When I first bought this blouse, I was only planning on wearing it for spring and summer. But when fall rolled around, I knew I wasn’t done wearing it. (The poofy sleeve is my favorite!) Instead of pairing it with the bright pink skirt I wore it with earlier this year, I wore it with my dark red pencil skirt to work last week. It looks just as a good, and gives it that fall vibe. I love playing with unexpected color pairings to keep things fresh. How do you keep your wardrobe looking new year after year?
My favorite season of the year is finally here! I’ve got my cozy sweaters ready to go and pumpkins on my mind! I love fall for many reasons, but chief among them is the weather. It’s that perfect blend of winter and summer that allows you to walk out the door in outfits like this. No coat. Just a blanket scarf and a striped tee, living your best life. I picked up this plaid scarf at Jane.com, a site featuring daily deals on boutique fashions. I love this site because I can usually find that trendy item I’m looking for at a great price. This scarf was only $15.98, compared to the $20 to $30 I’ve seen for other brands. Sales usually only last for a few days, so you have to act fast when you see something you like. This particular item is not on their site right now, but may come back soon. I’ve linked to a similar scarf above.
Is the weather starting to feel like fall where you are? What fall activity are you most looking forward to this year?
I realize this is just a dress, but it and other things I’ve thrifted or repurposed over the years holds a lot of meaning for me. It represents a resourcefulness that I’ve discovered in myself to take what life has given me and make the most of it. I can’t afford my dream wardrobe. Well, truthfully I probably can, but if I spent my money on that I would have nothing left in my savings account. And, my dream wardrobe has far too many dresses, fussy heels, and sequins for my actual day-to-day life. That’s why it’s called a “dream wardrobe.” Something to aspire to that inspires my actual wardrobe and occasionally leads me to ask for gold sequin pants for Christmas that I’ll only wear once a year. We all have one or two items like that in our wardrobe, right?
After a year that was challenging in different ways — from the political to the personal — I am grateful that with a little creativity and vision, you can make the most out of what you have, and sometimes, it can be better than what you dreamed. I think this can easily be true of wardrobes. And with a little bit of effort, I think you can make it true in your life as well.
Details: Loft Sweater / Gap Pants / Nine West Shoes via TJ Maxx / Michael Kors Watch
Although I feel incredibly disenchanted and shocked by the election results, I want to stay positive. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make our government and the people in this country come together. One of my favorite bloggers, A Cup of Jo, puts it perfectly in her latest post. As many people have said before her, if you want to see change in the world, now is the time to donate to your favorite cause or to volunteer or just be good to each other.
With all of the excitement surrounding pant suits and Hilary Clinton this election (#pantsuitnation), I am actually not a fan of the pant suit. I would rather wear skinny pants and a blazer. Recently I found the perfect pair of skinny ankle pants for work. They seem to hug in all the right places, and they are actually comfortable. They hit at that perfect ankle length, which looks great with high heels, but they are also skinny enough to be tucked into boots and worn with tunics. And the cranberry/maroon color is the perfect complement to my fall wardrobe.
I found this hat at Pavement, a boutique in Lawrenceville with a wealth of local and independent designers. Everything in that store could be worn at Coachella. It’s that cute. I knew this hat would be the centerpiece of many of my fall looks. I wore it in Nashville and one of the locals told me I came well prepared. I love the 70s vibe it adds to any outfit as well as how it signals that fall is here in all of its hat and scarf glory.
In sad life news, we lost my grandpa a few weeks ago. The last few weeks have been especially tough for me and my family. As is always said during times like these, I’ve been trying to focus on all of the good memories. One such memory of my grandpa was how he always used to wear cowboy hats. In fact, after looking through pictures of him, I found out that he was quite the trend setter himself, always wearing the latest styles. His style definitely evolved with the times. Perhaps that is where I get my love of fashion. I get a kick out of the fact that he probably would have loved this hat. If you’re looking down Grandpa, I hope you are enjoying this outfit post!
Details: Backroom at the Limited Sweater / Banana Republic Skirt via Avalon / Old Navy Boots / Target Necklace
Hello all! I hope fall is treating you well so far. For me it’s been a flurry of activity. From trips to Cleveland to a trip to Nashville last weekend for a friend’s bachelorette party, it feels like I’ve barely been home. I’m excited to finish decorating my apartment for Halloween and finish reading my appropriately creepy book for the season: In Cold Blood.
I’m also looking forward to rocking sweaters, scarves and boots as soon as we are done with the 80-degree weather. I’m almost there with this sweater, which instantly adds interesting layers to any outfit. I especially love it with this skirt. It seems to continue the lines of the sweater perfectly. I found this sweater at Backroom at the Limited for only $30.
How has your fall been so far? What have been some of your great fall finds? What are you reading or watching that’s creeping you out?
The Limited Skirt / Ralph Lauren Shirt / Gap Sweater / Old Navy Boots / Michael Kors Watch and Cuff / J.Crew Factory Necklace
There is something dark, moody and perfectly fallish about the color maroon, which is why this pencil skirt has become one of my staples lately. It pairs just as nicely with this plaid button down as it does with a dramatic sweater. It contrasts nicely against the other rich colors of fall: navy, emerald, gold and orange. And it goes with just about any shoe. I could add countless more pieces of this color to my wardrobe. Is there any particular item or color you are wearing a lot lately this fall?
Gap Legging Pants / Audrey Brook Shoes / HD in Paris Shirt via Goodwill / Target Cardigan / J.Crew Factory Necklace / Stella and Dot Earrings
My typical black work pant just hasn’t been doing it for me lately. It harkens back to high school when I had about a thimble of style sense, reaching for the thing that was simplest, easiest and cheapest. There is nothing wrong with purchasing clothes with that mentality. If that works for you, more power to you. Personally, expressing myself and emoting a certain level of confidence is achieved in the way I dress. Not to mention I work in a creative field that allows and behooves me to be more expressive.
I first noticed the black legging pant via J.Crew’s Minnie pant. Wanting to avoid spending $90 on a pair of pants, I decided to keep my eyes open for other options. I found these black legging pants at Gap over the summer marked down to $15. I could not pass them up. Although I will admit there have been some growing pains, I feel like I am finally getting used to them.
They are a little higher waisted and revealing in the wrong area, which makes them an interesting match for most of my tops. It’s best to wear a top that covers the butt of these pants, however, when a tunic is not readily available, I have found that some sophisticated layering tricks will take care of this problem.
You are probably aware of the look that J.Crew and Abercrombie and Fitch seem to think is completely normally — intentional untucking of shirts. It’s been around for a little while. In fact, I think it paved the road for conscious uncoupling. I employed that trick here by tucking in only the front of the shirt to create that neat, appropriate-for-work look, but left the back untucked. I then layered a cardigan over this to cover most of the untucked shirt. A little shirttail peaking out can actually look cute and still seems appropriate for work.
I was ready for fall on approximately July 28. Yeah — I’m obsessed! I have been on the lookout since then for anything fall themed. Something that has been on my fall/winter wardrobe wish list for a while are pattern sweaters. I was specifically looking for something like this southwestern print sweater.
When I saw this sweater while shopping Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, I couldn’t help but be intrigued by the different take on the fall cardigan with its interesting patchwork and asymmetrical design. In this color, I can wear it casually with a flannel or to work with dress pants. Over the weekend, when we were experiencing unusually chilly temps, I decided to layer it over this great tunic that I also scored at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Like I told my sister, she can give me a Nordstrom Gift Card for my birthday every year if she’d like. 🙂
The tunic is longer so it can be worn over leggings and has a nice drape to it. I didn’t realize how see through it was. I probably wont wear a tank top underneath it next time since it’s so noticeable.
This sweater with any top, skinny jeans or dress pants and boots is a great fall go-to!
Boyfriend jeans were like my Moby Dick. I had searched through racks of clothing, online and in stores to find a pair that had the right fit, the right price and the right wash. Finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans is an elusive thing. I am still not entirely sure that I actually find them that flattering, but I am really happy with the fit of these and at $36 they were within my budget. Now that I have found a pair I love, I have appropriately paired them with preppy stripes and bow heels for a casual Friday look. Because what else would you wear with them? Also, fall seems like just the right time to break these out. I can’t wait to pair them with slouchy sweaters and booties for the perfectly casual look. Do you like boyfriend jeans?
Details: J.Crew turtleneck / Gap Outlet jeans / Nine West pumps / J.Crew Factory necklace / Michael Kors watch and cuff