It's the day before Thanksgiving everyone! I am a type of excited that is usually reserved for the children of the house because I believe Thanksgiving is arguably the second best holiday of the year. It has all of the necessary elements of a front-running celebration — great food (lots of it!), festive drinks and wine (lots of them!), family time, great friends and cozy, fall fashion at it's finest.
Speaking of the latter, 'tis the season to put away the last of your wardrobe that is anything other than warm. But, don't fret; there is a lot to look forward to when it comes to fall fashion that is both fun and functional — with the additional chops to carry you through the winter months. You know how those made-for-TV movies often feature friends and family that sit around the table whilst doling out the gratitude? Well, lovely readers, it’s time. Grab a virtual seat and circle up with me so I can tell you about all the fall fashion we have to be thankful for!
1. FAUX FUR VEST
Faux fur may be one of the greatest combinations of fashion and function for the fall and winter seasons. The fur vest in particular is like the chameleon of the cold-weather wardrobe with the ability to look just as amazing over a black dress as it does paired with denim and boots. An article of clothing that is trendy, toasty warm and goes with anything — I think that's worthy of thanks this season.
Talula Park Slope Vest, $99, Aritzia
ASOS Vintage Long Line Faux Fur Vest, $114, ASOS
Knit Vest, $40, H&M
Boulder Faux Fur Vest, $88, Nasty Gal
2. PONCHOS AND CAPES
Everyone loves a poncho. Everyone needs a poncho. Why, you ask? Because it is basically a blanket that one or more runways or retailers glorify every couple of years as a favor to the general public. This year, we have Burberry to thank for making blankets acceptable, fashionable, out-of-the-house attire. While their exact version will cost you more than your monthly rent (do you think my landlord will understand?), there are plenty of options out there. Also, if your poncho or cape is on the longer side, you can pair it with leggings — a fully acceptable pant alternative that we will talk about shortly. You'll look like Olivia Palermo whilst feeling like you’re in pajamas. That, my friends, is cause for gratitude.
Super-Soft Cape, $52, Top Shop
TOMS For Target Women's Ruana/Poncho, $28, Target
Cowlneck Poncho, $80, Zara
Carla Fringe Poncho, $44, Meachy Lynn
Ryder Ruana, $68, Free People
3. OVERSIZED SCARVES
These days, outside scarves have become inside scarves and my theory on any general neck accessory has always been, the bigger the better. So thanks be to the makers of all the scarves out there that could easily double as a blankets (and bring on the blarfs !). Whether in a festive plaid, a chunky knit or a pretty neutral pattern, oversized scarves will be keeping necks trendy and warm from now until, well, a long time from now.
Checked Soft Scarf, $30, Zara
Hope Chunky Rib Infinity Cowl Scarf, $65, Etsy
Wilfred Wandering Blanket, $77, Aritzia
Pranayama Scarf, $98, Lulu Lemon
4. BUFFALO PLAID EVERYTHING
If there is a definitive print of the season, it would be Buffalo Plaid. This traditional black and red check pattern is popping up everywhere, from shirts and skirts to coats and scarves, and it's being paired with more than just denim: leather skirts, leopard heels and black dresses are all being upgraded to lumber-jack chic. The best part? Buffalo plaid usually comes in the form of flannel or other warm, cozy fabrics, which means function and fashion meet again this fall season.
Steve Madden Buffalo Plaid Infinity Scarf, $32, Nordstrom
Excursion Quilted Vest in Buffalo Check, $138, J. Crew
Wool Blend Buffalo Check Sweater Jacket, $138, C Wonder
Flannel Cargo Workshirt in Buffalo Check, $80, Madewell
Buffalo Plaid Midi Skirt, $198, Anthropologie
5. WELL-LOVED LEGGINGS
I know, I know. Leggings are not pants. However, they are like a vacation for your waist and it would be untruthful to say we aren't thankful for that around the holidays. Also, when you are making a big statement up top with oversized everything — ponchos, blarfs, faux fur — a case can be made for a less bulky look on the bottom. Not to mention, leggings are not as yoga-looking as they used to be. It is quite simple to find these jean alternatives in leather, with ankle zippers and tuxedo-type insets and, wait for it, fleece linings. I say make sure one of your top choices is long enough to cover 'dat booty, layer away and be thankful for things that stretch!
Talula Manhattan Legging, $20, Aritzia
Vegan Leather Shaper Leggings, $108, Anthropologie
Leggings With Zipper, $26, Zara
Fleece-Lined Cable Leggings, $20, Anthropologie
The good news? Black Friday immediately follows Thanksgiving so, you can head out and stock up on some of the fall and winter fashion you are most thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope it is full of family, good food and fabulous fashion!