Monochrome

For some reason, I’m in a grey mood this fall. I don’t know what it is. I mean, I always love wearing grey, but for some reason, all of my outfits lately seem to have at least one component that is grey. Today I went all out and put together several shades of grey and black with a variety of patterns and textures for a cozy monochromatic weekend look.

Monochromatic Fall Outfit: Grey AG Legging Ankle Jeans, Grey Donegal Mock Neck Pullover, Rag & Bone Margot Booties, Leather Bucket Bag

First let’s discuss these jeans because you’re going to be seeing a lot of them. I’ve had a love/hate relationship with grey jeans for years. I think I’ve bought and given away at least three pairs… maybe four over the last few years.

I was holding onto the Hudson pair from the #Nsale two years ago because I liked the wash (I finally realized that I prefer dark grey jeans to lighter shades), but they were always falling down and bagging out, and I also wasn’t feeling the ripped knee anymore. So basically, I would style them for the blog, link to similar styles (because they were discontinued), and then hang them back in my closet and put blue jeans on again.

Finally, I decided to bite the bullet during the last Bloomingdale’s sale and order these AG legging ankle jeans in the “shadow fog” — best purchase so far this season. There’s something to be said for sticking with what works, and there’s nothing like pulling on a brand new pair of jeans and having them look and feel like they’ve been lived in for years. That’s the magic of AG legging ankle jeans.

I’ve had these jeans for about two weeks now, and I’ve already worn them 4 or 5 times. I think I finally found a keeper! (For size reference, these are a 28. That’s my usual size in AG, but sometimes I wear a 29 in other brands, so take that into consideration if ordering.)

Monochromatic Fall Outfit: Grey AG Legging Ankle Jeans, Grey Donegal Mock Neck Pullover, Rag & Bone Margot Booties, Leather Bucket Bag

Grey jeans pair well with so many colors — burgundy, rust, yellow, black, white, all shades of pink and purple, and also other shades of grey! For today I put together a monochromatic look with a lighter grey sweater, black booties, and a black bag.

I ordered this grey donegal mock neck sweater from Anthropologie. I don’t know why I don’t shop there more often, but it’s a retailer I tend to forget about. For some reason, I started poking around on their site a few weeks ago, and I ended up ordering this sweater, this amazing scarf, this delicious pumpkin clove candle, and this sweet 2018 home ornament to commemorate our first Christmas in our new house.

PSA: If you love fall candles, you MUST order this one. It would also make a nice gift if you need ideas for someone.

Anyway! Back to this sweater… I’m a total sucker for donegal knits. I love the added interest the texture provides, and they’re the perfect way to keep monochromatic looks from being too plain. Also, aren’t the buttons on the shoulder a fun detail?

The only thing I don’t care for is the dropped shoulders. I can’t wait for that trend to end! But anyway. This sweater runs true to size; for reference, I’m wearing the small.

We must also talk about this bag. I’ve been carrying it quite a bit lately. It’s from a site called Mango, and it’s such a unique piece. I just love it.

I spotted it on another blog I follow, and I was so excited to click over and find out that it’s actually quite affordable at just under $200. It’s quickly replacing my Rebecca Minkoff satchel as my go-to black bag with silver hardware.

I love the shine, the texture, the shape and size, and how the long straps make it easy to push behind me when I need to bend over or move around.

Leather Snakeskin Bucket Bag at Mango

My only complaint is that it’s so stiff and square on the bottom. I keep hoping that as I break it in, it will give a little bit and have a little more slouch. Maybe I should put a brick in it and hang it up for a few days, ha!

I kept my accessories simple with oversized pearl earrings and silver link bracelet.

Leather Snakeskin Bucket Bag at Mango

I think I can safely say, this is one of my favorite outfits so far this fall. I suppose it could use a third layer to really finish off the look, but with the buttons on the shoulder of the sweater, and the different shades of grey and various textures going on, I think it stands alone just fine.

That said, this look would be amazing with the addition of a black leather jacket or black wool blazer coat. I’ve got to start remembering to bring appropriate outerwear for my photo shoots.

Monochromatic Fall Outfit: Grey AG Legging Ankle Jeans, Grey Donegal Mock Neck Pullover, Rag & Bone Margot Booties, Leather Bucket Bag

mock neck sweater // grey jeans (option) // booties (option) // bucket bag

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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