The fall season is nearer on the horizon than some would like to admit, but we're already itching to ditch our breezy cotton pieces for some substantial fall staples. Case in point: This lovely leather skirt. This cognac-brown leather staple is supple and rich enough to keep you warm on a chilly SoCal evening, but the cut is modern and sexy enough for all of your cocktail parties and birthday bashes this season. Just remember to style your skirt with a sophisticated blouse and some must-have pointy-toe heels—and don't skimp on the beachy wave spray to keep your tousled locks looking lush. Get ready to field some seriously covetous compliments all fall long.
Essential #1: White blouse—A white blouse is incredibly versatile, and this J. Crew number won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Lucinda Blouse, $98, available at J. Crew, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Century Park West); 310-286-7595.
Essential #2: Brown leather skirt—Fall’s all about sophisticated staples in luxe leather, like this chic cognac Jenni Kayne skirt.
Welt Miniskirt, $795, available at Jenni Kayne, 616 North Almont Drive (at Melrose Avenue); 310-860-0123.
Essential #3: Beachy wave spray—We have a major crush on all of Charlotte Ronson’s Sephora beauty line, and this beachy wave spray is our go-to product for perfect end-of-summer hair.
A Perfect Mess Beach Hair Spray, $20, available at Sephora, 10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Century Park East); 310-843-0123.
Essential #4: Suede pumps—Step up your shoe game with some pointy-toed slip-on heels.
Jenni Kayne Slipper Pumps, $495, available at Shopbop.com.
Photo by Claire Thomas