This time of year, between the beginning of autumn and the holiday season, is magical, isn’t it? There’s a crispness to the mornings and evenings that echoes of cooler days to come. A hot pot of coffee, a waft of cinnamon in the air, and the promise of hours spent bundled on the couch reading books carry me through a long work week.
I picked up this knit two summers ago at a small boutique in my parents’ hometown. While I knew it would return to the desert with me and be promptly put away for a few more months, I couldn’t resist the perfect fall hue or the quirky crisp white collar and cuffs. Now that cooler temps are beginning to hit the valley I find myself turning to this sweater once again.
What I love about this outfit is how perfectly it melds functuanilty and style. The collared sweater, a-line skirt, kitten heel shoe, and sensible handbag create a perfectly polished look that can be worn to work, lunch with friends, or dinner with my husband.
It’s the extra details, though, that elevate these basic pieces and make them infinitely more interesting and full of personality. The sweater, bag, and shoes repeat lovely autumn tones of mustard, rust, and brown while the black scalloped stitching on the sweater’s white collar and cuffs echoes the black and white stripes on the skirt.
This outfit strikes an ideal balance of a put together look that can be worn to a variety of occasions and a look with just enough whimsy to embrace the enchantment of a new season.
Style Notes: Sweater (winter 2013; similar) / Anthropologie skirt (spring 2012; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2012; similar) / Kate Spade purse (fall 2014; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; similar)
Oversized knits are taking the fall fashion scene by storm. Having lived through the 90s grunge, oversized everything phase I tend to lean towards more classic and tailored pieces in my adulthood, but I cannot deny the lure of a cozy knit now that the evenings are starting to cool. This is a trend that lies outside my comfort zone, so the key to making it work was in finding ways to include elements of my personal style.
Since I am not tall and willowy, the danger of an oversized knit is that the extra fabric and weight will add bulk, which at my age is not a desired effect. To counteract the “heaviness” on top I paired the knit with a tailored pair of faux leather tuxedo striped pants. I also like the way the faux leather zipper on the sweater echoes the leather stripe on the pants and the purse; it lends a little rock ‘n roll vibe to the whole look.
The lack of structure in an oversized sweater is not my normal style, but layering it over a crisp, classically tailored white button down brings a happy compromise of polished comfort. The black heels lend more sophistication to the look and also add length to my leg, which helps to further counteract the bulkiness of the sweater.
The key, then, to pulling off an oversized knit is to balance out the unstructured, loose fitting elements with ones that are more tailored and form fitting.
Style Notes: Chaus sweater via Last Chance (fall 2014; perfect for fall) / Ann Taylor shirt (summer 2014; similar) / Ann Taylor pants (summer 2011; similar) / Halogen shoes via Last Chance (fall 2014) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly)
When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance. I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for. Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal! See looks one and two here.
When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance. I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for. Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal! See look one here.
The innate femininity of a pencil skirt makes it a go-to piece for date night as it plays up your feminine wiles. A pencil skirt with a classic leopard print has instant style and ladylike sex appeal. Choose accessories that add an element of fun while still retaining a classic, feminine feel in order to keep the outfit from reading too somber.
In this look, the sheer polka dot sleeves of the sweater and the leopard print of the skirt help elevate the two closet staples (sweater and pencil skirt) beyond basic pieces. The curve of the sleeves’ dots and the curve of the skirt’s print add visual interest and further emphasize the feminine lines of the entire look. The accessories (statement necklace, belt, and heels) don’t compete for attention since they are all the same hue; rather, they complement the sweater and skirt with their sophisticated glamour and whimsical touches.
Style Notes: Anthropologie sweater (love) / Loft skirt (similar) / Ann Taylor belt (similar) / Kate Spade shoes (similar) / Kate Spade necklace (similar) / Kate Spade bag (similar) / Loft sunglasses (similar)
When Jordana Paige asked me to style three pencil skirt looks for fall I jumped at the chance. I love Jordana’s bags (check out this bag- perfect for a teacher or busy mom on the go) and what her company stands for. Plus, I can’t resist a good pencil skirt or helping other women come up with ways to refresh their current wardrobes or find new pieces to add to their fall arsenal!
Leather is a major fall trend, but it can often be intimidating as it can seem too edgy or rock ‘n roll. The trick to making leather read more glamorous and less dominatrix is to look for leather pieces in feminine silhouettes and with a dull sheen. This fall’s leather pieces have a decidedly more 70′s glam feel to them, so now is the perfect time to pick up a leather pencil skirt that is appropriate for a variety of occasions like date night, dinner with the girls, or just to add a little sophisticated edge to your everyday attire.
In this look, the muted grey tones of the plaid shirt along with the embellished buttons keep the shirt from looking too masculine while the skirt’s dull sheen keeps the skirt from looking cheap. The kitten heel shoe and quilted handbag add some sophistication to the look while the metallic hue of the shoe and the gold chain strap of the bag add a touch of modern edge that plays off the cool girl vibe of the shirt and skirt.
This hexagon print dress is the second look Alex Evjen styled for the & Apparel fall lookbook. While the mix of a bold print and bold colors may seem a bit intimidating at first glance, the classic, feminine silhouette balances out the dress’ more daring qualities. Depending on your career, this dress may a bit too bright and bold for the office without sobering it up a bit with a blazer, but at such a great price point ($44.50) it’s one of those justifiable purchases for things like date night, church, brunch with girlfriends, or to simply infuse a little fun into your closet.
I love the way the on trend statement necklace , which will cross over from season to season, and metallic heels add to the feminine playfulness of the look without detracting from the geometric print. This is definitely one of those looks that has a healthy balance of flirty and sophisticated elements, the perfect combo!