Whether you like it or not, fall is right around the corner. Yes, the warm weather will really be done soon, and we’ll all be back at school, work, and our typical routines even sooner. But who says that has to be a bad thing?
Everyone loves back-to-school shopping. And even if you’ve got your degree, you’re not exempt from the excitement of a fresh new wardrobe. You’ve already seen the hottest trends for fall 2014 and which pieces to buy for said trends, so now it’s time to focus on the specifics. Sure, a lot of your fall wish list might seem like a no-brainer, but it never hurts to revisit an old classic with a whole new twist. From your new it-jacket to statement accessories, a killer pair of kicks to the bag of your dreams, here are the top 10 key pieces for both girls and guys to snatch up this fall.
THE BOMBER JACKET
What would fall be without some new outerwear, specifically a freshened up bomber jacket? Part military-inspired, somewhat sporty, and 100% stylish, the bomber adds the perfect touch of laid-back cool to any look. Whether you choose an ultra-trendy shearling number or even a fun, printed variation, don’t opt for another denim jacket or basic hoodie this fall.
THE PRACTICAL SAC
For all the students heading back to classes this fall, you’re going to need the right device to carry all of your books, stationery, and other academic essentials. One of the greatest things about everyone’s current streetwear obsession is the popularity of backpacks, which are way more useful than just a tote. A backpack’s not your style? No worries, there are plenty of other bags that are both useful and stylish, making your life easier and your ensemble more presentable this fall.
THE WHITE COAT
Whoever said that you can’t wear white after labor day is a potential psychopath. So, take that psycho away in a crisp, clean piece of white outerwear. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a coat; a cool jacket will suffice, too. Sure, it’s a little risky to invest in something white, as there’s always bound to be some food, drinks, or other elements ready to ruin your new purchase. But as long as you’re careful, you’ll be the proud owner of some white-hot cool weather attire.
When people get excited to break out their fall gear, it’s almost impossible to forget about boots. Sturdy combat boots are always a go-to, while many opt for a more sleek, minimal chelsea boot. And when it comes to eveningwear, ladies love the highest pair possible. There seems to be an unlimited amount of boots, all just as desirable as the next. Choose wisely.
Yes, it’s kind of like overkill to keep talking about how big sportswear has been lately; you know it by now. And of course, this isn’t going to change come fall, so it’s time to ditch the pair of sneakers that you’ve been wearing all spring and summer. This time around, you don’t necessarily have to be super trendy. Instead, find a pair of kicks that will last you through all of the wild weather and beyond. Just like boots, there’s millions of pairs to choose from. But whatever you go with, just be happy that comfortable footwear is still in.
THE COZY KNIT
No, this isn’t the ugly Christmas sweater that your grandma made for you. It’s time to up the ante when it comes to your knitwear, especially since it’s already poised to be one of this season’s top trends. Whether you’re going for a sweater dress or a sharp turtleneck, you’ve got to have a killer sweater this season, period.
Come on, you didn’t think we would forget about leather, did you? You can’t face fall without some new leather goods. A biker jacket is always an essential, though it never hurts to invest in a simplified version. Don’t think that jackets are the only pieces of the material we’re talking about, though. Leather pants are very much a thing, as well as skirts, shirts, accessories, and virtually anything else. Go ahead, dive into the supple material this fall.
Feature photo by Sharif Hamza for VMAN
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