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Shirt: J.Crew (similar here) | Cardigan: J.Crew Factory | Denim: Nordstrom | Riding boots: Tory Burch | Crossbody: Louis Vuitton | Monogram: Shop Julia Marie, c/o | Sunglasses: Prada | Watch: Wristology, c/o
Gingham transcends seasons, from Spring to Winter, and pairs easily with all textures and colors.
Not to mention, it’s one of my all-time favorite patterns (stripes and plaid being the others), and I refuse to give it up! 😀
But even though I am OH SO smitten with fall colors, I cannot, will not give up wearing pink. Blush and cranberry, ballet pink and grey, pink and camel…so many fall-worthy color combinations can be created to include pink! (Future post, perhaps?)
I chose to stay simple with this fall look, opting for a simple formula of shirt, cardi, denim, and boots. Last year, I went a little crazy with the oversized sweaters (partly because I was pregnant, and also because they were so cozy!), and I still plan on getting down with my cozy self–but I felt so swallowed up by the baggy clothes that I started to hate getting dressed in the morning!
Let’s face it, when you’re expecting, loose-fitting clothes are the norm because 1) they’re insanely comfortable and 2) sometimes ya just don’t want to draw much attention to the fact that you’re a walking time bomb waiting to go off.
Last year, I experimented quite bit with my personal style, mostly because I was pregnant and it was too uncomfortable to wear button downs, but also because I was bored with my preppy style and wanted to try new things! I had basically put myself in this little preppy box, and anything outside that box wasn’t allowed in.
I was following fashion, but had let style take a backseat.
And I became bored.
After then after giving birth, it was easy to throw on loose-fitting clothing to run errands in. Comfy-chic became my go-to style, in the months following Lilly’s birth, and for awhile, it was nice!
But by always dressing in oversized sweaters and leggings, I sort of lost my sense of femininity. I began to feel blah.
So this fall, I’m going back to my preppy roots, but will not be giving up my cozy, oversized sweaters and leggings (as IF!). .
What is that going to look like for me? You will still see lots of button downs and sweaters, as well as ponchos and blanket scarves (ULTIMATE comfort!!).
And vests. Lots of vests. 😀
Because vests always polish up any outfit you have on.
And because, well, vests.
But if I want to wear a pair of comfy sneakers or a cute pair of over-the-knee boots, you best believe I’m going to, without thinking twice about whether or not it belongs in the preppy box!
If you are finding yourself needing some new outfit inspiration, or you are just plain bored with your style, this is the perfect time of year to experiment!
Why is it the perfect time, you ask?
No matter what your personal style is, I can almost guarantee that your closet already has jeans, sweaters, and boots in it. Just about every style, preppy, boho-chic, vintage, glam, etc. utilizes the same basics. Just by adding different accessories, such as a floppy hat, or a belt over an oversized sweater, you can dip your toes into another style by using what you already have! No need to buy a completely new wardrobe, only to realize a season later that you didn’t really like that particular style.
So what’s the takeaway?
Have fun with fashion, and don’t be afraid to experiment a little! You may find something new that you never would have tried before, and you may end up liking it! Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. If you find yourself shying away from certain trends because you’re following a certain “style formula”, then it’s no longer about your personal style.
Fashion is what’s out there, and style is what you do with it.