As the sweltering summer heat begins to wane and fall days appear on the not-too-distant horizon, one thought occupies our minds: what brands will we be stocking our fall closet with? Accordingly, we welcome you to an entirely self-serving story, as this season, we are particularly enamored with Topshop’s chic fall collection in all its cozy glory. This year, Topshop’s fashion-forward minds have put their energy into an inviting line of tulle tea dresses, chunky knit cardigans, faux fur vests and slouchy sweaters. As always, the pieces are housed under four fitting umbrella labels—Dark Nouveau, The Outsiders, Out Of The Wild and Hi Performance—that offer an on-trend option for girls of every ilk. While the entire fall collection is tempting, we have managed to narrow it down to eight favorite pieces that we think flawlessly encapsulate the four mini-collections. With that, we present our latest fixation in today’s We Love story.
Of all four mini-collections, Dark Nouveau will be the one you turn to when you’re heading out for a night on the town. Inspired by the dark ages, the Dark Nouveau collection is teeming with cobweb-knit dresses, chainmail-inspired jewelry, lace-embellished tunics and tees, studded corset tops, harness-style skirts, and chic black ankle boots, all topped off with a splash of blood red nail polish. Our particular favorites? The Pandora Strappy Ankle Boots ($250) are perfect for a girl’s night out—they have just the right mix of Parisian chic and rocker-girl attitude. We’re similarly obsessed with this buckled leather skirt (in stores soon,) which will make for an amazing day-to-night ensemble when styled with a loose sweater, such as Gap’s Boyfriend Sweater ($35), and a pair of chic ballet flats like Banana Republic’s Samie Animal Print Ballet Flats ($84.50.)
While chunky knits and fur-trimmed jackets are fall must-haves, Topshop has gone above and beyond with The Outsiders, a mini-collection inspired by Britain’s heritage fabrics and prints. The collection is brimming with cable knit sweaters, oversized duffle coats, fur-trimmed parkas, wool pea coats and unfinished capes—all in traditional fabrics such as plaid, tweed, shearling and English wool—not to mention sock-lined boots, satchel bags and worn leather belts. Our most wanted? The Fur Collared Flying Jacket ($170) is certain to be cozy, comfortable and ultra-chic, all season long. We recommend layering it over a skintight dress—ideally in fall’s olive green and dusky pink colors—and then adding a pair of leather boots, à la Burberry’s fall collection. Additionally, we love this chunky gray cardigan (in stores soon,) thanks in part to its dash of warm red. Paired with a black tee, inky-blue skinny jeans and Ash’s Honey Lace Up Heeled Ankle Boot ($234.22), this cardigan is stylishly snug.
Out Of The Wild
While we are crazy about the stylishly-sinister Dark Nouveau collection and the sweetly-simple The Outsiders collection, it was love at first sight when we spotted the Out Of The Wild collection. Overflowing with all our favorite fall trends—think fur accents, maxi skirts and feminine frocks, to name a few—the collection is unfussy-yet-fashionable. Dresses are given a disheveled twist with laddered lace or over-the-top ruffles, while skinny biker pants and maxi skirts have ragged edges and worn-in elements. Our Out Of The Wild picks? We start with the Pom Pom Hood Gilet ($100), which is destined to be a must-have fall item. We love the thought of layering this furry vest over a leather jacket—such as ASOS’s Quilted Shoulder Leather Biker Jacket ($151.65) or Diesel’s Liukki Leather Motorcycle Jacket ($420)—and then adding skinny jeans and thigh-high boots for a contemporary 70s-inspired look. Next up is this dusty-pink tulle mini dress (in stores soon.) Its feminine silhouette and flirty fabric are perfectly tempered with its cage-style bust and rough hemline.
While some of us prefer to employ an entirely new look when fall rolls around, others like to elevate their style by making small season-to-season adjustments—in other words, if you’re longing to take summer’s sporty-chic influences into fall, the Hi Performance collection is for you. Spilling over with cropped tees, mesh embellishments, draped jersey sweaters, sporty bras, sheer leggings and slouchy backpacks, the Hi Performance collection is for the girl with attitude. Our most loved pieces include a pair of two-tone platform sandals and a slouchy jersey sweater (both in stores soon.) The heather-gray sweater is the perfect layering piece—while it would look cool and chic with a pair of leather skinny pants, we also love the thought of layering it under a leather biker vest. The platform sandals are equally versatile. Wear them with bandage skirts and loose-fitting mini dresses right now, and then pair them with skinny cargos (J Brand’s Houlihan Twill Cargo Pants ($230) come to mind) and jeans as fall arrives.
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