Transitional Toppers

Transitional Toppers

by Rakhee Bhatt

As we greet the fall with strolls along leaf-strewn paths and hearty helpings of pumpkin spice, well, everything, so too do we give a warm welcome to luxurious layers.

“Living in New York, transitioning from summer to fall fashion, means I hang up my kaftans and shorts and head for the sweaters and layers,” says model and swimwear designer Hunter McGrady, who made history last year when, at size 16, she became the curviest model to appear in Sports Illustrated’s famed Swimsuit Issue. “Fall shopping to me is all about fashion meets function. My biggest tip for a great fall jacket is one that is long and structured. Long jackets are amazing statement pieces and are roomy enough to add layers as it gets colder. Try a great camel pea coat and your favorite printed scarf (animal print is going to be huge this fall!) to keep you warm on those days that can be a little too crisp. Add a beanie for that super chic fall look á la Gossip Girl.”

As your wardrobe shifts to include chunky knits, knee-high boots, and beanies galore, 11 Honoré’s resident Fashion Director Jessica Raiter gives us her style tips on these eight toppers perfect for transitioning into the autumn season.

Victor Glemaud Oversized Chunky Cardigan

A self-tie sash turns this cotton-cashmere blended cardigan into a swoon-worthy layering piece for fall.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“If you are going to a workout class—in lieu of wearing a sweatshirt—throw this over your workout outfit. Then it becomes more of an ensemble so you look more put together.”

Michael Kors Trench Coat

Take the trench in a new direction with this sky blue tweed fabric interpretation sure to add polish to every ensemble you sport this fall.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“When it comes to trench coats, try it on, and see how your silhouette looks in the mirror. Sometimes, women just throw a trench on and don’t consider how it looks over their clothes. I tie the belt of the trench coat in the back to a place where my silhouette shines. Then I take it off and adjust the tie so it looks like a classy bow. This makes it easier to grab the coat and go when I’m heading out, but also show off my outfit in the most flattering way.”

Naeem Khan Jacket

Crafted from luxurious cream wool on the outside and silk lining on the inside, this track jacket is elegantly trimmed with black lace detailing along the sleeves.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“It’s important to buy a piece this season and think of how you can wear it multiple ways. Can you throw it over something dressy? Can you pair it back to jeans? Can you throw it over workout clothes when you take your kids to school?”

Lela Rose Topper Coat

Matelassé purple flowers are embroidered over this lush lilac coat, that has a slightly oversized silhouette made for fall layering.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“This cocoon-style coat is great because it has fuller arms that you can layer over something heavier or just wear as a lightweight topper.”

Derek Lam Long Double-Breasted Blazer

An asymmetrical cut takes this pinstripe blazer to the edge, making it a seamless selection for your day-to-evening wardrobe.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“Make sure you have enough room in the shoulders so you can layer something underneath. Wear it oversized or draped over your shoulders.”

JC Obando Washed Satin Robe

Worn casually open, this dusty pink robe styles gracefully over a jeans and tee combo or a cocktail confection.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“If women have a great, thick belt from something else, it would be perfect to belt this topper. It becomes almost like a flatter cardigan and a true top. You can layer it under a coat if it’s too chilly.”

Ryan Lo Black Sequined Lace Cardigan

Step into the Roaring Twenties with this flapper-inspired, mid-calf cardigan complete with black sequin embellishments.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“I love this sequin cardigan because it’s a great way to cover your arms, yet still feels light enough to wear indoors or outdoors. It would be great over a t-shirt and jeans or a shift dress.”

Veda Dallas Smooth Leather Jacket

The classic moto jacket gets a new season update in this soft lambskin piece, which features a timeless navy hue, full lining, and zip pockets.

Jessica’s Styling Tip

“It’s good to go with a transitional color like navy and jewel tones instead of just a boring, plain black.”


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