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Shoptober: Fall fashion update with a local edge

Image courtesy of ELmwood Village Association


Fall is my personal favorite time to shop—it’s the perfect opportunity to renew and refresh your wardrobe, layering new signature pieces with what you already own for an updated look. Instead of hitting the mall for your fall necessities, consider shopping local this season. In addition to the obvious bonus of benefiting our community and economy, shopping at Buffalo boutiques also results in a look more unique than anything the mall could produce. And if you’re a big online shopper, keep in mind that these boutiques carry many of the same brands you find on sites like ASOS and Nasty Gal.

Here, I’ve picked out a few of the fall items I’m excited about from some of my favorite local boutiques.


First up, this casual ensemble from the new and fabulous Elmwood boutique, Blush. Storeowner Lexie Furlong swears by these forest green Henry & Belle skinnies (also available in other colors), and while they’re pricy at $142, a pair of such well-fitting, comfortable jeans may well be worth the investment. Pair with a cozy print BB Dakota sweater ($79), adorable purple Superga sneaks ($65), and a black Danielle Cole bag ($88) and you’ve got the perfect outfit for roaming Elmwood with one of those fall-flavored lattes everyone’s into these days.

This outfit is equal parts cozy and chic, starting with a super fuzzy MinkPink sweater ($98) that’ll make you the most cuddle-able lady around. Add a pair of leggings—a Bardot moto pair ($75), for example—a glamorous Jovan Jane headwrap doubling as an ear warmer ($35), and a matching Danielle Nicole bag ($78). Who said being warm couldn’t be stylish?

This long-sleeve print Dolce Vita dress ($115) is great for going out or even the office, especially with this funky gem necklace ($49). Layer with a Lucy Paris vegan-leather-trimmed jacket ($83) for a trendy, elegant look.


Second Chic is my favorite stop for inexpensive and unique vintage finds. Here are a few of their fall staples in simple, versatile colors. (Note: Because Second Chic is a consignment shop, all of the following items are available in one size only, and will not necessarily be in stock when you visit the store.)

On the left is an olive gun-flap shirtdress by Oak (size L, $110) that could be dressed up, with tights, a statement necklace, and booties; or down, with leggings and a long cardigan. In the middle is a luxurious cropped jacket from the Furs by Alexandros line (size S, $60). You could wear this over nearly anything and it would make you feel like a million bucks! On the right is a high-low Helmut Lang sweater (size S, $72) with great texture and just enough stretch—again, super easy to layer with the rest of your wardrobe.

For the guys, here are a couple of Calvin Klein pieces: a casual knit pullover hoodie on the left (size M, $20) and a classy wool coat on the right (size M, $70). These are both so easy to add to your closet—they’re quality, timeless pieces that’ll keep your guy warm right through February.


From Modern/Nostalgia on Hertel, check out this elegant hunter green lace dress by Dolce Vita ($132), paired with an Ornamental Things sunray necklace ($58) from Mod/Nos’ extensive jewelry selection. Slip on a Gentle Fawn moto jacket with vegan leather sleeves ($176) for the perfect balance of punk and chic.

Wear this detailed LA Made top ($72) with an Ornamental Things brass tassel necklace ($58), over these amazingly soft suede patched leggings by Benjamin Jay ($94), also available in other colors. Comfy, unique, and easy!

The mustard yellow Coco + Carmen circle scarf pictured here ($36) is merely one of Modern/Nostalgia’s stellar collection of scarves. It contrasts well with this royal blue blazer by Tart ($138) that’ll dress up anything you wear.

This super versatile denim Bella Dahl dress ($172) is paired here with a Gentle Fawn Navajo print sweater ($154) in beautiful autumn leaf shades. This outfit looks amazing with no effort involved.


On the left is a textured motorcycle boot by Frye ($339) with a worn look. On the right is a calf cowboy boot by Coconuts ($79) with interesting detailing—a great value for its price.

As much as I love boots, most people don’t want to wear them all the time—so here are some heels for the fall and beyond. On the left is the perfect work heel: a sensible vintage-style oxford from Spring Step’s L’Artiste collection ($119). On the right, an example of the type of shoe you won’t find sold anywhere in Buffalo but ShoeFly—a green buckled heel with varying textures and a delightful bird pattern from Mutiny by Irregular Choice ($95).

 And finally, some shoes for the men! On the left we have a very classy Robert Wayne loafer ($75), while in the middle we have a Sorel boot with wingtip detail ($132)—a mix of fashion and ruggedness. On the right is a comfortable, trendy sneaker by Toms ($98) that’s perfect for school and any season, really.


Enjoy your local fall shopping and don’t miss the Shoptober event on Octber 24 from 5-10p.m,. where 15% of your purchase at select Elmwood businesses will go to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!

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