EVERLANE "PETRA" TOTE
Catherine Kast, Writer-Reporter: When I was growing up, I always asked for a new back-to-school backpack. This minimalist tote elicits the same feelings of glee I got from new bags way back when, but without the initial embroidery and zipper-pull lanyards. I love that it’s work-appropriate without feeling too businesslike or too bulky. And that cognac color is so seasonless and classic.
Buy It! everlane.com, $325
ZARA FAUX LEATHER MINI
Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director: I have the faux leather skirt, I have the jacket with the faux leather sleeves and I just got a faux leather top. But when I realized my closet was somehow devoid of the dress version, I knew I had to remedy the situation. I was prepared to spend $200 (since I didn’t want to get something plastic-y), but turns out all I need to drop is 80 bucks, which will get me this buttery-soft fit-and-flare number.
Buy it! “Zara faux leather dress
ARITZIA WILFRED FREE "LIN" SWEATER
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: I have stacks and stacks of sweaters in my closet, but I have a feeling that this cozy ribbed wool turtleneck will get the most love. The relaxed slightly oversize fit is on-trend for fall and because it’s a little longer in the back, I can wear it with leather leggings and not look like the third Jenner sister.
Buy It! aritzia.com, $165
FURLA "CANDY" MINI CROSS-BODY
Loni Venti, Style & Beauty Editor: Just big enough to hold my weekend essentials (in other words, lipstick, credit cards, iPhone), plus it’s got a fun candy apple shade that will add a playful pop of color when I’m otherwise in head-to-toe fall neutrals. I’ve already decided it’s going to be my go-to Sunday Funday bag.
Buy it! Furla “Candy
LOUISE ET CIE "LENTE" LEATHER FLATS
Jackie Fields, Beauty Writer: My shoe game is always on point, literally. I love the classic shape, but I’m loving this particular pair’s modern flair, thanks to the gold trim and ankle zipper. I’ve seen them on tons of women around the city so I finally bit the bullet and ordered them. I’m certain they’ll go well with everything from my favorite distressed denim to my new obsession: midi-length skirts.
Buy It! nordstrom.com, $138.95
KATE SPADE NEW YORK STUDS
Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor: I’m having an emerald moment, but unfortunately I don’t have an emerald budget. I plan to wear these pretty Kate Spade New York earrings to bring a luxe touch to any plain black-and-white outfits I wear this season. And the price can’t be beat – under $40 for the perfect dose of fall glam.
Buy It! katespade.com, $38
VANS LEATHER-AND-SUEDE SLIP-ONS
Ana Calderone, Editorial Assistant: I’m so over sandal season and so ready to move on to slip-on sneakers. I was thinking I’d get a black pair, but when I saw these kicks in burgundy (my go-to color for fall), I had to have them. Plus, the combination of textures makes them unique and fashion-y.
Buy It! madewell.com, $75
L.A.M.B. "DEBBY" HEELS
Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: I love these shoes for so many reasons, but I’ll keep it brief. a.) They go with everything, b.) They feature a small platform sole for comfort and c.) the d’Orsay silhouette is on-trend for fall. Plus, wearing white (even just a touch of it) after Labor Day makes me feel like such a fashion risk-taker.
Buy it! L.A.M.B. “Debby