I’m a summer girl through and through, but I can’t help but get excited about fall fashion because it allows so many more opportunities for layering and mixing and matching outfits.
It’s so hot during the summer months here in Philly that I don’t even want to think about layers, so I really only have jewelry to jazz up my basic looks, but in the fall, there are all kinds of options for completer pieces to take an ordinary tee and jeans up a notch or two.
What is a completer piece? It’s generally a 3rd piece of clothing that you layer on top of your foundation pieces to add interest and finish off (or complete) an outfit. Today I’m partnering with Kohl’s to style two looks that show how adding a completer piece can take a simple outfit to a whole new level.
I started with a white tee and dark wash skinny jeans. This SONOMA essential tee has a modest v-neck, and it’s made of a nice thick cotton that isn’t see-through at all, making it a great everyday basic. Best of all, no boob pocket! For size reference, I’m wearing a small.
These Levi’s jeans are called slimming skinny jeans, and they really do give you a nice long, lean look. They’re stretchy, but they have great recovery, and the pockets are designed to lift and shape the rear view. #yesplease! For size reference, I’m in the 8 and they’re a tad snug, but they do give some with wear so I think they’re the right size.
I went with neutral ankle boots for both outfits because they’re easy to wear and on trend. Those of you who don’t like high heels will love these. The perforation details and split shaft add interest and texture, the taupe color is super versatile, and with a comfortable 1″ heel, you can walk in them all day.
For the first outfit, my completer piece is this slimming SONOMA ribbed cardigan in a gorgeous shade called spice marl. I love how the rust color speaks to fall, but it has pink undertones so it flatters my cool coloring. It also comes in a bunch of other color options, if this one isn’t for you.
I love the pockets and the split side detail, and this is my favorite length for a cardigan. It’s long enough to be elongating and slenderizing, but not so long as to be overwhelming, making it practical and easy to wear all day long. This sweater is super soft and comfortable, and it runs true to size; I’m wearing a small.
I accessorized with a long layered necklace and a beaded stretch bracelet. Layering delicates is the current trend in jewelry, and I love it because it makes a statement without taking over the outfit, plus they’re lightweight and don’t interfere with your daily tasks.
When you add a cardigan in a flattering color to a basic t-shirt and jeans, it instantly levels up the look and makes it more finished. This is the magic of a “completer piece.”
My second outfit uses a camo utility jacket as the completer piece. Camo print is a huge trend this fall, and it instantly updates this classic fall jacket.
This SONOMA utility jacket is a lightweight cotton with a hint of spandex, so it’s comfortable to wear as a part of your outfit, not just a jacket to take off when you get inside.
I cuffed the sleeves and popped the collar to give it a little extra style, but you can wear it however is most comfortable. It also has a drawstring waist that allows you to adjust it to create a flattering silhouette.
If camo isn’t your thing, this jacket comes in about 10 other colors. I like the idea of a utility jacket in a color other than olive green, which has become a little tired lately.
This time, I went with silver accessories — a curved bar beaded bracelet set and this hammered double ring pendant. I can’t seem to find the pendant online, so if you see it, let me know so I can link it!
I carried this taupe shoulder bag with both looks, although I like this color better with the boots in the cardigan outfit. (FYI, it also comes in cognac, as well as black and red.)
I’m always a sucker for a hobo style handbag, and I love the buckle detail on this one. It’s the perfect size for everyday, and because it’s faux leather, the price is really reasonable.
I love how this camo utility jacket completes the look and makes a simple white tee and dark wash jeans look current and effortlessly casual.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
Kohl’s has long been my go-to for kids clothes, but these outfits show that Kohl’s can be a one-stop shop for the whole family. They have a great selection of on-trend products at great price points, and I love the BOPUS (buy online, pick up in-store) option. That suits my busy life just fine. I can do all my shopping online from the comfort of home and then drive over and pick it up at my local store, usually on the same day.
Their sales are great too. Right now Kohl’s is running a promo with $10 off $50 or more on your Women’s Style Event purchase with code FALLSTYLE10, and of course there’s always Kohl’s Cash. If you need a wardrobe refresh for fall, you won’t want to miss it.
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photo credit: Alison Cornell