24 Investment Pieces For Fall 2018 That Our Editors Have Their Eyes On
Now that sweaters, coats, and boots are finally flooding into the new arrivals sections of our favorite e-tailers, The Zoe Report's editors are busy figuring out the best fall investment pieces to buy now... before everyone else snags them first. With a dizzying number of options — MatchesFashion alone has over 800 new styles in this week — it's a daunting task, but the team is an experienced group of trend-hunters who are up to the challenge.
I asked each of our editors to share three high-ticket items they're eyeing for the season to come. While each of us will be sad to put away our sandals and swimsuits, these shopping picks serve as a reminder that there's plenty to look forward to: structured back-to-school-inspired accessories, cuddly sweaters, and sophisticated tailoring, oh my.
Whether you're looking to cherry-pick a few key trends for fall 2018 or you're in need of a total wardrobe refresh, allow us to serve as a starting place for your own dream cart. Move fast and you'll have your fall wardrobe set long before the first leaf turns.
Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor
90s Slip Dress
"I truly can't stop buying slip dresses, and this one from Silk Laundry is the one I hope to live in all fall long."
"These Tibi boots veer into costume territory so quickly that they're basically forcing me to remold my entire fall style ethos around them. (Worth it.)"
"Nobody *needs* an $800 baby blue leather jacket, but here we are. I'd wear this on its own as a shirt in the fall, then layered under a heavier coat once the temps really drop."
Aemilia Madden, Senior Fashion Editor
The Vampire's Wife
"As the weather cools down and things creep towards the holidays, I'm drawn to all things sparkly and shiny. This dress is a bit over my personal budget, but hey a girl can dream."
Mini Gate Bag
"I'm a sucker for a cute mini purse, and this little saddle bag by Loewe is my favorite for fall. I always equate equestrian-inspired pieces with this time of year, so I'd want to break it out ASAP."
Lace-Up Ankle Boots
I pre-ordered these Proenza boots months ago and I can't wait to finally have the chance to break them out. In my humble opinion, they're the perfect marriage of practical and cool."
Nicky Deam, Contributing Style Director
"This raw pendant is a great update to the gold style I've been wearing on repeat all summer."
"I love a glittery, barely-there sandal to pair with simple separates and this style boasts a totally walkable heel."
"I could wax poetic about this coat for way longer than is considered healthy. Subverting a plaid menswear coat with a hyper-feminine hourglass silhouette is genius. I will wear it 24 hours a day (which I'll have to for that price tag)."
Mecca Williams, Contributing Market Editor
"Rachel Comey's earrings are still my favorite, season after season. The color palette just gets better! I love good statement earrings, and I try to buy from indie brands that are not mass produced, and are truly unique."
"I am in search of my next pair of good luxury sneakers, and after searching high and low, these Marni sneakers are still my go-to. They fit my style so well, and are super comfortable. I love these colors for my fall 2018 wardrobe."
"It's back-to-work season, and right now I'm in search of the perfect modern blazer. I am currently eyeing this Jacquemus Wrap Blazer — I love the modern silhouette, and it's perfect for fall transitioning."
Khalea Underwood, Beauty Editor
"I take a ton of samples home every night after work, along with my laptop and heavy cosmetics pouch. Meaning, the people of the MTA probably hate me for taking up so much space with my bags. I'm craving a gorgeous carryall like Isabel Marant's, that will double as a way to hold all my work stuff *and* tie my weekend looks together, too."
Mid-Crop Leather Jacket
"As soon as I spot a few leaves on the ground, I'm always ready to trade in my well-worn denim jackets for a buttery leather topper. I've heard really good things about All67, where you can send in your measurements for a perfect fit... which is super ideal, since leather can veer on the boxier side."
"I *really* don't want to think about trekking through the rain, sleet, and — eventually — the snow within the coming months... but I'm going to have to prepare myself somehow. Having an excuse to wear these lug-sole booties makes the pill easier to swallow."
Ruby Buddemeyer, Associate Celebrity Editor
"I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect plaid pants ever since I witnessed Blake Lively’s parade of suits. Luckily I stumbled across this hunter-green pair by Anine Bing, which have just enough flare in the legs and a super-high waist. I plan on wearing them with everything from sky-high boots to comfy sneakers."
"2018 is the year I finally say goodbye to my shapeless, floor-length puffer jacket (you will not be missed). I’ll be swapping it for this ribbed jacket that hits right at the hips."
"I’ll be wearing these cream pumps until my cold feet can’t take it anymore — the longer I can put off grabbing my winter boots from the back of my closet, the better."
Anna Buckman, Shopping News Editor
Belted Cashmere Coat
"Let's be real — I'm always eyeing something from The Row. I love the color and oversized fit of this jacket for fall."
Olivia Box Bag
"I literally can't stop thinking about this purse. It's such a unique shape and so elegant."
"These boots are perfect. I love how simple they are — I know I'd be able to wear them with everything in my closet."
Aidan Macaluso, Social Media Editor
The Robe Coat
"I'm convinced camel coats are timeless, and since it will be my first winter here in New York, I've never had a better excuse to invest in one."
Boogie 85 Booties
"You can never go wrong with a pair of black boots, and I love that these play into this season's '80s trend."
3.1 Phillip Lim
"I've been eyeing this bag for a while, and I've decided to finally pull the trigger. Not only is it black, but the detachable shoulder strap makes it all the more versatile!"
Angela Melero, Senior West Coast Editor
"I mean, look at these leather pants. What is not to love."
"I never met a pink faux fur coat I didn't like."
"I've been a fan of Sophia Webster for some time now, particularly the Chiara style. Now that it's available in this incredible jeweled colorway, I may need to bite the bullet and make them mine, once and for all."