September 12, 2018

What I’m Wearing (and Buying) for Fall

ASTR the Label Emerson Plaid Blazer, Fall Trend, Helena of Brooklyn BlondePlaid Blazer: ASTR the Label | Bag: Future Glory Co.

Ah! Fall. My favorite time of year for so many reasons. My list can go on for days, but at the very top is the fashion (obviously).  No other season can compete in terms of colors, textures and simply, the ability to still look cute, without sweating or freezing your ass off. This year, I’m sticking to many of my closet staples, but simultaneously, I’ve been having fun with some newer closet additions. Below are a few items that will be in heavy rotation.

What I’m Wearing (and Buying) for Fall

plaid blazer for what I'm buying for fall

Plaid Blazer: Anine Bing


I’ve gone a little crazy with plaid blazers buying for fall and not because they’re a new trend, but simply because there are so many good ones right now. If you don’t want to spend a ton, Zara and Mango have such good options. On the higher end scale, I sprung for this one and I also cannot get this ALC one out of my head (ugh! the buttons). Including some more favorites below!

Mackage Babie Coat in Camel for what I'm buying for fall

Coat: Majewoman in Mackage Babie Coat for what I'm buying for fall

Camel Coat: Mackage (old, similar here) | Denim:  Levis | Boots: Louboutin

woman wearing coat for what I'm buying for fall

Camel Coat: Mackage


I often get asked the question: “what are your closet essentials?” and if I had to pick a top ten, a camel coat would be on top of the list. You could be wearing a black dress with heels or denim with sneakers and few things will tie your look together like a camel coat. I have one that is short and a few that are long, but time and time again, they’re a key component to my closet.

woman wearing Skinny Black Pointed Toe Suede Pumps for what I'm buying for fall

Black Suede Pumps: Saint Laurent


It doesn’t get more timeless than a classic black pump. Personally, I prefer black suede over black leather. There’s something about the material, whether designer or not, that gives it a more luxe look. I ended up investing in a pair of Saint Laurents that I was eyeing for months and I have zero regrets. They’re comfortable (for a high heel) and made very well! Cost per wear, they’ve paid for themselves. However, there are so many great options that don’t break the bank. For example, I love this pair from Sam Edelman. I have the same style in olive and I love them.

woman wearing Zara Oversized Pink Sweater

Oversized Sweater: Zara | Denim: AGolde | Mules: Zara

woman in Pink Oversized Wool Coat and Pink Knitwear

Coat: Carven (old, similar here & here) | Knit: H&M (similar here)


I know, I know. I’m including pink in my fall lineup, but here’s the thing: while I’m normally a neutrals girl, I do like to infuse a bit of color every once in awhile. While I typically gravitate towards red, lately, I’ve been into various shades of pink. When these temptations happen, I usually stick to sites like Zara and H&M so when I’m over it, I don’t feel too bad. 

woman in Frank & Eileen Mary Shirtdress White Button Down for what I'm buying woman wearing Ash Joy Brown Suede Booties for what I'm buying for fall

White Button Down: Frank & Eileen | Denim: Levis | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik ‘Hangisi’


Whether it’s fall or spring, no list of mine would be complete without a white button down. It’s one of my most reached for items in my closet. Don’t know what to wear? White button down. Want to feel put together? White button down. Admittedly, I have a variety of options from a longer boyfriend one, to a dressier one with beautiful details, like this one. Then there’s a distressed crinkled one, for a lived-in look and one that’s a bit more structured. You get the point!

Teddy Bear Sweater: Vince | Bag: Future Glory Co.

woman in brown sweater woman for what I'm buying for fall

woman in Zara Beige Teddy Bear Coat for what I'm buying for fall

Teddy Bear Coat: Zara (old, similar here)


What I love almost as much as luxe fall colors are luxe fall textures. For me, a good ol’ teddy bear piece screams “I am cozy!” This Vince sweater is newer and an item that  I’ve been eyeing for awhile. I finally bit the bullet on it after getting a gift card!

woman wearing Ash Joy Brown Suede Booties for buying for fall

Brown Suede Booties: Ash | Denim: J.Crew


Admittedly, I have a great collection of black boots (if I do say so myself) but when it came to brown, I was majorly lacking. I think that I’ve been on the hunt for a pair that I loved for more than a year! They were either too high, too low, sold out or too washed out. This year, I started looking rather early and came across these from Shopbop. They’re comfortable (not as comfortable as some of my lower-heeled booties, but comfortable enough). Considering my wardrobe palette, I know I’ll be living in these.

woman in Mackage Baya Black Leather Jacket and black pants for for what I'm buying for fallMackage Baya Black Leather Jacket for what I'm buying for fallLeather Jacket: Mackage |Booties: Marc Fisher 


I can pretty much echo what I wrote for the camel coat. A black leather jacket is in my top three of can’t-live without-pieces. I mean, I paired a black leather with a Carolina Herrera dress. If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. My favorite is this one from Mackage (I wear an XS – it runs large), but I’m also a huge fan of the All Saints Balfern and the price is slightly lower. Also, sharing some other options below.




  • Rach

    Totally loving what you are buying! And you have the perfect Teddy coat! It’s not overly bulky which I love!

  • Kelly

    Do you like the maje coat? Is it nice quality? How does it fit? I am looking to buy it, but it’s final sale right now so want to be sure.

  • Jada

    Your fall/winter style is the best! Love everything in this post, especially that Future Glory Co bag! So beautiful!

  • Allie

    I’m currently curating a fall wardrobe since I just moved North after being in S. Florida for a few years. It’s so enjoyable to get to wear cozy and rich textures and layers again. I love all the oversized sweaters you found, and a camel coat is at the top of my wish list. xAllie

  • Faith j.

    Fantastic list! Similar to my style too, except not a camel coat, a black coat.

  • Lorna

    That plaid blazer is killer!! I love all these pieces, and still lusting over your Chanel Trendy!

  • Latrenda Singletary

    I LOVE THIS POST. Missed posts like these from you 🙂

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Love the plaid blazer!!

    Rebecca |

  • Claire

    Perfection! Love coming to your blog for inspiration.

  • Liz - Shopping My Closet

    Loving that brown purse – such a rich color!

    Liz @

  • Ewa Macherowska

    Great selection 😉

  • Joann

    OMgosh! You hit this issue out of the park! Awesome and inspiring! So many things to pick from to expand my wardrobe. Thanks for all your hard work on today’s update. I am lusting after the camel coat and plaid jackets AND the brown booties!

  • Christina

    This post just gave me so much Fall inspo but now I’ll need to find affordable options because I can’t afford any of these brands-sad face

  • Joanna

    I’ll have be of everything, please! Any info on the black patent leather booties would be appreciated?

  • Kandice

    I want everything in this post! You are just the chicest!

  • Vivian fellman

    Love all your fall outfits, Helena!! Thanks for being such an inspiration!!😍 Love the fact that you are giving up blogging over IG.🙌

  • Ali Enza

    I’m loving the plaid jackets, booties and leather jackets! All going to be in my rotation this fall.

  • Norma

    My favorite time of the year is Christmas 🎄 but sure it begins with fall and is a exactly because of the outfits that I can pull off. Love love love the plaid blazer, I’m buying a tweed one in red color. Also I need those ash booties they’re perfect and I been looking for the perfect style ( casual but not to casual 😜) since forever. I have all of those staples in my closet can’t wait for autumn 🍂 love all your outfits simple and classy.

  • Mireia

    A plaid blazer is what I’m currently looking for!

    Mireia from TGL

  • Venusse

    You are hands down the most fashionable and put together fashionista. Your fall style is 💯!!!

  • Medona Steve

    I love this Post.Fantastic list!

  • Fortune Dushey

    All fabulous staples! I especially need to get my hands on the cozy Vince teddy bear sweater and Tularosa coat!

  • Joanna

    Thanks for the link on the Marc Fisher boots! Did you find they fit true to size or did you size up half to accommodate the pointy toe?

  • Ellie

    Love all your pics, always look forward to them! You are the classiest, best dressed, realest, the “OG blogger” of all time!!!! I wish you were my friend in real life- ha!!

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  • Linda

    Love this look! Wow! 🌸🍃

    xxx, Linda

  • Cassandre Rattray

    Great read! I love that you empathize pulling from your own closet. We can’t always go out and buy stuff! I will be searching for these items in my own collection! Thanks for the reminder!

  • Astha

    Both are looking very nice and your very nice your selection

  • Saurabh Gupta

    Wonderful collection.

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