22 Days of Fall Fashion: Sleeveless Turtleneck + Crop Flares

Well, it’s HERE!!! 22 Days of Fall Fashion starts NOW.

I’m teaming up with Cyndi Spivey for a style collab, and we’re each styling a new outfit every weekday during the month of September for your fall outfit inspiration!

To launch the series, I’m styling demi-boot crop pants with a mockneck sweater tank and snake print mules.

Usually I like to launch a new style series with an outfit that I love with a capital L, but this isn’t one of them. I like this look in theory, but I wish I could tweak a few things. I’ll explain more below.

I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of a sleeveless turtleneck. Some people say it looks silly, but I think it’s a nice way to transition your wardrobe to fall when it’s still warm outside.

Plus, you can always throw a denim jacket on top on a cooler day… which I wish I’d done for these pictures, but I’m sure you can visualize that. (FYI, my favorite denim jacket is on sale again!)

I like everything about how this sweater fits except for the length. At 20″, it’s quite short on me. I realize it’s intended for pairing with high rise pants, which are very much on trend right now, but I wish it were a couple inches longer.

On the other hand, it’s a comfortable ribbed knit, and not too body-conscious, as some ribbed knits can be. It’s quite forgiving for a larger chest. Also, the turtleneck is the perfect cut.

It’s a traditional turtleneck style without being too tight and constricting, and I also like how this sweater fits around the arms.

Plus, I think this dark walnut is a gorgeous shade of brown — perfect for fall. It also comes in ivory, black, and olive; and it runs true to size, and I have it in the small.

I paired this sweater with olive green demi-boot crop pants, and I love the color combination, but I wish they were a straighter cut. (For anyone wondering, demi-boot basically means mini flare.)

While crop flares are trending, I’ve struggled a bit with this silhouette. I’m a skinny jean girl through and through, but I try to be open-minded when it comes to fashion trends, lest I get stuck in a rut. Plus, I like to show different options because even if something doesn’t look the best on me, it might look great on YOU!

I was hoping I’d like a demi-boot cut better than crop flares, but these pants turned out to have way more of a flare than I had hoped when I placed my order.

On the other hand, these are the perfect crop length for me, with a 26″ inseam. I just wish they didn’t flare quite so much from knee to hem.

I’ve considered taking them to a tailor to see if they could alter them a bit — I expect it would be very easy to do. Otherwise, these pants fit great. I like the mid-rise, and the material is very comfortable.

FYI, they run true to size. I’m wearing the 28, and they also come in petite and tall sizes. For reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135 pounds.

Here’s a close-up of my shoes. I absolutely love the colors in this snake print, and the minimalistic styling is right on point. These are the perfect shoe to pull this look together.

I realize some women need more support or can’t walk in mules, but if you don’t need to baby your feet, I highly recommend adding these or something like them to your fall wardrobe.

Another option would be a loafer, and of course you could also wear ankle boots with this outfit.

Because this outfit is fairly plain, I wanted to add a piece of statement jewelry to add another element of interest, so I wore my Victoria Emerson Cairo boho cuff.

The earth tones are perfect with the olive and brown, and it has great texture and shine for a touch of glam.

I wore fairly simple earrings, so as not to interfere with the turtleneck. These small geometric hoops are by Kendra Scott, and I like the brushed gold for an understated, casual vibe.

And I carried my Everlane Day Market Tote in the light taupe. If you’ve been around for a while, you know I’ve had this tote for years. It’s a really nice value for a classic leather tote, and I like the the sleek, minimalist styling.

So yeah, while I love this look in theory, I wish I could make a few tweaks.

If the sweater were an inch or two longer and the pants a little straighter, I’d love it. But perhaps some of these pieces will be just right for you. If not, maybe you can recreate this look or something similar from pieces in your own closet.

I do love the color combo, and I hope it gives you some fall style inspiration.

Outfit Details:

mockneck sweater // demi-boot crop pants // snake print mules // taupe tote // earrings // bracelet

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall look she’s styling today!

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photos: Alison Cornell