I'm 39 and a Lifelong New Yorker—Here's What I'm Wearing for Fall


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Fashion editor Diana Tsui is the quintessential New Yorker—she was born and raised in the city, so she knows everything from the most efficient subway routes to the best eats across all five boroughs. But another factor that makes her "New Yorkness" so outwardly visible is her penchant for the color black. True to the adage that real New Yorkers prefer black, it's Tsui's power color whether her schedule calls for back-to-back market appointments or a fancy night out at the Gala. But it's not the typical black shirt-and-trousers combo that can get monotonous fast—the editor leans on conceptual and experimental designers such as Cecilie Bahnsen, Simone Rocha, and Rei Kawakubo for moody pieces that still make a statement. Though, Tsui leaves room for color and flashy details where it makes sense.

Needless to say, Tsui is an expert on what's cool and worth buying to build out a cohesive fall wardrobe. Below, we asked her about the top buys she's had in mind for the season. Keep reading to see them all.

Tabi Boots

"I'm shocked that I don't own Tabis considering how well they fit into my wardrobe. This season, I'm planning to change that and get a pair. As divisive and popular as they've become on social media, the Tabis have been around for decades, making them a classic that exists outside of the trend cycle." — Tsui

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Utility Skirts

"Being only 5'2" on a good day, this Sacai skirt hits closer to my ankles, so I think of it as my take on the maxi skirt trend. I love the sporty details and giant cargo pockets, also a nod to the current cargo pants revival. For fashion week, I wore it with a sleeveless bodysuit and giant Simone Rocha platforms, but the piece will be great with sneakers and a sweater once it gets cold."

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Loose Low-Slung Jeans

"I rarely wear denim, but I'm very drawn to these Raey baggy jeans. They're not exactly low-rise but low-slung, which I find to be a more flattering update to my denim rotation."

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Billowy Statement Tops

"All of the new-season Comme des Garçons has yet to hit stores, but Noir Kei Ninomiya is a part of the CdG extended universe and always a brand I love. This top is an interesting layering piece that could be very cool over literally anything all year round. But I might wait until this goes on sale since it's a little pricey for a layering piece." 

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Unconventional Puffer Coats

"Yes, I realize Rick Owens is very TikTok trendy, but like the Tabis, this coat is a piece I've been eyeing for years. It'll likely not be cropped on me because I'm so short, but regardless, it's the perfect winter coat. I'm also very into the oversize neckline, which makes me feel like I have an outfit on, even if I'm just running errands."

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.