Buyers’ Picks: 33 Fall Pieces Our Boutiques Really Love
See ya next year, summer — it’s time to welcome back fall! The season of crisp leaves, endless layers, and luxurious fabrics is officially here. Unlike summer — where slipping on a simple sundress and slides is all you need most days — fall requires a bit more prep (which is actually part of the fun). With more coverage comes more pieces, complicating the puzzle of building the day’s look.
To help you make sense of this season’s standouts, we consulted with our boutique buyer friends to get the lowdown on their best fall pieces. The selection of goods will make your outfit assembling a lot easier. From an enhanced trench to Rachel Comey’s metallic pumps, let your fall wardrobe planning begin.
IN SUPPORT OF
Tanya Sheikh, co-owner of NYC concept shop In Support Of, is wearing Christine Alcalay’s corduroy statement blazer and matching pleated cuff trousers with the _Scapes NY bodega tee. “I love that the suit is a vibrant red color that can be worn casually because of the cropped loose fit and light corduroy fabric,” Tanya explains. “Pairing the suit with a printed t-shirt makes the look even more relaxed, and the pop of color breaks up the all red in a fun way.”
The team at Victoria and Vancouver, BC boutique Still Life have their hearts set on two pieces. First: “The VereVerto Mini Mox in cherry suede; the perfect splash of color for fall,” says store manager and buyer Kim Melanson. “And the Lacausa ‘Cezanne’ overalls in French blue,” she adds. “These are great transitional pieces!”
“I’m really loving this Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto asymmetrical pleated skirt this season,” says Karyna Schultz, co-owner of Vancouver boutique Neighbour Woman. “There is something so classic about a pleated skirt, and it’s all undone and modernized in this long version,” she explains. “It has such an amazing weight, which gives it gravity when you move.” Just picture this baby paired with an oversized wool sweater.
NEW CLASSICS STUDIOS
Founder Alyssa Lau from Edmonton’s New Classics Studios chose the stunning Suzanne Rae faux lizard pump. “These shoes have easily become one of my favorites this fall. There’s just something that rich brown and faux lizard texture that makes this shoe so intoxicating,” she explains. “Also, did I mentioned how much I love a good block heel?” Preaching to the choir, girl.
“If you like catching compliments, just pop these Creatures of Comfort mules on and go for a stroll. You’ll turn heads guaranteed,” says Laura Uhlir, owner of Austin, TX boutique Olive. “In electric metallic fuchsia leather, these shoes aren't for the faint of heart, but they are just the thing to add a little oomph to an outfit. I love teaming these up with a toned down outfit – your fave black jumpsuit or jeans and a tee will do just fine – for an unexpected pop. Bonus points for how surprisingly comfy these babies are! Glory indeed.”
"We are leaping at every opportunity to wear more pants this season,” says Tiffany Tam of San Francisco boutique Refined. “The ‘Mika’ pant from Just Female is definitely our go-to piece at the moment. It's a flattering high-waisted trouser silhouette finished with a built-in belt to accentuate the waist and give the illusion of longer legs. The light crepe fabric is the perfect multi-season material, easily transitioning from warm to cool weather."
The San Francisco Le Point team has been crushing on _Scapes NY, a brand they’ve newly picked up for fall. “We love the way they are doing streetwear-inspired pieces that still feel sophisticated,” explains shop owner Pauline Montupet. “You instantly feel cooler when you put on one of their pieces.” Pauline choose the commuter coat as her fall favorite from the brand. “We have been all about pastels the past couple seasons, so the bright orange color feels really fresh and new. With its fleece lining and bold color, it's the perfect coat for a dreary winter morning.”
We spoke to two experts from Portland’s WM Goods. First, store owner Whitney Goodman, who picked the Mara Hoffman ‘Winona’ jacket. “It is like cuddling up in the most beautiful denim-on-denim quilt you can imagine,” she says. “It’s crazy soft, reversible, and basically my new home (AKA I will be living it).” Buyer Caroline Miller went for the ‘Elle’ midi wrap dress by Kamperett. "I love the idea of having a uniform, and this dress by Kamperett would be just that,” Caroline explains. “It's feminine, smart and comfortable which ticks all of the boxes for me."
Cecilia Marquez, creative director of Houston boutique Saint Cloud, picked the No. 6 x Collina Strada platform clogs. "I could not be more excited for a pair of shoes this fall,” she says. “A little bit of height and a lot of fluff are a winning combo for me; I love shoes that don't take themselves too seriously. Plus, these super comfy clogs remind me of my dogs, and they make me happy whenever I put them on!”
“I’m looking forward to carrying spring’s shirting trend into fall,” says Ashley Suttle from West Hollywood, CA shop Elborne. “This vintage Jil Sander shirt is the perfect forever piece. It can be worn buttoned up, off the shoulder, or tied at the waist. It’s seasonless and the styling options are endless.”
HAZEL & ROSE
Emma Olson and Bobbi Barron of Minneapolis boutique Hazel & Rose are taken with a pair of bold boots from About Arianne. “They look perfect with the must-have pant silhouette of the season, the cropped wide leg. We love the unique patent leather, faux-croc texture, plus, they’re easy to pair with a more subdued outfit to really make a statement, and the low block heel makes them perfect for day and night.”
The ladies of Los Angeles boutique Myrtle have an especially special pick. "We couldn't be more excited about the ‘Ann’ blouse from our first ever in-house collection,” explains boutique owner Whitney Bickers. “The cotton gauze is soft and light, making it as easy to wear as a t-shirt, but with a much more polished look.”
“Our favorite item this Fall is Esby's ‘Alice’ tunic dress because it's the easiest one-and-done,” says Christina Sun, owner of Houston’s Sunchild. “The designer thought of everything: the neckline is super flattering, the pockets are nice and roomy, and the incredible Japanese fabric makes it feel like a unique addition to our closet.”
CONCRETE + WATER
“Boots are the fall splurge I look forward to purchasing each fall,” admits Hannah Gluckstern, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Concrete + Water. This season, it’s the ring middle boot by Reike Nen she plans to invent in.! “The best thing about these boots is that they look nothing like all the black ankle boots I already have in my closet,” she says. “Plus, I love the velvet material and slight retro vibe these have. They are definitely going to be my fall statement piece.”
“This long Edun trench coat features a traditional South African shweshwe printed cotton textile enhanced with contrast stitching and beautiful hand painted horn buttons,” explains Madison Sweitzer, owner of San Francisco boutique Vreela. “I love this piece because of the small scale graphic print that's paired with a zebra pattern on the oversized buttons. It is a perfect example of Edun's commitment to the use of talented African artisans, while maintaining a sleek and modern silhouette.”
“These babouche mules by Figue have been on my feet since they came in! They're laser cut suede, so the texture is amazing — they feel like velvet,” asserts Stacia Canon, owner and buyer of the New York City boutique Canon. “The beaded eyes, pompoms and tassels cement their status as the coolest, most eccentric shoe of the season. You can even pull the back up for a more traditional look. I love them!”
Briana Swords, co-owner of Brooklyn-based boutique SWORDS-SMITH, and her fellow team members have fallen for three pieces. “We love the texture of the Intentionally Blank ‘Meds’ loafer, plus the color looks great back to black or denim.” They also picked the Adam Selman rodeo jean. “This collection is getting so much love from press and social media that we’re doing our best to keep the rose styles in stock! The designer was inspired by colorful '70s illustrations he found in a rare book titled American Denim. These jeans feel vintage-inspired and modern at the same time and the red rose embroidery is just beautiful.” Lastly, they also went for the classic Miranda Bennett everyday dress. “Miranda Bennett does this style every season, but it feels really new and fresh (and a little '70s) in this crisp indigo denim. It's the perfect transitional piece for fall.” We’ll take one of each please!
“I love the Fencer Anorak by La Garconne Moderne,” reveals Dahlia Brue, owner of Saint Paul, Minnesota's Idun. “It's technical but really thoughtfully designed so it fits beautifully. Plus, it's a lightweight parka which is great because you can wear a huge sweater underneath it a feel really comfortable in the winter or just a t-shirt underneath it in the fall/spring when the weather is warmer. This is kind of coat you’ll have forever!”