In today’s edition of What I Wore This Week, Julie Tong shares her past five days—it’s a series of fall knit dresses, shearling jackets, cable-knit sweaters, and, yes, Birkenstocks.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons for obvious reasons. The weather is crisp and breezy, making sweaters both the perfect indoor and outdoor garment to wear. It’s when the leaves start to change, kicking off a season of leaf-peeping, apple picking, and fall getaways.
After nearly two years of working remotely at home, I’ve yearned to escape Brooklyn from time to time—the daily grind of Slack, Zoom, emails, and seemingly endless workdays. I wanted to get out of the hustle and bustle and be enveloped in a place where time appeared to slow down, a place where digital screens are the minority, and sweeping forests are the majority.
I spent the past week in the Catskills to relax, catch up on much-needed R&R, and most importantly, to celebrate my seven-year anniversary with beau, Matthew. We stayed at the newly opened Piaule boutique hotel, where glamping takes on a whole new level. Its modular cabins offer sweeping views of forest trees, all with a minimalist, Japanese-meets-Scandinavian architectural design. I was in heaven.
Ahead, a breakdown of my outfits during my picturesque fall getaway.
The drive was beautiful and easy. When it’s 70 degrees and sunny, what’s not to enjoy? When I travel, I always like to keep things simple, comfortable, and quite frankly minimalist. I wore a sweater by Uniqlo from the JW Anderson collaboration last year and paired it with Tkees’s new raw-edge trousers. They have all the comfort of leggings but with an elevated, tailored silhouette. I recently acquired the It bag of my dreams, Khaite’s Amelia envelope leather tote (first made popular by Katie Holmes), and it has now become my tote of choice for everything. Given its sturdy size, it’s still lightweight, yet I can easily toss in a book, sunglasses, a notebook, moisturizer, literally anything, and keep everything stowed—all with style, of course. And because it’s fall, in my book, it’s still Birkenstock season. You could say I’m a little obsessed with my Proenza Schouler x Birkenstock sandals.
You can always leave New York, but you can’t take the New Yorker out of them. For me, that means my black attire. I wear black, a lot, and this doesn’t change no matter what locale I’m in. For afternoon brunch, I chose to wear a pleated black dress by Proenza Schouler and paired it with a shearling jacket and, yes, another pair of Birkenstocks, but this time, those made in collaboration with Jil Sander. What can I say? I’m obsessed! In honor of my anniversary, I paired the look with gold hoop earrings and a chain necklace by Laura Lombardi, gifted to me by Matthew for my birthday earlier this year. And if you haven’t heard, Balenciaga’s motorcycle bag is back, as so brilliantly identified by my colleague Liana Satenstein. I, fortunately, scored mine at a vintage market in Southampton a few years ago.
$495.00, PROENZA SCHOULER
$625.00, THE REALREAL
$475.00, BERGDORF GOODMAN
I’m a dress person through and through. It’s the easiest one-step outfit formula in my wardrobe, and it’s mighty comfortable, too. For the fall season, you’ll find me in a series of cozy knit dresses and my new favorite, cardigan dresses. If there’s one pair of pandemic shoes I lived in this year, it was my JW Anderson buckled felt clogs, and they were the perfect cozy slippers to wear around the cabin. Plus, I always travel with my Chanel beauty haul; it especially made my afternoon reading extra soothing.
$340.00, SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
I like to invest in a very good coat each season. This one by Prada is one I bought last year, and I like that its check print offers a nice balance to my otherwise neutral wardrobe. I styled it with a cable-knit sweater, a low-key leopard-printed skirt, and lug sole boots by Koio. These boots were perfect for walking around the property and in town while exploring Hudson’s best antique shops.
$3900.00, SAKS OFF 5TH
$38.00, COMME SI
Matthew and I spent the afternoon picnicking, and Merlette’s floaty white tiered dress was the perfect dress for the occasion. I was feeling a bohemian, Western vibe and styled the look with cowboy boots by Tecovas and my Proenza Schouler saddle bag. I topped it off with my Prada tweed cap and my most prized possession, my Cartier tank watch. I bought it for a milestone birthday after many months of saving. It’s a special memento for me and a reminder for myself of all that I’ve accomplished.
$1984.00, THE OUTNET
$48.00, ROWING BLAZERS
Originally Appeared on Vogue