In 3rd grade, it was the Lisa Frank trapper keeper with the unicorn prancing on a rainbow. 7th grade brought baby tees and pleather mini skirts from Contempo Casuals (thank you, Cher Horowitz). High school was all about, well, anything from Abercrombie + Fitch (for the tourists on 5th Ave, that ship has apparently never sailed).
For better or worse, grade school is tucked safely in our pasts but the annual tradition of back-to-school shopping is one just as predictable as fantasy football and fashion week. There's something about shorter days and that subtle chill in the air that stirs the souls of even the most reserved retail consumers. WE. MUST. SHOP.
Unlike my adolescent self, I've learned — oft the hard way — the difference between a flashy fad (Delia's pink plaid bell bottoms, what what?!) and a trend that's here to stay. It’s time to turn up the Black Sabbath and embrace heavy metal. From shiny blazers to silver accessories, metallics are the perfect edgy accent to amp up your existing fall wardrobe. Don't believe me? Check out these key pieces from fashion's brightest stars and what they’re looking forward to most this school year.
Bow Skinny Belt
“I love the change of seasons…Nothing inspires stylish, layered dressing more than the cool, crisp air of fall!”
- Creative Director Simon Kneen
Bow skinny belt, $39.50 at Banana Republic
“Cool and comfortable weather, college football season, shopping for sweaters and my birthday! What’s not to love?”
– Designer Sara Lowery Ng
Carlton Earring, $135 at Noble House Designs
Fairy Boxy Blazer
"Cozy evenings by the fireplace + thick warm scarves.”
- Designer Alicia Ong
Fairy Boxy Blazer, $268 AL&ALICIA
Large Hailey Clutch
“Wearing tweed, corduroy, and cashmere. Right now, I’m loving the sophisticated contrast of heavy metal with richly colored ensembles.”
– Designer Robyn Brooks
Large Hailey Clutch, $635 at Robyn Brooks
Appleton Aviator Frame
“New books, whisky drinks and socks thick enough to soundproof a New York City apartment.”
– Co-founder Neil Blumenthal
Appleton Aviator Frame, $145 at Warby Parker