LAURENS GOODWILL GEMS: It’s Fall, Y’all!

We’ve already hit mid-September! (How, exactly, did that happen so quickly?) The first official day of fall is still about a week away, but the weather is already changing – cooler nights, breezier days, and some grayer, rainier afternoons mean it’s already time to start mixing in those autumn basics and beloved pieces from previous years.

Borrow from student styles of yore. Yes, it is important (I honestly can’t stress how important), to dress appropriately for your age. There is, however, nothing wrong with borrowing from a previous generation’s trends or putting a chicer twist on a style someone younger than you is rocking – which is exactly why I am totally in love with these crazy-cute loafers I recently spotted at my local Goodwill thrift shop. They’re the perfect fall piece for any younger lady who’s no longer of school age, but isn’t anywhere near getting into grandma territory. They’re classic, comfy, and not super feminine – but they’re easy to wear with everything from super-girly dresses to more masculine suits and separates. They toy with the idea of retro, back-to-school fashion, but the sporty fringe and tassels are fun and reminiscent of golf shoes. These brown leather stunners, however, look nothing like an old man’s favorite shoe – the detailing over the tops of the toes give these flats a polished and ladylike air that’s sure to look spectacular with any number of outfits.

Androgynously chic, these cool shoes play off the differences between masculine and feminine to create a very distinctive and totally one-of-a-kind addition to your fall wardrobe.
Androgynously chic, these cool shoes play off the differences between masculine and feminine to create a very distinctive and totally one-of-a-kind addition to your fall wardrobe.

Easy to work in every way. These sweet and chic shoes don’t need much else to look fantastic, and they’ll easily pair with any number of pieces and styles. The best thing to do is to keep it simple, so that these understated (but totally sophisticated) shoes can really stand out. Try them on with a pair of perfectly fitting jeans and a traditional – but always flattering – white tee-shirt. Or, keep a more formal ensemble from looking too prim and boring by tossing them on with a sure-to-impress pinstripe suit or subtly patterned blazer and button-down. Whatever you choose, keep it classic, simple, and fit to your body – with such an unassuming, but always-in-style backdrop of classic pieces, these sweet shoes are sure to take center stage – and make you look absolutely fabulous in the process.

Walk the line between masculine and feminine with fun, funky flats with a borrowed-from-the-boys feel and androgynous but form-fitting and figure-flatting classic items from your wardrobe.
Walk the line between masculine and feminine with fun, funky flats with a borrowed-from-the-boys feel and androgynous but form-fitting and figure-flatting classic items from your wardrobe.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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