"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." At least that's what Jordan says to Daisy in F. Scott Fitgerald's The Great Gatsby. It's also what I've been telling myself since yesterday circa 11:45 AM, as that was the precise time my first MBA exam finished. There is no greater feeling then an exam being over, I am sure. Except maybe when all your exams are over.
Either way, yesterday felt like a new leaf. And also a cold one. It was the first time the weather felt truly autumnal here in London, and it turns out I was not prepared. Having left a duffel of my sweaters at home for mom & dad to bring when they visit, I realized the best thing I brought to keep me warm was a pink onesie covered with moose (meese?) purchased while on a ski trip with last January. Good practical packing skills at their finest. So it was to Oxford street I went!
A few hours later I emerged with three sweaters, all on sale, all in great fall colors (navy, maroon, heather - oh my!). GAP is great for basics such as these - in fact their latest ad campaign claims their brand has perfected "the art of dressing normal." (Compared to some of the other stores on Oxford Street, I quite agree). But there was one other item that also managed to sneak it's way into my bag - new jeans.
While I wasn't really in the market, I couldn't help but notice the shelves upon shelves of denim lining virtually every square foot of the store's entrance. And after seeing how much denim went down the runway last month, can I blame them? The fabric is definitely having a moment - just don't call it a comeback. Lululemon may have taken the lead in selling fashionable legwear at it's most comfortable, but jeans will always prevail as the classic staple in every woman's (and man's) closet. Recently designers have been reviving the dependable fabric, mixing colors and cuts to present a seemingly endless array of choices - there's gotta be something for everyone, am I right? At GAP this was certainly the case - they even had an employee manning a "personalization station" in the store where customers could pick a pair of jeans and then bring them to her for embellishment. While I wasn't quite that committed, I did try on and love this pair in a light-wash patchwork style. Paired with one of my new sweaters and cognac booties, they give an elevated look to an otherwise uninspired ensemble. And they are almost as comfortable as my Lulus. Almost.
What denim trend are you most excited about this season?