Hello, friends! I’m back home in PA, and there’s no one here to bring me coffee or serve me shrimp & grits for breakfast. What is up with that!?!
Nah, it’s all good. There’s truly no place like home, even if I do have to brew my own coffee and make my own breakfast.
As I was watching Survivor last night, snuggling on the couch with my littlest, my oldest in the chair next to us with his iPhone in hand, my middle in the other room with her headphones on editing a YouTube video, and my husband working on the computer in the dining room, I couldn’t help but think what a blessing it is to be able to enjoy the ordinary, everyday moments. It’s good to be home.
I’m back today with a casual navy and khaki outfit that I styled around these khaki skimmer jeans from White House Black Market. This is a simple outfit that anyone can copy, but the details keep it from being too basic.
It’s kind of funny because I was patting myself on the back for buying pants that aren’t jeans, and then I came home and looked them up online and discovered they actually call them jeans. I give up!!
But these really do read more as pants than jeans. They’re casual, but the edgy zipper accents and moto-inspired styling elevates them far above your basic khaki pants. These pants are intended to fit snugly, and they do stretch out, so I recommend sizing down. I purchased the size 6, although I typically wear an 8.
On top, I’m wearing this fine-gauge navy V-neck pullover that I got from Stitch Fix last year. It has an interesting step hemline and ribbing on the shoulders, which add interest. Unfortunately it shrunk up a bit, even though I washed it on gentle and laid it flat to dry, so it’s slightly too short in the front. The proportions work out okay because of the ankle-length pants, but in my perfect world, it would be about an inch longer.
At first I put on nude flats with this outfit, and it was cute and fine, but I felt like it needed something more. I went back to my closet and looked around for inspiration and spotted these burgundy suede flats I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in July. Perfect!
My shoes are sold out, but the Felicia Flats actually come in a burgundy suede, and these burgundy leather Born flats are cute too. For a splurge pair, the Tory Burch Minnie Travel Flats come in a Port Sparkle Suede (they look more like leather, tho) that are gorgeous.
For jewelry, I wore teardrop earrings and a 3-disc necklace along with some Alex and Ani bangles. If I had a chunky burgundy bracelet or necklace, I would have added that to tie in the burgundy shoes, but all of my colorful beaded jewelry is turquoise or white. I need to add some fall colors, I guess!
I actually wore this outfit on Saturday to go to brunch with some girlfriends. It was the first day that really felt like fall here in PA, and it was so much fun to finally wear one of my fall outfits for real! It’s a basic navy and khaki outfit, but the details in the pants and sweater plus the addition of the burgundy suede shoes take it up a notch.
It’s rainy and cool here today, and I have an early morning doctor appointment to discuss my thyroid (bleh!) so I think I’ll break out my rainboots and the trench I bought a few months ago that I haven’t had a chance to wear yet. After that, I have a bunch of boxes to unpack that arrived while I was gone, a ton of email to catch up on, and I’m looking forward to getting the house back in order. The good news is, it’s almost the weekend!
That really went by quickly, didn’t it!?! Not to worry, there are plenty more fall outfits on the way, and soon we’ll be talking about festive party outfits and holiday gift guides! After all, Christmas is less than 3 months away. Hey, don’t shoot the messenger!
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