June 3, 2023


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How We’re Adjusting Our Typical Fall Buys for a New Era

As fashion editors who look forward to fall shopping pretty much as soon as the previous fall ends, shopping for fall 2020 has been quite the head-scratcher for us. We can’t help but want to add some new pieces to our wardrobes, but without many places to go, we also don’t want to waste our money on things we aren’t going to wear.

Time will tell how long this new era of comfort-focused, functional fashion will last, but if we had to guess, we’d say quite a while. It’s hard to fathom wanting to wear a pair of leather pants all day or towering heels for a night out after months and months of sweats and slippers. At the same time, we long for the more polished outfits we wore pre-pandemic. And since fall fashion is naturally a little more elevated than that of the warmer months, we’re seeking out comfortable pieces that still offer that polish we crave.

Ahead, scroll along to shop each of our editor’s fall shopping wishlists in this post-pandemic world we’re living in.

“This fall, I’ll be shifting away from the more structured tailored pieces in my wardrobe to more relaxed iterations such as loose sweatpant-trouser hybrids and comfortable yet smart knit cardigans.”

Shop Judith’s New-Era Picks

Topshop Bea Wide Leg Jogger Pants ($68)

H&M Wide-Cut Side-Slit Pants ($40)

& Other Stories Oversized Gold Button Cardigan ($119)

& Other Stories Statement Collar Wool Knit Cardigan ($129)

“While I’ve never really been a ‘flats’ person, favoring a kitten heel or even 1-inch block heel, I can’t really imagine how much use I’ll get out of my extensive collection of heeled footwear once fall comes. With that in mind, I’m looking to expand my collection of cute-but-flat shoes and boots for days where I want to go a step above sneakers but, of course, not too far above.”

Shop Nicole’s New-Era Picks

BY FAR Nick Chain Anklet Loafers ($578)

Jack Erwin Paz Mules ($155)

“Fall usually involves an updated outerwear purchase for me that leans toward the sleek and tailored variety, but this season, I’ll be focusing more on the comfy and cozy. I don’t anticipate needing a sophisticated blazer coat and will lean on soft turtlenecks, sweatshirts, and warm layering pieces instead.”

H&M Fluffy Turtleneck Sweater ($25)

Alo Bae Crop Hoodie ($88)

Mango Leather Effect Aviator Jacket ($100)

“While moving to New York required I build a more robust pants collection to weather the chiller fall and winter days, this year, I’ll be able to live my no-pants dream. Don’t worry—I’m still going to be polished enough for my Zoom meetings because this fall I’ll be opting for matching knitwear sets and dresses. Not only are knitwear separates and dresses easy to throw on, but it’s also a low-effort polished look that you can actually feel comfortable wearing at home.”

Shop Jasmine’s New-Era Picks

Naadam Cashmere Cropped Turtleneck ($135)

ASOS 2 Piece Cable Knit Sweater and Midi Skirt Set in Ivory ($42)

Shop Anna’s New-Era Picks

H&M Rib-Knit Dress ($70)

Hansel & Gretel Corbin Skirt White Wash ($349)

“Right now, I’m adding ribbed knits to my closet. While they’re technically still a wardrobe basic, they feel like a more luxe, trend-forward piece to swap in for my regular tees. I’m especially loving polos and tube top versions, which I imagine wearing with everything from Bermuda shorts to loose-fitting trousers.”

Shop Kristen’s New-Era Picks

Pixie Market Cass Bustier Knit Top ($98)

Almina Concept Ribbed Knit Polo ($76)

“It’s all about comfort this season, especially as I spend more time at home. I’ll probably be buying less of the more fitted knits I used to wear in the past and focus more on those slouchy silhouettes for a cozy-and-chic vibe.”

Shop Bobby’s New-Era Picks

Loulou Studio Sperone Wool-Blend Sweater ($215)

Topshop Direction Ribbed Crop Sweater ($50)

H&M Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater ($25)

“I typically go on a major hunt for cute new dresses come fall, but this year, the type of dress I am looking for has definitely shifted. This season, the cozier the dress, the better. I am looking for knit and super-roomy styles to suit my more casual lifestyle.”

Shop Lauren’s New-Era Picks

Sleeper Caviar Ruffled Linen Midi Dress ($250)

H&M Knit Dress ($40)

“Normally, I’d be looking to add new jeans and boots to my closet as we approach fall and while those things are still on my shopping list, it’s elevated loungewear staples like ribbed knit pants and cozy oversize jackets that are earning priority.”

Carcel Rib Tights ($198)

H&M Oversized Shacket ($70)

Fall going-out tops and other fancy, special occasion items couldn’t be farther from my mind right now. Instead, I’m putting my funds toward special, versatile accessories that I can wear to make a basic outfit more exciting. Even on the days that I don’t leave the house, I’m never without a few accessories.

Shop Allyson’s New-Era Picks

Staud Sasha Bag in Tan Patchwork ($375)

Kinn Vote Necklace II ($480)

Isabel Marant Haley Hat ($160)

Ganni Laser Denim Collar ($155)

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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