I hadn’t been paying much attention to Madewell lately, but some of the new styles I spotted this week have put them back on my radar. The pieces that caught my attention lean into that “laid-back classic” aesthetic that they do so well.
Pre-fall has always been my favorite fashion season, for a few reasons. First, because the pieces in these collections are often the most wearable in our climate for several months out of the year. The fabrics tend to be lighter, and the cuts a little more relaxed.
And I don’t know about you, but by mid-August, my summer wardrobe feels a bit stale. So I like to keep an eye out for lightweight pieces and accessories that I can wear now to freshen things up, and that will transition into fall.
Longer, relaxed blazers and jackets are still very much on-trend. They add some polish and structure to casual outfits without looking too trussed up. In lighter weight fabrics they’re a great transitional-season option. They can function as outerwear early in the fall (or almost year-round in some climates) or layer under an overcoat later.
Here are a few more options:
I love the look of that color-blocked bag (though it’s also available in solid black and brown) and have pre-ordered it to try. (Ships later this month.) And if I hadn’t just ordered a different pair of lug-soled loafers, I would have jumped on these.
I’ll be back on Friday with my travel wardrobe for our upcoming California road trip. And next Tuesday, I’ll be doing an Instagram Live with Manina of Red Leopard. We’ll be comparing travel wardobes (she’s in France, I’ll be in Big Sur). Details to follow…
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