Because I’m trying to be more organized, planning ahead is crucial. This means I have to account for everything in the future, from Thursday’s lunch to my next great sartorial manifestation of self — currently slated for fall 2018. Given my past trajectories, if I don’t start now, September is likely to roll up out of a nowhere and ask me who the hell I think I am, or at least what kind of persona I hope to emit. The last time I forgot to start early, I panicked. It was like being in line to order food, not paying attention and then accidentally blurting out the first weird thing on the menu that I’m allergic to.
Not this time. They say that making lists is the first step in getting your life together, so here I go: What follows is a list of hopes and dreams for my sartorial self come Fall/Winter 2018 after reviewing the Milan collections.
1.I want to be the kind of person who takes the 80s super literally.
Let’s make this tacky-on-purpose, power-shouldered, Wrestlemania-belt-bucked era such a part of our daily vernacular in 2018 that not a single person in the world would dare make a joke about how the 80s called and it wants its look back. I am also all for accessorizing as though preparing for a drive in a convertible, gloves included.
2.I want to be the kind of person who pulls the comforter off her bed and doesn’t just drag it to the couch, but brings it into her daily life.
Give me a hug over a coat any day of the week, like this Jil Sander-wrapped puffy comforter-cape bolero. (Versace had something similar, too, just in case someone quizzes you!)
3.I want to be the kind of person who wears cowboy boots, but doesn’t make a big deal about it.
Everyone is so excited about cowboy boots and I get it: they’re visually appealing, something different, comfortable, the antidote to the dreaded boring boot syndrome. However, I’m nervous they have the capacity to go the way of too much party cake. If everyone overloads too quickly, we’ll get sick of them and poof! Then what? So I really appreciated the subtle approach as seen at Emporio Armani, where silver cowboy boots peeked out from under a green jumpsuit like NBD, and a floral swing jacket on top tricked you into thinking it was the focal point. WELL IT SURE ROPED ME IN.
4.I want to be the kind of person who wants her commuter shoes to clash on purpose.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve cancelled a perfect outfit by changing it to match commuter sneakers, took a financially irresponsible taxi to wear shoes I couldn’t walk long distances in, or walked an uncomfortable walk just because I didn’t want to ruin my “look” by wearing the smart shoe choice. So thank you Stella Jean, for reminding me that my ideal Put Together Tidy Look can pair with Whatever Shoes Make You Happy when you’re busy and trying to get somewhere. The clashy-er, the better.
5.I want to be the kind of person who makes the coat the focus of her outfit.
Just look at this blue coat fit for royalty from Fendi (also, the turquoise boots — hello, I could eat you). I imagine it’s far more fun to run errands when your outerwear is sounding a trillion trumpets.
6.I want to be the kind of person who’s brave enough to go there with her pant/boot combo.
As seen at Ferragamo, the look of early 20th-century breeches with tall boots intimidate me in a modern context, but after risk month, I feel ready for it.
7.I want to be the kind of person who can pull off Prada’s entire Fall 2018 collection.
It is reminiscent of 1998 like, exactly. I know Miuccia brewed something genius here, but to be completely honest, I’ve yet to unpack it. Would love to hear your feedback. Easy take-away to adopt right now: bucket hats.
8.I want to be the kind of person who takes the teddy bear trend to another level.
At Tod’s, the cuddly-cool aesthetic was elevated by introducing this chestnut/butterscotch/ginger snap color in head-to-toe. I don’t think you have to match hair-to-toes, but where this coat’s concerned, the Ugg-like boots feel mandatory.
9.I want to be the kind of person who embraces patchwork.
It’s a bold style choice, but Missoni made the case for how to do it without feeling as though you have to disrupt everything you’ve previously prepared your wardrobe’s aesthetic for. All it takes is one item to move you forward. But two items layered? That’s when you know you’re a patchwork master.
10.Finally, I want to be the kind of person who’s easy to spot a million miles away.
See: Marni’s Fall 2018 runway. In a monochrome winter sea of black and navy, how fun would it be to be “the woman in the pink coat, back right corner, about a football field’s distance away”?
Feature photo by Pietro D’aprano via Getty Images.