The preview is hinting at lots of color in classic and preppy styles. Here are my first few picks.
Cotton and Wool Stripe Turtleneck Dress. This is short but totally wearable with tights and boots. I'm very sensitive to wool though, I'd likely have to wear some kind of tee underneath and that might not work. I'll have to try this one on in store to see how it feels. It would look great with my Black Fleece Flat Boots.
This Cotton Rugby Dress is a good transitional piece that can be worn late summer and into fall and the long sleeves would also work for spring, at least here in Canada. It also comes in lilac and I like the white collar and cuffs, nice touch.
The Black Watch Shirt Dress has potential to be a fall staple for years to come. I love a shirtdress with a straighter skirt. A shirtdress is a simple way to dress comfortably and still look pulled together thanks to the tailored details. The fabric content is not listed but a couple of people have asked for the details so that should be available through the tab on the product page shortly.
I like a knit shirt and this Cotton Oxford Knit shirt incorporates a white collar, placket and cuffs in a menswear oxford cloth on a cotton jersey knit body. The signature metal buttons are a nice touch, they won't break apart like plastic or shell buttons sometimes do.
It also comes in purple but I really like the look of the navy and white. I've been slowly donating my J.Crew cotton/silk perfect shirts and I'll replace one with one of these, most likely the navy, which would be a perfect topper for a colorful pencil skirt.
If you'd like a change from the pencil skirt silhouette, this Corduroy Skirt has a front pleat that will give it a slight A-line shape. It comes in pink (shown), orange, heather grey and blue and has trouser styling with a front-zip closure, zip pockets and contrast stitching. I really like this one and will definitely try it on in-store. I find corduroy pencil skirts to always catch on my tights, the A-line silhouette shouldn't have that problem.
I usually cannot wear full skirts but I wanted to put this Silk Pleated Print Skirt up because it is very pretty and quite timeless. The colors are perfect for fall but could really work in any season with the right pieces. It would be easily dressed up for a party or paired with a blazer for work. Classic and feminine.
Now on to the accessories. I love the look of these Burnished Wingtip Platform Oxfords. The varied colors and textures add interest and the platform should offset the high heel. They are also available in Black with Lizard Embossed Leather. These are a bit too similar to the Black Fleece Pony Oxfords that I have already so I don't expect to pick these up but you can bet I will be fondling them in the store.
How about these Knee-High Platform Boots in light brown suede? I bet the suede feels like silk and your legs look a mile long in these boots. They are also available in Grey. Probably not so practical for the long, cold Canadian winter so I will admire from afar.
This Kid Suede Frame Handbag has a classic look and an adjustable strap to convert it to a shoulder bag.
The bag has a metal frame that opens wide to an interior lined in faille with leather reinforced patch pockets and a zipper pocket to complement the large main compartment.
It also comes in this Navy colorway. This suede bag has leather reinforcements and trim, as well as a leather handle/strap that is so important on suede handbags. If the handle is suede and not leather it will quickly show wear and look dirty because suede will absorb oils from your hands whether natural or added from lotions and creams.
Those are all my picks from the first fall rollout for women. There is a fall preview for men as well, click HERE to view the men's new arrivals online.
Overall I think the preview is very well done and fall looks promising. It feels like classic Brooks Brothers with a fresh and youthful look.
Did you see anything you like in the Brooks Brothers preview?
Do you have your shopping list for fall?