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Valleys: Now that Hot Girl Summer (2022) is in the past, it’s time for a whole new vibe. Although I’ll be honest: as much as I love a good Pumpkin Spiced Latte moment, I’m not really into Christian Girl Fall. However, I have do resonated with Meg Ryan Fall, especially given how big ’90s-inspired trends are right now. So I beg to ask: As another Meg, what does Meg Ryan Fall mean to you?
Me: Thanks, Dale, for asking this poignant question. Personally, every fall is Meg Ryan Fall. The way I see it, she’s less of a character to copy and more like the spirit of autumn personified. I may not create anything of her exact look piece by piece, but I will channel her fall-filled spirit with a range of neutral tones and plaid touches, as any good fall girl would. What about you? What is your autumn mood?
Valleys: Oh, so true. Hot Girl Summer, Meg Ryan Fall, Coastal grandmothers, each of these is about the essence rather than the actual ‘fits. In my heart, my autumn mood is all about knitting. I tend to stock up on cozy knits as if I’m preparing for hibernation and build a wardrobe around them. But all in all – my fall ensembles tend to be comfort first. It looks like wide leg jeans, easy sneakers and ultra-soft sweaters. That being said, this year I think I’ll be incorporating some more menswear inspired pieces into the mix…just to shake things up.
But tell me now and tell me true, neutral tones, plaid touches and all, what are you seeing this season?
Me: I’m right there with you when it comes to menswear-inspired items. Suits are very trendy right now and definitely something I’m incorporating into my wardrobe.
While I don’t believe our fair leading lady wore overalls in any of her iconic films, these are the things I’m most concerned about this season. And if I say so, I think she would appreciate the 90s aesthetic they offer. I probably own more overalls than average, but I’m also very critical of my overalls. They were perfectly worn and flexible as soon as I got them. No stiff denim here. I’ll pair mine with mock turtlenecks and slinky tops, like the Meg top from MM LaFleur. (All Megs, stand up!)
Valleys: The great thing about sweaters is that they are quite versatile! I think of knitwear as a more polished version of sweats. I’m partial to turtlenecks (which I think Mrs. Ryan would readily approve of) because they look great under jackets, like Overland’s 70s-inspired Celestine Jacket – I know we’re discussing Meg Ryan, but come on say it gives Penny Drive in Almost famous? Usually, though, when I’m living my best fall life, I’ll sport it with a cute midi skirt, cozy tube socks, and my tried-and-true Birkenstocks (can’t stop, won’t stop). To top it off, I add an oversized scarf. The one I’m wearing this season isn’t floral, but it really reminds me of the one Meg Ryan wears at the end of Sleepless in Seattle.
Me: Yes to Penny Lane. Yes to Birks. Yes to scarves. I admit I’m still looking at that Acne one, even though it’s probably out of fashion…
Anyway, inquiring minds want to know – what’s your favorite Meg Ryan movie? Mine is without a doubt You’ve got Mail. I could go on a tangent about how that and Sleepless in Seattle is the same movie, but I digress. (Those two make me think of the dueling Spiderman meme, LOL).
Valleys: I’m a sap for the “will they, won’t they” arc, which makes me one When Harry met Sally girl for life! That being said, scene off SIS of Meg Ryan peeling an apple in one strip lives rent-free in my head. Regardless, I’ll be cozying up to a Meg Ryan movie soon. Until next time!
Meg Donohue is Associate Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Her passions include spicy food, sustainability and the Y2K remake of Charlie’s Angels. She will never stop hoping for a One Direction reunion tour.