For today, I put together a simple outfit that’s a combination of some of my favorite fall basics — colored denim, leopard flats, black sweater, and a neutral handbag.
I picked up this tie hem sweater at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July. I noticed it when the catalog came out because of the fun tie hem, and it was one of the first things I purchased the day the sale started.
I always have at least one black sweater in my fall wardrobe because they go with so much and I enjoy wearing black near my face. I feel like it’s one of my better colors. If you don’t love wearing black near your face, almost any neutral works in an outfit like this one.
I try to look for sweaters that have a cool texture or a fun detail to add interest to my outfit, and I love the tie hem detail as well as the seaming detail down the front of this cozy turtleneck. The ribbed texture adds interest, and the mock turtleneck is just high enough to be cozy but doesn’t have the extra bulk of a traditional fold-over turtleneck. It’s made of a blend of nylon, wool, and alpaca so it is super cozy and warm. For size reference, this is a small.
I paired this black sweater with another one of my go-to fall wardrobe basics, colored denim. I like to wear deep, muted colors in the fall, and these evergreen skinny jeans (another #NSale purchase) work well with so many different tops. I’ve already worn them several times.
My exact jeans are sold out, but I’ve also tried this pair by Kut from the Kloth, and I can vouch for how well they fit. The main difference is they don’t have the raw hem, but if you like that feature, you can cut off the hem.
To pull together this simple outfit, I wore leopard flats and carried a leather handbag in a rich cognac color. Both are Tory Burch. The prices are on the higher end, but I don’t mind paying more for my wardrobe basics because they get a lot of wear and tear — especially shoes and handbags.
Tory Burch is always on point in both of these categories, and I usually get my Tory pieces at Nordstrom so I can earn rewards points for Nordstrom Notes. Plus Nordstrom always has a great selection of her styles both in store and online, and I know I have plenty of time to make up my mind and make any necessary returns.
I’m a huge fan of her Minnie travel flats, and I recently added this leopard pair to my wardrobe. Leopard flats are a fall wardrobe essential that I often wear to jazz up a basic outfit. They pretty much go with anything, and they always take a simple outfit up a notch.
I wear ballet flats a lot because they’re easy to slip on and off and they look so good with skinny jeans. Another reason the Minnie travel flats are awesome is they fold up so you can put them in the included shoe bag and stash them in your purse if you need a backup when you’re traveling or doing a lot of walking.
These shoes did take some breaking in, but now they’re incredibly comfortable, and I can walk in them for hours. The website says to size up if you’re in between, and I would agree with that recommendation. I run between an 8 and 8.5 in most shoes, and I wear an 8.5 in these. They were a little snug at first, but the 9 was definitely too big so the folks at Nordstrom stretched them a bit where they were pinching my big toe and now they’re perfect.
Speaking of Tory Burch for fall basics, this cognac hobo is definitely one of my better investments in the handbag department. I bought it last summer, and it’s gotten a ton of use over the past year. I carry it all year ’round, but I especially find myself gravitating to it in the fall. The leather is soft and supple, it’s extremely well-made, and it’s the perfect size for carrying all of the essentials. Plus this bark color is a wonderful neutral that goes with just about everything.
This exact bag has been discontinued, but here are some of my current Tory favorites at Nordstrom. Any of these would make a fabulous go-to everyday handbag, and they are all classics that won’t go out of style.
Finally, I accessorized with a gold pendant necklace and a stack of Alex and Ani wire bangles. The necklace helps break up the expanse of black sweater, and the bangles are one of my go-to accessories for casual outfits.
This is the kind of outfit I live in during the fall. It’s cute and casual and comfortable enough to wear running errands or even around the house working from home all day, but I feel attractive and put-together. When you have a good foundation of basic wardrobe pieces in your closet each season, getting dressed in the morning is a breeze.
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today!
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