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The Lust List: Madewell Fall

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Oh fall, you total fashiongasm. There’s really no better season for fashion than fall: the textures, the layers, the rich colors, the boots, the blazers. Oh my.

Today is a beautiful, crisp, fall day in Washington, despite the fact it’s only August. No matter, I’ve whipped out my sequins, my brown leather, and my navy schoolboy blazer with gorgeous gold buttons. I cannot wait.

From a style perspective, one of the key components of fall is investing in staple pieces for your wardrobe that are high-quality, reliable, and able to be worn on a variety of occasions—dressed up or down, layered, and transitional from summer-to-winter. In the summer you can go basically everywhere in a sundress and sandals, other seasons, not so much.

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Madewell and its sister store, J.Crew, are always two of the first stops on any savvy shoppers list when hunting for great staple pieces. However, Madewell can be a bit droll for those of us who crave a bit more pizzazz.

No longer. Madewell brought on a new head of design, Somsack Sikhounmuong, who is adding a unique touch to the label’s classic pieces, designing the latest denim collection, and styling the fall line with gusto.

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The fall look book killed it, with classic pieces like navy sweaters and gingham button-downs layered and remixed in new ways. In addition to lots of leather and chambray (I die), there’s a heavy focus on beautiful rich fall shades of navy and burgundy.

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One I calmed down and culled my shopping cart down from oodles of dollars to slightly less oodles of dollars, I decided to focus on a few fall items that would be smart style decisions.

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1. A crew-neck, fit-and-flare dress in a great fall shade. These dresses are universally flattering, for starters. Secondly, they can be dressed up or down: with a blazer for work; with flats for the weekend; with heels and a statement necklace for a Friday night; or with boots, tights, and a scarf, for a fall outdoor activity like wine tasting or a bonfire.

2. A chambray button-down. If you don’t have one already, get one. This piece is seasonless and matches with, quite literally, everything. Mine’s from J.Crew but Madewell has a serious selection.

3. A light, loose, knit sweater. You can transition this from summer-to-fall, wearing it with jean shorts, sandals, and a panama hat to the beach now, and wearing it with jeans and boots come fall. It can be dressed up with a pencil skirt (bonus points if it’s leather), and pumps for the office, or a mini-skirt and ankle booties for a night out.

4. Leather, leather and more leather. We’ll come back to that soon, but, Madewell has a great, affordable, leather pencil skirt that’s sure to sell out quickly.

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