I’m a girl who loves clothes. I always have. While most 6 year olds would scoff at getting clothes for Christmas, I would immediately put them on and find a matching hair bow in my glittery blue Caboodles box.
Not much has changed in two decades, except of course that instead of my mom taking me to the store for new clothes, I’m perusing the racks with my friends. As much as I’d love an entirely new fall wardrobe, I don’t have a limitless budget. I checked in with one of my favorite fashionista bloggers, Kendi Skeen of Kendi Everyday, to get her five fall must-haves to update any wardrobe without breaking the bank.
“Dark skinnies are a must-have for any season, but especially for fall.” This wardrobe staple is perfect to pair with “ankle booties, loose scarf, and a tee for an effortless look” according to Kendi. Look for skinnies with a little bit of stretch that hug your body and create a smooth, lean look.
Want a fun alternative to leather? Look no further than the military jacket! “I love this trend right now and you can find so many different styles of this jacket,” says Kendi. “One of my current favorites is an embellished pocket military jacket. It gives your outfit the perfect amount of sparkle.”
Black Mini Skirt
“The black mini skirt is such a staple for fall and winter!” This wardrobe essential “can help take your tops from night back to day” and transition summery colors into fall. Try pairing with a jewel toned blouse, tights, and ankle booties for a fun look that takes you from the office to happy hour effortlessly.
By far my favorite print is the stripe. It’s so versatile and has the ability to be either uptown chic or downtown cool. Pair this staple with “a blazer for work or wear it with your military jacket for the weekend” according to Kendi. The perfect accessory to a striped tee? A bold red lip and tons of mascara!
“Ankle booties are everywhere this fall! My favorite colors right now are cognac and black” says Kendi. These two colors will match almost everything in your wardrobe, so investing in both is totally worth it! Ankle booties are the “perfect basics for your outfits from dresses to skinny jeans this fall” and will instantly pull together any look.
For more wardrobe inspiration, check out www.kendieveryday.com.
-- Jenna Nolan
(Glam Slam’s Ryan Patterson is on maternity leave)