Well don't just take my word for out, check out these leading ladies in khaki!

7 Things You Need For F/W 2013

Navigating the ever-changing trends of the season can feel a lot like looking at a vintage map...
Navigating the ever-changing trends of the season can feel a lot like looking at a vintage map…

In my experience, I have found that the secret to being a bonafide fashionista is mixing the trendy with the timeless. It seems that every season there are new colors, patterns, cuts and styles that are “must haves” but not every city girl has a disposable income to keep up with sartorial changes that are made every six months in the fashion world. Lucky for you I’ve rounded up the seven best pieces to make your wardrobe look like it came straight from Fashion Week.

Hobo bag

ASOS Hobo Bag With Front Padlock
ASOS Hobo Bag With Front Padlock: Buy it here!

On days when I don’t need my all-purpose Longchamp, this bag is a chic and spacious alternative. There’s no wondering why Nina Garcia included this in her book (and my personal fashion bible) The One Hundred. “The hobo bag was modeled after the large cloth satchels that the hobos used to carry and is often the bag of choice for the bohemian chick, as it is casual and low key.”* Its versatility from “9-to-5” to “night” can add an edgy component to a look that is more on the conservative side.

Jeans

For Girls' Night Out, in black, whatever they are or are for, be sure to stock up!
For Girls’ Night Out, in black…whatever they are or are for, be sure to stock up!

Cheers to the one thing you know you’ll wear at least once a week. Because you rely on jeans for everything from Casual Friday to date night, it really is important to make sure to invest in a pair that fits you perfectly. (I mean, there’s a reason some people make shopping trips JUST for jeans.) “Fit is everything, and the very nature of denim is that it’s so democratic.”*

Khakis

Well don't just take my word for out, check out these leading ladies in khaki!
Well don’t just take my word for it, check out these leading ladies in khaki! (Photo credit: Zogoti.com)

After jeans, I think that khakis are the second most important pair of bottoms you can own. “The tan cotton twill fabric will forever be associated with prep schools and polo matches, but is also found on the runways every season.”* You can wear them with black, you can wear them with white, you can wear them with stripes, with polka dots, with navy blue…shall I keep going? Make your life/ getting dressed easier by picking up a style that suits you and wear them anywhere and everywhere.

Leather Pants

Forever 21 Faux Leather Skinny Pants: Buy them here!
Forever 21 Faux Leather Skinny Pants: Buy them here!

If the idea of leather pants brings to mind images of Jim Morrison, Mick Jagger or Angeline Jolie, good. I tend to cheat here and wear faux-leather leggings whenever I feel like channeling my inner Catwoman and because this should be a form-fitting look. “Wearing leather pants means something. It’s primal, it’s equal (it is skin-on-skin, after all), and it means you are ready to rock ‘n roll and/or break a few hearts.”*

Man’s White Shirt

Me (second from right) rocking a Men's White Shirt, tucked into a skirt for a night out with some college friends!
Me (second from right) rocking a Man’s White Shirt, tucked into a skirt for a night out with some college friends!

I believe this is a staple not because its my favorite way to cover up at the beach in the summer but because it can be used all year round, can be purchased for cheap and goes with everything. Wear one with a hobo bag slung over your shoulder and a pencil skirt and like Nina says it suggests “morning after dressing”. Belt one over a pair of jeans and you instantly master the artsy-chic look. It’s also great to layer under tee shirts and sweater vests for a polished and preppy look for fall!

Nail polish

If light and bright colors are big for spring and summer, deep and dark shades are great for fall. Hot colors for this season include:

F/W 2013 Nail Trends
F/W 2013 Nail Trends: (From left to right, background to foreground-) Essie Bordeaux Nail Polish ($8), Essie Shades Nail Polish ($8), Butter London Nude Nail Polish ($15), Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18), Deborah Lippman Maneater Nail Lacquer ($16)

Stop by your local drugstore, beauty supply shop or department store and find a shade that flatters you!

Old concert tee

There's nothing more iconic than classic rock. Buy it here!
There’s nothing more iconic than classic rock. Buy it here!

They call it classic rock for a reason. The fact that even Nina includes this in her list makes me really wish I had purchased a tee shirt at that Rolling Stones concert I went to in ninth grade. (Yes I’ve seen the Rolling Stones.) Depending on how business casual your work environment is, throwing one of these under a tailored suit makes for a great conversation starter but only if you actually listen to the band. Forgo this tip completely if you can’t list at least 10 songs or perform them during American Idol shower-edition.

What trends are you loving for F/W 2013? Have any favorite staples I didn’t mention? Share them in the comments below!

xo, Vanessa

It Girl of the Week” Challenge: Send me a pic with YOU featuring as many of the items (listed above) as you can for a chance to be featured as “It Girl of the Week”. (Bloggers, please include a link to your blog/ Instagram/ Twitter with submission.)

*All quotes denoted with an asterisk can be found in Nina Garcia’s fashion guide, The One Hundred.

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Vanessa M. Gatlin

-Blogger, dancer, fashionista -Self proclaimed "political junkie" with a strong interest in international affairs -2011 graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston

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