Not ready to transition to fall (raises hand and waves somberly)? We’re hoping a few cozy items from local boutiques can get you excited about this season’s offerings. If nothing else, now you’ll know what the cool kids are wearing these days.
Life is hard, wear soft clothes. Even better advice is to cover yourself in cashmere. It’s a luxury you can enjoy in the fall. When everyone is bringing out their chunky cable knits and cowl necks, you can look effortlessly chic in this transitional piece that’s quick to throw on and has got your back in fickle fall weather. “I like the weight of it. It’s not really light and not heavy—it’s in between,” said DENYM owner Katie Harney. “I feel like a heathered grey sweater with jeans is a must in your wardrobe and I love the simple, knot detail.” Get cozy in this 100 percent cashmere sweater from the brand Cupcakes and Cashmere (from the blog of the same name) for $225.
CUE THE BOOT ENVY
They’re selling like mad and it’s no surprise. Roma Boots are merging fashion with philanthropy: with every pair of boots sold a pair is donated (currently to those affected by hurricanes). Adored Boutique carries this slick style in plum, kale, charcoal and red colors that are completely waterproof and made of a natural rubber. While they’re not made for snow, they do offer amazing tread on the bottom and have a quick dry cotton lining. “They can operate as part of your wardrobe—not just for a rainy day and they’re great especially in Michigan when we never know what the weather is going to do,” said Adored owner Emily Smith. Imagine staying cute in the rain (and helping others) at the affordable price of $70.
*Main photo shows Roma Chelsea Lace Boots in eggplant
LOAD UP ON OUTERWEAR
Your mother always nagged you to wear a coat so you didn’t catch a cold. Now you can tell her you’ve taken her advice (it’s a great way to reconcile those outerwear purchases). Another option for you is the packable Levi coat from Lolë of Grand Rapids. It’s a smart and stylish option with a fun, stand-up collar, perfect for unpredictable and chilly fall weather. The bonus is it comes with a bag for easy traveling (mom would find that handy, too) so leave it in your car and you’re always covered (no pun intended). So, let’s see, we can check practical, warm and a cute fit off our list. The Levi coat is available in multiple colors and styles for $105.
MAD FOR PLAID
If there’s one thing in life that’s certain, it’s that plaid is king in the fall. A.K. Rikk’s offers the L’Agence Denise plaid shirt that’s effortless and forward—designed with the modern woman in mind. This navy and multi-colored style will pair well with denim, leggings and khaki colored pants for a sleeker interpretation of plaid’s timeless style. Because every woman’s wardrobe needs plaid, this dressier version is great for a casual work environment, date night and weekend adventures. The L’Agence brand is based on enduring and fine materials including washed silks and Japanese and Italian fabrics. Add it to your wardrobe ($325).
FIT IN TIME FOR MORE DENIM
Have you heard the saying, “if it isn’t moving, monogram it?” That same theory is being applied to denim this fall as nearly every surface is getting the embroidery treatment. Kick it up a notch with embroidered denim in a sweetly floral pattern. “I love the big patch right on the side and the color is beautiful,” said jb and me co-owner Jamie Grasman, who suggests pairing the statement jeans with simple t-shirts and plain, chunky sweaters to add interest. As for fit, “it’s great on curves and has a nice, raw hemmed straight leg with an ankle length to showcase booties and sneakers.” Cuff your KUT brand jeans and let the romantic floral do the talking ($89).