How to Get a Head Start on Next Fall Before You Accidentally Buy Another Pair of Ankle Boots

(Addendum: If the titular ankle boots are cowboy style, they are totally fair game.)

I know no one wants to think about road mapping their fall 2017 look when we finally have !spring! to look forward to and for the most part, nothing so earth-shattering has defined the cues of seasons future. But in the event you are itching for something new right now, consider this a precautionary tale to stop you from buying something you might hate in six months. The most delightful of the loot as far as I’m concerned. Rhinestones! Bring on the tiara, leave not a single jewel unturned — but let’s start at the top, where you don’t really have to buy anything to feel like you look new because:

Scarves suck, that much is obvious, so it’s a damn good thing FW ’17 wants you to recycle old sweaters and turn them into neck grazers:

The most salient reference for this trend was Michael Kors, but Rosie Assoulin tried it too, and so did The People off runway, so…you’re up! Moving on.

How do you feel about the Pantone color of the year — that Kermit green. Not great? No prob, because Fall wants you to heavily invest in mustard yellow:

I don’t make the rules, I just follow the ones Jason Wu, Altuzarra, J.Crew et. al. set forth.

Meanwhile, re: earrings, they’re still dangling from your lobes, but they’re hoopy-as-hell:

Don’t get caught on a pole, now!

Wear them with a velvet headband like you’re Hillary Clinton and it’s 1991:

Only Altuzarra thinks we should do this, but I’m gunning for the comeback.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Giovanna Battaglia is seen wearing an orange coat outside the Coach show during New York Fashion Week: Women's Fall/Winter 2017 on February 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images)

Back on the topic of precious materials, here are those rhinestones I was telling you about:

Seen on dress straps at Sandy Liang, embroidered across velvet and mesh at Gabriela Hearst and Creatures of the Wind, respectively, and dangling from hands at Alexander Wang. Call it the Balenciaga effect, or simply appreciate that they’re here right next to…

What is potentially the most controversial of trends to emerge — white tights:

Would you ever? I think I might!

While we’re below the torso, let’s talk shoes:

It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s confirmed — when they go low, we go high. Knee is the new ankle (but not anatomically speaking!). Unless you’re conceding to a shoe boot that hits below the ankle, or a pair of the slouchy variety. Both are welcome according to the ~runways.~

Flats are still the championing currency, btw:

In terms of what we’re wearing, I have not much to say. There are still plenty of cases against jeans (unless! they’re under skirts or dresses), but wool trousers reign supreme:

But if you’re sick of pants completely, that’s totally fine. Generation mid-length dress/skirt is still just at the beginning:

Now finally! What to wear over it, right? A coat, duh, but ughsoboring; one good way to update yours is with a waist belt:

The Row, Proenza Schouler, Monse and Michael Kors all seem to agree.

Actually, one more thing. While we’re here and on this topic, I think heart jewelry, for however ubiquitous it may be, is very much “coming back.”

K, bye!

Photos via Getty Images.

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    • theysayshycity

      Right! Maybe I didn’t need an excuses to dress like an adult ballerina, but I sure as hell wanted one

  • gmr

    I read this too late! Just bought a pair of Acne ankle boots. In my defense they were 45% off and I will love them forever.

    • rachel

      I feel like saying ankle boots are “out” is like saying that the LBD is “out” (aka, insane).

  • Natalie

    I love the mid-length dress/skirt so much, but always struggle hard with them in the winter. I feel like they lose their cool with a tight underneath but my calves get SO COLD and they’re always awkwardly longer than my coats.
    Trousers here I come I guess!

  • Christine

    Those thick headbands were the bane of my existence in middle school. They were always too tight and gave me a headache.

    • Mackenzie

      SAME! I was going to write this same comment. Leandra, girl link me to a headband that wont hurt my head and I will buy it.
      I will rock this with my white tights and I will be Madeline.

      • elpug

        TWO WORDS: MR Headbands!

        • Leandra Medine

          IDEA !!!

  • Serena

    Dusting off my tiffany’s heart… but on a separate note, I heaved a sigh of relief when you OKed the “cowboy style boots”. My fringe Sam Edelmans are probably much cooler than I’ll ever be so I’m interpreting them as “cowboy” and holding on tight. They’re an off-white. Are they green lit for in-6-months?!

  • CatMom

    I just want to wear mules for the rest of my life. I just bought a very cheap Steve Madden pair and multiple people have mistaken them for Gucci. Wasn’t what I was going for, but I’m pleased nonetheless

  • Ankle boots for always and forever.

    I was into knee high a few years back, get over them quick. Maybe if I found a pair I love, but ankle are just so much more versatile, and way less stripper.

  • GoldiKo

    The banana earrings are so dope.

  • Miss J

    I skipped the whole ankle-boot trend and I’m glad it’s over. I think they’re very unflattering, unless you have Leandra’s legs. Or Tina Turner’s.

  • Kat

    I for one am glad the comment section has come out in favour of ankle boots. I love ankle boots! Knee high nonsense be damned.

  • Sierra Mayhew

    Can you do a story about how to wear a sweater like it’s a scarf??