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10 Wardrobe Updates

THE RECENT week of 50-degree-something days has literally snapped me out of my shopping lethargy. Fall has arrived, and with it my urge to buy a new thing or three. But it’s a request from a friend to go shopping with her that has led me to assess the state of my wardrobe before purchasing things I don’t need. Like remembering I have enough black pants to last a few lifetimes and probably enough boots as well. On the other hand, there’s nothing like a brand-new clothing item to lift the spirits.

With that in mind, here are 10 mostly evergreen updates I’m considering for autumn and beyond.

Leather and Plaid

Left:  A pair of Slim Fit Leather Trousers With Stitch Details from Massimo Dutti wouldn’t break the bank. $395, massimodutti. Right: These Winter Capsule Darted Slim Fit Check Wool Trousers would also be a fresh addition. $120, massimodutti. Love the way they’re styled here with a cable-knit sweater and hiking boots, ready for the city’s rugged streets.



Left: Plaid continues to have a fashion moment, buoyed up this season by the “Clueless” looks of Prada’s tweeds and Michael Kors’ black and yellow checked pants. I’d wear this Freemont Fringe Bandana Scarf to add color, interest and warmth to a trenchcoat.  $48, Shopbop. Right: Maybe it’s time to break up the monotony of a mostly all-pants closet with a skirt. Raey’s Tumbled Leather Midi Pencil Skirt could fill the bill for a host of occasions. It’s $540 at Matches.

Vibrant Color

Left: Faux fur was a fall 2018 runway favorite. And this Luxe Faux Fur Track Jacket in deep purple from Tibi makes our hearts throb. $395, Tibi. Right: Corduroy, an old reliable of past years, is having a well-deserved renaissance. Especially these Scape Trousers in an unexpected dark turquoise. $390, NeedSupply.

Wear to Work

Left: Not just your ho-hum gray pullover. Danish designer Ganni’s interpretation of a fall sweater with stretch knit, spread collar and long balloon sleeves. $232, Farfetch. Right: Also from Ganni, Ridgewood double-breasted corduroy blazer in navy with brown leather buttons. Pair with matching trousers ($205) for a look that works daytime and evening. $262, Matches Fashion.


Left: I’m not a fan of the ’80s but I’m cheering the comeback of chunky, chain-link jewelry. You may be able to score some at a vintage store. If not, this David Yurman sterling silver Madison Medium Bracelet has the right amount of heft for a wrist statement. $400 at Bloomingdale’s. Right: This knife-pleated Metallic Skirt oozes elegance particularly when paired with a structured, double-breasted black jacket. Bonus points for the skirt’s elastic waist. $69.99 for the skirt, $89.99 for the jacket at Mango.

—Janet Kelly


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2 thoughts on “10 Wardrobe Updates

  1. Pat says:

    I think I just ordered the last Ganni Callahan Sweater. Looks great.

    1. Janet Kelly says:

      Agree. Useful and good-looking. And not a bad price.

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