I'm Shopbop's Head Buyer—These Are the 6 Fall Items That Are Worth It

There’s a strong chance you’re reading this in one of your go-to warm-weather outfits given that it’s very much still summer. But fall is fast approaching, so we figured there could be interest in noting the trends that will enter the spotlight soon for a bit of pre-autumn shopping inspiration. While we recently covered everything from the shoe picks to the dress silhouettes that are bound to leave a mark on the season, we thought we’d also get some insight from a top expert for her insider thoughts on the fall items that will hold strong.

Naturally, we hit up the head buyer at one of the largest fashion retailers out there. We’re talking about Stephanie Nelson Roberson, the general merchandise manager at Shopbop. Her day-to-day job is overseeing the buying operation for the brand, so it’s safe to say that she understands merchandise and what will be most popular.

Intrigued? Keep scrolling for Roberson’s debrief on the six key pieces she thinks could be worth it for the season, complete with a bit of visual inspo on various fashion people. And if you’re interested in getting a jump start on fall shopping, you’ll also uncover a range of inspired picks.

Cozy Knits

The best fall trends: statement sweater



"Comfort is key when it comes to fall dressing, but adding chunky novelty knits helps me feel pulled-together." — Roberson


Slouchier Bag

"Soft, supple leathers and fabrics are the perfect pair to accompany a cozy knit." — Roberson


Autumnal-Toned Separates

The best fall trends: cardigan



"I love using color as a mood booster, especially in colder months! This fall, I’ll be adding autumnal tones such as burnt orange and hunter green to my wardrobe. Pair these with pops of lemon yellow and cherry red for the ultimate conversation starter." — Roberson

Strong Shoulders and Chunky Chain Jewelry

The best fall trends: chunky necklaces



"I love these trends for their face-framing qualities. I am bringing major drama to my Zoom calls this fall." — Roberson

Pegged Pants

"A high-waisted pant with a cinched ankle is fresh and new. I would suggest pairing with a great knit or tee with some shoulder drama for added volume!" — Roberson