Fall/Winter Fashion

Shop Your Closet: 25 Fall Outfit Ideas

I created a roundup of fall outfit ideas a couple years ago, and it’s been updated and republished a few times. When I went to update it again for this year, I realized how dated most of those looks are!

Isn’t it funny how we go along and styles are sort of similar for a few years, and then all of the sudden they go through a pretty big evolution? I feel like that’s where we are this year.

So I went ahead and started over from scratch, although I did pull a few looks from that original post that I feel are still relevant… and because I’m an overachiever, I came up with 25 fall outfits this time!

Shop Your Closet: 25 Fall Outfit Ideas to copy right now

Since most of you say you live pretty casual lives, I’m going to stick with more casual looks, but a lot of these can be adapted for the work place or dressed up for church or date night. Just swap the jeans for pants, and maybe wear a dressier shoe, depending on your dress code or venue.

25 Fall Outfit Ideas

I did my best to link similar styles for the items that have sold out, but the idea here is to shop your closet, so hopefully it’s not too frustrating when you can’t purchase the exact pieces.

#1. White Tee + Olive Cargo Pants + Denim Jacket + Snake Print Sneakers

This outfit in one version or another has been on constant repeat since last spring when I got these pants. But of course, you can wear any olive cargo pants and recreate this look. This pair is really good and a fraction of the price.

Don’t have snake print sneakers? White works too.

similar white tee // denim jacket (exact) // cargo pants (option) // Vince leopard slip-ons (this year’s version; budget option) // Neverfull

#2. Stripe Turtleneck + Black Quilted Vest + Black Skinny Jeans + Fashion Sneakers

This outfit is from several years ago, and I still wear it, although now with my Veja sneakers because I passed my Adidas down to my daughter.

Also, this tissue turtleneck is a great layering piece for fall and winter. For size reference, I take a small.

striped turtleneck (exact) // quilted vest (exact) // black jeans // Adidas Superstars // burgundy backpacks

#3. Camo Tee + Ivory Cardigan + Blue Jeans + Chestnut Booties

Camo is trending this year in a major way, and this tee is soft and comfortable. I love it with the ivory sweater; but grey, navy or black would also work just fine.

camo tee // cigarette jeans // similar ivory cardigan // neutral booties // neutral tote

#4. Black Sweater + Black Denim Jacket + Blue Jeans + White Sneakers + Grey Scarf

This is an outfit I wore a few times early last spring when it was still cold here in Philly, but it works for fall too.

I cannot wait to break out this scarf again, I wore it a ton last year. It’s thinner than some, and made of the softest cashmere. (Makes a great holiday gift too!)

FYI, this v-neck cashmere sweater is on sale for $59 TODAY ONLY at Lord + Taylor! I recommend sizing up; I have the medium.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing VEJA Esplar with AG Raw Hem The Legging Ankle Jeans, black Bernardo leather moto jacket, and Everlane cashmere scarf

 similar leather jacket // black v-neck sweater // skinny jeans // grey scarf (exact) // sneakers (option for less)

#5. Camel Turtleneck + Teal Puffer Vest + White Jeans + Brown Riding Boots

I think this outfit is really fun with the white jeans, but if you don’t like wearing white in the fall, black or blue would also work with a teal vest and camel sweater.

And I was super excited to find this vest still available at Amazon this year. It’s really soft and lightweight, and very flattering on. It’s not as bright as it photographed here; it’s more like the color on the website. For size reference, I take a small.

packable vest (exact; mine is the cold green) // similar camel turtleneck // white jeans // Frye riding boots in whiskey

#6. Black Tank + Grey Jeans + Light Grey Cardigan + Snake Print Booties

Monochromatic looks are timeless and always classy, and they’re also trending at the moment. I like the combination of the light grey sweater and darker grey jeans, and then the snake print booties add a nice bit of color and texture to the look.

I wore a black tank here, but it also works with a white tee for a more casual vibe.

light grey cardigans // black shell // similar grey jeans // snake print booties // necklace

#7. Black Top + Blue Jeans + Animal Print Flats

You can’t go wrong with black and denim and leopard. This exact blouse is out of stock, but you could totally do this with a black sweater.

black blouse // skinny jeans // leopard flats (more options) // black quilted tote // sunnies

#8. Grey Sweater + Black Jeans + Denim Jacket + White Leather Sneakers

Black jeans with a grey tee and denim jacket is one of my go-to outfits, and one day it occurred to me to try it with a grey cashmere sweater. I really like the juxtaposition of the luxe sweater and casual jacket, and it’s warmer than a t-shirt on cooler days.

The white leather sneaker trend is perfect for this look — my P448s would look amazing with this too. But if you don’t like the white, you could also wear black sneakers (how fun are these!?!) or booties (something casual like this.)

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing VEJA Esplar with black AG legging ankle jeans, Two by Vince Camuto Denim Jacket, and grey cashmere pullover

similar grey sweater // black jeans // denim jacket // sneakers (option)

#9. Ivory Sweater + Blue Jeans + Animal Print Boots

This is another very simple outfit combo that always works. If you don’t have snake print boots or shoes, I highly recommend getting a pair. They’re a great way to add pattern and texture to an outfit in a subtle way.

similar ivory cowl // raw hem skinnies // snake print booties

#10. Green Quilted Vest + Stripe Tee + Blue Jeans + Leopard Flats

This is another outfit from a few years ago that I would totally wear this season, and this stripe tee is still available!

The J.Crew Factory artist tee is one of my favorite layering pieces. The ballet neckline is more flattering than a traditional crew, and the slub cotton material is thicker than most (not see-through at all) and fits close to the body without clinging.

similar vest // stripe tee (exact) // skinny jeans // leopard flats

#11. Camel Turtleneck + Dark Wash Jeans + Plaid Coat + Cognac Loafers

While this is more conservative than most of my looks, I’m kind of digging the preppy vibe. Even without the coat, it’s a simple and pulled-together look that you can wear so many places.

Not a loafer fan? Booties or ballet flats work too.

plaid coats // similar cashmere turtleneck // dark wash skinnies // leather loafers (exact – so comfy!)

#12. Snake Print Blouse + Black Jeans + Black Booties + Taupe Moto Jacket

A blouse is such a fun way to participate in the snake print trend without breaking the bank. I love how this one looks with black pants and a taupe moto, but you could also do black trousers and a taupe/beige blazer for the work place.

snake print blouse (option) // black jeans // similar moto jacket // similar booties

#13. Camel Sweater + Black Quilted Vest + Blue Jeans + Burgundy Flats + Plaid Scarf

Here’s an oldie but goodie! I loved this look — I still remember getting excited when I created it.

A camel sweater is such a great closet basic; this time I’m wearing a crewneck style, but a turtleneck would work too. Unfortunately the scarf is old, but you could do this with any plaid scarf.

similar camel sweater // similar quilted vest // skinny jeans // similar flats // plaid scarf options

#14. Leopard Pullover + Black Leather Jacket + Black Jeans + Black Booties

This is another look I shared recently, and it’s very simple. Any printed top will work with an otherwise all black outfit.

How to Wear Crop Pants in the Winter with Sock Booties

 similar leopard sweater // black crop jeans // similar leather jacket // similar booties // black satchel

#15. Ivory Sweater + Olive Jeans + Cognac Boots

I love this simple color combo for fall. The key to making a very simple outfit like this look polished is to make sure the fit and proportions are on point, and accessories help too. I wore a layered necklace to create a focal point.

similar sweater (option for less) // olive jeans // camel boots // similar necklace

#16. Grey Turtleneck + Burgundy Puffer + Black Jeans + Black Booties

Super simple, but again, the fit and proportions are on point; and the luxe cashmere turtleneck keeps the look polished.

My layered look vest sold out, you can do a plain burgundy vest instead.

A casual-cool fall outfit featuring a Marc New York burgundy hooded puffer vest with black Rag & Bone skinny jeans, booties, and a grey cashmere turtleneck. #falloutfit #fashion #fallfashion #outfit #fashionover40

similar burgundy vest // similar grey turtleneck // black jeans // black booties

#17. Grey Sweater + Light Wash Blue Jeans + Black Leather Jacket + Black Booties

Here’s another variation on the denim, grey, and black combo. (I did black pants, denim jacket, and this same grey sweater for #8 above.)

similar grey sweater // similar leather jacket // straight ankle jeans // similar booties

#18. Pastel Sweater + White Jeans + Grey Mules

You may not think about pastels for fall, but I think it’s fun to wear colors that are a little unexpected. Keeps things interesting!

lavender sweaters here and here // white jeans // grey shoes

#19. Graphic Tee + Blue Jeans + Snake Print Booties + Leather Jacket

Nope, I never get tired of leather jackets and jeans! Adding a graphic tee is a fun way to elevate this basic look and express your personality, and the snake print booties add pattern and texture.

graphic tees // grey leather jackets // raw hem skinnies // snake print booties

#20. Evergreen Sweater + Black Jeans + Black Boots + Leopard Clutch

This outfit is a little more wintry, but of course you can wear it in the fall too. You could also wear a brown boot to break it up, but I like the way the black knee high boots on black jeans create a long, lean leg line.

Here’s a similar sweater, and how pretty is this turtleneck poncho? I’d wear it over a black long sleeve tee with these jeans and boots.

evergreen sweater // black jeans // black boots // leopard clutch (option)

#21. Black Sweater + Black Leather Jacket + Dark Wash Skinny Jeans + Black OTK Boots + Red Bag

It doesn’t get much more basic than black and denim with a pop of red, but there’s something super chic about this look that I love. The leather jacket adds an edgy vibe, but you could wear a black blazer if you wanted a more conservative look.

similar jacket // black v-neck sweater // dark wash skinnies // OTK boot options // red crossbody

#21. Camel Turtleneck + Dark Wash Skinnies + Tall Brown Boots + Blue Wool Coat

And here’s yet another simple outfit with jeans and a camel cashmere sweater. This blue coat is gorgeous on the camel, but any color wool coat would work here — grey, red, white, black… anything works with camel and denim.

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camel turtleneck // dark wash skinnies // similar coat // brown boots

#22. Ivory Mockneck + Taupe Moto + Blue Jeans + Snake Print Booties

I tend to wear darker neutrals, but I really love this ivory and taupe combo with the lighter wash denim. The lighter print snake print boot is fun too, although I didn’t keep these because they weren’t very comfortable.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Dolce Vita Coltyn Snakeskin Booties, AG Legging Ankle Jeans, BlankNYC Suede Moto Jacket Midnight Toker, and Madewell Inland Turtleneck.

ivory mockneck // similar moto jacket // skinny jeans // snake print booties

#24.  Oatmeal Sweater + White Jeans + Taupe Boots

And here’s another outfit with a combination of light neutrals. You could also do this with white cords.

similar ivory cowl // white skinny jeans // taupe boots (option) // tote

And finally . . . I couldn’t do this post without dredging this one up from the archives.

#25. Yellow Cardigan, Leopard Scarf, White Tee, Blue Jeans, Brown Ankle Boots

If you found my blog from this outfit on Pinterest, raise your hand!

Undoubtedly my most pinned outfit of all time, this mustard cardigan with the leopard scarf and bootcut jeans is still relevant.

Sure, rises have gotten higher, and infinity scarves have given way to more traditional styles, but I would totally wear a more modern iteration of this outfit right now. In fact, I put one together for you!

leopard scarf // yellow cardigan // white tee // brown ankle boots // bootcut jeans // brown belt

That’s a wrap! I hope these fall outfit ideas help you expand your closet and get more wear out of what you already have.

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Fall/Winter Fashion

For Those Early Bird Holiday Shoppers . . .

Lord + Taylor disclosure

I wasn’t going to start my holiday gift guides until after Halloween, but when Lord + Taylor reached out about partnering on a post this month about holiday gifting, I decided I better get this party started!

If you know me, you know I’m a last-minute holiday shopper. I prefer to shop when the stores have decked their halls and Christmas music is wafting over the airwaves, but that’s why I’m usually in a frenzy leading right up to Christmas Day. This year, I’m trying to gather ideas and make my list early.

Lord + Taylor has a wide range of gifts for every member of the family, and right now you can take an additional 20% off many items with code HARVEST.

A few items that immediately caught my eye for gift ideas were this leopard print scarf and Fossil leather backpack.

This backpack is the perfect gift for the mom on the go who likes to be hands-free. It’s such a chic look and a great alternative to a crossbody.

This bag is on the smaller side, so it’s not going to hold sippy cups and toys, but it will hold all of her purse essentials.

It’s also great for travel and sightseeing because it’s lightweight and zips up for security purposes.

This “cashmink” scarf in the of-the-moment leopard print (it also comes in camel) is soft and cozy, and the price is a lot more affordable than cashmere.

(There is also a cashmere option if you’re looking for a super luxe gift for a special someone.)

And speaking of luxe cashmere gifts, Lord + Taylor’s essential cashmere turtleneck is a closet basic that can stand alone or layers beautifully under vests and jackets all fall and winter long.

It comes on a gazillion different colors, and it’s under $100. For size reference, I recommend sizing up if in between; I have the medium.

Not a turtleneck girl? They also have crewneck and v-neck versions.

Then there are these waterproof wedge booties. I think they’re the perfect combination of chic and practical for those who live in colder climates with messy weather, plus they’re sooo comfortable to walk in.

You can’t go wrong with a Sorel boot for winter weather, and Lord + Taylor has several styles to choose from. Unfortunately they aren’t part of this promotion, but they make great gifts nonetheless.

But I think the piece I am MOST excited about is this quilted vest.

If you’ve been around for a while, you may remember a burgundy layered look puffer vest I wore almost to death last winter.

This one is by the same designer — Marc New York — and I love the combination of shiny puffer fabric and the knit insets on the sides. It’s also packable if you want to tuck it into your suitcase for a cold weather vacation.

I love the look of a puffer vest layered over a cashmere turtleneck, and you can throw a scarf on top for added warmth and interest.

This is the perfect chic but practical outfit for all of those outdoor activities this fall and winter.

This is also a great time of year to shop for coats. They’re on sale but not picked over yet, and you have all season long to enjoy them.

I also love giving and getting coats as gifts.

This faux fur trim hood puffer coat is also by Marc New York, and it has such a flattering shape to it. Plus it is suuuuper warm and cozy.

I really like the shiny fabric and pure black faux fur hood — it’s a puffer coat with a touch of glam! This coat definitely has an urban vibe that I love, but you get the warmth and practicality of a puffer.

It has both chest snap pockets and front hip zip pockets, and the hint of velvet trim also adds to the luxe, downtown vibe.

For size reference, I have a small in both the coat and the puffer.

Outfit Details:

cashmere turtleneck // cashmink scarf // Hudson skinnies // Sorel booties // crew socks // Fossil backpack // hoop earrings // puffer coat // quilted vest

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Fall/Winter Fashion

Shades of White

Good morning and happy Monday! Today I’m styling a monochromatic outfit in shades of white.

This sweater is yet another Nordstrom Anniversary Sale purchase, and happily, it’s still fully stocked!

It was the first item I went for when I got to the store on the #NSale preview day. I had seen it in the catalog and fell in love. I love the relaxed styling and huge ribbed cuffs. It’s also suuuuper soft.

I’ve styled it a few times already, but this time I wanted to pair it with white jeans and taupe boots for a monochromatic look in shades of white.

Okay, so taupe isn’t really white, but work with me here.

There’s something I find so luxe and sophisticated about a monochromatic neutral look, but especially when it’s all light neutrals.

While booties are certainly having a moment, tall boots are another great option — especially when it gets colder.

It looks like we’re going to start seeing the over-the-knee boots moving out of vogue over the next couple of seasons, and knee-high and mid-calf boots making a comeback.

I read somewhere that to keep knee-high boots over skinny jeans looking modern, it’s important to wear high rise jeans and front-tuck your top (yes, even sweaters.)

These aren’t high rise jeans, so that’s strike one right there, but I’m still wearing them for now. And while I do like the sweater front-tucked, I wore it out for most of these pictures. I think it looks good either way, but a taupe belt would finish off the front-tucked look nicely.

The other tip to keeping knee-high boots modern is to wear pointed toe boots (as opposed to the rounded and almond shaped toes, which have been trending for the past few years.)

I’ve noticed more pointy toe boots and booties this season, and I’m liking them for a change.

These boots are from the #NSale, and they’re on sale again. Unfortunately this color is limited. I really like the cool beige hue — it has a lot of pink in it so it looks good with the cool tones I tend to wear.

I have a pair of cognac suede knee-high boots from a couple years ago, and while I like them, they look very fall to me, whereas I think I’ll reach for these a lot more during the winter months.

These are the softest suede and sooo comfortable. The 3″ block heel is very walkable. In fact, I wore them out on Saturday night and walked quite a bit, and they felt like they were already broken in.

They also come in a buttery black leather, which is a great option if that’s something you need to round out your fall wardrobe. The nice thing about leather is, you can wear them in inclement weather.

Also, these boots run TTS; I have the 8M.

Altogether, I think this outfit looks modern and chic, but not try-hard. Sometimes it’s hard to find that middle ground.

A lot of ladies say they don’t feel comfortable wearing white jeans in the fall and winter, and they don’t see them where they live. I don’t see them a lot here either, but I don’t care. I think it’s fun to be different and a little bit ahead of the trends.

As long as you pair your white jeans with boots and chunky knits that look intentionally fall, you won’t look like a fashion emergency. Just carry yourself with confidence and own it!

Outfit Details:

cowl neck sweater // similar white jeans // taupe boots // tote // similar earrings // sunnies

The Look for Less:

For the pinners…

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COFFEE TALK 10.27.19 ☕️

Greetings on this rainy Sunday morning in Philly! I tell ya, we seem to get more than our fair share soggy Sundays.

I wish I could send some of this rain to California. I hear the fires have already started up again this year. And then there’s been some crazy flash flooding in Texas, and that’s just as bad. If you’re in any of those affected areas, please know that you’re on my mind and I’m praying for safety for all involved.

We had a wonderfully event-free weekend planned, but we somehow managed to fill it. Both girls had plans on Friday night, so Paul and I went out to eat and got some much-needed catchup time.

Yesterday dawned sunny and pretty, so we decided to take advantage of the nice weather while it lasted, and we took the girls out to Lancaster County to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm. It was years ago when we went the last time, and Becca barely remembers it.

She and Paul did the corn maze, while Caroline and I meandered around. It’s a pretty cool place, but it’s mostly geared to younger kids, so we entertained ourselves with a pig race and people watching. Oh, and the chicken karaoke was worth the price of admission. 🐔

Plus the scenery was just beautiful.

Last night I wasn’t feeling my best so we stayed in, and I started a new book. My sister-in-law is a prolific reader, and she usually leaves me with whatever book she was reading when she visits.

This time it was Eden, a novel about a family and their secrets. It’s one of those that flips back and forth between past and present, which I find mildly annoying at times, but I’m still hooked on the storyline.

So, before I go, there here are a few things I wanted to be sure to share with you . . .

Everlane is running a free shipping promo for today only. You can get free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders until 9pm PT tonight. They do this every so often, so if you’ve had your eye on something, this is a great time to add to cart!

A few of my current favorites are this stroopwafel turtleneck, this cashmere rib v-neck, the link stitch crewneck sweater, my soft cotton v-neck, the texture cotton v-neck, this cashmere scarf, and of course my day market tote.

I realize with 40% off LOFT sales every other weekend and free shipping at so many stores, this doesn’t seem like big news, but I actually find it refreshing and enjoy supporting a company that doesn’t play games with their pricing.

And, speaking of LOFT sales . . . they’re having one this weekend. #shocker 😂

Use code BOO to get 50% off “treat yourself styles” and 40% off almost everything else. Also, shipping is free.

A few of my favorites are this hoodie sweater (pictured above), the v-neck twist hem top from last week’s try-on haul, and this ribbed open cardigan.

I also have my eye on this stripe cardi coat, this turtleneck poncho, this cowl neck tunic, and this cable sweater dress.

Oooh, and this flecked wrap sweater dress looks perfect for the holidays. (It also comes in tall, petite, and plus.)

Finally, J.Crew Factory has 50% off all their coats.

They’re not the quality of J.Crew coats, but their styling is very similar, and the pricing is definitely more budget-friendly. Also, this includes their puffer vests (and there’s a leopard one!)

And don’t miss 35% off full price styles at J.Crew with WEARNOW.

This includes the mockneck sweater from yesterday’s try-on haul, this pointelle mockneck, the 1988 cotton roll neck sweater, and my NYC tee; as well as some fun holiday styles like this gemstone sweater and this metallic lace tie neck top.

There’s also 20% off a $100+ Madewell purchase with NEWLEAF, 40% off at Ann Taylor with NEWRULES, and 30% off everything Old Navy with code HURRY.

Good grief, you’d think the holidays were coming or something.

Okay that’s it for me. I’m off to find my galoshes . . . it’s raining cats and dogs!

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Fall/Winter Fashion

FALL 2019 TRY-ON HAUL: Nordstrom, Madewell, Old Navy, J.Crew Factory, Anthro & Amazon

Good morning and happy Saturday! I tumbled down the rabbit hole this morning and ended up reorganizing all my Pinterest boards… ooops! So that’s why this post is going up later than usual.

Well, that and the fact that I didn’t have any of it written when I got up this morning.

But anyway! It’s live now, and I have a new try-on haul for you today. It’s pretty much a sweater parade.

Someone asked in our JLS Fashion Tribe how many sweaters a woman should own… I’ll let you know when I get there. Haha!

I do love a good sweater, and I live in them a good 6 months out of the year here in the northeast. That said, I prefer quality over quantity, so even though there are a lot of good ones in here, I didn’t keep them all.

Let’s get started!

Try On Haul: Nordstrom, Madewell, J.Crew Factory, Anthro, & Amazon

By way of reminder, or for anyone who is new, I’m 5’5″ and about 140# with a short-waisted hourglass shape. I usually wear a small in tops, 6 or 8 (28 or 29) in pants and jeans, and an 8 in dresses. I’m also usually a size 8 shoe.

All links and descriptions are below the pictures.

Caslon Open Front Pocket Cardigan (size S) // This first cardigan is a little big on me, and honestly, it was kind of scratchy. On the other hand, it’s really pretty and a nice length. (I’m not a fan of the super long cardigans, I feel like I’m wearing a bathrobe.) I love the shades of ivory and grey.

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VERDICT: Returning. I was going to order the XS to compare and see if I like the fit better, but then I got the next sweater in the mail . . .

also wearing: AT mixed jersey tank (one of my favorite base layers for dressier looks) with black AG skinnies (similar for less) and grey suede loafers (love these; SO comfortable; TTS)

Anthropologie Vera Cardigan (size S) // This sweater is soooo soft and luxe, and very warm — more so than the Caslon one above. I put it on yesterday afternoon after it came in the mail, and I had been chilly all day, but the second I put it on, I was so cozy and warm. I had to force myself to take it off and change into something a little dressier for going out to dinner.

I like the shorter length, although it is a little bulky, so probably not the most flattering cardigan, but for a cozy look, I think it’s cute.

It’s definitely more of a splurge than the Caslon one, but I did manage to snag it when it was on Anthro’s 25% off sale last week, so there’s that.

VERDICT: keeping!

also wearing: AT mixed jersey tank (one of my favorite base layers for dressier looks; TTS) with grey skinnies (similar) and Taryn Rose loafers (size up!)

Anthropologie Sophie Ribbed Sweater (size S) // This was the other sweater in my Anthro order. (I also ordered this belt but forgot to try it on yesterday.) I’m a sucker for an ivory sweater, and I love the quality of this one. It’s a dense, heavy, chunky knit with a great ribbed texture and relaxed silhouette. The boatneck is flattering, and blouson sleeves are very much on trend right now.

That said, when you have a larger chest, you have to be careful of adding volume in your sleeves. In this case, the sweater is a chunkier knit, which adds some volume, and it has a boxy and very relaxed fit through the body, which also adds volume.

With all that plus the sleeves, I feel like this sweater is a little overwhelming on me. The front tuck definitely helps, but for the price, I just don’t love it enough to justify keeping it. I have other ivory sweaters I think I would reach for instead. (Namely this one, which I love, and it was also a bit of a splurge.)

VERDICT: Returning, but if you’re drawn to it, definitely try it. It’s a great sweater, just not what I need right now. And if you’re smaller on top, this sweater may help balance out a larger bottom.

also wearing: grey skinnies (similar) and J.Crew Factory d’orsay flats

J.Crew Factory Leopard Open Cardigan (size S) // This sweater was a bit of a pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect to keep it, but I wanted to try it on because I thought some of you might like it, but I really like this one!

It’s a nice quality knit, kind of a tight weave, and a little dressier than your typical cardigan. It also has a flattering slim fit, and a nice length — shorter than a lot of the cardigans that are out right now.

This is definitely a nice work wear piece for those who might need that, but I can also see wearing it out to dinner over a strappy cami, to church over this mixed jersey tank, and with a t-shirt and jeans for a leveled up casual look.

VERDICT: keeping!

(For anyone considering this sweater, I got it for $58, so I recommend waiting for the price to go down. J.Crew Factory fluctuates their prices constantly, so you have to keep an eye on them and order when they’re doing a good promo.)

also wearing: AT mixed jersey tank (one of my favorite base layers for dressier looks; TTS) with black AG skinnies (similar for less) and black suede pumps (similar style)

J.Crew Puff-Sleeve Sweater in Extra-Soft Yarn (size S) // This sweater is suuuuper soft and cozy. The puffed sleeves are trending right now, and I feel like these are more flattering than some.

Remember how I said above, when you have a larger chest, you have to be careful of adding volume in your sleeves? This sweater is made of a thinner knit and it’s more fitted through the body, so I feel like I can get away with having some volume in the sleeves.

Also, I like how they have the long banded wrists, which is also more slenderizing than when the sleeves is wide all the way down.

VERDICT: I’m probably keeping this one, but I’m going to keep the tags on for a while. I like it, but I want to make sure I will actually reach for it and wear it. It also comes in some other really pretty colors, if this evergreen isn’t for you.

(This sweater was only $39 when I bought it, so if you like it, I’d recommend waiting for a better price.)

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and snake print mules

J.Crew Factory Open-Front Cardigan in Extra-Soft Yarn (size S) // Another winner from J.Crew Factory! This one isn’t quite as soft as I was expecting, but that didn’t prevent me from keeping it. I wore it the other night to choir rehearsal, and it was fine.

I really like this shade of camel, it seems to have less yellow in it, so I think it works okay for my cool undertones. I also wore a white tee near my face, which helps. And I love how it coordinates with my snake print sneakers.

VERDICT: keeping! (This sweater was $44 when I bought it, so again, I’d recommend waiting for a better price.)

also wearing: Madewell 9″ skinnies with NYC t-shirt and Vince snake print sneakers (similar for less)

J.Crew Vanessa Sweater-Jacket (size S) // The sweater jacket is a big thing this season. It’s basically a glorified cardigan, and it incorporates that menswear-inspired vibe that is on trend right now. This one is a smoother, dressier knit — perfect for work wear.

Dressier cardigans can read frumpy, and this sweater jacket is a bit more polished and sophisticated. It’s a nice layering piece for those who are always cold inside but don’t want to keep a moto jacket or blazer on all day.

VERDICT: Returning, but I think this is a nice piece. I just don’t see myself reaching for it.

As far as the price, I paid $78, and it’s currently $79.99, so I can’t say for sure whether it will go down more or not, but it may. On the one hand, I feel like $79 is a lot for J.Crew Factory, but this is a quality piece and would probably go for that if it were Caslon or Halogen.

also wearing: Madewell 9″ skinnies with NYC t-shirt and Vince snake print sneakers (similar for less)

Madewell 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pendale Wash (size 29R) // Madewell is known for doing quality denim that has good shape retention, and these are really nice on. I thought these looked like a nice alternative to the AG and Mother brand skinnies I often wear, so I wanted to try them out.

I feel like the fit is really flattering, and it’s a nice even mid-indigo wash that is more casual than dressy. The 9″ rise is high enough to be on trend, but still flattering on those of us who are short-waisted. The material is soft and stretchy and very comfortable.

VERDICT: Returning because I don’t need them, but I recommend trying them if you are looking for a pair like this. These are definitely a solid choice for a casual skinny jean without any distressing. They’re TTS, or size up if in between.

also wearing: NYC t-shirt and Vince snake print sneakers (similar for less)

So I decided to try something with these jeans . . . I also ordered them in petite.

The inseam on the regular pair shown above is 28.5″, and the inseam on the petite pair is 26″.

A 28.5″ inseam is ankle-length on me, and typically hits right at my ankle bone. This is a nice length for wearing with loafers, ballet flats, pumps, sneakers, and sandals. Most of the jeans in my closet are this length.

But they don’t work so well with booties, especially the higher shaft booties that are so on trend right now.

Here are some more pictures wearing the petite jeans with these higher shaft ankle boots. I still needed a tiny cuff, but it avoids that big thick cuff that we were all doing 3 or 4 years ago. This helps keep the skinnies current as straight styles are making a comeback.

If you go with a shorter inseam on your jeans, you have to compensate by wearing a higher rise (these would probably look better in a 10″ rise, but the 9″ is okay) AND you have to wear a shorter top (or front tuck.)

I think this works . . . what say you?

Madewell Petite 9″ Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans in Pendale Wash (size 29P) // Everything I said about the regular pair applies here. They’re a nice soft mid-weight denim in a clean mid-indigo wash, and I really like this 26″ length for wearing with booties.

VERDICT: Keeping! (P.S. These also come in tall.)

also wearing: Madewell Donegal Evercrest Turtleneck Sweater in Coziest Yarn with Vince Ridley booties (old)

Madewell Donegal Evercrest Turtleneck Sweater in Coziest Yarn (size M) // This sweater is very similar to one I had from Madewell last season that I loved, and I think the wide ribbing and rolled hems with the donegal knit is so pretty. I was undecided, so I ordered both the grey and pink.

I went ahead and ordered the medium because the one I had last year ran small, but I’m not sure I needed to size up in this one. I should have ordered a small to compare, especially since returns to Madewell are free for Insiders, but ya know… hindsight is 20/20.

SALE ALERT >> Save 20% off $100+ at Madewell with code NEWLEAF! (Exclusions apply.)

VERDICT: Holding onto these for the moment, and I’m going to order the small to compare.

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and black cherry TB Minnie suede ballet flats

The Petite Perfect Vintage Jean in Ainsworth Wash (size 29P) // Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I also ordered these crop straight jeans. These are a thicker, stiffer denim, to give them that trendy vintage vibe.

I don’t know why I keep trying crop straight jeans. I just don’t really like them, but I’m also somewhat obsessed with figuring out how to make them work. I dont think these booties are right for this look. I would prefer something with a taller, slimmer shaft. The grey ones I wore above are probably too wide.

See? So many factors. Fashion is hard, yo!

VERDICT: Returning, but if you like this style, these are some of the better ones I’ve tried.

Madewell Houndstooth Sweater Coat in Coziest Yarn (size S) // This is another sweater coat, but this one is HUGE! To me, this looks a lot more like outerwear than the J.Crew version I showed above.

I could try the XS to compare, but it’s pretty thick, and I think I’d only wear it once or twice and then end up reaching for a moto jacket instead, so I think I’ll just return it.

TIP: Sign up to be a Madewell Insider for free shipping and returns on all orders!

That said, I don’t think I did it justice with my styling. Before I send it back, I want to try it with a turtleneck and booties, just to see how that looks. I’ll post pix!

also wearing: Madewell 9″ skinnies with NYC t-shirt and Vince snake print sneakers (similar for less)

Old Navy Relaxed Cardi Coat (size S) // For comparison’s sake, here’s a sweater coat I ordered from Old Navy. See, I told you this was a sweater parade!!!

This one is definitely more cardi than coat, which I like. The rust color is nice for fall, although not my best color for sure. This seems to have warmer undertones, so would be nice on a lady with, well… warmer undertones. It also comes in black and heather grey, which definitely would work better for me.

It’s a tight knit, not super soft but not scratchy either, and I like the subtle ribbed detailing and the small lapels.

SALE ALERT >> Get an additional 20% off your Old Navy order with code SWEET.

VERDICT: Returning because it’s not my best color; I like it, though. I might get it in black and return the J.Crew Factory one. This more casual style suits my lifestyle better.

also wearing: Madewell 9″ skinnies with NYC t-shirt and Vince snake print sneakers (similar for less)

Old Navy Textured-Stitch Boat-Neck Tunic Sweater (size S) // This sweater is very comfortable and soft, but I don’t love the length on me. It actually looks better in pictures than it did in person. I felt very schlumpy in this.

That said, if you like longer sweaters, this one is very comfortable, and the high/low split ribbed hem is a nice detail.

VERDICT: Returning.

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and snake print mules

Old Navy Rib-Knit V-Neck Sweater (size S) // This is actually the same sweater Caroline wore in our post earlier this week. She has the camel one, and it was so cute on her, I decided to order this hot pink to try.

It’s just a little too long for my liking these days. For some reason it looked better on her. Maybe because she was wearing heeled booties? Anyway, I think I’m sending it back, but it’s cute and nice quality for Old Navy.

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and snake print mules

Daily Ritual Women’s Wool Blend Turtleneck Sweater Dress (size M) // This dress is from Amazon. I typically like their Daily Ritual brand and feel like it’s a good value for the price.

This dress is cute, but it’s a very thin knit, or rather a loose weave. Basically, it feels and looks a little cheap. That said, it’s a nice length and fits really well, and I like the relaxed cowl neck and waffle texture to the knit.

I just can’t say how it will wear through the day; I have a hard time believing it will hold its shape.

VERDICT: Returning, I’d rather spend more on one that’s better quality.

sizing note: If ordering, definitely size up if in between — the medium fits me perfectly. And it also comes in a bunch of other colors.

also wearing: Cole Haan Willa Knee High Boots

Lark & Ro Women’s Merino Wool Long Sleeve V Neck Sweater (size S) // Lark & Ro is another Amazon Fashion brand that I’ve had success with, and this sweater is a nice quality. It’s a thin gauge 100% merino wool, so a nice classic wardrobe piece, but it’s on the thinner side.

This sweater runs verrry small, though. Definitely size up.

VERDICT: Returning, too small, and I don’t really need it.

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and snake print mules

J.Crew Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn in Spicy Jade (size M) // I had this sweater last year in pink, and I loved it, but it was pretty snug so I ended up passing it on to a friend at the end of the season. Well, it’s back this year, so I ordered the medium in this gorgeous jade green.

It’s verrrry soft and cozy, fits close to the body without clinging, and I love the knit detail at the shoulders and sides. Also, yay for on-shoulder seams! (As opposed to the drop sleeve style that is so popular right now.)

VERDICT: Keeping!

P.S. This sweater is currently 35% off with code WEARNOW.

also wearing: black AG skinnies (similar for less) and snake print mules

Cole Haan Willa Knee High Boot (size 8.5) // The pointed toe, knee-high boot is making a comeback, and I’m here for it! I think this look is so flattering,

I ordered these boots after seeing them on someone’s blog, I can’t remember who it was. They’re pricey, but they were sale when I ordered them. They have that Cole Haan Nike Air insole… sooooooo comfortable, ohmyword.

There’s a subtle western styling present here, which is very much on trend at the moment. My only complaint is, they’re a pull-on style, so kind of slouchy and not very fitted through the calf. I think that’s also part of the current trend, but I prefer a more fitted boot with a zipper.

VERDICT: Undecided. I love the styling, and they look good from the back and sides, but front-on they look a little weird to me in the calf area. That said, the comfort alone is enough to sell me on them.

I just keep thinking about our messy winters and how often I have to forego my suede boots for leather or weatherproof options, and I’m afraid I won’t get a good cost per wear out of these.

also wearing: J.Crew Mockneck Sweater in Supersoft Yarn in Spicy Jade (size up) with grey skinnies (similar)

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Fall/Winter Fashion

October Favorites 2019

Happy Friday, friends! Who has fun plans for the weekend? My calendar is gloriously empty, and I’m not mad about it. I do need to see what the girls have going on, though. Maybe Paul and I will be able to fit in a date night around their social plans.

Today I’m sharing my October favorites . . . I’m slipping this in under the wire! I cannot believe that November starts next week. This is a collection of new finds and old favorites that I’m particularly loving right now.

one // two // three // four // five // six // seven // eight // nine // ten // eleven

October Favorites

one // I’ve shared this long sleeve tee multiple times, and it’s definitely one I’m reaching for over and over right now. It’s the perfect weight for these mild fall days, and if you live in a climate that stays mild all winter long, I would highly recommend considering this piece.

It is definitely an oversized fit, but the material is super soft and thin (in a good way) and has a great drape, so give it a big ole front tuck, and you’ll be good to go! It’s true to size, or size down if in between; I have the small.

two // I had my nails done in this CND Masquerade for the wedding I attended a few weeks ago, and I have enjoyed it so much. It’s a gorgeous shade of deep red that reminds me of red wine, with just a hint of shimmer.

The picture above is the best one I could find of it actually on my nails, but it’s really so much prettier in person.

three // These were an #NSale purchase, and I’m glad I grabbed a pair right at the very end of the sale because they’re back to full price. They’re one of the few #NSale items that are still fully stocked, and even at full price, I would say they’re a good value.

The quality is fantastic, and they’re very walkable and have a leather lining that feels nice against the foot. (I do not wear socks with these.) The pointed toe and western vibe is very much on trend this fall, so these are a great way to update your fall wardrobe.

I have the tortilla suede, but I also really like the snake prints. They have quite a few, and some are new, so if you’ve been wanting some snake print booties, be sure to check them out.

One last thing — these booties do run small, as indicated on the website. I sized up to an 8.5.

four // This little tortoiseshell hair cuff is a great way to level up your ponytail, and it’s 30% off today.

five // These calf hair d’orsay flats are on sale for $54, and they’re a great way to jazz up a simple outfit. I love the pebble print, but they also come in leopard (those are $64.) They run TTS; I have the 8M.

also wearing: DL1961 skinnies

six // I’ve been wearing this layer necklace a ton. I like how it has 2 pendants, rather than 3 or 4. That seems more modern at the moment. I’m also not seeing as many super long necklaces these days and find myself reaching for this one more often.

It’s particularly nice for open neck tops, but you could wear it over a crewneck or boatneck as well.

also wearing: Everlane sweater

seven // I love my TB Minnie flats, they are sooo comfortable. I often just throw them on when I’m at home instead of wearing slippers.

They’re a splurge, but they’re 20% off at Bloomingdale’s right now, and if you add on to your order, you can get up to 30% off. The new suede styles are really fun for fall. These are the Dark Tiramisu, and the Gray Heron is really nice too. They also have them in navy and red.

I wear these in my usual size 8, but I do find them a little tight in the toe area when I first get them. After wearing them a few times, they break in nicely. I tried the 8.5, and they were definitely too big, but I have narrow feet. If you have higher arches or wider feet, you may want to size up half.

eight // I just ordered this pumpkin scented candle when it was on sale at Anthro, and we are burning it nonstop. It’s back to full price, and I can only find it at Nordstrom, but I wanted to share it anyway. These make nice gifts, as well.

nine // This leopard print teddie sweater is such a nice piece at a great price point. You can dress it up or down, wear it to work, wear it to go out to dinner, wear it with jeans on a Saturday.

It’s soft and comfortable, and it fits close to the body without clinging. Highly recommend adding this to your fall/winter wardrobe. It’s TTS; I have the small.

ten // I just added this purse to my closet. It’s a great price for a buttery leather bag and the perfect size for everyday.

Plus the light beige is super versatile and can be worn with just about anything.

also wearing: plaid coat

eleven // I finally found a belt I love, and I’ve been trying to wear it more. I need to get some other colors because black and silver doesn’t always work with my outfit, but this one is a really nice quality and I love the unique “buckle” mechanism.

There are more sizes here, and it also comes in brown.

also wearing: camo sweater with AG Angel bootcut jeans

And that’s a wrap! Have you been enjoying any of these pieces this month?

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Fall/Winter Fashion

What I Wore: Girls’ Lunch Out

This is an outfit I wore to have lunch with a girlfriend after my photo shoot on Monday.

I wasn’t planning to make this into a blog post, but Alison took a few pictures since we were together anyway, and then when I got them back I liked them so much I decided to go ahead and share them today.

Unfortunately, this blouse is low inventory, but I’ve shown it a few times before, so maybe you have it hanging in your closet and need some new inspiration for styling it, or maybe you have something similar.

I’m loving florals grounded on dark backgrounds these days, and this one seems to go with just about everything. I’ve worn it with different combinations of grey, black, white, taupe, and denim.

This time I wore it with blue jeans, a taupe moto, and nude suede pumps.

I picked up these AG Farrah skinnies during the Shopbop sale last month, and I’ve been wearing them a ton. They fit similarly to my old favorites — the AG legging ankle jeans — but they have a more current higher rise.

Because I’m short-waisted, I think I look best in a lower rise, but as I’ve put on a few pounds over the last couple of years, I’m appreciating the high waisted trend for holding in all the jiggly stuff.

To keep a good balance, I’ve compensated for the higher rise by going up an inch in my inseam length. I used to wear 28 or 29 inch inseams, and now I look for 26 or 27. These are a little longer than I prefer at 27.5, but I don’t want to shorten them because I don’t want to lose the frayed cuffs.

This jacket is an oldie but goodie. It’s very comfortable, and it layers so nicely over blouses and sweaters. This year’s version comes in three great neutrals.

For size reference, I take a medium in BlankNYC jackets, and I’m wearing a small in the blouse and a 29 in the jeans.

I accessorized with only these mixed metal leaf drop earrings, but this look could also use a necklace. I usually wear one with this top to help fill the neckline, but then I go with a smaller earring.

The pumps certainly elevate the look, and I love a great pair of pumps, but I’ve also worn block heeled sandals and ballet flats with this blouse and jeans. I often wear these cutout shield sandals.

This outfit is perfect for this mild fall weather we’re having here in Pennsylvania. I keep the jacket on indoors if I’m chilly, and I remove it if not. When I wore it to lunch, I did take off the jacket inside the restaurant because it was such a mild day and it was comfortable inside.

Outfit Details:

floral blouse // similar moto // AG Farrah skinnies (Farrahs on sale; similar for less) // similar pumps // similar bag (option) // earrings // sunnies

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Fall/Winter Fashion

My Daily Looks: What I Wore

True confession: I always feel like these posts are soooo boring, and especially now that autumn weather is here to stay. I just want to live in pullover sweaters and blue jeans all fall and winter.

But this feature is supposed to be real life, so here it is . . . what I really wore over the past couple of weeks.

My Daily Looks: What I Wore Lately

This first look was a weekday, and I think I spent most of it at home. I don’t usually wash my hair and do makeup when I’m just at home all day, but every once in a while, I get motivated. (I probably ran that morning.)

I realize this outfit is super simple, and but there’s something about the combination of the rust sweater with light wash jeans and camel suede shoes that is really pleasing to the eye. FYI, these Tory Burch suede flats are 20% off at Bloomingdale’s!

step hem pullover: Vince (sold out; sorta similar) // jeans: AG Prima (option) // suede ballet flats: Tory Burch (on sale!) // earrings: Lucky Brand

SALE ALERT >> Take 20% off $100-$249, 25% off $250-$499 or 30% off $500 or more on items labeled “TAKE UP TO 30% OFF WITH CODE: SAVEMORE” at Bloomingdale’s.

As I said . . . a pullover and jeans is my jam. I wore this next outfit to the dentist on a chilly, rainy Wednesday.

Both the rust sweater above, and this navy hooded sweater were #NSale purchases and are no longer available, so I linked similar styles.

cashmere hoodie: Vince (sold out; similar for less) // raw hem skinnies: Rag & Bone (similar for less) // leather sneakers: Veja // tote: Everlane // earrings: Lucky Brand

I wore this next look to Bible study on a Thursday and then to the nail salon afterwards. I remember specifically trying NOT to reach for another sweater. 😂

This Free People snap sleeve tee is perfect for this time of year, and I was really proud of myself for jazzing it up with this statement necklace. It’s always my natural inclination to go with more subtle jewelry, but in this case, I think this necklace really makes the outfit. Well, that and the python print boots.

snap sleeve tee: Free People // jeans: AG Prima (option) // snake print booties: Vince Camuto (sold out; similar) // tote: Everlane // necklace: Lucky Brand // bracelet: Lucky Brand

This next look is one I actually wore two days in a row — the Friday and Saturday we were in Wilmington for a family wedding. (That seems like a month ago, but I guess it was only a week and a half!)

I brought a graphic tee to wear home on Saturday, but I ended up just putting this same outfit back on again because they hosted a nice breakfast that morning and I wanted to look a bit nicer than a t-shirt.

(And I really needed to clean my iPhone camera lenses.)

floral blouse: LOFT // cardigan: Madewell (sold out; similar) // raw hem skinnies: Rag & Bone (similar for less) // suede ballet flats: Tory Burch

And of course, this is what I wore to the wedding.

dress // shoes (option) // bag // earrings // bracelet // wrap // nails

The next day was Sunday, and I wore this to church.

That night, I changed shoes to go over to a friend’s house for a small birthday celebration . . . and evidently I also cleaned my camera that afternoon. I really need to start checking that before I take my daily selfie!

cardigan: Madewell // tank: Ann Taylor // raw hem skinnies: Rag & Bone (similar for less) // booties: Vince Camuto // suede ballet flats: Tory Burch (on sale!) // layer necklace: Gorjana // earrings: Lucky Brand

So I guess that brings us to last Monday. I must have thrown this on after a photo shoot (judging by the curled hair.)

I actually didn’t keep these jeans, only because I don’t really need them. They’re really good if you want an off-black pair that isn’t as pricey as most premium denim brands.

thermal tunic: Anthro // off-black jeans: Madewell // mules: Sam Edelman (sold out; similar) // tote: Everlane // necklace: Lucky Brand

And then on Tuesday, and I just threw my hair up in a pinch clip after my run. I did shower and put on makeup, though, so there’s that.

v-neck sweater: Everlane // raw hem skinnies: Mother (similar for less) // suede ballet flats: Tory Burch (on sale!) // similar pearl earrings

Wednesday was an ugly, rainy day, and as I recall I didn’t go anywhere or take any pictures.

This is what I wore to Bible study and to meet a friend for lunch last Thursday. Rust and grey is a fun and unexpected pairing, and the snake print mules add an element of interest.

step hem pullover: Vince (sold out; sorta similar) // grey jeans: AG (similar / budget option) // mules: Steve Madden // satchel: Rebecca Minkoff // necklace: Yurman (similar for less)

And Friday was another “grace day.”

On Saturday, I went for a walk/run with the dog and then got dressed in this tried and true outfit to go shopping with my daughters.

FYI, my Paige joggers are also 20% off at Bloomies, and if you combine the Tory Burch flats and the pants, you get 25% off because it’s a Buy More, Save More Sale. Unfortunately sizes are limited.

denim jacket: Vince Camuto // grey tee: Splendid // cargo joggers: Paige (on sale; more sizes at Nordstrom) // slip-on sneakers: Vince (similar for less) // necklace: Lucky Brand

And that night, I went out with some girlfriends for dinner. We actually took a proper picture outside for once . . .

Do we like this sweater better front-tucked or untucked?

I feel like the front-tuck is more modern, but the length is perfect so that it doesn’t really need it for me to look balanced.

Also, these boots are GORGEOUS. They’re lined with a suede-like material inside, and they are super comfortable to walk in. They’re 20% off but only larger sizes are left in this color. They also come in a buttery black leather.

sweater: Everlane (similar for less) // skinny jeans: AG Farrah (similar AG Farrah on sale) // boots: Sam Edelman (on sale!) // earrings: Kendra Scott // bracelet: Victoria Emerson c/o

Sunday was church, and it was cooler and rainy. I wore a very similar outfit, but this sweater is more casual (and suuuper cozy.) It’s yet another Vince purchase from the #NSale. 🙈

I realized, as I was looking through these pictures, that it’s mid-October, and it has just now gotten cold enough to start wearing all the cozy sweaters that have been sitting in my closet since July. I really wish they would run that sale the first week of September!

Unfortunately most of what I purchased has sold out, but they will be on repeat all winter long. I’ll try to link some similar (and similar for less) styles when I wear them.

This sweater is more grey than ivory, so I paired it with black jeans and added the snake print mules for pattern and texture. Plus it was rainy, and I realized that I have very few shoes that aren’t suede . . . I guess I need to remedy that!

I didn’t feel like doing my hair again, so I stuck it in a ponytail with this tortoiseshell hair cuff. Sorry, this picture doesn’t QUITE capture it, but it’s a nice way to elevate a basic ponytail.

sweater: Vince (similar / budget option) // black skinnies: AG (sold out; but the Madewell pair is similar) // mules: Steve Madden // satchel: Rebecca Minkoff

I dressed cute on Monday to go out to lunch with a friend after my photo shoot, but I’m saving those pictures for tomorrow’s post. And then yesterday was rainy, and I didn’t go anywhere after my workout, so I don’t have any pictures. You can thank me later.

So I guess that’s a wrap! But seriously, I feel like these posts are going to get reeeeally mundane over the next few months. Even when I go to church or out for dinner, I end up wearing a dressier version of my daily uniform.

I’m totally fine with that, but maybe I should make this a monthly feature and pick and choose my favorites, or outfits where mostly everything is in stock. Let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Fall/Winter Fashion

Black Tie Optional Looks for Less

Last week I shared my black tie optional look for a family wedding I attended recently, and I was asked to recreate the look for less. I thought it might be fun to make a post out of it.

While I wasn’t able to find pieces that exactly mirrored the ones I wore, I did round up a bunch of cocktail dresses under $100* and some accompanying accessories that would finish off any of these dresses nicely, so my basic outfit formula stays the same.

ONE: dress // earrings // bag // shoes

TWO: dress // earrings // necklace // bag // shoes

THREE: dress // earrings // bag // shoes

The formula is a dark cocktail dress, plus black & crystal shoes, and silver sparkly accessories.

It was hard to find shoes with the black suede and crystal combo, so I’ve also linked up some plain silver options as well. And of course, you could go with gold rather than silver if that’s your preference.

Cocktail Dresses Under $100

* The dresses at Lord + Taylor are an additional 30% off with code FRIENDS.

Special Occasion Shoes Under $100*

* Okay, one pair is JUST over $100, but they were such a great option (a lower heel too!) that I had to include them.

Evening Bags Under $50

Jewelry Options (Most Under $50)

For fashion jewelry that won’t break the bank, I like the Baublebar and Cristabelle brands. Both make jewelry with tons of sparkle that look more expensive than they are.

Depending on the neckline of your dress, you may or may not need a necklace. (I went without and wore these earrings instead.) If you go with a necklace, I would go with smaller complementary earrings — something like this.

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Fall/Winter Fashion

Fall Sweaters: High and Low

Happy Monday, friends! Today Caroline is joining me to share two similar outfits — with two very differently priced sweaters.

I get a lot of requests for more teen style, and Caroline is actually interested in being more involved with the blog, but here’s the funny thing. Her style is eerily similar to mine. In fact, we often tease her and tell her she dresses like a 40-year old woman.

But I guess we can look at it this way — if you like my style, then you’ll like hers.

The main differences are, she’s a smaller size, she has lighter coloring, and I don’t spend as much on her clothing as I do on mine. So I thought we could do a high and low post, and show a similar look at different price points.

Caroline and I both live in sweaters and jeans during the fall and winter, and we like to keep it simple.

We found her rib knit v-neck sweater at Old Navy, and honestly, if she hadn’t ordered it for herself, I would have. I think the knit details on this sweater are so gorgeous, and it has a lightweight texture with a nice drape.

It comes in four other colors, but Caroline loves this camel color. I love a good camel sweater as well, but I think it looks better on her than it does on me.

For size reference, Caroline is 5’6″, and I’m not sure what she weighs at the moment, but she typically wears a size 2 or 4 in jeans and an XS in sweaters. This sweater fits TTS in the XS.

She likes a high rise skinny jean these days, and most of her jeans are a darker wash. She isn’t into rips and tears or anything very trendy.

In fact, when we go out together, I often things she looks more mature than I do. 🤣

These booties are Blondo, and they’re from last year, but I highly recommend any boots from Blondo.

We do spend more on her shoes because she has finicky feet and needs a good, supportive shoe. She also doesn’t keep many shoes in her closet — I think she has a total of 5 right now. #truestory

One other thing Caroline added to her closet this fall was this trench coat. (See . . . I wasn’t joking when I said she dresses like a 40 year-old woman.)

She’s been wanting one for over a year, and she kept bringing me different options until she finally found this one at a great price at Nordstrom Rack. They still have several good options available.

I do think it looks really cute on her, and we’ve certainly been having the weather for it!

Outfit Details:

Old Navy v-neck sweater // similar jeans // Blondo booties (option) // necklace // trench coat options

My job is often a solitary one, so it’s nice to have company on some of my photo shoots and shopping trips, and I’m excited that Caroline is taking an interest in the blog. It’s really fun to see my girls growing up and developing their own styles.

As you know, I’m also a big fan of an easy jeans and pullover sweater outfit.

I shared this Everlane ReCashmere textured turtleneck sweater in Saturday’s try-on haul, and it’s currently available at Nordstrom’s Everlane Pop-In Shop although the sizes are getting depleted quickly. Fortunately, it’s still fully stocked at Everlane.

Everlane hardly ever runs a sale, but they price their products according to fair market value (rather than jacking up the retail price so they can put it on sale every weekend.)

Best of all, their products are produced at ethical factories, which you can “visit” on their website. For example, this sweater was made at a factory in Jiangmen, China.

It’s made with a combination of 60% recycled cashmere and 40% merino wool, and I love the waffle-knit texture and the wide rib detailing.

The turtleneck has a nice and easy relaxed fit, but it still keeps your neck and chest nice and warm without needing a scarf.

It definitely has a looser overall fit, and the front length is about 24″ so it’s easy to throw on with jeans, and you don’t have to futz with tucking or anything.

This sweater also comes in bone, black, and heather sand — all gorgeous neutrals.

I chose this heathered aqua because I don’t have anything quite like it in my closet. I tend to gravitate to pink, plum, or burgundy when I go with a color, so this is a nice change of pace.

It pairs well with dark denim, and I also think I’d like it with my white jeans and a taupe or grey boot — I’m going to try styling it that way next!

As for the rest of my look, I went with suede ballet flats and a coordinating shoulder bag, and I kept my jewelry simple with large pearl earrings and my favorite sunnies.

I added these Tory Burch Minnie travel ballet flats to my closet when they were on sale last month, and I love this “dark tiramisu” color for fall. (Where DO they come up with these names???)

And good news!!! I just discovered that they’re part of the current Bloomingdales Buy More, Save More sale. They come up 20% off with code SAVEMORE.

When it gets colder, I’ll swap out the flats for boots, but for now, I really like the ease and comfort of a ballet flat or loafer.

Outfit Details:

Everlane textured turtleneck // Rag & Bone Cate skinnies (option) // Tory Burch ballet flats (option) // similar shoulder bag (mine is bigger) // similar earrings (mine are 11″) // sunnies c/o Maui Jim // nails: CND Masquerade

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photos: Alison Cornell


Coffee Talk 10.20.19 ☕️

Greetings on this fine October Sunday morning!

We’re actually gearing up for some rain today, but we had an absolutely gorgeous fall day yesterday, so I can’t complain. In fact, I’m thinking it’s the perfect excuse for an afternoon nap.

I really wanted to get outside yesterday and do something fun for fall with the family, but the girls weren’t feeling it. They had both asked friends to join, and that didn’t work out, and heaven forbid the two of them be friends for a day! #sisters

So we went to Target and Chick-Fil-A instead. I know, it doesn’t get much more basic than that.

I did take the dog for a walk, at least, and I went out to dinner with girlfriends last night.

We’re getting to the point where we have to plan these things weeks in advance, so we had the date on the calendar for a while. We usually get together at someone’s house, with kids and husbands around; and it was really nice to go out and spend some quality, uninterrupted time together. Plus, even better when a group of moms gets to sit and be served!

Other than that, my week has been pretty mundane.

Before I let you go, I want to share a couple of really good deals I noticed.

A few of you were interested in the dress my younger daughter wore to the wedding last weekend.

(Was that just last weekend??? It seems like a month ago!)

It was more than I wanted to spend at the time (although I did get it for like 20% off or something) but now it is marked down significantly, PLUS it’s an extra 40% off today only.

In fact, all of Lord + Taylor’s dresses are an extra 40% off today only. If you have had your eye on something, now is the time to snap it up.

That brings this darling dress down to $87. The quality is really lovely, and it’s a nice style that can be worn to a variety of occasions. She definitely plans to wear hers again.

We also highly recommend the shoes she wore. She found them very comfortable to wear all night, and they’re a nice low-heel style for anyone who needs that. I thought they were really cute and age appropriate for her. (She just turned 14.)

And then the Madewell Kent cardigan in the gorgeous fall stripes is marked down, PLUS an extra 30% off with code BESTNEWS. (And shipping is free for Madewell Insiders!) I have the small, for reference.

(complete outfit details)

There are actually tons of exceptionally good deals going on this weekend (40% off J.Crew coats and sweaters… 40% off at LOFT plus an additional 15% off for rewards members… to name a few), but I shared those plus more in yesterday’s email.

I don’t want to beat a dead horse so if you missed either of those, be sure to check it out!

I hope you and yours have a relaxing and blessed Sunday.

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