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fall favorites: falling for fashion

September 17, 2020

Fall is officially upon us, and that means you can finally break out your favorite styles! We brought in our Design Team to talk about their favorites from the Fall 2020 Collection and to tell us what they love most about autumn. Here with us today is Chief Design Officer Kat Woodside, Executive Fashion Director  Becky Jantzen, Development Manager for Design Char Hurst, and Fashion Designer Kris Kim.

These women are the best people to ask about the Collection because they’ve been living with it since its conception, weighing in on every silhouette, pattern, and button leading up to its official launch. They know the ins and outs of all the styles, so naturally, we were dying to know which pieces are their favorites. Let’s just say, there’s a whole lot of love for jackets and ruffled blouses. Becky even had the brilliant idea of turning the denim Rebel Shirt into a lightweight topper by going up a few sizes (it’s like styling is her job or something!). If there’s one fall accessory the whole team agrees on, it’s boots. Whether you’re going for a pointy toe, heeled bootie, or an over-the-knee statement boot, these shoes have fall written all over them.

We also wanted to know more about how these ladies spend their downtime in the fall. From bike riding and baking to sipping hot cocoa and snowboarding, fashion clearly isn’t the only thing on their minds. Check out the mini interviews below to learn more about the women who make up our Design Team and for exclusive tips and tricks on styling the Fall 2020 Collection.

Kat Woodside – Chief Design Officer

cabi Clothing | Fall 2020 | fall favorites

What’s your favorite Fall ’20 piece?
I say this every season, but how do you pick just one? I’ve been wearing the Collection every day since The Scoop and I’m obsessed. I’ll pick one bottom and one top. Hands down…the gray High Skinny is the best jean we’ve ever done. The wash, fabric, and fit—I could wear it every day. On top, I love the Cake Ruffle Blouse. So glam and high-end looking. Wear it with a white jean for a summer-to-fall transition.

What do you love about the Fall 2020 Collection?
The color and the sophistication. I love how concise the Collection is. There’s so much bang for your buck. In a time where we’re all spending less, you really can’t go wrong investing in this Collection.

What are some of your favorite fall accessories?
Knee-high boots, oversized statement earrings, and chunky necklaces layered with delicate necklaces.

What are some things that fall doesn’t feel complete without?
Cozy sweaters…I can’t get enough at the moment. They’re great options for WFH, but you can dress them up if you can go out and about. We have the best colors and textures this fall.

What are some fall activities you love?
Snowboarding! I could do it every day, year-round. I don’t know what it will be like this winter, but I can’t wait to get on the slopes with my family. I also adore making soups and doing fireside puzzles.

Becky Jantzen – Executive Fashion Director

cabi Clothing | Fall 2020 | fall favorites

What’s your favorite Fall ’20 piece?
I’ve been wearing the pieces since The Scoop, and I realized my favorite piece is the Replay Top. I knew I’d like it, but you don’t realize which items you’ll end up living in until you put them on. I wear it with my cut-off shorts, which makes it a great transitional piece, but I can easily dress it up too! It works great as a super easy out-to-dinner look with clean denim like the Cinch Skinny, a great belt, and my favorite jacket…or for an even dressier look, I’ll pair it with the Sinatra Skirt and knee-high boots.

What do you love about the Fall 2020 Collection?
The Collection works out of the gates. Transitionally, there are so many pieces that are perfect for warm and cold weather (like the Replay Top!). I also love wearing the Rebel Shirt, as a little lightweight jacket (of course, I went up a couple sizes!). I’m also wearing the Flounce Jacket on repeat…it’s so nice to have something a little more special while we are all doing Zoom meetings. I like to have something that reads pretty and nice, while feeling lovely on the body.

What are some of your favorite fall accessories?
I can’t go without boots this season! I love more feminine (pointy or squared-off toe) stiletto heeled booties and knee-high or over-the-knee boots. As an alternative to boots, I’ve also been living in snazzy tennis shoes (mine are by Golden Goose that I bought on The RealReal). They’re dressy, yet beat up. Golden Goose sneakers come distressed, so it’s just like beat-up jeans you buy new, only in sneaker form! A lot of brands have been following this trend, and the best I’ve seen are by Steve Madden.

What are some things that fall doesn’t feel complete without?
Hot cocoa with Jet-Puffed jumbo marshmallows, the fireplace YouTube channel (when I’m not watching anything on TV), a bold berry matte lip, dyed eyebrows (I let them get lighter in the summer), and boots!

What are some fall activities you love?
I’m a big walker, so I like to shake off the day with a nice long walk while listening to a podcast. I love podcasts about etymology…especially the Allusionist with Helen Zaltzman. She’s so funny, informative, and has a super dry sense of humor. I also enjoy riding my bike, which is easy in California to do year-round. I’m not a big skier or other winter sports type of person.

Featured Items: Replay Top, Houndstooth Skirt

Char Hurst – Development Manager for Design

cabi Clothing | Fall 2020 | fall favorites

What’s your favorite Fall ’20 piece?
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love the Harmony Blouse. I love this perfect mix of fall florals and the lovely ruffle details that just take this blouse to the next level. I’m also in love with the ATC Cowl. It’s so easy to slip on for all-day relaxation.

What do you love about the Fall 2020 Collection?
There are some absolutely beautiful colors this season! I love how all the colors are vibrant but still feel like fall.

What are some of your favorite fall accessories?
I really love a nice belt to cinch your look together. I especially love the Stud Belt—I love that the studs are all different metal colors.

What are some things that fall doesn’t feel complete without?
A cozy cowl. I love slipping it on in the evening while relaxing on the couch. It just makes fall feel complete.

What are some fall activities you love?
Fall was just made for bike riding on a cool day. I also adore baking with my nieces.

Featured Items: Harmony Blouse, ATC Cowl, Stud Belt

Kris Kim – Fashion Designer

cabi Clothing | Fall 2020 | fall favorites

What’s your favorite Fall ’20 piece?
I love the Regency Coat. The fabric is so beautiful and all the colors mean it can go with almost anything in my closet. I love a dressy piece that easily goes with jeans and a T-shirt.

What do you love about the Fall 2020 Collection?
I think it is the perfect balance of being diverse (silhouettes, colors, fabrics, and fits) while working so harmoniously together at the same time. You can mix and match to suit different styles.

What are some of your favorite fall accessories?
Boots—so comfy and you don’t need to worry about a pedicure!

What are some things that fall doesn’t feel complete without?
Scarves—I love our Bundle Up Scarf and the Fable Scarf. But I also love hunting for vintage pieces. Since I’m not going shopping in person, I’ve been scoring some great items on Etsy.

What are some fall activities you love?
Reading and baking, especially on a rainy day. My husband is a great baker and handles the breads, cakes, and pastries. My daughter and I love the simplicity of cookies. Our current favorite cookbook is by Dorie Greenspan. I highly recommend her recipe for World Peace Cookies.

Featured Items: Regency Coat, Fable Scarf

There’s always so much we discover when chatting with our Design Team. Now we want to pass the mic over to you. What is your favorite Fall ’20 piece? And what are you looking forward to the most this fall? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. We don’t know about you, but hot apple cider is at the top of our list…