Ask Moll: What are your favorite fall outerwear pieces?


I love it when you guys write in with questions for me! So much so, that this week’s blog is an answer to one of those questions. Keep ‘em coming, people!

Dear Moll,
Can you put together your favorite jackets and vests for fall? It makes your style so interesting and polished. Maybe, some high-end pieces with some similar lower-end pieces? Your style is killer, and I would love to see your picks on your blog!

Dear _________,

Wow! I am beyond flattered that you want me to share some of my fashion tips with you. I love fashion, and it really makes me smile to hear that my taste and fashion sense are resonating with readers like you. Here are a few of my fall picks for outerwear, per your request. I’m totally obsessed with capes and vests, so this was a fun one to write! Thanks for writing in!

Love, Moll

The right cape, vest or jacket can make almost anything modern the second you put it on.

Contrary to the rule when it comes to accessorizing (which is to take off one accessory before you leave the house to avoid fashion overkill), the key to adding the perfect outerwear piece is to see your simple ensemble, and raise it by adding one perfect outerwear piece to make all the difference.
Yep. INSTANT fashion statement!

I personally am always on the lookout for vests and capes, especially while traveling, because I find such interesting pieces that speak to me in whatever town I’m in. Vests and capes cover a multitude of sins, by being long enough to disguise flaws, while being impressive enough to make a big fashion statement. But, the real beauty of these pieces is their versatility. They can be worn with a classic pair of slacks, a slim-fitting pair of jeans, your most comfy Boyfriend jeans, or, even the newest (yet oldest) trend – bell-bottoms!

Here are a few of my favorite fall looks, with some of my favorite pieces, ranging in price. While some of these might make you think you have to mortgage the house, I suggest you use them to create your own personal fall lookbook (or Pinterest board), so then you’ll know what styles to look for, at your favorite stores, and on the sale racks.

A straightforward shearling coat or vest, such as this season’s Vince. Leather & Shearling Coat ($2795) is a forward-thinking piece, that can transition from fall to winter with ease.

Vince Coat

A couple different style options (with prettier price points), are the Ralph Lauren Faux-Shearling Draped Vest ($150), ASOS Faux Fur & Shearling Patchwork Coat ($171), H&M Sleeveless Wool-blend Coat ($79.99), and the River Island Shearling Gilet ($80) with that same forward thinking in mind. I also love the way the creamy white and camel colors pair so perfectly.

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A statement cape – like this Saint Laurent Leopard Printed Ponyskin Cape ($13,000) – can be worn with jeans for comfort and grace or paired with a simple, yet sexy, black ensemble for maximum impact (pictured here).

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Ditto for this Trina Turk ‘Fairfax’ Faux Fur Cape ($598),  Michael Kors Faux Fur Cape ($350), and Zara Houndstooth Cape ($189) which are equally, yet uniquely, elegant, while all at a fraction of the price.  If patterns are too overpowering for you and solids are more your style, then try one like the Milly Funnel Neck Cape Coat ($725) where the bright, bold color really makes the statement.

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A perfect travel poncho, such as this Neiman Marcus Zip-Front Cashmere Poncho with Fur Trim ($1495) can help you jet from the runway to restaurant with time to spare, when paired with dark denim, and a creamy cowl neck.

NM Poncho

And, so can the Joie Ignacie Fringe Poncho ($448), Hazel Aura Cool Blush and Cream Print Hooded Poncho from LuLu’s ($87), The Kooples Plaid Wool Poncho ($250) or Houndstooth Open-Front Poncho ($32.90) with their festive fall-friendly patterns.

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A fabulous fur vest can take you from girl next door to rockstar with one simple shrug. Here is the Etro Two-Tone Fur Vest with Paisley-Print contrast ($8130).Etro Fur Vest

And, here’s the Zia Ombre Faux Fur Vest by Generation Love ($283), Topshop Faux Fur Gilet Vest ($125), and the H&M Vest ($49.99) which all have comparable rockstar appeal for less.

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With choices at every price, you’re sure to be making a fashion statement – while staying warm – in no time!

Moll Wants To Know: What is your favorite fall outerwear piece?