I love Nanette Lepore, though sometimes she makes it difficult (read: pale pink tweed with lime green). I like clean lines and classic shapes, this Avon Vale dress is the kind of piece that I would buy this season and wear for years to come. If jade seems to trendy for your wardrobe, it also comes in purple and black.
Looking for a similarly structured dress in a lower price point? J.Crew’s Teddie Dress ($198) has a very similar shape in some fabulous colors. French Connection has a v-neck crepe dress for $99, but there are limited sizes. And Tahari A.S.L. offers a short sleeve version that can run $70 or $80 in limited sizes.
Over the years, I have purchased several Trina Turk dresses at outlet malls, on eBay and in stores. They wear like iron, always look good–even on days when you feel awful–and if you buy the right ones, you can wear them for years.
I adore this floral peplum top, but I’m not willing to pay over-$200 for something so trendy. Ann Taylor has a similar blouse for $78. As for the classic dresses, your two best bets for finding similar shapes in lower price points are Ann Taylor and The Limited. I love this basic black dress with the asymmetrical neckline and this colorblock dress in tan and black.
I’ve spoken about my love of McGinn before, but I truly believe that they make the best jackets and toppers in the business. I own both the black and white jacket in the middle and I just bought the multi-colored tweed jacket on the right. Both times, I put on the jacket thinking, “I would never spend $xxx on a blazer,” and then looked in the mirror and thought, “Oh, crap.” Now, I just have to wear both pieces enough times to justify their cost.
If you like the look of tweed, you can find similar jackets in the Hill Staffer price point. I like these jackets with classic shapes from Newport News and INC. This jacket from Nordstrom comes in a cool dark teal color with a ruffle at the collar. And in the just-barely-under-$100 category is this chic jacket from Last Call.
So what are your favorite brands for the fall?