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That story idea was dropped at a team meeting recently, and at first we all had the same reaction. Mood boards? What would the point! The only people who were still wearing outfits, let alone pants, when the first autumn cold straightened its worryingly premature head were likely: going to work (which we are not), lying (which we would never do), or Naomi Campbell (which unfortunately does not work at ITG). But just because we’re going through, um, unprecedented times, doesn’t mean we have to face a famine of beauty as well. And when we got down to Googling, it became clear that those creative stores of energy normally spent on accessory combinations and blush-lipstick pairings were overflowing with neglect. Our fall moods are very laid back and optimistic – if you haven’t thought about yours yet, here are some ideas:
“I’m not putting too much pressure on myself this fall! My prerogative is to keep things comfortable and indulge in indulgent moments as they appear. At the moment, this involves having to stock up on oversized sweaters and hoodies and airy, airy bottoms so that I feel like an off duty dancer (with no technical skills) in and outside the house. I’ve been wearing my hair out a lot lately, and the fresher weather is sure to provide more styling shortcuts via accessories. Bring the bucket hats, baseball caps, and scarves! In the makeup department, I’ll probably stick to my strengths: simple streaks of color on my eyelids (Skywash in Terra feels good) and a cat’s eye if I want to do a little better (Marc Jacobs has a great liquid liner too for this purpose). I’ve used the latter much more often these days – a winged eye catches the eye on Zoom calls, and I don’t even have to put on a mascara! You can hardly tell the difference. “- Give Mbagwu
“Am I amazed that I haven’t got the chance to wear the blue Dior blazer with luggage leather elbow patches that I found at The Real Real for under $ 100 last winter? For sure. But I also think fall 2020 will be the time of year to prove the old adage (in some circles) that it doesn’t really matter what you wear underneath when you have a fab jacket. The blazer or coat made from old quilts or an upcycled jacket made from vintage bath towels that is thrown over one of my many matching pajama sets looks surprisingly Scandinavian! Or at least very passable for a quick trip to the market at the end of my block. Then there is makeup. On the one hand, I just want to wear red lipstick. On the other hand, I can only wear it when I’m sitting in the house. When I go out, I contrast my dull, dead eyes (kidding! Kind of!) With all the rainbow eyeliner in my makeup bag. On a third hand that just came out of where my belly button is normally my non-prescription Warby Parker pilots have recently moved from frivolous purchase to smart protection. So maybe I’ll skip the euphoria mood, pass Go and go straight for the young Gloria Steinem. If there’s one thing that anchors this messy aesthetic it’s my sleek, dark hair, which has reached new and unknown lengths in the past few months. I think it adds a bit of effortless glamor to almost everything I wear. My boyfriend says he should chop off everything while I sleep. Only time will tell which of us is right. “- Ali Oshinsky
“Fall technically lasts three months, but the peak fall – when the leaves are the color of marigold and rust and warm enough for a light jacket but cold enough for a hot swirl – is about the length of a ripe avocado. And you can bet your lower dollar, I’ll always make the most of it. This year, next year, and the year after this infinity, it’s all about the cozy stuff that makes me feel warm. Of course, nothing screams louder than a good candle, and Tatine’s Field of Grass is the kind of scent that evokes notes of comfort and freshly cut stems – the perfect candle that’s autumnal yet unexpected. In addition to the resin of the Costa Brazil, which is like Palo Santo but not as sharp on the nose, it is the perfect lazy pick-me-up on October day. On more energetic days, I’ll cook just as much as most of the year, but with more stews! These serving spoons at Blackcreek Market are the inspiration for the Ikea dupes I’m sure to get, and Food 52’s Genius recipes will be my reading material, as will Yaa Gyasi’s new book, Transcendent Kingdom (Will It Exceed Homegoing? Me will find out!). Maybe I’ll get Jhene Aiko braids, maybe not, but I’ll definitely be eating a lot of figs because Instagram told me so, and I’m going to ditch the one makeup product I used myself in the last month – Boy brow. Hopefully I’ll be wearing more until (spring?) When I venture out of my apartment more freely. In the meantime, here’s the strangest case that I hope I’ll never see again. – Ashley Weatherford
Photos via ITG