To be honest, I have had a difficult time writing this post. Every year, there seems to be a new trend on the horizon which influences our autumn essentials. It happens every year. The older I get, the less interested I am in chasing after trends. At nearly thirty years of age, I want my autumn essentials to last me for a while. I am looking for investment pieces now, more than I am for the fun must have items of the season. The more I thought on this, the more compelled I became to share with you investment pieces that every young woman needs to have in her wardrobe. I narrowed down my autumn essentials into four items: boots, leather jackets, structured jackets, and chocolate brown.
The first autumn essential you need is a leather jacket. A great leather jacket in a neutral like charcoal gray, cognac, or olive are great alternatives to black. A great quality leather jacket will give you a grown up, sleek, and edgy look. A good quality leather jacket, whether it is real or faux leather will last you several years. Leather jackets never go out of style and will receive a lot of wear time over the years. As an investment piece it is well worth the price you will pay, but it will take you from autumn all the way through winter.
The second autumn essential you need is a pair of boots. This may sound overrated, but a pair of boots in a neutral is necessary for a grown up and sophisticated look. A well kept and well built boot will last you for years. These boots should be no higher than your knees. Having a pair of good quality boots in your wardrobe will not only take your from autumn through winter, but will take you from work to date night in a snap.
The third autumn essential is some chocolate brown. Whether this takes place in the form of an accessory, blouse, or skirt, you need this underrated and often forgotten neutral. It is sleek, classy, and pairs well with many colors in every season. For autumn, chocolate brown pairs well with cognac, burgundy, forest green, and true navy.
The final autumn essential that every woman needs is a structured jacket. This is different from the leather jacket, which also needs structure. This jacket can be denim or a heavy cotton blend. Color or neutral is fine. For denim, the darker the wash the easier it is to dress it up for work or a night out with the family. Unlike other jackets, a structured jacket is a necessary completer piece- that is it completes your outfit. A well tailored structured jacket will streamline and mature your look.
Finally, I want to reiterate what I said earlier; keeping up with trends is not bad. However, I prescribe to the concept that by the time a woman reaches her thirties she should have a well defined and set style. I wanted to provide all women, regardless of age, a set of autumn essentials that would work for all areas of her life. These autumn essentials are designed to be investment pieces. Keep in mind that with an investment piece, you will have to pay more, but an investment piece will last you for years to come. I encourage you to take the time to try on, shop around, and invest in your wardrobe.
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