Shop My Instagram is a series dedicated to our associate editor’s favorite fashion buys. Kristen always gets questions about her outfits on her Instagram account, @kristenmarienichols, so she decided to turn her latest picks into a shopping series where she can highlight current must-haves. Come back each month to find out what she’s wearing.
This month, I continued wearing some of my favorite pieces from the summer but also started to embrace some of fall’s biggest trends. I headed to Italy for a vacation at the beginning of September, so it gave me an excuse to wear all of the warm-weather items I’d been collecting, like smocked tops and cool sandals. Since I’m based in L.A., too, I can wear most of these pieces year-round.
With the season ahead on my mind, though, I’ve been inspired to add some more fall-inspired pieces into the mix. Cowboy boots are one of the trends I have been more excited about, so I was quick to add a pair into the fold, plus items like leopard jeans, velvet heels, logo midi skirts, and balloon-sleeve tops that easily blend into my wardrobe right now but will also work for months down the road.
Ahead, get a look at all of the best items in my closet right now and see exactly how I’m wearing them. Then, shop them for yourself.
I fell in love with Tory Burch's Lee bag the moment I saw it, and it has quickly become my go-to essential. It puts an elevated spin on an everyday bag.
This makes any outfit I wear feel instantly polished.
I was raised in Arizona, so I've been quick to adopt this fall's Western trend. Cowboy boots? Yes, please.
This authentic pair will be in my closet for years.
This wicker bag from Gucci is the perfect piece to add a pop of color.
Logos have been making a comeback, and I can't get enough—especially some of my favorite brands like Gucci.
Straight from Gucci's runway show, this skirt is endlessly versatile. Pair it with a bold tank, a button-down, or a graphic tee.
I've been pairing this top with high-waisted skirts and pants.
I spotted these heels on attendees at the shows during Paris Fashion Week last season and haven't been able to stop thinking about them ever since.
These shoes are iconic.
Levi's is one of my favorite brands for denim. Not only is the fit impeccable, but you can't beat the prices either.
My mom had a swimsuit just like this in the '90s that I always wanted, and it's the first thing I thought about when I spotted this version from Tory Burch.
The classic shape and clean lines are just perfect.
Leopard is just one of the many animal prints coming from essentially every brand this season.
I headed to Italy a few weeks ago for a trip to Rome and Tuscany, so get ready for my Italian outfit portion of this shopping roundup.
Running around Rome in one of my favorite easy outfits of the summer.
I can't say no to all of the cool smocked tops of the moment.
I always think that high-waisted shorts look the most flattering on me, and this pair is my new favorite style.
The top is an affordable find from Zara.
My skirt is Réalisation It piece from the summer. Word to the wise: Order it now while it's still in stock—it's been on the sellout list for months now.
At this point, the secret's out—I'm a one-piece-swimsuit superfan.
What I really love about this swimsuit are the barely-there straps.
When I packed this dress, I thought it was the perfect piece to wear in Tuscany.
A cool printed version of a classic slip dress.
Remember when I said I couldn't resist smocked tops? Yep, here's another one.
All of Reformation's tops are so good right now.
A casual take on a pencil skirt? Please and thank you.
This jewel-tone green is one of my favorite colors for fall, so I decided to get an early start wearing it.
L.A.-based Staud is one of my favorite rising brands.
I'm not sure what I love most about these shoes: the snake-like ankle straps, the dozens of sparkling crystals, or the comfortable block heel.
I had to include a detail shot of these amazing earrings from Australian-based designer Christie Nicolaides. I discovered her pieces last spring and have been wearing them on repeat ever since.
My favorite statement earrings of the moment.
I'm a huge fan of leopard and am always looking for new ways to wear it. So, naturally, I couldn't wait to try out the leopard jeans that are everywhere right now.
I'm wearing these with sandals now and will be pairing them with boots for the fall.
Details from a late night in Rome. Clearly I'm a fan of René Caovilla's iconic shoes.
I ordered these after I spotted them on Who What Wear's market editor, Nicole Akhtarzad.
This bag is actually my mom's, but she let me borrow it for my trip to Italy.
I picked up these affordable sandals from Zara the day before I left for Italy, and I'm so happy I did. I wore them nearly every day of my trip.
Hands down, this is one of my the best pieces in my closet. Bonus: It's only $120.
Another pair of cool statement earrings from Christie Nicolaides.