Leopard Print Heels

Jennifer and Grace Blouse via T.J. Maxx  / J.Crew Factory Skirt and Necklace / Sole Society Desi Pump via Nordstrom / Gap Cardigan

I bought a pair of leopard print heels. That may sound incredibly cliche and very fashion blogger-esque, but I promise I had good reason. I was on the mission for the perfect she for fall. It needed to compliment the various colors in my wardrobe from the brightest pinks to the most steady navys. It also needed to be comfortable and stylish. A neutral shoe of some sort was what I needed, but I didn’t want to go too pale to harken back to summer.

At first I was not convinced that the leopard print would go with most of my outfits, but after I started to think about it, it made sense. Leopard print is great for pattern mixing and combines two neutrals — black and tan — into one, giving it the ultimate versatility.

I first tried the he Juli version of this shoe, which is wedge. It was two narrow in the toes so I tried the Desi in a kitten heel instead. That turned out to be much better. I am hoping that these Sole Society shoes stand the test of time because I am already obsessed with them. They look just as perfect with a skinny leg pant as they do with a really loud skirt.

Wear to Work: Polka Dots and Jewel Tone

Details: Marshalls top and skirt / Gap sweater / Thrifted Ann Talyor shoes / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / Stella & Dot bracelet

Green and navy are an easy go to combination when you need an outfit fast as was the case yesterday morning when I had not laid out anything to wear for work the night before. Also, it wasn’t snowing yesterday, but I could have easily worn my riding boots with this outfit if that was the case. As it was the emerald jewel tone of this skirt was the perfect rich color for a fall day. I stuck with mostly navy otherwise to make the polka dots pop and I chose gold jewelry to go with the warm hues of this outfit. The brown loafers always make such a perfect statement with navy and green. What is your quick go-to outfit combination when you are running out the door?

Work Wear: Gingham and Bows

 

This outfit may not look like much at first glance, but its the little details that make it a polished work look. I love the coordination of the different shades of green. Sometimes just wearing like colors adds that bit of put-togetherness that you need to feel good at work. This sweet green gingham shirt is the perfect complement to my pink-hued bow pumps. I feel a little bit like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. The navy of this skirt combined with the pastels creates that perfect in between seasons color palette. You might think that incorporating layering into your wardrobe this fall is too expensive, but the skirt, sweater and shirt all cost under $15 each. What are you wearing to work to transition between summer and fall?

Details: Gap shirt and sweater / J.Crew skirt thrifted via Avalon / J.Crew necklace / Nine West pumps / Michael Kors watch

Wear to Work: Playful Classic

These bright stripes are exactly where they belong: mashed up between two neutrals. I love the balance of green, navy and brown in this outfit. It feels like I am wearing something very classic, yet updated. Not to mention it fulfills my love for Annie Hall tomboy dressing.

Details: Gap cardigan and belt / Marshalls top / Sears pants / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / J.Crew necklace

In My Own Skin

It’s always hard trying to tow the line between professional and unique with a work look. I think this outfit does the trick. Normally, a nice pair of loafers would be appropriate here, but I put on my riding boots to mix it up and tossed on this mustard scarf to add color to an otherwise neutral palate. I didn’t notice this at first, but the mustard really compliments the blue and white striped ruffle peaking out. This outfit makes me feel very “me” without looking out of place for work. What do you wear to make your mark at work?

Skinny Cords

I was super excited to share with you my most recent Marshalls find, these Blank NYC skinny cords. They were in the clearance section for $39.99 marked down from $80. The wale of the cord is very thin so they almost feel like velvet. (Don’t even get me started. “I would drape myself in velvet if it were socially acceptable.”) On top of that I scored this great Tulle jacket with an Avalon credit. The tan and wine together create such a great fall look and my sailor stripe t-shirt adds that extra bit of pattern to break everything up. I wore this on a Friday when I had a lot of meetings and wanted to look professional but still casual.

Details: Tulle jacket via Avalon Exchange / Old Navy shirt and ballet flats / Blank NYC cords via Marshalls / J.Crew necklace

Military Jacket Over Work Outfit

Just as summer was winding down I scored this military jacket for $15 at Avalon. With military being such a big trend for fall I snatched it up. For a long time I toyed with the idea of wearing it over a work outfit. After seeing Skyfall this weekend, the latest installment of Danial Craig as James Bond, I pulled the trigger. I think I was inspired by Naomi Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Her MI6 office attire felt sophisticated but modern. For the purposes of my workday, this jacket toughens up the ruffles and satin of this blouse, and accentuates the jewel tone.

DETAILS: J.Crew blouse and H&M jacket via Avalon // H&M skirt // Franco Sarto Boots via Nordstrom // J.Crew necklace.

Sophisticated in Polka Dots

Maybe it’s because I was born in the 80s and I can still remember wearing polka dot sweaters with neon pink leggings, but I had a nagging need to tone down this sweater lest I repeat history. I also really wanted to wear it to work without looking unprofessional. A simple but fall-appropriate color palate and sharp tailored separates was my game plan here. I like how polished yet not-to-serious this look is.

Details: Thrifted Evan Piccone blazer / Old Navy sweater / Banana Republic skirt / New York and Company shirt / Thrifted Ann Taylor shoes / Worthington tights / J.Crew necklace

Reader Submission: TJ Maxx Max Studio Green Skirt

Do you remember this skirt? I wore it a few style posts ago. My lovely college suite mate, Rosanna, texted me saying how much she loved it and was able to find it at her local TJ Maxx. A total win! I just had to share the way she styled it. I love the classic white button down, chunky necklace and bright shoes she paired it with. Isn’t she looking good in her fall work outfit? Another fashion success story!

Here is my summer to fall take on it: 



If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It

I know, I know! That post title is a little too cheesy for words, but I couldn’t help it. Wait, what about this one, did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He’s all right now. There! Now we have officially crossed the line.

Ok, so let’s talk about the clothes. When I saw that baroque was a trend for fall I immediately fell in love with the regal and ornate details. I needed to add it to my closet that second. So I headed to the consignment shop I frequent, and picked up this Forever 21 skirt for $5. Here I have used a true fall palette of colors, but I think I might try pairing it with some brighter colors for something different. I love that whatever I pair it with, it will have that rich fall essence to it.

Details: Urban Outfitters scarf / The Limited sweater / Target turtleneck / Nine West shoes / Forever 21 skirt via Avalon