Our Fashion Editor’s Fall 2021 Wishlist

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I’ve always been a proponent of a little retail therapy, but since starting my job as a fashion editor, I’ve had to do a 180-degree flip on my mentality of approaching it. I spend my days trying to find the very best things each season has to offer, which means that if I’m not careful, my apartment can turn into a sea of clothing bursting out of my closets. When it comes to fall clothes, this can become a serious problem.

When each season changes and new trends begin to come around, it’s easy to load up a cart full of the things you see and love at first glance, but I’ve found that for me, a better strategy is coming up with a wishlist and acting from there. I find the things I can actually see myself wearing (ideally year-round), and then I prioritize which ones I want most and can justify buying—and as always, fall’s new releases are the most swoon-worthy of the whole year.

Fall clothes are always gorgeous, with their luxe textures and shades and the fantasies of coziness that always comes with them, but this year’s trends somehow feel even better than usual. After perusing quite literally every fall release I could possibly lay my eyes on, I’ve decided what’s actually going to get a coveted spot in my closet this year. Want to take a peek? These are the items I’m considering (and a few that I’ve already invested in) for this season.


Button-Up Ribbed Cardigan

Life still consists of working from home for me, but I'm going to be honest: I'm completely over sweats. Instead, I'm opting for cozy knitwear that makes me feel good but is still comfortable. This long cardigan can go perfectly over my leggings for a more put-together look that's still minimal effort.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Oversized Button-Up Shirt

This was my year of rediscovering the glory of a good white button-up, and when I say I wear mine multiple times a week, I mean it. I throw mine on over everything from T-shirts to dresses, and while I have a couple lighter-weight ones for summer, I love the look and fit of this one for fall.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Ruched Knit Shirt Dress

Ruched tops and dresses are everywhere this season, and after picking up a shirt and realizing how flattering it was, I knew I wanted to pick up a dress too. I love how this camel color will look with all of my neutral boots (and I love even more how easy of an outfit it'll be).

Abercrombie & Fitch

Cropped V-Neck Sweater Vest

The limit of how many sweater vests I can own simply does not exist (there's a sentence I never thought I'd say), and this one is screaming my name. Abercrombie's quality of knitwear always blows me away, and I love the white trim against the black. I'm going to pick this up in one size larger for a more oversized fit—perfect for wearing over dresses and button-ups.


Printed Tulle Blouse

Bold, geometric patterns are everywhere this fall, and I'm absolutely obsessed with it. This blouse allows me to hop onto the trend in a way that'll be easy to style—paired with jeans or a skirt, it'll do all the talking without much thought.


Plaid Shirt Jacket

I saw this shirt jacket and couldn't stop picturing myself in it, sipping on a pumpkin latte and working with the windows open on a crisp, fall day. Finding pieces that are cute and comfortable for this fall is key given the uncertainty we're facing, and I know this is something I'll wear again and again.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Plaid Split-Hem Pants

I'm an absolute sucker for a pant that isn't a pair of jeans, and these split-hem plaid pants are the best ones I've seen this year. The longer, slim fit of the pant will be flattering, and worn with a pair of heeled boots, it's a fall dream come true. I love the idea of wearing these with a neutral sweater and jacket for a quintessentially fall look.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Seamless High Neck Bodysuit

I am nothing short of a jacket hoarder, but unless it's cold out, I need something lightweight (and most likely short-sleeved) underneath. This seamless one will be perfect for throwing under both bulkier jackets and lightweight shackets.


Floral Jacquard Knit Sweater

When I saw this sweater, my jaw dropped to the floor, and I couldn't have clicked "add to cart" faster. Shades of pink are very in this fall, and this incorporates them in the most beautiful way I've seen on a piece of knitwear. I wear sweaters almost every day during the fall, so having a beautiful one like this in my arsenal sounds like a plan to me.


Double Breasted Blazer

I have quite a few blazers in my wardrobe, but I've found that I reach for them so much that it's always worth the investment for me (and that they never go out of style from season to season). This one has not one but two amazing details: the color and the tweed texture. It is utterly gorgeous and a piece that I'll never regret having.

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Tailored High Waisted Trousers

For me, this was the year of loving color, particularly shades of purple, and these trousers are the most gorgeous, rich shade that I have ever seen. While it's a pretty bold color, the trousers are in a classic style, which means they'll still be wearable for me. When I'm in these the next time you see me, don't be surprised.


Faux Shearling Mini Bag

I saw quite a few shearling bags last fall, and while I never picked one up for myself, I always wished I did. This one is absolutely adorable, and is less expensive than most I've seen. It's obviously going to be reserved for fall and winter, but I know I'll wear it all season long.

Sam Edelman

Platform Loafer

I have a few pairs of loafers in my closet but have been absolutely swooning over the chunkier, more '90s style that's been in as of late. I never found one that I absolutely needed—until these. I love all of my Sam Edelman shoes and find that they last me for years, so I'm always OK spending my coin on them. I've had these for about two weeks and have already worn them more days than not. If you buy one pair of shoes for this fall, trust me, it should be these. They won't be in stock for long.

Steve Madden

Platform Chelsea Boot

I love the chunky, lug-sole boot trend in theory but have always found that when I try to find a pair I like, most feel too bulky, and frankly, they look a bit ridiculous on me. These strike a balance of capturing that essence but in a way that is actually wearable in day-to-day life. It was hard to choose which color I liked most, but this shade was unlike anything else I currently own, and it's been the perfect addition to my fall shoe collection.

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Embossed Snake Cuff Bracelet

I am well-stocked in all forms of jewelry besides bracelets, and by that I mean that I literally do not own a single one. I love that this snake bangle will make a bit of a statement and that it'll be easy for me to take on and off all day. Consider it my debut into the bracelet world (and it's a pretty good one, don't you think?).


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