Labor Day has passed, the first day of autumn is fast approaching and New York Fashion Week is in full swing. For any fashion-forward female, the changing season necessitates an appropriately on-point wardrobe — but don't be overwhelmed by the selection at big box stores and the crowds at hectic shopping malls.
CITYCENTRE is home to national retailers and locally-based boutiques that meet all of your fashion needs, in an upscale shopping environment fit for even the most discerning dressers. It's a one-stop-shop for Lindley Arnoldy, the savvy fashionista behind The Flip Side, a longtime CultureMap contributor and co-founder and creative director of Baanou, a women's clothing and lifestyle boutique opening in Houston next year.
Arnoldy's fall must-haves range from simple basics, to edgy separates, to quality investment pieces. CITYCENTRE has options for every price point — and combined, they can help you put your best foot forward as the temperatures cool down.
"The number one item on my fall wish list is an extraordinary coat," Arnoldy explains. "Coats were so ubiquitous in the fall collections that they are being referred to as this season's handbag."
She encourages shoppers to step outside of the box, looking to hues like powder blue and trying new ways to wear this cold-weather staple. "Before you stop and think this is an unnecessary investment for a city with only two months of actual winter weather, consider styling it with a belt to be worn as a dress, or draped over the shoulders for an ultra-chic look."
CITYCENTRE has options for every price point — and combined, they can help you put your best foot forward as the temperatures cool down.
"With menswear, grunge and 90s influences still going strong, plaid will have perfect placement in your fall wardrobe," Arnoldy foresees. "I plan to incorporate the trend in a very Cher Horowitz sort of way, à la Clueless, by pairing a pleated plaid skirt with a matching blazer or mens sweater."
Look no further than hipster haven Urban Outfitters or Free People, the arbiters of boho-chic. The shops offer plaid pieces in every shape and shade for the fall, whether your style leans toward polished prep school or "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
Arnoldy also plans to add an edge to her look this fall with the help of leather. "Leather leggings have been a staple in my wardrobe for quite some time now, and this fall I plan to add a chic leather moto jacket to really step up my game."
J. Crew has incorporated leather into the upcoming season's lookbook, so it's easy to stay on-trend in a subdued way with subtly-trimmed trousers, leather-sleeved tees and front panels on otherwise classic cardigans.
"I love to pair these tougher pieces with something super romantic to off-set the edge — think pussy-bow blouses with leather leggings and silk florals with moto jackets."
Keep that softness under wraps with European-influenced underpinnings from belle la vie, or stop by the recently-opened bevello for a bevy of sweet, silky tops and dresses . . . Not to mention an unbeatable selection of jeans from Hudson and Paige, great fall staples that can carry your look from the conference room to the tailgate party.
Arnoldy's final tips are to go for gray — "Brands like Proenza Schouler and Celine were showing various forms and shades of gray and winter white on the runways for fall" — and punch up your repertoire with prints.
"Mastering the print mix has become an art in the world of fashion. This fall I plan to invest in a pair of black and white polka dot pumps to pair down with skinny jeans and mix up with printed dresses," says Arnoldy.
A safe way to integrate these fads into your wardrobe? Accessories — and in this department too CITYCENTRE has you covered, from Charming Charlie's affordable trinkets, to the do-it-yourself in-store Color Bar at Kendra Scott's jewelry boutique, to high-quality handbags and footwear from local darling Elaine Turner.