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Fall Wardrobe Roundup

Wow. Where has the time gone?

I’ve not shared several looks I’ve been wearing over the past month or so. Rather than post like a mad woman, I thought I’d share many of the styles in one roundup and a few ways I’ll continue to wear these pieces into winter.

All photos by Andrea Altman Photography

Go Weekend Casual
I LOVE this effortlessly sexy top. The colors and pattern make it very versatile and the open back shows just enough skin to make it fun for an afternoon date with the hubby. Here I wore with black jeans and brown suede booties but this top would look great with flare jeans and circular sunnies or with white jeans/cut offs and leather sandals in summer months.

Shirt: Some Days Lovin  Purchased at Aimee boutique.
Jeans: J Brand
Booties: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Similar here.

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Play Off Proportions
Play off proportions with an oversized sweater (BCBG), lace-up black pants (Rag & Bone) and chic booties (Alexander Wang). The look is sexy enough for dinner or a night out with friends, but still says colder weather cozy.

Note: All items purchased last year but try these options!
Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater
Fun Leggings
Black Booties

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Wear a Crewneck Sweater Multiple Ways
Wide leg jeans and caramel booties. Gauchos and block heels. Denim skirt and D’Orsay pumps. This Banana Republic sweater looks great with just about anything. In colder months, swap these items for skinny jeans and taupe calf-hair booties or dark flare jeans and suede pumps. Drape a blanket scarf over your shoulders and cinch your waist with a belt. With this bold orange sweater, I’d pair with a fun plaid for extra style points! Try this one, here.

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Pair Masculine and Feminine Items
You’ve probably noticed by now that I almost always juxtapose more feminine pieces with something a bit masculine. This black A.L.C. hooded, sleeveless sweater was heavy enough to provided added warmth on cooler mornings and added a little edge to a fluted, print skirt.

Maximize your investment this winter by pairing a skirt with thick black tights, chunky oxfords and a cashmere sweater. Or keep it flirty and tights free with over-the-knee boots! Like the top? Wear with an oversized blazer or cocoon coat and slim boyfriend jeans. Ballet flats and a feminine, crossbody bag will provide the perfect balance.

Sweater: Intermix (No longer available).
Skirt:
Banana Republic

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Consider Color-blocking
Amp up simple black skinnies with a cozy sweater with a fun pattern and booties.

Jeans: J Brand
Sweater: Sonia Rykiel (No longer available). Try this one.
Booties: Rag & Bone

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Menswear Street Style
A silk white blouse and black pants are street chic with oversized shades, suede pumps and a fedora.

Shoes: Banana Republic
Sunglasses: 3.1 Phillip Lim Thick Frame Sunglasses.
Hat: Scoop NYC

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Rock a Graphic Tee
Graphic tees are so fun and easy to throw on with  denim. Wildfox and ElevenParis are some of my favorite brands but I love this piston rose tee from friend and hot rod builder Bodie Stroud of B.S. Industries.

His shop has completed more than 30 custom hot rods — some for celebrities including Tim Allen and Johnny Depp. You may also recognize Bodie from the hit show Monster Garage where he starred with builder Jesse James. Check out his line of apparel here!

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Paisley with a Pop of Color
I wore this feminine blouse with cropped, patio pants to my daughter’s baptism earlier this fall. The cage like sandals and waistcoat add a little edge and make the look more fashion forward.

Shirt: Intermix (No longer available). Jumpsuit in same pattern here.
Pants: J. Crew Note: Try in wool options for winter!
Shoes: Donald Pliner (No longer available). Similar here.
Coat: Zara
Clutch: BCBGeneration (No longer available).

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Dress Up Boyfriend Jeans
Dress up boyfriend jeans with red suede pumps and a boyfriend blazer or throw on leopard loafers and a black blouse for some casual but sexy va va voom. Keep it office appropriate with a cami underneath and non-distressed styles.

Blazer: Banana Republic (No longer available)
Jeans: Rag & Bone (No longer available). Great affordable option here. Less distressed option here.
Loafers: Jimmy Choo (No longer available). Similar here. And here.
Blouse: BCBG (No longer available). Similar here.
Pumps: Chinese Laundry

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Get Out of that Wardrobe Rut

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Ever get stuck in a wardrobe rut and feel like you’re wearing the same exact pieces the very same ways? I have been guilty of this but wanted to challenge myself – and my readers – to find a piece of clothing and make it work at least three different ways in the coming month.

This ruffle dress (which I’ve featured before) is very versatile. In this post, I’ve tried to showcase a few different styles and offered additional thoughts on how you can pull different pieces together from your wardrobe to create some super fun looks. Here I played off some of the same accessories  – my shoes and bag – but you don’t have to.

Look at the list below for some outfit inspiration and then try it out at home. Please share your pics and ideas on the Facebook page. I look forward to seeing what you put together.

  • A Day at the Office: Pair with feminine heels, oversized shades, a boyfriend blazer and ladylike crossbody.
  • Quirky and Fun: Mix prints and go unexpected with a camo jacket and pumps. Suede booties would look great, too! Style points for pairing blush and shades of green together.
  • Make it a Skirt: By pairing with feminine heels and topping with a black cashmere sweater, you create another look that is fantastic for the office. Consider a leather oversized clutch vs the crossbody.
  • Warm Weather Day:  Wear the dress alone and throw on strappy nude sandals. I love the idea of pairing it with an oversized tote for an afternoon of shopping or running errands with the kids.  Cooler nights? Layer a fitted denim jacket on top and reach for a casual tote (style not shown).
  • Make it a Tunic: Layer a trench dress (like the green one I’ve featured in a previous post) over the pink. Put on skinny jeans, booties and fun accessories like an arm full of leather wrap bracelets or gold bangles (style not shown).

 

Flirty Dress & Boyfriend Blazer

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Yesterday a photo I submitted from my Who Says You Can’t Wear White after Labor Day post was selected as this week’s #brcontest winner by Banana Republic. See the winning Instagram post here.

In celebration and to give some love back, I thought I’d showcase another recent look from their fall line.

This flirty and fun ruffle print dress with spaghetti straps (it is longer in the back) is office appropriate when paired with a boyfriend blazer and feminine cross body. Even better?! You can slip off the jacket and you’re ready for post-work cocktails with friends. Happy Friday, everyone.

Style tips: Opposites attract. Combine masculine and feminine pieces. Pair shorter, loosely-fitted items with longer, more structured styles for juxtaposition and balance!

What are your favorite Banana Republic pieces? There are six more chance to win. Share your latest looks on social with tags #itsbanana and#brcontest for your chance to win a $100 gift card.

Dress: Banana Republic 
Blazer: Banana Republic
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff
Shoes: The Nudist Sandal by Stuart Weitzman
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples

Photos by Andrea Altman Photography