Editors' Picks: The Best Fashion Pieces We Wore in October

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Byrdie editors wearing clothing and accessories from their October style picks

Byrdie Editors/Design by Tiana Crispino

It's fall, y'all. This month we welcomed coats, boots, and sweaters back into our wardrobe for the foreseeable future. We're now in the small window of time where we can layer our favorites without going full bundle. Seize this moment!

The Byrdie team has not been playing when it comes to their fall fashion moments. From staples like a classic turtleneck with some subtle feminine touches to an Emma Chamberlain-approved fuzzy mini dress, I've been feeling extremely influenced (and financially betrayed) by my own colleagues. Below, check out some of our fashion favorites from October.

Jasmine Phillips, social media editor

Byrdie editor Jasmine Phillips wears a dark denim dress and black and white snakeskin booties

Jasmine Phillips/Design by Tiana Crispino

Future Collective with Kahlana Barfield Brown Puff Long Sleeve Zip-Front Denim A-Line Dress

Future Collective with Kahlana Barfield Brown Puff Long Sleeve Zip-Front Denim A-Line Dress

Future Collective with Kahlana Barfield Brown

The moment Kahlana Barfield Brown announced she was partnering with Target for the Future Collective, I knew I was going to love everything. I typically gravitate towards classic blue denim, but this black denim dress was really speaking to me. From the puff sleeves to the full-length zipper, I am very much obsessed with this dress, which is perfect for the fall.

Club L London Prized Possession Feather Wrap Blazer Mini Dress

Club L London Prized Possession Black Feather Wrap Blazer Mini Dress in black

Club L London

I’ve really been into blazer dresses lately. I love that they can pair with basically any type of footwear, from thigh-high boots to loafers, and are equally stylish no matter what. This wrap blazer dress from Club L London is super chic, and something about the feather trim on the hemline screams "holiday party" to me, so that's where I'll be wearing it this season.

Melody Ehsani Power in Purpose Varsity Jacket

Melody Ehsani Power in Purpose Varsity Jacket in black with dalmatian print accents

Melody Ehsani

For someone who was never on a sports team, varsity jackets have still managed to claim a place in my heart and closet. From the dalmatian print to the overall structure, the details on Melody Ehsani's Power in Purpose Varsity Jacket are stunning and unlike any of my other jackets. I especially like the patch on the back that reads, "There is power in purpose." For the ultimate look, pick up the matching pants, which are equally as cool.

Holly Rhue, associate editorial director

Byrdie editor Holly Rhue wears a checked coat, jeans, and black boots

Holly Rhue/Design by Tiana Crispino

Old Navy Soft-Brushed Houndstooth Plaid Button-Front Car Coat

Old Navy Soft-Brushed Houndstooth Plaid Button-Front Car Coat

Old Navy

I love the look of oversized blazers, but they usually drown my short arms. I love that this option from Old Navy comes in petite sizing for my perfect fit—it's also super lightweight, making it an amazing transitional piece.

American Eagle AE Long-Sleeve Soft & Sexy Plush Mock Neck Shirt

American Eagle AE Long Sleeve Soft & Sexy Plush Mock Neck Shirt in white

American Eagle

I truly do not own any piece of clothing softer than this. It works with literally any cardigan, jacket, or blazer (or alone) and features sweet details, like crinkle-cut sleeves and a ribbed texture. I own it in two colors already and plan to buy more.

Bella Cacciatore, news editor

Byrdie editor Bella Cacciatore wears a knit black minidress and boots

Bella Cacciatore/Design by Tiana Crispino

Sunday Best Montgomery Dress

Sunday Best Montgomery Dress

Sunday Best

I've tried to find the perfect sweater dress for the past decade, but something is always off—they’re often way too bulky, too tenty, and generally make me look like a shapeless blob. However, I was very much sucked in by Aritzia’s latest campaign with Emma Chamberlain—and found some of my other fall staples—like this sweater—and was thrilled to discover the sweater dress of my dreams. It’s cozy but not heavy, actually works with my curves, and the scoop neckline adds a bit of sexiness to a fairly conservative (at least for me) silhouette. Add in the fuzzy ‘90s eyelash yarn, and I’m obsessed. I’m considering grabbing another color too, since I know I’ll be living in this all winter long.

Heaven by Marc Jacobs Brushed Pointelle Slit Cardi

Heaven by Marc Jacobs Brushed Pointelle Slit Cardi

Heaven by Marc Jacobs

Unfortunately for my wallet, I’ve made a habit of picking up something from each drop of Marc Jacobs’s youth-focused line, Heaven. The brand just gets it. My latest find is this gorge little cardigan, which combines a bunch of my favorite details: Pointelle fabric, girly ruffles, and a corset-inspired shape. It was definitely a splurge, but it fills a gaping hole in my wardrobe—pieces that will keep me warm, but don’t feel utilitarian. I’ll be pairing this with miniskirts and boots all fall, and baggy jeans once the temps dip.

Star Donaldson, senior social media editor

Byrdie editor Star Donaldson wears a leather shacket, white miniskirt, over-ear headphones, and black knee-high boots

Star Donaldson/Design by Tiana Crispino

Topshop Asymmetric PU Slouch Shoulder

Topshop Asymmetric PU Slouch Shoulder bag in black


Now that I’m heading into the office a lot more, I needed a bag that looks cute but also easily fits my laptop. The asymmetrical shape of this bag actually allows it to fit perfectly under my arm, and I can easily designate which side my laptop sits on so it stays in place. I felt like this bag was slightly out of my comfort zone because of the white stitching, but I’ve gotten so many compliments on it, and it’s now the bag I use the most to go to and from work.

Charles & Keith Knee-High Cowboy Boots

Charles & Keith Knee-High Cowboy Boots in black

Charles & Keith

It's no secret that cowboy boots have been trending for a while now, and although I want to participate in this trend, the look of traditional cowboy boots just isn't my style. Enter: These knee-high boots from Charles & Keith. They have the classic tapered square toe of a cowboy boot and even the detailing, but they're much more sleek and subtle. Plus, the heel is just under two inches, which makes these boots incredibly walkable.

Kara Crystal-Embellished Mesh Vest Bag

Kara Crystal-Embellished Mesh Vest Bag


This piece is a show-stopper. I wore it for our first Byrdie Style Lab event, and the compliments were rolling in all night. Not only is this vest basically an outfit all on its own, but it's also a bag: When you unzip it, you can fit so many things inside. It fit a light, a phone, my wallet, and had room for more, which was perfect for a night out in which I needed to capture content while also looking chic.

Erika Harwood, senior style editor

Byrdie editor Erika Harwood wears a black and blue shearling-trim trench coat, booties, and a silver handled phone case

Erika Harwood/Design by Tiana Crispino

Cole Haan Grand Ambition York Bootie

Grand Ambition York Bootie

Cole Haan

I recently had a conversation with someone who seemed concerned that ankle boots were out. Don't worry: Ankle boots are forever, and always in style. But these booties from Cole Haan add an extra punch with its architectural heel, making them a bit more special than your usual black ankle boot.

Love, Whit by Whitney Port Sherpa Collar Coat

Sherpa Collar Coat

Love, Whit by Whitney Port

My favorite thing for the past couple of weeks has been asking people to guess the brand of this coat. Assumptions ranged from Stand Studio to Saks Potts. Babes, this is the Whitney Port. I'm not sure what I'm going to do when the time comes for me to return this rental, but... I might just have to buy it.

Urban Sophistication The Cloud Case

The Cloud Case

Urban Sophistication

If I got a dollar each time someone complimented this absurd, glittery phone case, I could buy an extra one in a different color. This faux-purse phone case is a little impractical, so I've been swapping out my usual silicone case for this one for nights out and special occasions. Sure, it's a little cumbersome, but it's one heck of a conversation starter.

Eden Stuart, associate editor

Byrdie editor Eden Stuart wears a black and red striped sweater, gray button-down shirt, and glasses

Eden Stuart/Design by Tiana Crispino

La Ligne x Target Striped Crewneck Sweater

La Ligne x Target Striped Crewneck Sweater

La Ligne x Target

In honor of the announcement of Jenna Lyons joining the cast of The Real Housewives of New York, I obviously had to go for a moment reminiscent of J.Crew circa 2011. This striped crewneck sweater from La Ligne's Target collaboration (paired with vintage-cut Levi's, loafers, and an actual J.Crew button-down) helped me achieve just that. But I’ll definitely be wearing this one for far more than just Jenna Lyons cosplay: This sweater is also going to pair very well with skinny black pants and ballet flats (they’re back, okay?) for a little French New Wave-inspired get-up. I’m excited to see how far I can take this piece this fall and winter.

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love Ultra High Rise '90s Slim Straight Jean

Abercrombie & Fitch Curve Love Ultra High Rise '90s Slim Straight Jean

Abercrombie & Fitch

The rumors are true: Abercrombie & Fitch is now the place to shop again. At the behest of some fellow Byrdies, I went ahead and tried out the brand’s Curve Love jeans (I went for the Ultra High Rise ‘90s Slim Straight), and I've worn them multiple days a week ever since they hit my mailbox. The fit is right, the fabric feels high-quality, and the silhouette is just so subtly sexy. I do wish I had sized up as the reviews recommend, but that hasn’t stopped me from pairing these with everything from faux leather blazers to oversized button-down Oxfords.

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