While the average citizen is clinging to the last dregs of summer, the style set is hankering for colder temps and the chance to wear the new season’s hottest trends. Stores are positively teeming with buttery suede jackets, nubby knits and velvet accessories, which makes the shopping process exciting but overwhelming for even the most eager shopper. Though we’re all sure to fall prey to certain whimsical trends (hopefully opting to purchase their more affordable iterations), some pieces are well worth an investment. Here, we tapped members of our team for the one item they’re willing to shell out some serious cash for this season. Get inspired and let us know what you’ll be buying in the comments below.
"I'm obsessed with this Gucci bag. The luxe velvet, the rich jewel tone, the gold hardware! Sigh, it's my fall must-have."
—Sari Tuschman, Editor at Large
"I'll wear these with an oversize vintage tee, cropped black flares and a mini top-handle bag. Super simple, so the pattern really takes center stage."
—Christian David, Art Director
"I can't wait to jump into the velvet trend this fall, and these yummy navy crushed-velvet pants are calling my name. The silhouette is cool and laid-back, which will look amazing with a contrasting crisp white shirt and ankle-strap heels for the office."
—Amy Lee, Associate Fashion Editor
"I'm in love with the debut collection from Sies Marjan, and this pleated silk pencil skirt will look great with everything from a pussy-bow blouse to a vintage concert tee."
—Nicky Deam, Editorial Director
"Every fall, I buy myself a new leather jacket, but this year I'm making the big move from New York to Los Angeles and want to try altering my personal style a bit. This suede moto jacket can be worn with everything from a pair of distressed denim shorts to my favorite black skinny jeans."
—Andrea Navarro, Associate Beauty Editor
"I've needed to refresh my denim wardrobe for a few years, so this season I'm updating it with this unique pair I'll wear forever."
—Erin Nicole, Lifestyle Editor
"The silk robe trend is everything. This striped iteration will work well with my daily uniform of jeans and loafers. Plus, it can easily be dressed up with an LBD at night."
—Laura Lajiness, New York Fashion Editor
"My fall splurge will be a new piece of jewelry—likely this choker because it will instantly add polish without being excessive, and it's versatile enough to wear all season."
—Samantha Corbett, Graphic Designer
"I've been eyeing (read: obsessed with) these shoes ever since I saw them on the runway, and I'm convinced they're not going anywhere. My justification for splurging is twofold—they're so comfortable and they look cool with everything. Need I say more?"
—Leah Benzie, Social Media Coordinator
"The number-one item on my wish list for fall is a Nour Hammour leather jacket. It's pricey, but the craftsmanship and design are utterly timeless—I will literally live in this all season long, and for years to come."
—Kristi Mikesky, Features Editor
"A beaded satin Fendi baguette because they're making an epic comeback!"
—Jaclyn Decell, Community Manager