Welcome back to 25 Days of Fall Fashion! Today I finally have a fall dress to share with you. Tweed, plaid, herringbone, and other menswear-inspired fabrics are classics (thank you, Coco Chanel) but they’re also a huge trend this fall.
I’ve actually been reading up on Chanel, and her story is fascinating. I purchased this coffee table book, mainly because I wanted it to stack on the etagere in my office, but I’ve also been reading it.
Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is pretty much credited with ending the era of the corseted female silhouette, and she introduced designs that were known for comfort and practicality. We can thank her for jersey fabric, the tweed suit, and the little black dress. Oh, and we can also thank her for making suntanning a symbol of privilege and leisure.
Anyway, this tweed dress is right on trend this season, and thanks to the short sleeves, it’s perfect for the warm fall weather we’re having.
I wasn’t sure about sizing, so I ordered the 6 and the 8, and I was pleasantly surprised to find the 6 fit. It’s on the shorter side, but that’s typical for a shift dress.
I love the buttons on the hem and the short blouson sleeves. Here’s a closeup of the sleeve detail. It’s a little more tailored and sophisticated than a puff sleeve, but it adds interest and helps balance out the hips for those who have narrower shoulders.
The button hem is another fun detail, and I’m happy to report that the tweed isn’t stiff at all. In fact, it must have some stretch to it because it gives as you move around. I kept it on after the shoot and wore it with flats to run some errands, and it was very comfortable to sit and move around in.
This dress is fully lined so I didn’t feel any need to wear a slip with it, but I am wearing my trusty Spanx Shape Your Day girl shorts.
I carried my trusty R Minkoff satchel. I ordered it off of Amazon.com several years ago, and it’s still going strong. It’s one of those bags I bought on a whim, and I wasn’t sure if I really needed it at the time, but I reach for it a lot. I just wish I hadn’t lost the crossbody strap — sometimes it would be nice to have that option, but I would usually just carry it on my arm or in my hand anyway.
In case you aren’t aware, the prices on Amazon Fashion fluctuate significantly, and right now it’s back up to almost full price, but it was down to $150 last week, so it’s one you have to watch. Incidentally, this cognac one is marked down to $155.
For shoes, I wore my black mules once again. I know, these have been on serious repeat lately, but they seem to go with so much! They’re pricey, but I got them during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale at 40% off. I almost left them in the store that first day, but my sales associate convinced me to bring them home in case they sold out, and told me I could always return them… but clearly that didn’t happen.
For a more budget-friendly option, I think these or these would also look great with this dress. I can also see wearing tights and tall boots with this dress in the wintertime — maybe with a black leather jacket on top, or even a burgundy!
Finally, I accessorized with a long silver pendant, my go-to silver link bracelet, and these pearl drop earrings. The earrings are sold out, but this pair is similar, and I think they would look great with this dress.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
Be sure to visit Cyndi to see the fall outfit she’s styling today!
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