Word on the street is that fall 2019 fashion trends are returning to classic feminine silhouettes and styles.
We’re going to be seeing a lot of midi length skirts and dresses, more modest shapes, and cinched-in waists. Neutrals are also big this fall — particularly camels, greys, and browns.
Today I’m teaming up with Nordstrom to bring you a work wear look that incorporates some of these trending styles.
Selfishly, I’m happy to hear about more fitted styles and longer skirts coming back into vogue. They’re definitely more flattering on my particular body type, and I’m also drawn to more polished looks with a bit of an edge.
I started with a knit midi skirt by Halogen, one of Nordstrom’s exclusive brands. Mine isn’t online in black, but this one is similar and It’s a great price point if you need a classic pencil skirt, and the pull-on style and stretchy knit fabric make it comfortable to wear all day.
I really like this length because it’s long enough to cover my knees, but not so long that it looks frumpy.
Notice how it ends above the widest part of my calf. Generally you don’t want the hem of your skirt (or pants, for that matter) to fall right at the widest part of the calf. It’s best if it’s above or below.
I’ll link up some other skirt options at the end, with different lengths.
Next, I added this stripe blouse. I think this is such a pretty print for fall, but it comes in a gazillion other colors and prints so there are lots of options.
I hardly ever tuck my tops in because I’m very short-waisted and busty, but in this case I was able to blouse it out some, which creates a pleasing balance.
It also looks nice front-tucked into pants or jeans for a more casual look. For size reference, I have both the skirt and blouse in a small.
And aren’t these shoes fun!?! Believe it or not, they’re very walkable. Due to the shape, they stay on my feet easily, and I did a bit of walking to and from this photo shoot location.
The minute I saw them, I knew they were perfect for completing this outfit. Black or nude shoes would work too, of course, but I think this umber is much more interesting.
I love the croc print as an alternative to the popular snakeskin we’re seeing so much right now, and the umber color is a nod to fall and also pulls the brown from the stripes in the blouse.
I realize not all work environments allow mules, but I think they look professional enough for most office settings. Of course, another option is a classic pump — I like this one in the cognac suede.
I topped off the look with this cognac leather jacket from Sam Edelman that I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July, and it’s now on sale again for 33% off. I’m so excited that it’s finally getting cool enough to wear it here in Pennsylvania!
The leather is so super soft, it’s like butter. I like how the subtle moto details give the look a bit of an edge, but it still looks polished and classy.
This jacket also comes in grey, and I’m wearing the small.
I wouldn’t keep this jacket on inside, but the nice thing about this outfit is it’s interesting enough to stand alone without the topper.
The jacket does add a nice finishing touch, though, when you’re going to and from work or out to lunch.
I kept my accessories fairly minimal, but I did add a fun metal leaf drop earring for some shine near my face.
I have several pairs of Halogen earrings, and I’ve been pleased with them all. They hold up well, look on trend but still classic, and they’re a good price too.
A classic black tote finishes off this work wear look!
If you don’t need work wear (or if you just want to maximize your cost per wear), each of these separates mixes and matches with other wardrobe items for maximum versatility.
Halogen boxy blouse // Halogen midi skirt // Louise et Cie mules // Sam Edelman leather moto jacket // similar tote // Halogen drop earrings// Maui Jim sunnies
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photos: Alison Cornell