Our local mall has been undergoing a major renovation/upgrade. Most of the retailers there had vacated for the last couple of years during construction, and are beginning to return in stages, along with several new ones. I took some time last week to go explore, and was impressed with the space and some of the stores going in. But I also realized just how little in-store shopping I’ve done since the construction began. Most of the concentrated retail areas within a few miles of us are a headache to get to (traffic/parking). And the few that are closer/easier don’t seem to have a lot of variety or options.
Online shopping is convenient, and often provides a better selection of sizes and colors, but for pure research value, it’s good to get out there in person. It’s often how I discover new brands, or find something fabulous that would never have caught my eye online.
I’ve seen quite a few iterations of soft jackets in the fall merchandise that’s starting to hit the racks. The blue velvet jacket above had just arrived in the store the day before I spotted it on the mannequin. It’s from a new-to-me brand, Beltaine. This was an absolute coup de foudre, and it came home with me. Look for an outfit post soon.
This sweater jacket from J.Crew is another piece that looks much better in person than online. It’s a lightweight merino wool, perfect for transitional season weather. Also available in Charcoal.
Here’s another easy fall jacket. Don’t be frightened off when you see “boiled wool” in the description. It’s actually pretty lightweight and drapey, not stiff at all. The dark green is a nice alternative to black. Also available in a mustard yellow and black. (Plus HERE. Petites HERE)
No, not a jacket but just had to show you these boots. I saw them on the shelf but didn’t have time to try them on. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about them, and will be going back to see how they fit.
Do you prefer to shop in person or online? What types of pieces will you be looking for this fall?
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