Guys, it’s my favorite time of year. Football season!
Right. And Miley Cyrus is the next Britney. Please.
But Fall really is my favorite season of all of the seasons. I promptly shove 494 pumpkin foods into my mouth. I put a sweater, and layers and boots on as soon as the weather hits a chilly 75 degrees. I hoard any beer labeled Octoberfest. I watch horror movies on TV whenever I can find one. I obsess over the whole family’s halloween costumes and I open the damn windows in the house after humidity heat bug fest is finally over.
Yes. Fall is wonderful.
And every Fall I get the same itch that ever other girl in the Northeast gets. The itch to SHOP.
I read every September issue from Lucky Mag to TV Guide, just getting enough inspiration. I stalk store websites for the fall collections to be released. But to be honest… I don’t buy a whole lot. I just love looking at everything and getting inspiration from my own closet. MODG circa 2008 was paid $$ and she KNEW how to shop. This MODG has to buy kid boots and shit. I’m last on the priority list. BUT that doesn’t change my strong emotional ties to building the fall wardrobe.
And there are a few MUST HAVES that I want to share with you all. I get a lot of emails asking about mom fashion. First, I should point you to one of my favorite blogs Ain’t No Mom Jeans. I love love love this blog. I wish I could Copy Paste her look right onto me. She’s also battling breast cancer like a CHAMP. And she still looks hot doing it. So I really have no excuse.
So I put together a little list of my -somehow I have to find a way to get these things to live my life- list. My requirements were the following:
1) Comfort. I run around, out of breath, carrying one kid by her foot while I pull another one out of a trash can. I can’t be cinched in like I’m in the club. Unless it’s The Mickey Mouse Club (circa Britney Christina Justin).
2) Stainable. Those white chiffon tunic-y button downs just aren’t going to fly anymore. Every shirt I have has breastmilk mixed with playdough and red sauce all over it. That shit has to come out in a basic wash and dry. Dry cleaning doesn’t exist in my world. IT DOESN’T EXIST.
3) Casual. I love the women that can pull off the jewels and the 5 inch wedge while toting around kids. That’s not me. I need to be casual but cute. I definitely miss dressing up on a random Tuesday. But these days I work at G’s pre school and go to the grocery store 39 times a week. The pencil skirt can relax.
4) Versatile. It has to work with 70% of what I already have. This will have to wait.
The first item on my list was the shoe. The shoe that I will wear every single day. The one I can just throw on while I’m holding 54 bags and a carseat. The shoe that is warm in the winter, fine in the rain and cute with my skinny jeans.
ok, the Clarks I have from last year. They are so cute with skinny jeans and BEYOND comfortable. This year I want the black flat Uggs. They are cool enough for jeans but still have that Ugg comfort without looking like a damn house shoe. The other 2 are bonus shoes. A to-die for rainboot and the oxfords of my dreams.
Next is the jeans. I just crave super dark crisp denim in the fall. I’m over my light ripped jeans that I wore every single day until the poop stains got to big and I had to actually wash them. So like a good friend who still has a bit of post baby body, I tried THEM ALL ON FOR YOU. (and sort of for me…but if B asks IT’S REALLY FOR YOU). And I really think I found the motherload of super jeans. To refresh you, my body is a little love handley, a litty poochy, a littly thigh-y but overall sort of petite. And I always have a problem with jeans squeezing my waist but being too big in the butt. I tried on every pair at Nordstrom and these were the winners.
So this isn’t a new brand necessarily or a new style but I tried on many version of this style and they all work. The Paige Skyline cut is really amazing. I tried it when I was a little MORE post baby poochy and it was ok. Now, it’s perfection. Right now I’m really digging skinny straight jeans. Jeans that have a skinny cut but straight around the ankle to be cuffed or left to hang. Like my marriage after this shopping post. But guys, they are so amazing and skinnifying. My suggestion is buy a bunch on Zappos (link above) and return what doesn’t work. It’s free shipping both ways.
Ok, next on the list was the -I’m so cool and flowy and hippie but still awesomely chic- sweaters. Whenever I’m looking for anything that starts with “I’m so cool”, I go to Free People. It’s not cheapo like Old Navy, but I always get quality and compliments. Just don’t buy the 79 dollar t shirts that have tiger fang slashes in them and you’ll be set. Here are my faves.
Ok, I’ll be totally real. I probably won’t get any of these. I die for them, but it’s not in the budget. But IF IT WAS. They would all be gloriously mine. I’m told that this and Anthropologie is for the “credit card hippie”. Yes please.
Next on my must have in my brain list is the PERFECT black blazer. If someone handed me 200 dollars tomorrow, this is what I would buy. It’s the best fall jacket. It pulls everything together. And if Stacey and Clinton taught me anything, it’s to lock and load. So I obsess over these:
And bonus, everything at Jcrew is 25% off with the code shopfall. Sigh…
The last necessity I see for now is the puffer vest. Last year I got one in green like this:
And it literally makes everything look cooler. Bonus, if you zip it up, it covers all pooches. Thank you ANMJ for that tip.
The Gap one is the one I have and it’s awesome. But I LOVE that Old Navy one and it couldn’t be cheaper. There are some of these vests out there for 600 dollars. I spit at that vest.
So maybe I’m sick of jeans. Maybe I want to wear pants. I know I know. I’m the one who wrote a whole post against pants as a whole. But guys, hear me out. There is a track pant that’s sort of cool. No not these
It’s more like this
Ok I know I said comfort and casual and peep toes aren’t doing it. But I still think maybe the pants could fly. Thoughts?
Ok guys. We’ve been through a lot together tonight. Let’s let all of this fashion sink in. We’ll work on accessories on another post. What are you fall wish list must haves in your dreams if your husband took a vacation and you could actually get packages shipped to your house must haves?
Do you hate the track pants? You can tell me.
Do you secretly love them?