This autumn, give your wardrobe an update with versatile and wearable pieces that you can pair with pretty much everything. Here are 10 trendy basics – available or made locally – that will take your fall outfits to a whole new level of fabulousness:
A Bomber Jacket
Bomber jackets are making a comeback for both men and women. Soft chambray gives this bomber jacket an extra dose of chic. Wear this bomber with a pair of contrasting darker denim jeans for a stylish denim-on-denim look. Or tie on a colorful silk neck scarf to add personalty and vibrance to your look.
Regis Chambray Bomber Jacket by Velvet Heart $98
Available at Macy’s, Santa Rosa Plaza, 800 Santa Rosa Plaza, Santa Rosa
Ponchos have been on-trend for the last several seasons, and they continue their popularity this year. Wearing a poncho is an easy way to be fashion-forward while staying warm. Add a long necklace and a pair of jeans or black pants for a stylish fall ensemble. You can also wear a poncho over a dress or with a skirt and heels for a dressier look.
Melissa Fringe Poncho $109
Available at Chico’s, Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 713 Village Ct., Santa Rosa
A Cashmere Wrap
Invest in a wardrobe item that you will keep for many decades and reach for time and time again. Himalayan Chyangra cashmere wool shawls from Pashmn & Co., based in Petaluma, are handcrafted, not machine-woven. These incredibly soft shawls come in an array of beautiful colors, weaves and wool blends – you can even pick out the type of fringe you’d like, if any. With our ever-changing temperatures and micro-climates here in Sonoma County, you won’t want to leave the house without your wrap any time of year. They are perfect for travel too.
Classic Black Pants
Your fall wardrobe will benefit from a great fitting pair of classic black pants. These ponte ankle pants from White House Black Market have a modern cut and are made with soft, comfortable and forgiving ponte material. Wear them to the office with a button down tailored blouse, skinny belt and pumps or out on the town with a black beaded silky tunic and strappy, get-noticed heels.
Ponte Slim Ankle Pants $79
Available at White House Black Market, Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 706 Village Ct., Santa Rosa
Not ready to give up your summery cropped pants just yet? You don’t need to with these Cropped Flare Jeans from Old Navy that have a touch of fringe at the hem. Wear these mid-rise jeans with a pair of stylish booties, a slouchy t-shirt and a long knit cardigan for a boho chic look for fall. If you’re in between sizes, size down.
Mid-Rise Cropped Flared Jeans $37
Available at Old Navy, Santa Rosa Marketplace, 2070 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa
This tunic-style Little Black Dress from Bay Area designer Lesley Evers will be your go-to dress for the office, a party, or out wine tasting with friends. The dress’s length, just above the knee, and 3/4 sleeves make it flattering on nearly every figure. Dress it up with black heeled Mary Jane pumps, a statement necklace and black clutch or wear it casually with a denim jacket, wool scarf, tote bag and tall low-heeled boots. This dress is machine washable and made in the USA.
Carey Black Dress $168
Available at Lesley Evers, 211 Town Center, Corte Madera
A Timeless Leather Handbag
Few colors say “autumn in Wine Country” more than a deep, rich burgundy shade. This versatile hue works well with most fall shades. The Carlyle bag from Bella Vita Sonoma is a 100% leather shoulder bag with a canvas lining and a timeless look. Carry all your essentials in its handy compartments. There is even an interior pocket for your tablet which snaps closed. The Carlyle also comes in an always classic black.
Carlyle Bag $225
Available at Bella Vita Sonoma, 457 1st St. W., Sonoma
While the leopard and cheetah print trend has never gone entirely out of style, it may have taken a backseat in recent years. This season it’s taking center stage once again. Look for leopard print dresses, handbags, coats, belts and shoes like these darling flats by Matt Benson from Tamarind at The Barlow. Wear these flats with cropped and ankle pants, dresses and skirts and try wearing them with a bright color. One of my favorite colors to wear with leopard prints is fire engine red!
Matt Bernson Zola Cheetah Pony Hair Pointed Flats $229
Available at Tamarind, The Barlow, 180 Morris St. #170, Sebastopol
Edgy Short Boots
These handcrafted distressed leather short boots by BED STU will take you into both fall and winter. Wear them with dresses, skirts, and jeans for a ruggedly stylish cool weather look. BED STU uses traditional cobbling techniques to create their much sought-after designs. Their boots are a favorite among stars like Taylor Swift and Brody Jenner. Shop for an array of BED STU boots – both short and tall – at Robindira Unsworth Boutique in Petaluma.
BED| STU Short Boots $245
Available at Robindira Unsworth Boutique, 115 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma
A Long Beaded Pendant Necklace
Elongate your silhouette and add texture, interest and color to your outfit with a beautiful handmade beaded necklace from Meghan Bo Designs of Sonoma. These beauties are 72″ long and made with an assortment of beads, gold accents and a pendant. Available in Amazonite with Arrowhead, Jasper with Tusk and Turquoise and Black with Long Horn.