When Fall Feels Like Summer
Hello and happy hump day! I was going to update and republish an old post on shapewear today and then last night we took these pictures of this sleeveless cowl neck sweater outfit, and I didn’t want to wait to share it.
It’s been unseasonably warm here in PA this week — up into the low 80s yesterday!!! It’s strange because on Saturday I bundled up in a coat and scarf for my son’s band competition, and yesterday I wore shorts and a t-shirt. I’m not complaining. I love warm weather, and it’s low humidity, sunny, with a nice breeze. Pretty much perfection if I’ve ever seen it! I actually preferred Sunday and Monday when it only hit the low 70s, but I’ll take 82 for a couple of days.
I purchased a couple of sleeveless cowl neck tops at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July, and people asked me when I’d wear them. Well, the answer is now!
When fall feels like summer, I pull out my sleeveless cowl neck tops and suede ballet flats. The thicker materials say fall, but the sleeveless style keeps me from getting too overheated. Booties would be too warm and sandals seem too summery so ballet flats are the perfect answer.
The sweater I’m wearing sold out, but this Two by Vince Camuto Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater is very similar. In fact, it’s the same brand as mine. It also comes in a cool electric blue, a gorgeous deep red they call Malbec, and a basic black. For size reference, I’m wearing the medium, but I wish I’d bought the small. I even tried to shrink it by washing it and drying it, and I don’t think it took up much if at all.
Another sleeveless cowl neck sweater option is this one by Classiques Entier. It is pricey, but the quality is amazing and it’s a classic that you’d have in your closet for years. I’m tempted but trying to resist!
Last week when Shopbop had their 30% off sale, I splurged on two wardrobe items I’ve been wanting for a long time — these jeans and leopard clutch. Both are quite spendy, but at 30% off, I decided it was now or never. These are the AG Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans. AG makes several versions of the Legging Ankle Jeans, and they’re pretty much a classic. When I saw these, I really liked the amount of distressing and the raw hem.
I know some of y’all don’t like jeans with rips in them, and some have asked if it’s okay to wear them after 40. I say it’s a personal decision, and I think it depends more on your personal style than your age. I’ve always been drawn to distressed denim and clothing with an edgy vibe. I like pairing something a little bit tough, like distressed jeans, with something more classic and refined, like this ivory cowl neck sweater and pink suede flats.
Also, these jeans are sooooo incredibly comfortable. I put them on the day they came in the mail and they slid on like I’d been wearing them for years. They have that lived-in feel right from the get-go. I wore them all day and didn’t take them off till I went to bed that night. They have an amazing fit and they don’t stretch out — they just give enough to be comfortable.
I’ve had these shoes since the #NSale, and I’ve only worn them a couple of times, but I plan to start wearing them more! They’re so sassy and cute, don’t you think?? I started to pair heels with this outfit (I have pumps in this exact same pink suede) and I felt silly so then I grabbed these flats. These are the perfect pop of color — a little dressy but not over the top and they have the fun spike detail on the back.
I finished the look with my new leopard clutch along with hoop earrings and a cuff bracelet. Y’all know my obsession with all things leopard, and this clutch is simply gorgeous. Leopard acts as a neutral and has a way of elevating any basic outfit.
There’s a lot going on in the sweater with the cowl neck and the pattern in the knit so I decided to forego a necklace and just wear my favorite hoops. Anything dangly tends to get caught in the cowl neck so I like hoops that fasten shut because they are visible but don’t get in the way. This cuff bracelet is my go-to for wearing with sleeveless tops because it’s large enough to make a statement on its own although a stack of bangles would be pretty too. How fun are these!?!
This is the type of outfit I’d wear out to lunch with friends or a casual dinner out with the family. Yes, my social life pretty much revolves around food. Ha! I’ll change out the clutch for a shoulder bag and wear this pretty much all day long.
I also think the Felicia Flats in the Port Wine or Tango Red suede would be stunning with this outfit, and they’re definitely more comfortable than these pointy toe flats, although these Reyanne flats aren’t bad. They do have some cushion in the footbed, but the sole of the shoe is stiffer than the Felicia and the pointy toe makes them a little dressier.
similar Two by Vince Camuto Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater (splurge option) // AG Raw Hem Legging Ankle Jeans (less expensive option and also here) // Sam Edelman ‘Reyanne’ Spike Rand Pointy Toe Flat in Pink Garnet Suede // Clare V. Foldover Clutch (less expensive option) // hoop earrings // my Stella & Dot Becker Cuff
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