick we can get behind.

 

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Bare your shoulders and tie yourself up with a bow like the gift to 2017 you are.

 

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Go classic with an LBJ (little black jumpsuit), then add a pop of unexpected color.

Nine Coats You Won’t Regret Buying

Most of us are still denying the end of summer and woefully watching our tan lines fade. So we might not be too excited about the weather getting colder, but there is one thing making the impending seasonal change a little better — the coats. To help inspire you to embrace the cold, we’ve rounded up this year’s must-have coats. Starting with the classics, consider the trench, parka and denim jacket. They are easy, go-to styles for those tough Monday mornings when all you can really think about is coffee. And then we’ve got a few updated looks such as the quilted kimono and reversible shearling coat. Finally, we have two robe coats that will never fail you: black, oversized, and the perfect length. Throw them over your coziest knit and fave pair of denim, and you’re good to go. See, winter isn’t all bad. 

Fuzzy: Our Current Texture Obsession

It’s like wearing your pyjamas around all day. Or carrying around your favorite blanket. Fuzzy texture is pretty much one of the most comfortable things to happen to fashion ever, not to mention it’s also a really interesting detail. Materials like faux fur and shearling add both a luxurious and casual element to jackets and bags, plus they’re super soft to the touch. We love how Bronze Age does it with their plush babouches (a stylish way to wear your slippers in public, anyone?) and Carleen nails it with making a whole shirt out of fleece. Need we say more? 

A Micro Trend We Love: Borrowing From The Boys

We don’t know if it’s the structure, the oversized cuts, or our love affair with the ’80s lately, but men’s wear has taken a firm hold on our hearts for the moment. The silhouettes are just so classic — from slouchy jeans to work shirts — and they’re so easy it wear, it’s no wonder that it’s far less laborious for guys to throw together an outfit. You literally can’t go wrong. And what’s not to love about that? Here, we break down some of our favorite pieces from this Fall trend that borrows from the boys. 

LOAFERS

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New York-based footwear line Dieppa Restrepo is known for taking style cues from men’s wear, so it’s no surprise that the brand is behind these perfect loafers. Inspired by the classic gentleman’s shoe, the Gaston Soft Onix Tassel Loafer has a rounded toe, tassel detailing and a low stacked heel. Don’t be surprised if your boyfriend steals them.

RELAXED BLAZERS 

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Vintage-inspired, oversized and in a medium grey hue, this Seeker Studios Essential Oversized Blazer screams Working Girl (remember that movie from the ’80s?). Made from 100% handwoven cotton, the fabric is supple, soft and super comfortable to wear during long days at the office.

DENIM SHIRTS 

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So simple, yet so good. The denim shirt is seasonless, ageless, gender-less and always good. Wear untucked or tucked. This 69 Stevie Shirt has a frayed pocket for a little something extra.

CABLE KNIT SWEATERS

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Sorry, Grandpa. We’re gonna have to raid your closet, because a good cable knit sweater is perfect for adding a comfortable accent to a more structured outfit or for just cozying up on dreary Fall days. We love this unisex one from Intentionally Blank.

BASEBALL HATS

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Bye-bye, bad hair days. Well, actually, you’re gonna be wishing for them just so that you can wear this super cute cap all the time. A baseball hat is great way to add some low-key androgynous elegance to your ensemble and this Reality Studio Mario Cap, with its linen/cotton fabric and streamlined shape, is a home run.

OVERSIZED JACKETS

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This is the ultimate layering piece (because there’s just so much damn room) and Intentionally Blank nails the secret to not getting lost in the shape with their Moss Jacket — proportions with just enough structure. We’re talking giant cuffs and a matching giant hem.

BUTTON UP SHIRTS

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Can you get any more classic than a men’s work shirt? Worn as a top, a dress or a night shirt, this silhouette is just effortless. The Squad Navy Poplin Quincy has a little something extra, with Mother of Pearl buttons and an unstructured hem.

DAD JEANS

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Not just any jeans, though. We’re talking perfectly imperfect and loose-fitting ones. The Olderbrother Patched Five Pocket feel like you stole them from, yes, your older brother, complete with the patchwork detail.

STRUCTURED COATS 

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Double breasted, with structured shoulders and a tailored fit, the Won Hundred Therese Jacket makes for a sophisticated topper. Like a men’s wear coat, the fit is relaxed enough to provide room for movement and layering, yet is shaped in just the right ways to maintain serious style. Dad would be jealous.

Vintage Picks For Our Favorite Fall Trends

We’ve already tapped into the key ways to freshen up your Fall wardrobe this season, but since it’s Vintage Month, we thought we would apply some of the seasonal trends to a few of our favorite vintage picks. Because, after all, not only is shopping vintage a great way to shop sustainably and integrate one-of-a-kind character into your closet, it also provides an opportunity to be more fashion forward than ever. Read on and swoon.

METALLICS 

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Metallics are a super simple way to add a little bit extra oomph to any outfit. These beautiful ivory vintage Stuart Weitzman pumps do just that in the most subtle yet effective way, while checking off all the other details we love in a shoe right now: sleek silhouette, almond toe and blocked heel. It’s ’90s minimalism to a tee.

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For those wanting to really dive into this trend, this taupe metallic shirt makes a big splash. No pockets, front button enclosure and insanely easy to style. Plus, the rich color basically makes it a neutral, so it goes with everything. Try it with disco dance moves.

OVERSIZED OUTERWEAR 

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A large, comfy coat is a win in two ways: it keeps you warm on crisp days and it’s the perfect pulled-together topper. The men’s wear-inspired piece also channels one of our favorite shapes from the ’80s, like this vintage, calf-skimming, oatmeal one by Pepe does. Okay, that’s three ways.

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This vintage cotton hooded coat offers a lightweight option in the trend, with its relaxed fit and straight hem.

SOFT TEXTURE 

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It’s all about texture this season and this vintage tank does it totally right. Super soft and in a classic cut, it is as adorable as it is easy to wear (and easy on the skin… ahhh).

SHEARLING

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Okay, so who didn’t want to be Penny in Almost Famous? Well, now you can channel your inner groupie in this perfect Penny Lane Jacket. In a rich burnt orange color and with a shearling collar, everything about it is also right on trend.

PINK

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Halston was THE brand of the ’70s and this vintage Halston cashmere knit dress is relieving all of our era envy, while staying totally contemporary. The luxurious dress, which has a buttoned up mandarin collar, comes in a dusty pink — one of this season’s most coveted shades.

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For a more structured take on the soft hue, there’s this linen service jacket. Wear it layered or buttoned up all on its own. We’re blushing at all the options.

TURTLENECKS

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Turtlenecks really are the best — you can layer them, wear them on their own and they’re multi-seasonal, working for fall all the way through to winter. This vintage ribbed silk mockneck is pure perfection, with its luxurious fabric, short sleeves and hip-hitting hem.

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Needed more proof at how amazing turtlenecks are? Here’s this nude cashmere and silk sweater.

WIDE LEG PANTS 

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These vintage trousers may be straight from the 1970s, but they feel completely current. Tapping into this season’s love affair with the wide leg, the double knit polyester pant is right on the money with its high waist, easy silhouette and bright color.

COLOR BLOCKING 

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Why have just one color when you could have two? We’re being greedy with our hues this season and this perfectly oversized pocket pullover, which combines cream and brown, is everything we’ve been lusting over. Like something grandpa would wear, only better. 

For more amazing vintage, head this way!

Boutique Buyers’ Picks for Fall 2016

We caught up with the buyers from a few of our favorite boutiques to find out what they consider their hero pieces for Fall 2016. Warning: you’re gonna want EVERYTHING.

ASSEMBLY 

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Our pals over at Assembly are all over their Cotton Camouflage Storm Coat “It’s versatile and is lined in faux-fur for comfort. It’s cosy as well as practical!” says Hilary, Merchandise Assistant.

Shop Assembly >

FINEFOLK

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For Finefolk founder Leslie Fray, she can’t get enough of Horses Atelier’s outerwear offerings. “Just as they do every season, the gorgeous ladies at Horses Atelier deliver timeless impeccably designed classic pieces made with the most exquisitely sourced fabrics. This season’s Alchemical Coat is no exception.”

Shop Finefolk >

IDUN 

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The Won Hundred Iren Jacket is the essential cool weather item for Idun’s Catherine Menzel. “It hits the four C’s: classic, casual, classy and comfortable. I’d wear this anywhere.”

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SUNCHILD  

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“I love our Ilana Kohn Gary Jumpsuit because it’s a no brainer all-in-one outfit that’s effortless, comfortable, and makes a statement,” says Sunchild founder Christina Sun. “You can wear it with white sneakers during the day or with heels at night – it’s so versatile!”

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“We love the versatility of a slip dress (similar here) this season; from day to night and elevated with unique, textural pieces,” says In Support Of’s Tanya Sheikh and Ivan Gilkes. Top it off with the CF. Goldman Faux Fur Mini Jacket (similar here) for texture.

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JOHAN

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“This season I’m loving the denim pant by Han Starnes – a high waisted, perfectly cropped, dark denim workhorse,” confesses Johan’s Laura Housgard.

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LYNN LOUISA 

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For Gabby Klingman of Washington, DC’s Lynn Louisa, it’s the gold Rachel Comey Coppa heel. “Love it because: 1. It’s gold. 2. The block heel – makes it easier to walk down Georgetown’s old streets and sidewalks. 3. The style easily pairs with a variety of looks. Also excited to wear them with socks and tights as it gets colder too.”

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Gabby also can’t get enough of the Donni Charm Donni Knit Comfy Tri Color Scarf. “Love it for so many reasons. It’s oversized, cozy, versatile, easy to wear, battles the cold annnd in dire situations can be used as a blanket.”

Shop Lynn Louisa >

MYRTLE

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Los Angeles in the Fall is all about layers for Myrtle’s Whitney Bickers. “We love fall as an excuse to layer up and layer on the color!” she says. “This Kindah Khalidy painted pattern is such a great jumping off point and the combination of a tank and a sweater cape works for LA’s ‘fall’ temps.”

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THE NARWHAL
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“The perfect, perfect pair of vintage Levi’s  (similar here) reworked to perfection by Re/Done,” the Toronto boutique’s Sydney Wills divulges on her essential item. “I will be wearing these every single day until forever.”

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A bit of glam goes a long way, too. “This black fox fur coat by Sprung Frères of Paris is a true classic and works with denim, dresses, day-to-night, you name it!” she adds.

Shop The Narwhal >

NEIGHBOUR/WOMAN

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For Karyna Schultz of Vancouver boutique Neighbour/Woman, it’s all about outwear with a bit of history stitched in. “I love the Trademark Star Quilt coat,” she says.I’m a sucker for a good coat, but none are as special as this one. The Burch sisters were inspired by American Arts + Crafts, and it comes through in this piece, where they lifted the quilting pattern from a book about the subject and enlarged it enough to be almost abstract. Plus, it feels almost like a bathrobe, which is always a good thing!”

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NONNA 

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Olivia Perez, from LA boutique NONNA, has a few must-haves this season. “I chose these particular pieces because there is a uniform sort-of quality to the outfit,” she explains. “I feel like if I could, I would wear this outfit everyday of my life. I like the Victorian-era feeling of the high-collar on the Horses Atelier blouse and the Wolcott : Takemoto skirt fits like a glove. The A Détacher Cara Pumps are a shoe that I had at NONNA last year and I loved them so much I brought them back for this Fall/Winter as well.”

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OLIVE

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The Delfina Balda Delia Dress (similar here) is the ultimate in versatility for Laura Uhlir of the Austin, Texas boutique Olive. “I’m digging this piece for its ease and flexibility,” she says. “Wear it snapped and cinched as a dress, or open and layered as a jacket. It’s tough to overload on denim because it’s so durable and easy to dress up or down. Bonus points for the cool horn buckle belt this beaut comes with.”

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ONE OF A FEW

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“Obviously, as is with every season, choosing only one single item that is the key piece for the season is almost impossible,” says Michelle Rizzando, from Vancouver’s One Of A Few. “We have so many loved items. We recently did a photo shoot with some of our fall arrivals and two key pieces stood out. We all want them and can’t wait to add them to our wardrobes. First pictured with a Horses Atelier pullover (similar here) is the petite Alistair from Clare V. (similar here). The green color is really neutral, the design is impeccable and the shape is playful and wearable.”

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“Second the MNZ Penelope heel is a need for all outfits this fall,” Michelle continues. “We’ve shown it with a Jesse Kamm dress but you can easily wear these with denim, shorts, skirts and jumpsuits. They are incredibly comfortable and easy to walk in for a whole day of work and straight out for dinner. We pictured the warm white color here but a pop of color is always fun!!”

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PARC

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Reality Studios’ Roger Coat  makes an appearance on the list for Parc’s Megan Jensen. “A statement coat is our favorite piece for Fall/Winter,” she says. “We’re loving the structural and timeless styles from Reality Studios. The Roger Coat (in yellow or black) is seasonless – pull it out next year and it will still feel interesting, yet classic.”

Shop Parc >

REFINED

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Tiffany Tam, from San Francisco boutique Refined, is obsessing over the Ganni Bartlett Georgette Maxi Dress. “We adore the moody floral print,” she says. “The detachable neck scarf is so fun to style.” A jacket, like this Just Female Stone Zip Jacket one, is the perfect contrasting topper.

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SAINT CLOUD

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“For fall the whole staff is OBSESSED with our new line 7115 by Szeki,” gushes Cecilia Marquez from Houston boutique Saint Cloud. “Many of her pieces are designed to be worn a variety of ways and give you a completely different look depending on how you chose to style them. We <3 versatility, plus her fabrics and draping are exceptional. These are the pieces we are living in this season.”

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SWORDS-SMITH

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Leslie Hamilton, client service associate for Brooklyn boutique Swords-Smith, has a few things on her radar.”I love the tonality of this look. The Kowtow Koeing pants are this amazing rich chocolate/cinnamon (yum) color that feels very unique and pairs so well with the clay-rose color of the Pari Desai top,” she says. “The cut of the armhole and neckline on the Leila mock neck tank are really flattering on almost everyone and have a slimming effect. The Koeing pants sit perfectly just above the natural waist, accentuating the smallest part of you and then go straight out from there. Both pieces are extremely comfortable and easy to wear! The Reinhard Plank Nana hat adds the finishing touch.”

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“The Rib Roll Neck dress from Kowtow is such a strong piece,” she continues. “Worn on its own it can be totally fancy or completely casual – its all up to you. I also love the straight fit of it. Paired with the amazing green Xiong puffer cocoon coat adds some edge to the look. I love the bright orange lining and the little bit that peeks out around the sleeve openings, really highlighting the shape. It also has the deepest pockets, which we all love. Completing the look is the metallic silver Cylinder One bag from Welcome Companions. Her theme this season was outer space and this sort of feels like a time capsule. It totally appeals to my inner alien.”

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“Comfort is really key here with this all-Rodebjer look,” she adds. “The Dalia sweater is such a wearable, everyday piece but has this especially amazing shape to it that drapes perfectly. Not to mention its made of 100% the softest cotton. I love the crop of the Mina jeans here as well. As a girl with curves, I find that jeans can sometimes be the most difficult item in your wardrobe to find. These have an elevated feel with a wide leg and dart details on the front. The Valentine sunnies by Sunday Somewhere have this amazing reflective lens that sort of make you the headlights as opposed to the deer in them – in the best way possible, of course! They’re a strong and powerful style.”

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UMEBOSHI

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“We have so many great pieces in already it was hard to choose one!” exclaims Sami Barker, from Vancouver’s Umeboshi. “I love the weight and feel of this necklace (similar here), a super light and soft linen and boucle braid is weighed down by a stunning brass bell. There are little hammer details on the bell which has a wonderful look. Casual but so elegant. The Eloise bag is a classic shape from The Stowe (similar here). Her new Italian aniline leathers in these stunning jewel tones step it up a few notches – so luxurious! I’m holding it as a clutch to accentuate it’s beautiful shape. The Elfin loafers from Coclico (similar here) are an update to her classic crepe soled loafer. Square off the toe, and give it an XL crepe platform and it’s the ultimate Vancouver errand shoe. Feels like walking on clouds.”

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WEST END SELECT SHOP

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The Roger Coat is also this season’s must-have for West End Select Shop’s Andi Bakos. “I can’t wait until it gets all cold and dark here in Portland so I can wear my bright yellow Roger Coat by Reality Studio and really pop out against my city surroundings. I’m going to be a walking spot of sunshine and people everywhere will flock to warm their hands on me.”

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FASHIONKIND

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Philly-based boutique Fashionkind takes its name from the phrase “fashion for humankind,” so it only makes sense that their picks are totally thoughtful. Their model, Vivien, wears an Ace & Jig Hot Cross Romper in Black Sampler, a Lemlem Kal Coat and Veja Tennis Shoes in White. Founder Nina Farran explains, “I love this combination because it shows the power of luxury fashion from all over the world; in this outfit alone, India, Kenya and Brazil are all represented. Talk about power dressing.”

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The Harder Edge of Fall 2016

You know what’s so great about this season? There’s a dark side. That’s right — amongst pretty palettes, soft silhouettes and airy textures is distressed denim, leather chokers and rubber soled platforms. Why? Because you need to have balance in your life. Rachel Comey mastered the contrast and so did Eckhaus Latta. Best worn with a big dose of attitude.

The Softer Side Of Fall

They’re not just easy on the eyes — they’re easy on the touch, too. Super luxurious materials, womanly silhouettes and easy shapes dominated the softer side of Fall 2016’s trend coin. Ulla Johnson captured a dreamy romantic vibe with her collection and Suzanne Rae perfectly channeled Victoriana, for example. We love wearing this season’s feminine offerings of creamy colored shoes and ruffled dresses on-duty, while slinky silk slips and cozy woolly knits are best paired with a burning candle and a rainy night. We think we’re in love.

16 Uncomplicated Picks for Fall 2016

This season, we’re all about keeping things easy. Translation: no-effort-required dressing. Just wake up and go. Just the way we like it.

1. Building Block Box Bag

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The shape of this leather Building Block Box Bag is minimal in both shape and fuss.

2. Building Block Rucksack 

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Just throw this leather backpack over your shoulder and go.

3. Mari Giudicelli Gavea Loafer 

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Neutral colored, slip on and with a wooden block heel — this loafer gives a polished touch to any look.

 

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We’ll take them in black, too.

4. Jesse Kamm Sailor Pant 

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The Sailor Pant is one of our all-time faves and this season, it’s coming in a rich tobacco flavor.

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And black, of course.

5. Elise Ballegeer Kimono Coat 

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One of our fave shapes for fall — the kimono. Streamlined, elegant AND comfy. Triple win.

6. LOQ Villa 

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This square-toed pump is easy on the feet and comes in all sorts of candy colors. We can’t get enough of the green hue.

7. Jesse Kamm Modal Trench 

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A good trench coat is a Fall must-have and this one from Jesse Kamm, with simple draping, is simply perfect.

8. Objects Without Meaning Knife Pleat Dress 

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Sleeveless and pleated with side slits, this dress looks good layered or all on its own.

9. Objects Without Meaning Mock Neck Long Sleeve 

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A light turtleneck is one of the easiest ways to get that cool-girl sophistication this season.

10. Black Crane Quilted Long Dress 

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Simple, yes, but this dress doesn’t skimp on details — subtle quilts, a voluminous body and raw edges at the hem.

11. Elise Ballegeer Ribbed Mock Top 

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Made from hemp and cotton knit, this Mock Top has ribbing and a drape that doesn’t compromise on style when you go from the office straight to the cocktail bar.

12. Black Crane Slim Dress 

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A slim, straight fit and dropped shoulder make this Black Crane dress as versatile as it is chic.

13. Jesse Kamm Stack Dress 

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A v-cut out at the back of this shift dress means that the accessorizing has already been done for you.

14. SVILU Lab Coat 

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This 100% wool coat is an elegant topper, from its collar to its ankle-grazing hem.

15. Rachel Comey Burdan Pant 

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Cropped and flared, the Burdan Pant makes it easy to rock that wide leg trend without looking overwhelmed.

 

 

The Fall 2016 Collections We’re Obsessing Over

Fall is consistently our favorite season for everyone, but there are always those few labels whose collections make you stop in your tracks. You know the ones — the collections you’ve got to (need to!) scour from head to toe. Here are six that have stolen our hearts for FW16.