We're reached that time of year where there's no good way to decide how to dress. Recently, September has become a transitional month where one day you could be wearing shorts and a tank top walking along the boardwalk; and the next day wearing jeans, a sweater, and booties drinking a pumpkin spice latte. I cannot stand this type of fit flopping transitional weather...there's no good way to know what to wear in the morning!
Erik and I took these photos back in April, (by the time I got to posting this it was July and I decided to hold off till now) and my logic and style behind it also applies to this lovely September weather. Gingham is a pattern that I think should be worn year round. I know most people associate it with spring/summer, but a nice navy/white or black/white or wine/white can be layered properly for any season.
Shirt: J.Crew Factory | Sweater Blazer: J.Crew | Jeans: Madewell | Belt: Madewell | Shoes: Old J.Crew (similar)
Bag: Old Kate Spade (similar) | Bag Charm: Old Kate Spade (similar + also love)
Necklace: Kate Spade | Sunglasses: Old DNKY (similar)
These shoes are old, but I love how they can make a classic look a bit more dressy or pair perfectly with a polished dress.
I am obsessed with this gingham shirt! I bought it last year, but its a classic that J.Crew Factory has almost year round. It's the perfect weight to wear in spring/summer on its own or layered under a sweater for fall/winter without getting too warm.
This sweater blazer is also key for me surviving transitional weather during my commute to work. Now that I'm taking public transit instead of driving to work I need to not only prepare for the cold train ride or office, but the weather while I'm waiting for the train and walking to my building. I love that this sweater blazer isn't too heavy and has the warmth of a great chunky cardigan.
Daisies are my favorite flower, and I can't help but play up my daisy charm with a few fresh ones! Its seems so silly, but this bag charm is on of my favorite Kate Spade purchases.
What's your go to transitional outfit for this time of the year? Are you a hold onto summer as long as possible kind of girl or give me sweater weather now kind of girl when September begins?
(I'm the give me sweater weather now kind of girl :))
Its finally here! I am so sorry that this took me much longer to post than I had planned. It started out by waiting a bot longer than usual to get my edited photos, but once I got them I let me laziness take over for several weeks.
When I originally picked these tie waisted pants as my next project, I had a more casual look in mind than what I styled here. I was going for more of a fun weekend look however, the day of the photoshoot I ended up picking a more night out look. I definitely went out of my comfort zone with this, and I hope you guys like it!
These shoes are the real reason this look ended up being more dressed up than casual. I received them a few days before this shoot and I just had to include them in the look! I'm obsessed with TOMS, and when I saw them earlier this spring I just had to have them. The tie at the heal is my favorite part and the reason I had to wear them with these pants...what can I say, I cannot resist a bow or two.
In typical spring weather (we shot these in April), the wind was insane during the shoot making me not only really cold, but I ended up putting my hair into a bun on the spot. This sweater was also meant for another look we were going to shoot that day, but Erik had the great idea to include it and I surprisingly liked how it ended up looking.
Photos by Erik Hanson
I'm so glad I challenged myself to make these pants. Not only do I love how they feel, but I'm also seeing striped tie pants in stores and on the streets! I was slightly worried that the trend for these was over, but I couldn't be happier to be wrong.
In case you missed a post or two of my creating these pants click here to view them all from finish to start!
striped tie waist pants
Well guys, I finally did it! My first ever pair of pants are sewn, successfully worn to work, and now posted on here. I cannot tell you how excited and proud of these pants I am! If you haven't been following along on my pant journey click here to read about it from start to finish (or should I say finished to start since the posts are sorted from newest to oldest).
Coat: Old J.Crew Factory (similar) | Sweater: J.Crew Factory | Pants: Me! (fabric & materials: Joann's Fabric)
Loafers: Old J.Crew Factory (also love) | Bag: POLO | Necklace: kate spade
Since I finished making these pants in the winter, I based my outfit in black it feel seasonally appropriate. When it gets closer to spring I'll definitely lighten up my look with chambray, white, and lighter colors, but for now I'm going to stick to black, grey, and camel tops and shoes. With printed bottoms, I like to keep the focus of my outfit around them, and not have any other competing patterns.
There's only one complaint I have about my pants, and that is there's no stretch. While I can control the fit of my pants by making them, retailers definitely have me beat at finding the perfect type a fabric. Now that I've gained confidence in sewing a pair of pants, I'm going to challenge myself on finding a better fabric for my next pair.
Photos by Erick Hanson
During the weekends I tend to wear the same thing over and over again. While I may change my booties to sneakers or a tee to a sweater the overall look of my outfit will remain the same. Since the weather has been so unpredictable I've been dressing in layers when I head out for the day to run errands or whatever it is I have planned for the day. I've had this jacket for several years and it is always my go to piece for fall. It's the perfect weight for cool morning that turn into warm afternoons!
Jacket: J.Crew Factory | Scarf: J.Crew Factory | Tee: old POLO (similar) | Jeans: old Madewell (similar)
Shoes: TOMS | Bag: old POLO (also love)
I'm obsessed with blanket scarves. While I live in mine during the winter once fall starts to true cooler I can't resist but break my scarves out a bit early. When I saw this scarf online I couldn't help but add it to my closet immediately. I went back and forth between choosing colors, and I went with this camel one because it screamed fall and transitional (all three colors are on a great sale right now!).
These booties. To say I'm obsessed is an understatement. I bought this style last year in a tan leather, and I wore them so much I couldn't help but buy them in black as well! I've never owned booties that are as comfortable as these, go with everything, and have the cutest tassel zipper detail on the heel. Since these are from TOMS there's also the added bonus that buying the perfect pair of booties also helps someone in need.
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Since subscribing to Causebox I've been on a bigger kick for cause focused brands then ever! I was looking through the brands Causebox supports and I was really excited when I came across Krochet Kids Intl. The brand is all about empowering women and helping the work their way out of poverty. With a focus on Gulu, Uganda and Lima, Peru, Krochet Kids is currently working with and empowering 150 women and families in Uganda and 38 women and families in Peru with their #KnowWhoMadeIt program.
Being in a transitional/fall wardrobe mindset, I was immediately drawn to their knit dresses. I have plenty of short sleeve dresses from summer in my closet, and since I was looking for something that was more wear forward then ware now, this long sleeve dress was exactly what I was looking for! Not only can I never say no to a great stripe, but this burgundy/white stripe is a great addition to my navy based closet.
My dress was made in Peru by Yessenia Castillo. After leaving her job in customer service and join the KKi community to help her family out of poverty with a goal to start her own children's accessory line. When you look up who made your product you not only get to read their background, but also some fun facts. Like Yessenia's favorite part about Peru is "the beach!" How cool is it that you get to know the person who made your clothes!?
I really love the shape of this dress. Its a swing silhouette that for once isn't too oversized. I've tried on several swing dresses from other brands, but unlike this one from Krochet Kids, the other dresses have been too oversized.
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This fall I've been wearing more dresses than ever. I'm not going to lie, this is mainly because of how warm it's been, but for once I'm not complaining about that. As you know I prefer to wear dresses and skirts over any kind of pant so I'm taking advantage of wearing dresses as long as possible. One trend I'm really loving right now is the fleece dresses (or sweatshirt dresses depending on where you shop). They're not only the most comfortable kind of dress, they're also really fun to dress up or down.
Fleece dresses are the definition of casual. Pair one with a denim jacket and some sneakers, and you've got the perfect weekend look! But what if you want to wear a fleece dress to work? How do you make the definition of causal appropriate for the office? When in doubt I've found that all you need is a button down and a great pair of shoes to completely transform an outfit. I played off the letterman letter on my dress by going full on prep with an oxford and loafers, but I also love pairing a chambray shirt or a plaid button down back to this dress as well.
Photos by Erik Hanson
Move over sweaters dresses, the fleece dress is about to take over!
Have you given this trend a try yet?
fleece dresses i love
Its no secret that I love sweaters, so this sweater blazer trend thats popping up everywhere is perfect for me. I like to think of sweater blazers as the more comfortable and casual option to a traditional blazer. The combination of a blazer, tee, jeans, and flats is an outfit I've tried to recreate in the past, but because my office is on the more casual side, I sometimes feel too dressed up with a normal blazer. So when I found this sweater blazer from J.Crew I had to get it!
There are several different sweater blazers J.Crew and J.Crew Factory have at the moment, but I went with this one because it was the ideal mix of an open cardigan and a blazer. Not too polished and not too thin. It also has a really nice weight to it so it doubles as a fall jacket (for when fall actually decides to feel like fall).
Photos by Erik Hanson
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This year the weather is really testing my ability to dress for both the weather and the season. Last week it was picture perfect fall while this week felt like summer all over again. With the constant back and forth in temperature I've gotten pretty good at dressing for two different seasons at the same time, and I have the combination of sweaters and skirts to thank!
Sweater: old J.Crew Factory | Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: J.Crew | Bandana: Madewell
Bag: old POLO (also love) | Bracelet: KJP
It wasn't until I saw this post on Poor Little It Girl that I found this skirt, and I immediately had to have it. Luckily, by the time I got to the store it was already on markdown with an additional promo (there are still a ton of sizes available online!). What more could a girl ask for!?
When I was putting this look together, I wanted to go outside of my comfort zone and try something new. I've admired the bandana trend for a while, but I was concerned that it wouldn't like the way it felt and I would want to take if off in less than a minute. I'm happy to say that after this post I will definitely be wearing my bandana again!
There are a lot of reasons I love this skirt. From the button front to the perfect back pleats to the pockets, this skirt has it all. The fabric however is what I really love. Its a chino fabrication that has a slight weight to it, and this really random, but the fabric kind of reminds me of a trench coat. Aside from that, I really like how this fabric looks wrinkled. To me it adds slight interest without making you look like a slob for not ironing....which is perfect for me because I'm always a wrinkled mess after I drive to work.
Here's to hoping I'll be walking into fall weather next week!
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Every closet should have a basic denim jacket you can pair back to everything. It's a classic piece that can not only be worn in every season a million different ways. Not only should you have a basic denim jacket (like this one I couldn't stop wearing this summer), but also one or two denim jackets that are a bit more fun. Whether its patches, distressing, embroidery, or paint a novelty denim jacket can take any outfit to the next level.
I absolutely love finding pieces that are a twist on classics, like my patch denim jacket. This was one of the styles I was the most proud of to have in our fall line at work. When I say I was excited for this jacket, I mean I was at the nearest outlet buying my own jacket the first week it was out. Since then I've worn it so much I feel like I practically live in it. From black jeans and leggings to skirts and dresses I pair it with everything!
I love pretty much all of the patches on this jacket, but if I had to pick which one is my favorite it'd have to be the collegiate flag on my shoulder. Every time I look at I immediately think of my school (Johnson & Wales University) and it makes me smile. I absolutely loved my time at JWU and the combination of blue, yellow, and white always makes me think of it.
Novelty denim jackets like this are not only a way to elevate an outfit, they're also a great conversation starter. Whether I'm wearing this jacket to work or out and about doing errands I always get compliments on it.
novelty denim jacket picks
It's officially September, and I couldn't be happier that we are only three weeks away from the start of fall! I don't think I could pick one aspect about fall that I love the most, but one of my favorite parts of the season is the fashion. From layers to boots to scarves to sweater weather I cannot get enough of fall fashion. As soon as the September starts I'm ready to walk out the door in a sweater, blanket scarf, jeans, and boots. Unfortunately, this is completely unrealistic for the start of the month and figuring out what to wear can be a major struggle.
To be honest, I had the hardest time getting dressed for work this week. Sure, my weather app told be everyday was going to be in the low 70s, but didn't stop me from trying on more than one outfit before heading out the door (I usually pick my outfit out the night before to avoid this issue). For these tricky transitional days I lean towards skirts and dresses.
Leather, Suede, and Corduroy are my go to fabrics for skirts to ease into fall fashion. My pleased faux-leather skirt from J.Crew was one of my best purchases last fall. It's extremely versatile, classic, and super light weight. Last year I was on the fence about getting it, but with a little help from my friend Jenn I decided to get it before my size was sold out and I'm so glad I did.
While skirts help curb my fall fashion craving, the second hardest part to dress to during this transition is shoes. A part of me wants to continue wearing my favorite sandals, espadrilles, and wedges while the other part of me wants to wear loafers, booties, and riding boots. With he exception of yesterday I wore ballet flats to work everyday. I feel like they're the perfect in between for sandals and loafers. They're also extremely comfortable if you have the right pair. I've had these for four years now and highly recommend them!
Another amazing skirt find from last year was the full price version of this skirt in a golden brown color. I'm so happy J.Crew Factory brought back it back AND added a navy option! When I went to link the skirt to this post I couldn't believe the brown was already sold out...then again, I could believe it since it was 50% off last weekend. I highly recommend you grabbing this skirt while you still can!
I think it may be a bit too early for suede skirts to start poping up in stores, or maybe they're just not trending as much this year because it took a while to find one. I did come across this super cute one at Nordstrom, and I'm obsessed with the wine option!
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