It’s (Fair Isle) sweater weather

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The good news here is that there are plenty of great Fair Isle sweaters to love this season. The bad news is that most of them are on the pricey side. I’ve got a few here that ring in under or around the $100 mark, but others go higher, and I think part of the reason is that so many of them look like—or actually are—hand-knit. I’d probably switch out the oversized pearl buttons here for something a tad quieter, but I do think this is very very pretty and kind of feminine, as these things go.

Here’s one from Old Navy that rings in just under $50. I dig the pink and black together.

This Rachel Comey sweater is so luxuriously chunky.

Nili Lotan’s entry in this category is suitably subtle.

A super-bright option from Boden.

I think the color combination here is very satisfyingly old-school.

And speaking of which, I think the colors here are just really elegant.

How much do I want this bright yellow cardigan?

Here’s a very luxe-looking option that can be yours for under $100.

I like how well the purple plays with the green here.

A nice, lighter-weight option that’s pleasingly preppy.

And finally: check out Etsy for a multitude of vintage and handmade options, like this awesome cardigan that is in my shopping cart even as I type.

Things I bought, things I want

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A stylist I know referred to spring and summer fashion as “amateur hour,” and I knew exactly what she meant, and you probably do too. There’s just something about fall clothes that feels chicer and somehow more consequential—even if all we’re talking about here are clothes. I haven’t purchased much for myself lately—I kind of hate what fashion is doing at the moment—but I do have my eye on quite a few things, like these cropped straight leg jeans from Mother Denim. Here is a similar pair from Levi’s that costs about half as much as those do.

I did order this packable hoodie puffer from The Arrivals, which comes in a few more subdued hues, but of course I had to go for this yellow. It’s going to be the ideal layer under coats, I think.

I went away for a quick overnight recently, and decided—since I was bringing so little—that I’d put what I needed in a backpack, and boy was I reminded of how much easier it is to carry things strapped to your back and not hanging from your shoulder, say. So now I’m looking for a slightly more polished version, and this calfskin one from Rag & Bone looks pretty ideal. It even comes with a laptop sleeve.

This faux shearling vest, layered under a denim jacket, would be aces.

Don’t these boots look astonishingly walkable? And the army green is practically a neutral.

Such a stylish little sweater jacket that reminds me of Agnes B in its prime.

I think this corduroy popover would go into pretty constant rotation if I purchased it—the terra cotta color is cool, and it looks super-soft.

These coated joggers look like the ideal alternative to sweatpants if you’re down for upping your pants game, but still want to be comfortable.

And, as if on cue, Nili Lotan has introduced a new pant shape that I want badly. In this color, they look like old school Carhartt pants, but cut for a woman.

This coat feels kind of French to me, and I love that it has a hood.

A chunky cardigan in a brown that I truly don’t mind (click through to see the other colors it comes in).

And finally, I have been waiting for months and months for Clare V to have their Gosee bag in army green back in stock, and now that it is, I’m having a tough time pulling the trigger. What do you think, ladies, should I go for it?

GOACA classics: The silk top

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In recent years, I’ve become increasingly devoted to these pieces once the weather cools. Because first off, they hang so nicely. And secondly, they’re mostly thin and layer easily, and I’m all about layering once fall hits. They can be pricey, so I stuck to ones on the more affordable (if not outright cheap) end of the spectrum. I think this rich taupe shirt is pretty elegant, and if taupe isn’t your thing, it comes in a few other good colors too.

And speaking of good colors, I am of course crazy for this yellow top, which has such a comfy-looking sweatshirt-y fit.

A cheetah print in always-appealing blue and black.

The barely-there blush-hued houndstooth print here is rather unexpected and sweet.

A good mandarin collar popover with subtle stripes. Click through to see it in black, which I also like.

A stretch silk shirt made of washable silk, and super well-priced. It’s also washable.

This three quarter sleeve boatneck comes in a veritable army of colors, and is such a key basic.

I like the idea of a silk shirt in plaid; it’d be the basis of a strong menswear look, if that’s what you’re game for.

I want to order a dozen of this stretch silk tee, and layer it under everything.

This washable silk shirt pretty closely resembles something pricier from the French brand Equipment.

This pretty round neck silk top has a nice, subtle sheen and comes in millions of colors.

Here’s one from Quince, an inexpensive brand about which people rave.

I live in stand collar popovers not unlike this one, and I really like the glam gold hue here.

 

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