One of my favorite transition styles is a short-sleeve or sleeveless sweater, so I’m thrilled that sweater tanks and sweater vests are trending this fall! They’re a fresh update to this classic style, especially when paired with wide-leg ankle jeans.
This sleeveless sweater immediately caught my eye when I saw it on the Evereve website. I love the chunky cable knit and the contrasting buttons. It’s the perfect length for pairing with higher rise jeans, and you can just throw it on and go without futzing with tucking or styling it.
I notice the model on the website leaves the bottom button undone, but I tried that and it looked silly. I also tried unbuttoning the top button, but it didn’t create a V-shape neckline or add an element of interest; it just looked like forgot to button the top button.
All that to say, I’ve just been wearing it like this, and it feels authentic to me. Feel free to play around with it, though. Everyone is different!
These PAIGE Leenah wide leg ankle jeans were an #NSale purchase, and I feel like I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them going into fall. The laid-back, retro-chic vibe with trouser-inspired hems is right up my alley. They fit true to size, as far as I can tell; I’m wearing what is now my usual size 29.
And then, of course we need to discuss these shoes! I love the juxtaposition of the prim shoe with the rugged denim. Notice, while these jeans are relaxed and slightly distressed, they aren’t slouchy. There’s a big difference, and I think that’s why this unexpected combination still looks polished.
Slingback shoes are having a moment this season, and more structured and ladylike styles are trending across all clothing and accessory categories, so these Chanel-inspired cap toe slingbacks are hitting all the right notes.
They also repeat the black and brown tones from the sweater, which makes them a nice way to bookend this outfit. (Notice, I did the same with the bag.) These shoes run slightly small; I’m wearing my usual size 8, and they just fit, so keep that in mind if you tend to run in between sizes.
Another footwear option for this outfit is a wood grain platform sandal like this Seychelles pair from last year. This pair and this one are similar, or you can find lots of other options at Nordstrom and Zappos.
These shoes are perfect for transitioning into a warm fall, due to the walnut brown color and the suede strap and wood platform sole. They look darker and heavier than, say, a raffia upper and a jute platform, which are more summery.
They’re also comfortable and stable to walk in, which is a huge bonus for those of us with finicky feet!
I swapped out my bag for this second look, and I went with a solid black shoulder bag. I love how the shiny croc-embossed leather adds texture and dimension to the look, and the matte silver hardware gives it a slightly edgy vibe.
This bag is comfortable to carry and holds everything I need on a daily basis. It was also an #NSale purchase, but even at full price, I feel like it’s a good value for the quality.
I’ve been asked to talk more about how I choose accessories. This sweater has a lot going on, and a high neck, so I did not wear a necklace. Instead, I chose a pair of medium-sized mixed metal earrings that play into the “puffy” jewelry trend. I wish I had a better picture of them, but I’ve been wearing these a lot lately, and I love how they add just enough interest to an outfit.
I almost always wear a bracelet of some sort unless I’m wearing long sleeves, and this outfit could probably use more of a statement, but I just wore my two LAGOS station bracelets – the Caviar Beaded Bracelet and Caviar 1-Row Ball-Chain Bracelet. I showcased these in my post, Everyday Jewelry Worth Investing In. I wear these a lot because they can be dressed up or down, and the mixed metals work with whatever else I’m wearing.
And I consider my sunglasses an accessory, as well. I feel like this all works together for a modern look that is polished and put-together, but not fussy.
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photos: Alison Cornell