One of the best things about traveling is that I get the best of both worlds. On the East Coast, I enjoy city lights, delicious foodie restaurants, quaint seasides and skyscrapers. But as temperatures drop, I’ve found myself spending more and more time in California – most recently, at Laguna Beach. I love the luscious tropical foliage, warm sun, inspiring artist community, and opportunity to wear my summer clothes for as long as possible.
Leaves are falling, school buses are running, and pumpkin spice lattes are back….it’s sweater weather, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Cable knits, turtlenecks and shaggy cardigans will all debut from my closet this fall, but on the first breezy day this year, I was excited to don something a little different: the varsity sweater. Iconic and timeless, the varsity sweater has been around for decades. Designers reinvent the iconic style year after year with their signature twists, so it was only a matter of time before one of my favorite brands (Alice + Olivia) joined the club.
And this time, it’s a good thing! One of my favorite trends right now is the cropped wide-leg. Pants, culottes, jeans, jumpsuits — all of these options are great for the transition months ahead. As we greet September, it’s important to dress for the appropriate weather. When you wake up in the morning to 60 degrees and by lunch it’s nearly 90, breathable and versatile garments are a must. You don’t want to be caught swishing down the sidewalk in a wool palazzo during the sun’s hot cameo on a rainy Tuesday. At the same time, a mini skirt isn’t exactly the prime choice for a breezy morning commute. Enter: the cropped pant.
When it comes to closet staples, I’m a big believer in a few things: high-waisted denim, a little bit of sequin and sparkle, statement jackets, and of course – animal print. A bit less traditional than the “you need a beige trench coat in your closet” mantra, but trust me – these are just as useful, if not more so. I mention these particular items because of the versatility factor. Versatility is a quality that I look for when shopping, because it means that I’m able to get the most for my money and style the items in multiple ways, for different kinds of occasions and seasons. They’re timeless pieces that stay relevant despite ever-changing trends. They’re styles that I feel comfortable investing in for the long run. And one of my most recent animal print purchases from Alice + Olivia has my heart purring.