SAMANTHA’S PICK: “Delicate and feminine, lasting the test of time, lace is a fabrication always looking to reinvent itself. The delicate and intricate nature of lace allows it to stand on its own, with no further embellishment needed. Paired with a nude lining, lace can act like a tattoo on the skin, a subversive twist to a ladylike classic.”
RYAN’S PICK: “Fall weather can be unpredictable, so having a backup pair of heels or flats is essential. Accordingly, you'll need a bag to fit all the goods. This ‘it bag’ will keep all your extras safe, while making all your friends jealous.”
SAMANTHA’S PICK: “Leave the drama to the jewelry! These emerald-cut crystal chandelier earrings elevate any ensemble, from a grey cashmere crew neck, to a gala-worthy gown. Great statement jewelry is fun to wear, adds a punch of sparkle, and can act as a conversation starter.”
Elizabeth earrings, RAE ($120).
RYAN’S PICK: “I'm a big fan of a simply chic outfit—think fitted t-shirt, dark denim, and an easy jacket—with a bold accessory taking center stage. This piece from Bella Colletta makes a statement and is a guaranteed head-turner, no matter the season.”
SAMANTHA’S PICK: “Chicago boutique darling Roslyn teamed up with Italian-based label Suite to create a capsule collection of lust-worthy party dresses. Roslyn x Suite’s standout piece is a classic little black dress with a big bow twist, perfect for the impending holiday season. I love the structure of the silk and wool fabrication, and know that this is a piece I will be revisiting season after season.”
Madeleine dress, Roslyn x Suite ($475). Roslyn, 2035 N. Damen Ave., 773-489-1311
SAMANTHA’S PICK: “The Rita vest has been a bestseller for the last two years, so we bring it back each season with a new detailing. Made of a cashmere and wool blend with a lambskin leather binding, it’s the perfect transitional piece to get you through those ‘I can't decide what season I am in’ Chicago days.”
SAMANTHA’S PICK: “Oxblood is the go-to color this fall for a more saturated take on a seasonally classic shade of red. Beacon, New York-based label, Em Reservoir, serves it up in simple proportions and staple pieces, keeping the focus on color, texture, and weight.”
RYAN’S PICK: “A beautiful jacket is the perfect addition to any outfit, and with the unpredictable Chicago weather, it's a key addition to your fall wardrobe. Samantha's Wulfina Moto Jacket can add a bit of edge to a beautiful dress or add the final touch to that t-shirt and jeans look.”
This summer, local entrepreneur Jeremiah Green launched Purely, a mobile app that provides users with a way to view the latest collections from both established and emerging designers (local talent featured includes Bella Colletta jewelry, Atelier Azza, and Miriam Cecilia, among others). Purely curatorial director Samantha Sleeper, a designer and Chicago native, and digital marketing lead, Windy City-based Ryan Beshel, gave us their top picks for fall fashion—all of which are available through Purely.