You know the transitional period to fall is here when all of a sudden influencers are seen donning layers and knee high boots (albeit in bright summery colors) instead of lounging on super yachts around the Mediterranean sea or posing with organic salad with vegan cheese in Ibiza. Usually with the shift in weather comes the inevitable anxiety-ridden question: what should one wear? Fear not, here are the 15 transitional pieces to get you the best wardrobe for early autumn.
Pay tribute to the first chill in the air by highlighting your outfit with the Gucci wool web headband in the classic red and green color combo. The chic headwear with a twist (literally) will keep your hair in place and frame your face in the most delicious autumnal fashion.
Fall has arrived red hot with a bang: the Micro Riviera Bag in red quilted napa by Marina Raphael is the freshly dropped, unexpected yet amazing autumnal sibling to the designer’s much-loved signature tote design, all in a petite, ultra-chic form. A small adjustable crimson leather strap can be found in the interior, and adds extra style and versatility to the piece that’s already a classic.
Nothing beats the pleasant feeling of early fall, especially if you have a fresh pair of kicks from Gianvito Rossi like the Foster Lace-up Boots in muted camel brown — a true investment purchase that’ll last you seasons to come.
Founded by Christine Losser and led by creative director, Vera Thordardottir, previously of Celine and Hussein Chalayan, fashion newcomer Aqvarossa debuts their AW21 collection of carefully curated pieces designed to provide the modern woman with a wardrobe of timeless staples on September 2. The collection features sharp tailoring and sumptuous knits across a variety of styles, with an aim to create the finest luxury coats and knitwear with an emphasis on simplicity, quality and sustainability. Each piece is crafted from hand selected yarns, including alpaca and merino wool, and a personal favorite is the Ica Unisex Oversized Alpaca Coat as seen in the picture below.
A New York-based brand established in 2012 by sisters Alexa, Michela, Nicole and Natalie Eshaghian, Alexa Mika Jewelry’s collection of colorful, eye-catching and oh-so-fun designs has won over the tough Millennial/Gen Z community and gathered a strong loyal following on social media. The Layered Evil Eye Tennis Choker is an updated, multi-strand version of the brand’s most popular style, and will add a sparkle of joy to your fall wardrobe.
A good pair of denim jeans is a must for any season, and the Maddison Crop by BLANKNYC is the perfect shade of washed blue with just the right amount of distressed-ness. However the frayed hems are definitely the highlight of the design. BLANKNYC’s newly arrived, elevated sweats that are seamlessly disguised as ready-to-wear bottoms are also perfect for the days when you don’t feel like wearing denim.
The arrival of fall doesn’t mean you have to adopt a palette consisting of only varied shades of camel and grey — this fun, fluffy and funky tote by Cowgirl Clutch in the warmest tone of rose/light plum blend will add a delightful pop of color to your autumnal outfit choices and the smile print will brighten up your day no matter the weather.
Sports utility mixed with sexiness and just a hint of grunge, Alexander Wang’s fall collection continues with the athletic feel and heavy use of crystals, in combination with cool nylon and sparing faux fur. The result? My modern day definition of Cinderella’s most-wanted glass slipper, and a must-have for this season’s hottest parties.
With a design philosophy centered on trans-seasonal garments with strong focus on relaxed silhouettes, and imparts a French approach to style, where ease and understated elegance are key, MATIN’s PW 21 collection emphasizes effortless, yet tailored comfort dressing. The Capped Sleeve Dress in the semi mustard yellow semi burnt orange color (named a muted terracotta tone by the brand) is handmade in Sydney, Australia, and crafted from a luxurious combination of ethically-sourced cottons and linens.
Accordingly to London-based contemporary womenswear brand AMYLYNN, bright colors are here to stay this fall, and they come in the most mesmerizing iridescent, metallic shades too. These high waisted, straight-leg cut PU pants are the It item of the season and will make your look pop no matter if you choose to pair yours with kitten heels or grunge sneakers.
A top quality blazer jacket, together with a belted coat in a neutral colorway, are the must-have investment pieces for fall worth splurging on. This single-breasted flannel jacket by Prada in the reserved yet contemporary pinstripe design can be thrown over a white tee/jeans and Converse for the city-girl look, or a bright wooly sweater and midi skirt for that polished ’50s glamor.
TKEES, the contemporary brand known for its understated yet stylish footwear in the most chic color palette, is relaunching the best-selling Ines and Ines Shearling slide on Sept 14. The upgraded bestselling slippers, which are available in 2 different footbeds finishes (suede and shearling), will be relaunched to include a rubber sole for added functionality. Both silhouettes come in 4 colors including camel, navy, chocolate and black.
With the pandemic comes the focus on sustainability and movement returning to slow fashion. Aiming to empower women to adopt timeless style and dress better with reduced purchasing, London-based designer brand NOVO is known for its staple pieces crafted from premium fabrics designed to fit effortlessly into any wardrobe. This leather skirt with gather detail is made from the softest nappa leather is stylish yet versatile — your perfect transitional piece.
Looking for a statement piece but don’t want to sacrifice the environment? Andagain is your perfect choice. Launching their first debut accessories collection for Pre Spring 2022, the range represents the brand’s goal to achieve zero waste design in functional silhouettes. Each piece in this collection is created using deadstock materials and features the Andagain signature zero waste techniques utilizing textile scraps and leather waste. My personal favorite? The Crossbody Messenger Bag that is functional, versatile, and chic to the max.
Founded by Hollywood executive and professional athlete Dany Garcia, fashion and lifestyle brand GSTQ was born out of her desire to create a new way of power dressing that was functional, yet expressive for the multi-hyphenate woman. GSTQ threads the needle between chic, versatile pieces and iconic sportswear, and this Sheer Bomber Jacket in white makes the most amazing light cover over a little black dress.
Jewelries for fall are here — gone are the bold resin pieces in candy shades and in come the styles with a touch more delicate shimmer and sophistication — but fear not, lighthearted fun and stylish designs will remain chic for any season. Tel Aviv-based brand founded by its eponymous designer, Shani Jacobi offers a collection of minimalist jewelry that is classic with a trendy twist, and designed to fit every style, for every budget. The Emily Bracelet in Pearl is perfect on its own or layered, and will give your outfit an elegant lift.
Just in time for the cooler days ahead, Something Navy has debuted their new fall collection. The new line features classic silhouettes paired with feminine yet bold accents for an elevated spin on comfort dressing. This Ruffle Sweatshirt & Classic Sweatpants can be purchase separately but I love the clean, crisp autumnal look when they are worn as a set: winner outfit for Saturday brunch or Sunday movie date.
When it comes to classic leather coats with fluffy collars, Saks Potts is no longer the only brand to look out for. The Bailey Coat by Jakke London is a statement piece with a sustainable twist — it’s made from supple vegan leather and recycled polyester faux fur at the collar and cuffs in the lushest color of green. The piece is lined in satin and cut in an oversized design with minimal detailing — perfect for layering. The brand’s Rebecca raincoats are also a hit, get yours before they sell out completely.
Made in Los Angeles from rescued materials, Summer Stewart’s Turn Up The Heat Bodysuit is cut using recycled polyester and fit to perfection. Pair with your favorite white button down shirt for an instantly chic look.
A top quality handbag is a must for transeasonal dressing, and the Noa Smooth Leather Bag by KNEED is a great pick and comes in a variety of colors to suit your personal preference. Founded in 2019 by entrepreneur Keren Or, KNEED boasts partnerships with some of the best workshops and factories in Florence, with their experience well demonstrated in the timeless and classic styles created with an emphasis on curved silhouettes.