don’t leave home without it: fall edition

fall fashions
scarf | cardigan | shirt | watch | jeans | bag | boots


This month the By Invitation Only bloggers have been assigned the topic of our favorite fall “don’t leave home without it” item of clothing or accessory. Oh, this one was easy and tough at the same time! Easy, because fall is my favorite fashion season. Tough: choosing just one.

Ah, fall! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

ankle boots


Ankle boots. With pants, with skirts…it really feels like fall once I can begin working ankle boots back into my outfits.

merino wool cardigan

Cardigans. Especially in this fall’s shades of burgundy. Cardigans are such an easy way to add fall color to an outfit.

But here in L.A., fall means weather that can start out cool in the mornings and get quite warm by mid-day, and then there’s the hyperbolic air conditioning at the office to contend with. So if I had to choose one item I never leave home without, it would have to be a….

silk-cashmere scarf

scarf! This time of year, a lightweight scarf is the accessory that helps bridge the seasons. I’m either usually wearing one, or have it tucked into my work tote or tied on the handle of my bag. A scarf is also a lovely way to add color and pattern to any outfit. This fall, scarves with some floral patterns and that add the color burgundy are on my radar.

What’s your Must Have item for fall?

Hop over to Splenderosa to see what the rest of the By Invitation Only bloggers consider their essential fall items.

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getting ahead of myself…

Eileen Fisher wool cardigan

I’d hoped to have an outfit featuring a vest this week, but the one I’d ordered ran larger than expected, so I’ve returned it for a smaller size, and will feature it soon. Instead (channeling the Seinfeld Soup Nazi), “Cardigan For You!”

OK, so in all honesty, it’s still been too warm to wear this lightweight wool cardigan. But I did want to show it to you because I have a feeling this color (“Passion Flower”) will sell out. It’s a very wearable russet red, an interesting take on the Marsala that was Pantone’s color of the year. The cut is one that Eileen Fisher has offered in the past and that has been one of my favorites. It has much more shape and structure than the boxy styles that have been predominant in recent seasons and curves in nicely at the waist. I think it’s a very polished looking piece. Just for fun, I styled it with a little bit of a 70’s vibe (earth tones, skinny scarf and bootcut jeans). The scarf is a few years old, originally from Ann Taylor. The jeans, shoes and bag are all from last year.

sunglasses | earrings (similar) | scarf (similar) | cardigantank | bracelet 1 | bracelet 2 (similar) | bag (similar) | jeans | shoes (similar)

Balenciaga bag, Eileen Fisher cardigan

I find this color skews warm or cool depending on what it’s paired with, and is soft enough that it doesn’t look harsh when worn with black (as I find many reds do). Once the weather finally cools down, this cardigan will be in frequent rotation!

Linked up: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.


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on my radar: printed scarves from Bindya

printed scarf

I love the way a printed scarf adds such visual punch to an outfit. While I’ve had a few lighter weight silk printed scarves in rotation the last few months, almost all of my cooler weather scarf options are solid colors. I’ve been eyeing the Bindya New York scarves at Halsbrook for a while now, and when the folks at Halsbook asked if I’d like to review one, I jumped at the opportunity.

The designer, Bindya Lulla has been making scarves and pashminas for over 10 years and gets inspiration from her trips to India and Paris. The prints are lively, and incorporate both vivid and softer colors in interesting pattern mixes.

The scarf I selected is the “Marie” in teal and cream paisley. I’ve always loved paisley prints, and the colors in this one are so gorgeous, and work beautifully in my wardrobe. The silk/cashmere fabric is very lightweight and soft, and large enough to work as a wrap too.

Bindya New York scarves

I like that little touch of green on the border, which you can emphasize or not depending on how you arrange the scarf.

paisley scarf

Look at this stunning print!! I can hardly wait for the weather to cool off enough to wear this again. Prints like this one are also a great way to tie together other colors within an outfit. (I included a couple of Bindya scarves in my most recent travel wardrobe set.)

scarf tie

Scarf was provided by Halsbook for review. If you haven’t perused their online boutique before, you really should have a look. They have curated a collection of elegant basics as well as unique designs and accessories I haven’t seen anywhere else, and all of it eminently wearable. 

Do you wear printed scarves? What types of prints do you prefer?

More Bindya New York scarves and other Halsbrook picks:

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