Donna Karan Fall 2013: The 5 Casual-Luxe Pieces to Buy Now

Monday, August 12, 2013 • Permalink • 

You can always count on the Donna Karan label to turn out super comfortable pieces that are, at the same time, gorgeous and luxurious. This fall’s collection, which just arrived in stores, is no different.

This fall’s collection features a lot of smart layering pieces, which are great for seeing through from the first few chilly evenings of late summer to the harshest of cold winter days. Plus, as usual, there are plenty of solid-colored, neutral classics to round out your wardrobe. I really love that about Donna Karan – these clothes are the kind you will wear for years, if not decades. They are absolutely timeless.

I’ve sifted through the entirety of the newly-arrived fall collection to pull out the best pieces to buy right now. I concentrated on picking great layering pieces that really can be worn now and into the winter months.

If I had to pick an absolute favorite, it would be this Drape Neck Cashmere Sweater. It’s hard not to love a great cashmere sweater, but the heathered grey color and super unique basketweave knit make this particular sweater really stand out. Simply gorgeous.

Donna Karan Drape Neck Cashmere Sweater


→ Buy the Donna Karan Drape Neck Cashmere Sweater, $1,495.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.


These slim pants strike me as being as a cross between leggings with a little heft and the most expensive pair of sweatpants you’ll ever buy. I mean that in the best possible way. These pants are skinny in all the right places and are dressy enough for a night out, but are crafted from the signature Donna Karan jersey material.

Donna Karan Collection Slim Jersey Pants


→ Buy the Donna Karan Collection Slim Jersey Pants, $595.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.


It’s a button down. No, it’s a drape neck. No, wait, it’s both! Yeah, this shirt doesn’t quite play by the rules. But, you can wear it as-is right now with skinny jeans, or wear it under a blazer this fall, or with a chunky cardigan once winter rolls around. It will stand out no matter how you style it.

Donna Karan Collection Cowl Neck Blouse


→ Buy the Donna Karan Collection Cowl Neck Blouse, $795.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.


No matter how you slice it, a pencil skirt is never going to be as comfy as your favorite sweats. But, a Donna Karan jersey pencil skirt is about as close as you’ll get. This will be a closet favorite for years to come.

Donna Karan Collection Structured Jersey Pencil Skirt


→ Buy the Donna Karan Collection Structured Jersey Pencil Skirt, $695.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.


I can’t have a top picks list without including at least one throw-it-on-and-go dress. I think this crepe jersey dress is top notch. The color is luscious, which is a big compliment given my addiction to black clothing, and the strategic draping will flatter a huge range of figures. Wear this to work, or a night out.

Donna Karan Collection Short Sleeve Crepe Jersey Dress


→ Buy the Donna Karan Collection Short Sleeve Crepe Jersey Dress, $1,195.00, at Nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.


Shhh… I have a little shopping secret for you. Do you love the look of Donna Karan Collection, but have a hard time stomaching the investment-level price tags. Check out the pureDKNY collection.

This is not to be confused with the decidedly down-market DKNYjeans collection (which I truly dislike). The pureDKNY collection is priced in line with contemporary collections, but has the same casual luxe look of Collection! Their fall Funnel Neck Cocoon Sweater is high on my to-buy list.