There’s no better time to romanticize your life. And by romanticizing your life, we mean putting on a cute sundress and heels, parading to Bloomingdale’s to pick up the freshest fashion finds, and walking out of the store with your chin up and a little brown bag in hand.
Or, you can take our shopping advice to shop online. We spoke to Bloomingdale’s Fashion Director for Accessories and Beauty, Marissa Galante Frank, who spilled the tea on her favorite trending items to shop for during late summer and early fall.
“I work with product from the inception phase in the market all the way until our customer sees it in in our stores and online,” Frank told The Post, with seven years of in-house experience under her belt. “The process starts with trend forecasting, where my team and I outline key stories and our vision for the upcoming season, and ultimately these trends influence what we buy and how we present our merchandise in our marketing channels. I also partner with merchants to identify the incredible brands that are part of our assortment and special products within pop-up shops, in addition to facilitating exclusive designer collaborations that excite our customers.”
Whether you’re looking for your next pair of dress shoes for an upcoming wedding or a quality blazer for going back to work, Bloomingdale’s has an endless array of chic and classic styles.
“When in doubt, I always lean on classic styles,” she added. “Trends are fun and something I certainly incorporate into my style, but when dressing for major events or something I will look back on through pictures, I want to feel timeless.”
For late summer and into early fall, Frank recommends “investing in a new bag you’ll wear often” or purchasing “an incredible, chic pair of closed-toe flats.” Ahead, find her 30 top picks.
These aren’t just ones we pulled from the bestsellers list. These are sought-after, Bloomingdale’s-approved pieces you’ll want to steal before they’re gone.
Here are the best products to shop at Bloomingdale’s in 2021, from summer shoes and bags to fall beauty items, picked by the brand’s fashion director:
“I love a classic ballet flat,” Frank said. “The gold anklet offers a modern twist.”
“The party bag is BACK!,” she said. “Everyone needs to celebrate with a new embellished bag. Personally, I’m very excited about fall weddings and fun events.”
“As many of us return to the office, an indestructible tote will be necessary,” she said. “Love this canvas style from Proenza Schouler’s new white label.”
“I’m 5-foot-2, so not only is the platform trend super fun, but it’s also very convenient for me,” she said.
“I’m obsessive about keeping my skin moisturized, especially as we head into the fall months,” she said. “This hyaluronic serum is the holy grail.”
“I try to use this mask multiple times a week,” she said. “It’s so easy to use, due to its self-timer of 3 minutes that shuts off when complete, and I often wear it while multi-tasking.”
“This perfume is an instant mood booster,” she said. “I constantly get compliments on the unique scent.”
“Black and white checkerboard is a huge print trend going into fall,” she said. “I love this set mixed with the ‘mommy’ bracelet – this title is more important to me than fashion director.”
“I wear this herringbone chain necklace almost every day mixed with my other jewelry, as it’s a great layering piece,” she said.
“Lug sole boots are both fashionable and functional,” she said. “I love the unexpected pop of pink on the sole of these Bottega Veneta boots.”
“I’m running after my daughter on the weekends, so a comfy pair of sneakers — like this distressed Golden Goose style — is key,” she said.
“‘Pillow Talk‘ is the ultimate lip color for fall,” she said. “It’s so universally flattering and the perfect shade as we return to the office and socializing events.”
Not to mention, I picked up this shade recently and I’m totally obsessed.
“I love a statement-making pair of sunnies,” she said. “This rectangular shape is the biggest trend for fall.”
“As we move into fall, I like to keep the feeling of summer blooms going inside my home,” she said. “This colorful tinted vase is the perfect piece.”
Plus, it’s fashion — for your home.
“I cannot say enough about this body scrub made with Himalayan Pink Salt,” she said. “I’m so passionate about it because it’s truly amazing and turns my shower into a spa.”
“The radiance elixir hydrates and helps reduce redness and fine lines,” she said. “I mix this with my moisturizer or foundation to get an instant healthy glow.”
“This candle has been my favorite for years and is my go-to for housewarming gifts,” she said. “The scent transforms any home into a beautiful oasis.”
“I love layering fun novelty jewelry with my everyday fine pieces,” she said.
“This is one of the best products to help melt makeup away and it smells magical,” she said.
“When you think about travel must-haves, this Skin Gym Gua Sha tool comes to mind because I take it with me everywhere I go,” she said. “It’s a nice way to decompress and the tool can also help lift and sculpt cheekbones for more definition.”
“This treatment is a gift to your skin,” she said. “It’s an instant complexion booster that helps reveal brighter skin.”
“I love the high rise fit of Agolde jeans as they balance being perfectly rigid yet comfortable,” she said.
Ganni Twill Logo Cap, $105
“Baseball hats are a huge trend going into fall, and perfect for when you’re experiencing a bad hair day,” she said.
David Yurman Pinky Ring in Gold, $1,800
“I frequently wear a signet pinky ring as it’s the perfect addition to any outfit,” she said.
“Everyone — from my daughter to my husband — wears Birkenstocks in and out of our house,” she said. “They are some of the most comfortable shoes that are also good for your feet.”
“The best workout tank I have ever owned,” she said. “It’s comfortable and soft with the perfect amount of stretch and a built-in bra.”
“I wear this necklace almost every day with my daughter’s initial,” she said.
Verb Ghost Shampoo, $18
“What I love about this shampoo is that it naturally smooths frizz and leaves my hair with a subtle shine,” she said.
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