BUCKHEAD STYLIST AND PERSONAL SHOPPER ROBANNE SCHULMAN PICKS THREE TRANSITIONAL LOOKS.
Ladies and gents—it’s officially wardrobe transition time. As we excitedly anticipate the changing leaves and cooler temps, we’re met with a yearly conundrum: “What to wear for fall’s yo-yo temperatures of brisk mornings, sunny daytime hours and chilly evenings?” We face this predicament season to season and this is why I’m in constant search of transitional pieces for my clients and myself. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, cotton and silk blends, or even tropical lightweight wools are a great place to start. Add these to your wardrobe arsenal and you’ll catwalk your way through the autumn season without a hitch. Luckily, many of Buckhead’s hottest boutiques carry the perfect pieces for a summer-to-fall look that can be “winterfied” as the temps continue to drop. Here are my top three picks in preparation for fall’s unpredictable climate.
The poncho, reinvented this season in colorful cashmere fringe styles, is an iconic shape for Burberry and a strong trend this fall. This particular sea blue piece in felted wool and cashmere is lightweight and can easily be layered. Woven with elastane for a refined drape, it elevates a simple black tee and black skinny jeans in a heartbeat. If you don’t have this staple in your wardrobe you must add one to your repertoire for fall!
Burberry, Lenox Square
3393 Peachtree Road
Brunello Cucinelli is one of my go-to boutiques for fashion-forward, transitional and seasonless pieces. The shop’s iconic deconstructed sport coat for men has been wardrobe-changing for my male clientele. Thankfully, the brand soon followed suit and incorporated deconstructed pieces in their women’s collection that are all about layering. For early fall, the Silk Georgette Sleeveless Turtleneck paired with denim would be an easy transitional ensemble. For the more fashion-forward woman, the Monili Cargo Jogger would be a great option. Moving forward to cooler temps, the Teddy Bear Cashmere Cardigan or Wool Cashmere Monili Jacket would be ideal outfit toppers as well as paired with a dress pant, the jogger or denim. You can also put all these great pieces together for this head-turning, haute look (pictured right). My favorite part of this ensemble? The gussied-up runner, which elevates the average sneaker look with the Cucinelli’s signature Monili detail. (It was shown with gowns on the Brunello Cucinelli runway.) I would wear these any day with almost any look!
3065 Peachtree Road Space B217
Intermix always has a great selection of wardrobe staples, but it’s also the destination for cutting edge designers and of-the-moment looks. This ensemble is on-point for fall. The “Captain” jacket by Veronica Beard is paired with a floral print See By Chloe blouse finished off with a Rag & Bone leather skinny pant. The cool cognac color is styled perfectly with the Jerome Dreyfuss Fringe Degrade Leather Crossbody bag. A killer jacket, stunning purse and leather pants? What more do you need? To switch this look up, sub the pumps for a pair of booties and switch out the blazer for an oversized sweater.
3035 Peachtree Road Suite G109
ROBANNE’S TOP TIPS FOR CRAFTING YOUR FALL WARDROBE
1. Before you go fall shopping, do a thorough walk-through and edit of your existing wardrobe. This will be extra helpful to prevent repeat offenders— the items you didn’t wear last year— and help prevent unnecessary purchases. It will also reveal what you have and what holes need to be filled.
2. Don’t buy your whole wardrobe at the very beginning of fall. Amazing shipments will continue to come to your fave stores at least twice a month all the way through October and early November.
3. Do spend less money on the more trendy pieces to save money for the timeless staples such as capes, leathers and your favorite fall/winter pieces. It’s okay to mix pieces from places like H&M with designer items.
4. Don’t wait to buy the boots you’ve been eyeing until October or November. Most of the good ones will be gone by then.
5. Last, try to think “seasonless” when purchasing some of your pieces to make your wardrobe work for a little longer!
Robanne Schulman is a private wardrobe stylist that dresses some of Buckhead’s most elite through her personal shopping service Plaid Monkey. For more information, visit plaidmonkey.com.
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