Fall Fashion Review

Cozy Up to the Change in Seasons with The Latest Looks from Lake County’s Fashionistas.

Publisher's Note: SW Lake Lifestyle reached out to our favorite fashionistas, Linda Starkey of Threads, and Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang of LUXE wearhouse, for a peek at what women will be wearing this fall. 

It has been said that October is the new September. With all that has happened in 2020, it just makes sense.

Like many other industries dealing with the challenges of operating during a global pandemic, the fashion industry has had its share of bumps in the road. With disruptions in the supply chain, cancellations of buyer events and shows, changes in manufacturing and the uncertainty of deliveries shipped from overseas, apparel shops experienced a slowdown in deliveries of products for the fall season.

Fear not. Two local shops – Threads Boutique in Wauconda and LUXE wearhouse with locations in Kildeer and Vernon Hills – received long-awaited shipments to provide customers with the looks they want as temperatures drop and the leaves fall. With so many women working from home, and with limited events to attend, comfort and style are key.

This autumn expect to see cozy cardigans, short and crop jackets, distressed and black jeans, natural and abstract prints, cute sneakers, lots of details, layered tops, floral sweatshirts paired with joggers, and plenty of accessories to make your look as personal as you.

1.       From Luxe wearhouse, any room will warm up with a Z Supply washed olive thermal ($64).

2.       Also from Z Supply is a cozy Sherpa crop jacket ($88) at LUXE wearhouse.

3.       Z Supply floral sweatshirt ($54) & joggers ($56) at LUXE wearhouse.

4.       The feline look is hot. From LUXE wearhouse, is a Wooden Ships tiger face sweater ($125).

5.       A Fate tie dye sweater from Threads ($52) makes a bold statement that suits the season perfectly.

6.       From Threads this Tempo silk blouse with an abstract print ($68) can be perfectly accessorized with a statement pendant necklace.

7.       Jen Egan, Threads retail store manager, is ready for fall in a cardigan by Elan ($64).

8.       With a distinctive feline feel, Jen shows off in a cheetah print sweater by Elan ($62) and black jeans with sequins by Vocal ($48), from Threads.

9.      Accessorizing is a snap at Threads with a broad array of fashion earrings that are super affordable ($18-$24).

10.   Camo stays popular with a super-comfy pair of Cofi Leathers sneakers accented in gold ($120) from LUXE wearhouse.

11.   Threads owner Linda Starkey sports Elan black distressed jeans ($68), Doe & Rae animal print top ($38) and an Elan jean jacket ($64).

12.   This native tunic with a diamond pattern from Doe & Rae ($44) will draw raves. Available at Threads!

13.   Jen shows off an Elan army jacket ($80) from Threads that is a perfect fit for cooler days.

Where to Get These Looks

Threads Boutique is at 118 Main Street 1 in Wauconda. They are open six days a week starting at 10 am; closed on Mondays. Call the shop for more details at 847.526.2058. Want to shop online? Be sure to visit their new online shop at

LUXE wearhouse is at the Quentin Collection, 20771 N. Rand Road in Kildeer (847.438.4880) and Mellody Farm, 851-1101 Milwaukee Avenue in Vernon Hills (224.424-4091). Kildeer opens at 10 am Monday through Saturday; noon on Sundays. Vernon Hills opens at 10 am Tuesday - Friday; 11 am on Saturday and by appointment only on Sunday & Monday. Visit them online at They offer online shopping, too, with convenient curbside pick-up.

LUXE wearhouse also provides LUXE stylebox for their friends who live afar or simply cannot visit the store as often with regularly hand-curated pieces tailored for each customer to try on in the comfort of her own home. Customers can simply send back what doesn't work. To get started simply make a quick call so that a LUXE stylist can sign you up.

Both Threads and LUXE wearhouse have been honored over the years by readers and judges with a Best of SW Lake Award. In 2020, Linda Starkey received a Best of SW Lake Award for Service to the Community; Marcy Sparr and Annie Lang were honored with a Best of SW Lake Award as Inspiring Entrepreneurs.

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