Jazzing up a basic outfit
I had to document this outfit because it’s very possibly the last time my ankles will see the light of day this season! Okay, I’m being dramatic, but I basically wear boots every day from November to February.
I’m also frequently wearing turtlenecks because I hate when my neck is freezing. This basic beige one is from Uniqlo and I’m really impressed with the quality. I’ve had it for over a year and it hasn’t pilled at all or lost its shape. It’s a thicker cotton too, so it’s warmer than your typical J Crew tissue turtleneck, but it’s still pretty soft. Here are this year’s color options.
These leopard flats are from Steve Madden. I think they’re the first pair of shoes I have from that brand; they were really affordable and surprisingly comfortable! I had been looking for non-calf hair leopard flats for so long!! I didn’t want ones with a print so tiny that it wasn’t noticeable or so large that it became gaudy. I was also looking for a pair that was too warm-toned and orange looking, but not black and white either. I wanted a pointed toe too. This ideal leopard flat was much harder to come by than I would have thought! I’m really glad I didn’t settle though because they’re perfect!
Lastly, I’m wearing my trusty brushed sateen legging jeans from Loft. These are so soft and fit like a glove, but they’re still comfortable and have the perfect amount of stretch. I love the ankle-skimming length on the petite ones (I’m 5’2″).
I’m also carrying an old black crossbody – I’m in the market for a new one actually. Any recommendations for favorite handbag brands? I used to be a huge fan of Kate Spade and Furla – they both have classic shapes and are really great quality that’s lasted me years. I’m looking for something more fashion-y though – maybe angular, more fun, top handle? Not totally sure yet.
Overall, this is a really simple look, but I wanted to share since a few of you asked over on Instagram.
Loving this crisp weather!
October is my favorite month; I love that you can enjoy being outside without a thousand layers on. The weather is crisp and it’s still sunny quite often, so it’s lovely to walk around. I’ve always been drawn to water (I miss our view of Lake Michigan!), so I’m really thankful we can walk over to the Hudson River and enjoy the piers there.
These Dolce Vita suede sneakers are perfect for walking around the city. They’re really comfy and I love that they slip on easily. They’re also taller, so they cover my ankles, which is great when it’s chilly.
It may be a weird time of year to be getting into lighter colors, but I’ve been loving lighter wash denim lately. I usually wear dark or black denim during the week and then fun patterned or embellished pairs on the weekend. These are different for me because they have a clean finish without any distressing or rips, but the color is laid back. I also like the split hem at the bottom for a more casual finish. Mine are from Loft this past summer, but you can similar options here or here.
October is also the best time to wear cozy sweaters. Turtlenecks are my favorite because I’m usually cold if my neck and chest are exposed. This charcoal one is a mockneck and it’s chenille too, so it’s really snuggly. I’m also eyeing this beige one to finish out fall and this emerald one for the holidays.
I can’t believe it’s already Halloween tomorrow! This month has seriously flown by… A friend is coming to visit and I still have no idea what I’m going to dress up as… Any ideas? Are you dressing up this year?
A perfect addition for fall
When I was back in Chicago a couple weeks ago, my family headed out to Kuiper’s Family Farm for my favorite fall activity: apple picking!! We picked loads of delicious apples and snacked on cinnamon sugar doughnuts and kettle corn from the huge barn store. Half of the fun of Kuiper’s is slowly making your way through all of the fun rooms full of unique goods, from food to home decor. They even have a wine and cider tasting room.
The weather was perfect for breaking in my new Blank NYC Corduroy Moto Jacket. It has the cool vibe of a leather jacket, but the corduroy fabric adds an interesting twist. I love the charcoal gray color as well. This jacket is really comfortable and warmer than I was expecting too! The cord fabric has a great weight to it that helps fend off the chill, but it’s not too bulky either.
We usual don’t venture over to the pumpkin farm side because it’s more kid focused and the store is much smaller. It was the first beautifully chilly fall day though, so we felt like sticking around for a bit longer. Fall is my very favorite season, so it was fun to get in the spirit.
Aren’t these mini pumpkins just the cutest? I had to include a photo because they’re so adorable and just scream fall to me.
Do you have a fall tradition? What’s your favorite season?
Bright red is one of my new favorite colors and I’ve been loving this bright red top lately. It’s perfectly breezy for warm summer days, but it also layers well and can be dressed up for the office since it’s a silky fabric. The halter neckline is fun and flattering and I like the ruffle accents around the neck and waist.
This top also goes with everything, from white jeans to cut offs. I’ve gone with more tailored denim shorts here and added casual brown sandals. That link is for a similar pair from Madewell; I totally would not recommend the J Crew ones I’m wearing in the photo as they’ve already broken!
What’s great about this top is that I’ve also worn it with my favorite dress pants and a gray cardigan for the office. I love when my clothes can pull double duty since my weekend and work looks are usual very different. Sometimes I feel like I have two completely opposite wardrobes, so it’s nice to get a lot of wear out of one piece.
What’s your favorite color to wear lately? Any favorite spots for workwear that can transition into going out?
A flattering find
I’ve been having a hard time with skirts lately as I’ve realized that too much volume can overwhelm my frame and add bulk. However, I’m not a fan of bodycon or pencil skirts on me personally; the former is just too tight and the latter tends to be too long. If it sounds like a Goldilocks situation, that was definitely how I felt before I found this denim dream from Free People.
It’s the Zip It Up Mini Skirt in Haven Black and I love everything about it from the color to the frayed hem! The cut slightly flares out from the waist, which I find very flattering. It’s fitted without being too tight and I love all of the pockets. The zipper is functional too, and I think it helps elongate my body with a vertical line. I really like the high waist fit, although it is definitely the shortest skirt in my wardrobe…
I originally ordered a size 26 (which is my typical denim size) but since this sits about three inches higher, I had to exchange it for a 24. Just something to keep in mind if you’re ordering online. It also comes in blue, which I’m probably going to pick up as well.
This skirt pairs perfectly with plain tanks, cute crop tops (shocking for me!), and graphic tees. I’m wearing my favorite one from Maje in these photos, but it’s from last year. These have some similar floral details: a cute, affordable option and one with flutter sleeves. I would also love to get something like this amazing Kenzo tee.
What’s great is that this skirt feels really summery when paired with sandals and light tops, but I can see it transitioning into fall seamlessly too. Add a long cardigan and tights or a leather jacket with booties. It’s definitely my new favorite skirt and I think I’ll get a ton of wear out of it!
Have you found any wardrobe heros lately? What is your favorite summer clothing item?