Style

Three Fall Looks We’re Spotting Everywhere

West Village by Stella Blackmon

We’ve been spotting fall trends around the city. Want to weigh in?

Madewell animal print sweater

First up: Animal prints add edge to any look and style guru Jenna Lyons say they work as a neutral. I’d love to wear them to work or on a low-key date night. Three favorites: Pullover, clutch and heels.

Everlane moss green sweater

Moss green feels cozy and autumnal, and it would look great paired with dark jeans and red lipstick. Three picks: Sweater, dress and shoes.

Madewell tall boots

Tall boots channel the 1970s, and they pair beautifully with pants or a dress. Three lovely ones: Black, brown and suede.

Thoughts? Do you like any of these? Here’s a mix of two, if you want to really go for it. :)

P.S. Fun do or don’ts, and seven everyday clothes I wear all the time.

(Top photo by Stella Blackmon.)

  1. Sasha L says...

    Here’s when I stop wearing certain items (like tall boots, hip hugger jeans, shrunken cardigans, overalls, flannel shirts): they don’t fit anymore or have become uncomfortable, they are worn out, I don’t like them anymore (which rarely happens). If no one else is wearing the item because it’s not “cool”, fine by me. I don’t want to look like everyone else. The idea that we should wear something just because it’s fashionable leads to so much waste, and it’s just not joyful either. Wear what suits you and what you like.

  2. Lindsay says...

    I bought a similar Madewell sweater and with one wear it pilled like crazy where my crossover bag made contact. Is there any way to avoid this, without changing purses? Some kind of magic trick I’m not privy to?

  3. Eli says...

    Definitely saw the house and thought it was being featured! It’s so cute!

    Tall boots have never been out of style, especially tucked into skinny jeans. That’s timeless New England, timeless prep, timeless Southern… like a white oxford – always a winner.
    My Nine West knee-high boots with a slouch at the ankle get so many compliments every year (13 years, still going strong). My riding boots with an oil toe are from Vince Camuto and have done tremendously well over the last 7 years (from city walking to being in mud out in the woods).

    BOTH fit my ginormous, extra athletic calves perfectly (years of ballet, running, and now weightlifting).

    I like adding maroon/wine to my very neutral wardrobe when it gets chilly, but I love the moss green being featured!

    • I should clarify I don’t mean “out of style” as being unfashionable — I just wasn’t seeing them on blogs, in magazines, etc. as much as I was seeing booties.

    • liz says...

      respectfully, tall boots + leggings scream 2008. same fashion era , in my opinion, as when everyone and their mom was lusted over the new JCrew catalog. A more innocent time, perhaps, but also almost 12 years ago (!) — a lot of the more hip stores haven’t even or ever carried tall boots (i’m thinking of stores like everlane…). J crew’s still nice and tall boots are fine, but I wouldn’t say they’ve been “cool” in a while. I think many of the commenters here are just noting that wearing them with a dress or skirt, like posted above, is giving it a fresh look that’s “cool” again

  4. Jenn says...

    Wait, I shouldn’t be wearing tall boots with skinny jeans or leggings? We are so behind the times in the Midwest.

  5. Rani says...

    Totally agree with the big come back with animal prints (although it’s always there in the background).

    As for the moss green sweater, love it! I would love a similar green sweater to Kurt Cobain’s green cardigan that was sold recently for $334,000.

    • callie says...

      I got a menswear sweater that is a similar style to that that’s called a shaggy dog-it’s a traditional brushed wool shetland. I bet if you search “brushed wool” cardigan something will turn out?! that’s literally all my grandpa wore and I wish I had gotten to them before my aunt took them all to the thriftstore! it’s a classic 60s old man style

  6. Cynthia says...

    I’ve worn tall boots for years as well as animal prints and moss green. I’m short, too, so it helps to try on boots in a store. As another reader mentioned, many styles are available in wide calf versions. I wear my tall boots with skirts, and if it’s cold, I do tuck in my pant legs.

  7. Sarah says...

    Did not get the memo that tall boots ever went out, esp with skinnies or leggings? I have a pair of Frye’s in the most gorgeous cognac color with strappy details and a chunky heel that make me feel fabulous when paired with dark skinnies (yes, tucked in…to show off the boots!) – I’ll be happily wearing them again this year that way – I say wear whatever makes you feel fabulous too!

    • claire says...

      Yes, be fabulous! I’ve wanted a pair of Frye boots every since I was a teenager.

    • Chelsea says...

      I got a pair of never worn, strappy Frye’s last year at a thrift shop for $20. They may hug my calves a smidge aggressively but I love them!

    • karen says...

      I have always wanted a pair of Frye boots! Chelsea, what a fantastic find at the thrift store……. I am now on the hunt.

  8. Jessica Camerata says...

    I am so here for all three of these looks! I also have that Everlane sweater (and just ordered the jeans) they’re so good!

    xo Jessica

    • Kim says...

      Are these jeans Everlane, too? So cute!

  9. Kristin says...

    I would add dark floral dresses to this list too along with very dark blue denim. I love fall fashion!

  10. Susan says...

    Stella! Stella! (said like Stanley from a Streetcar Named Desire). We’ve so missed you on here. Any chance of contributing an occasional piece? Love your perspective.

  11. Abby says...

    What can you wear knee high boots with these days? I’ve heard that it’s out of style to tuck skinny jeans into them?!? 😱 I’ve spent the last five years pregnant, having babies, and breastfeeding that I’m feeling so out of the loop on fashion! Someone help?!?

    • Joaquina says...

      Good question! I see them worn with long dresses, def no skinny jeans or leggings. Either way, not sure I can pull off the look :/

    • Jane says...

      Wear them with a long dress, or an oversized sweater that goes past your butt, or a suede skirt and a ribbed turtleneck!

    • M says...

      I could’ve written this comment word for word. I have a great pair of Frye riding boots from like 8 years ago and I never wear them because…. How?

    • Neela says...

      Haha, I can so relate! It’s only been 4 for me, but it feels like forever in the same clothes! I’ve started wearing timeless things and even sewing a couple of numbers for myself (thanks Mat leave!)

    • Liz S says...

      Personally, I love skinny jeans tucked into tall boots. It is a classic look the elongates you no matter your height. To always chase the “in” looks imho only leads to consumerism and insecurity.

      But to each her own.

    • Sandra says...

      It was weird…tall boots went out of style so fast around here (Midwest), but I wear mine a ton with skirts or dresses since I don’t really care and just love tall boots!

    • Caroline E Knowles says...

      I think they look cute with skinnies! Maybe do an oversized sweater on top to balance them out though?

    • Lucia Cerchie says...

      I get it– I’m pregnant and I’ve not figured out a way to wear those new roomy straight leg (palazzo?) pants in a way that I like. But you can wear knee high boots however you want! Experiment with your closet and see what you like. I’ve noticed them combined with mini skirts on a lot of people (like Kim Kardashian and Bella Hadid).

  12. Kim says...

    Yes, I’m a bit sad I’ve given up all my tall boots. Still hunting for the perfect riding boot. I have some short Frye booties that I rock right now.

  13. Becka says...

    darn it, I was hoping herringbone coat would be detailed! :D

    • Sharon says...

      Yes, that coat is 100%

    • Katie W. says...

      It’s Madewell. As are the boots in the photo :)

  14. Ro says...

    Hmm… I still think tall leather boots look a bit 2011. But just like scrunchies and wide leg jeans and white Adidas sneakers, I can see them being the weird thing no one understands until suddenly they’re BACK and we can’t get enough.

  15. Zoe says...

    I am living my best life now that animal prints are in style. I will wear them all the time regardless of if they’re “trendy” or not, but it sure makes it easier to find them while out shopping now!

  16. Alison says...

    I didn’t realize tall boots were out?? Have been wearing my favorite pair since I got them 7 years ago… probably time to resole them after this season!

    • Florencia says...

      Me too, I had no idea they were out! I think they’ve been in in rural America all along- that’s what I’m going with!

  17. liz says...

    I also am so happy to see tall boots coming back in style! been waiting..

  18. celeste says...

    I’ve given up on tall boots due to athletic calves, but have Old Navy leopard ballet flats and an Old Navy green sweater from last year. Covered! Happy Halloween! Hope A&T have fun.

    • Anonygirl says...

      Same here. I had to part with my beloved tall brown boots because wearing them felt like torture chambers on my calves.

    • Amanda says...

      Celeste – I had all but given up to, but I noticed in the last couple years that quite a few brands are making wide-calf options on their boots! Just in case you’re still on the hunt :) Leopard flats are always a stylish win, though!!

  19. Frances Eleanor says...

    It should say eyeglass frames

  20. Frances Eleanor says...

    Along with a column for fall looks, how about writing about eyeglass from styles?

    • Kristin says...

      Are you in NYC? I just bought a great pair of glasses from Vint & York. So many cool styles and colors! Highly recommend.

  21. I LOVE that tall boots are back! I hate that I … Kondo’d all of my pairs away over the past four years. Lesson learned! Poshmark, here I come.

    • Julie says...

      Saaaaaaame. Ugh! I had like four pairs!

    • Florencia says...

      Tall boots were out?! I’ve been wearing them all along. glad to hear I’ll be back in style this year!

  22. Sarz says...

    Are those Frye boots? Be still my vintage-loving heart. :D
    Can the CoJ community advise me in the acquisition of tall boots for the smaller foot + wider calf? I wear a 5 or 6, brand-depending, but manufacturers seem to think that if a gal’s small on one spot, she’s small all over. Sigh.

    • Erin says...

      Go to a shoe store with lots of boots and describe the problem. I have a different boot-fit issue, and when I did this, the salesperson got the store owner on the phone and asked for her suggestions … and they sold me a pair of boots I love. It’s much less hassle than buying and returning several pairs of boots online.

    • Amy says...

      Stretchy knee high boots – game changer!

    • Lauren E. says...

      Ugh I have the opposite problem… Huge feet and short legs. Manufacturers ALSO assume that if a girl is big on one spot, she’s big all over. Over the knee boots basically come up to my crotch.

    • Phoebe says...

      I got a pair of Sam Edelman boots with wide-calfs from Nordstrom. They offered free stretching at a local cobbler. It took a few visits to get them right but now I have boots that fit!

    • anne says...

      Duoboots has a lot of options for sizes and calf sizes separately. Poppy Barley as well. Not sure that they have exactly what you’re looking for, but they are both worth checking out.

    • Smk says...

      Not Frye but Madewell (at least that pic is from Madewell’s site).

    • Sally says...

      A good tip on need for wider calf boots – buy real leather, like Frye, to fit your feet and take them to a boot shop. I’ve done that with two pairs of tall boots, and both got stretched about a half inch to accommodate my legs :) — it was only about 10 bucks and they fit like custom boots.

    • Quinn says...

      Poppy Barley (a small Canadian company founded by two females with an eye on sustainable and ethical sourcing) makes custom tall boots. You can select your size, foot width, calf circumference and calf height. The boots are a bit of an investment (similar to Frye, I suppose), but my pair (now several years old) has been a game-changer for me, as I’d never been able to find the perfect pair off-the-shelf.