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Cult-Classics

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A New Class of Cult-Classic Bags,
Boots, and Brands

Historically speaking, fall is prime time for big fashion moments. And after the year(s) the industry has had, it’s unsurprising that this season brings no shortage of imaginative spins on hypercovetable boots, modern riffs on iconic bags, and fresh perspectives from the coolest contemporary brands. In other words, designers are bringing their A game.

Without further ado, we give you: the new and noteworthy, spot-them-from-across-the-street styles we all want to get our hands on (and feet into, and shoulders under…).

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FALL REBOOT

Here’s the breakdown: Riding boots are back—in sleek, espresso-hued leather (the sturdy kind that stands up all on its own) with curved shapes and stirrup-like straps. And those heavy-duty Bottega lug soles that have infiltrated your feed for a few seasons now? Not only are they sticking around; they’ve also been upgraded in rich earth tones and slick ombré hues, with details that take cues from your ladylike loafers.

Knee-Highs

  1. khaite boot
    Khaite boots Net-a-Porter, $1,460
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  2.  toteme boot
    Toteme boots Toteme, $1,000
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  3. Jil Sander boots Matchesfashion, $930
    Jil Sander boots Matchesfashion, $930
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  4. Joseph boots goop, $975
    Joseph boots goop, $975
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ANKLE

  1. Ganni boot goop, $445
    Ganni boots goop, $445
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  2. Bottega Veneta boots Bottega Veneta, $1,150
    Bottega Veneta boots Bottega Veneta, $1,150
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  3. Ulla Johnson boot goop, $550
    Ulla Johnson boots goop, $550
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  4. Hereu boots goop, $590
    Hereu boots goop, $590
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GO WIDE

If ever there were a pair of pants to get us out of our sweats, it’s a pair of wide-legs. Cuffed or uncuffed, snug through the hips or überswingy—these directional fits are the way to dip your toe into the jean pool.

VICTORIA BECKHAM BLOUSE, goop, $590; VICTORIA BECKHAM JEANS, goop, $490

  1. Victoria Beckham jeans goop, $450
    Victoria Beckham jeans goop, $450
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  2. Raey jeans Matchesfashion, $176
    Raey jeans Matchesfashion, $176
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  3. G, Label Geiger Wide-Leg Jeans goop, $295
    G, Label Geiger Wide-Leg Jeans goop, $295
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NOVELTY KNITS

Neutral sweaters have taken a loud turn for fall—and you can expect to find everything from retro rugby stripes and citified Fair Isles to preppy argyles in zany colorways that no one—including your dad—saw coming.

  1. Nili Lotan sweater goop, $550
    Nili Lotan sweater goop, $550
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  2. G. Label Beuchat Fair Isle Cardigan goop, $695
    G. Label Beuchat Fair Isle Cardigan goop, $695
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  3. Khaite hoodie Khaite, $1,680
    Khaite hoodie Khaite, $1,680
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  1. Ciao Lucia cardigan goop, $395
    Ciao Lucia cardigan goop, $395
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  2. La DoubleJ sweater goop, $415
    La DoubleJ sweater goop, $415
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CARTIER RINGS

MASTER CLASH

Edgy yet elevated, everyday-wearable yet special-occasion worthy—it’s Cartier’s dueling sentiments that take the newest iterations of its Clash collections up a notch. A subversive twist on a timeless tennis bracelet. A spiky cocktail ring that moves with touch. Rose-gold studs, black-onyx beads, and a single earring dripping in Tahitian pearls. These cult classics can be worn on their own, layered alongside other Cartier mainstays, or stacked, mixed, and matched with whatever else you’ve got going on.

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Who: Chanel

What: 11.22 Bag

We’re particularly taken with Virginie Viard’s latest homage to Chanel’s legendary 2.55 bag. It’s made with the same couture-like precision you’d expect from a century-old maison (each bag takes fifteen hours to create, give or take), but with some unexpected rebel details, like pearls flanked by tiny studs along the diamond quilting and leather ribbon entwined with the chain-link strap.

  1. Chanel 11.22 bag Chanel, price upon request
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Who: Gucci

What: The Jackie 1961

Gucci’s fabled hobo bag is legendary: Back in the ’70s, Jackie Kennedy was spotted with it so frequently, the fashion house decided that the style formerly known as G1244 was ripe for a rebrand. Cut to now: The new unisex version—reissued in very-vintage pastels and shrunken-down sizes—is just beyond good. Just ask Harry Styles.

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    Gucci bag Gucci, $2400
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Who: Gabriela Hearst

What: The Nina Bag

Uruguayan designer Gabriela Hearst has mastered the conversation piece. Case in point: the Nina Bag, which is crocheted in Bolivia in limited runs (all by special request) and created as a tribute to the late artist turned activist Nina Simone. The cloud-soft cashmere is divine, and that head-turning tie-dye will breathe new life into any look.

  1. Gabriela Hearst bag Gabriela Hearst, price upon request
    Gabriela Hearst bag Gabriela Hearst, price upon request
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COOL-GIRL BRANDS TO WATCH

G. LABEL

Come for the contemporary interpretations of classics; stay for the gorgeous archival prints, the designer-caliber Italian fabrics, and of course, the fastidiously considered details that make these staples miles more sophisticated than the rest.

G Label September

PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL CARDIGAN, goop, $575; G. LABEL MAGGIE PUFF-SLEEVE PRINTED TOP, goop, $395; G. LABEL EVIE MIDLENGTH PRINTED SKIRT, goop, $495

  1. G. Label Ava Cashmere Tank Top goop, 395
    G. Label Ava Cashmere
    Tank Top
    goop, $395
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  2. G. Label Eliza Poncho goop, $675
    G. Label Eliza Poncho goop, $675
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TOVE

Known for its elaborate ruching, London-based label TOVE—launched in 2019 by two Topshop alums—became an overnight success for romantic silhouettes that hover somewhere between intricate and just the right amount of pared-back.

tove dress

TOVE DRESS, goop, $715

  1. Tove top goop, $675
    TOVE top goop, $675
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  2. Tove dress goop, $575
    TOVE dress goop, $575
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CIAO LUCIA

A little LA, a little Vespa-ing-through-the-streets-of-the-Italian-Riviera—there’s a reason Ciao Lucia has won our hearts and our carts: Those feminine fits are about as fun and flattering as they come.

CIAO LUCIA SKIRT

CIAO LUCIA SKIRT, goop, $475

  1. Ciao Lucia top goop, $295
    Ciao Lucia top goop, $295
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  2. Ciao Lucia dress goop, $405
    Ciao Lucia dress goop, $405
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TOTEME

When Stockholm blogger Elin Kling decided to launch her own line of foundational staples, her minimalist aesthetic gave legions of women softened-up versions of the Scandi uniform. Her heavenly sweaters are beautifully understated—and that’s the appeal.

TOTEME KNIT,

TOTEME KNIT, goop, $830

  1. Toteme knit goop, $650
    Toteme knit goop, $650
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  2. Toteme top goop, $320
    Toteme top goop, $320
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SLIDE PIECE

Some silver linings to come out of the last twelve-plus months: Cocktails to go. Ted Lasso. And slip-on shoes that feel at home wherever you are. Rejiggered in fuzzy fabrics (fashion director Ali Pew loves them styled with a suit) and chain-link embellishments (because your wrists and décolletage shouldn’t get to have all the fun), these slip-ons feel as relevant as ever.

  1. JW Anderson loafers goop, $595
    JW Anderson loafers goop, $595
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  2. Birkenstock boston goop, $165
    Birkenstock slides goop, $165
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  3. Birkenstock boston goop, $165
    Birkenstock slides goop, $165
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  1. JW Anderson slides goop, $595
    JW Anderson slides goop, $595
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  2. JW Anderson loafers goop, $595
    JW Anderson loafers goop, $595
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We hope you enjoy the products recommended here. Our goal is to suggest only things we love and think you might, as well. We also like transparency, so, full disclosure: We may collect a share of sales or other compensation if you purchase through the external links on this page.