Hello my friends,
It's been a hot minute since I did an outfit-centric post. With Fall in full swing, I think it's pretty much obligatory to do one now. I feel like most of us are in the process of building our fall/winter wardrobe at this time of year and a little bit of inspiration can always be appreciated.
When it comes to the colder months, it is that easy to get lazy and opt for jeans and a jumper everyday. I get it. But with a little help you will find that once you put some effort in, the results can go a long way. We've all felt that little bit of satisfaction when we come home after a long, exhausting yet fulfilling day and look at ourselves in the mirror and think: hey, I looked good today. It definitely gives you a fuzzy feeling of confidence and self-love.
Whenever I do these types of posts, I try to keep the outfits realistic for a woman who's in college or work. I also make the effort to address all ages, however I don't suggest that there's only one specific way to dress for each age. I'm simply trying to give options. Take from them whatever works for you.
I think a button-up shirtdress is very versatile item to have since it can be taken from office to bar in a pinch. This particular military button-up style is very on-trend at the moment and flattering on all silhouettes. The over-the-knee boots give the otherwise conservative look some edge while keeping the legs warm, but if this kind of thing isn't appropriate for your workplace or school, short booties are just as fine.
In this outfit I thought about incorporating the classic fall shades of maroon, mustard and burgundy as well as some interesting textures such as suede, rib and velvet. The turtleneck top and skinny booties give the look a lengthening effect while the wool skirt adds a cozy feel. It's definitely classic but still up-to-date with the latest trends.
This is the most business-y of all the looks. I wanted it to give off authority while still looking current. Culottes work wonders for the office and a tweed texture is bound to add some extra sophistication. When wearing them I prefer high heels to add height and length. A leather jacket helps loosen up the look and make it less strict.
This is what I call the Casual Friday/weekend type of look. Little details like the patent shoes and mini bag help pull the outfit together so it still looks polished and not sloppy. The cropped jeans and poncho definitely add to that cool effect.
I imagine this would be ideal for someone still in school or college, or a young woman at the start of her professional life. The tie-neck detail at the blouse adds a preppy touch while the skirt and bag are a nod to the 60s (aka my favorite era in fashion). This outfit is also a good example of how to wear color and print in an understated way.
Another outfit featuring culottes that is good any hour of the day. I love the plaid print and the subtle pop of color that the bag offers. It's a good option if you're a more classic, conservative person but still want to dip your toe in the current trends.
If you love wearing print and color but still want to tame it down for school/work try not to mix and match too many colors - because you'd risk looking clownish - and pair with neutrals. Try to stay in the same palette so the whole look is harmonious. A bright orangey red is certain to brighten up those winter blues!
If you feel like you usually end up freezing when you wear dresses and want an option other than the same old sweater dress, a pinafore number layered over a turtleneck is a sound idea. It's chic and comfy and has that utilitarian vibe about it. Pair with block heel pumps for an ultra-modern and trendy effect.
Let me know which of these you'd choose to wear!