Fall Fashion Obsessions
I went a little crazy with my shopping, recently. I don’t regret my purchases (though I think my bank account does). As September drew to a close I felt inspired to add some new pieces to my fall wardrobe. Besides spring, fall is my favorite season, not because of the pumpkin-spiced everything but because it means layering and comfy clothes! My recent purchases include sweaters, dresses, leggings, boots, and a swim suit. (Hey, it was on sale, and it was too cute to pass up.)
I’m excited to show you my cute and cozy purchases! And, much as I’d like to keep them a secret, I’ll also be sharing with you some of my favorite online boutiques.
Modeled later in this post, this tunic is so rad. It’s tight and loose in all the right places, and it’s the perfect length to wear with both leggings and jeans. It can be layered and accessorized. I’m excited about the future outfits this piece will inspire.
Also, can we discuss the fact that, in addition to the shoes available, Zappos has a great clothing selection? Plus, they offer free returns for up to a year, and they’re currently offering free one-business day shipping. This tunic was listed at the same selling price as the item on Free People’s site so, unlike Amazon, you’re not as likely to get discounted brand name clothing and shoes. However, I enjoy treating myself to a Zappos purchase a few times a years.
Fall Harvest Crochet Dress in Mustard
also comes in navy
This dress captures that fall feeling with both its mustard color and warm lace details. I purchased the dress from White Plum, a great online boutique for twenty-somethings looking for pieces that are both fun and age appropriate. I’ve already worn the dress twice, pairing it with an off-white beret that was knitted for me years ago by a family friend. Very Madeline. I also envision pairing the dress with tights, boot socks, and my brown boots (featured in “Plaid Thai” and “Fashion Throwback [Engagement Photo Shoot]“).
Open Sea Striped Dress
currently out of stock
This navy striped dress was my Zooey Deschanel-inspired purchase from Ruche. Ruche is my favorite place to shop online because they sell cute, vintage-inspired feminine pieces at reasonable prices. Items range from around $20-50, on average. I also love Ruche because their inventory is huge, and they offer new items on a weekly basis.
My only complaint about this dress is the wideness of the scooped neckline. On the website it looked like the scoop was shallower, leaving room for you to wear a bra with straps. While trying it on it became clear that I will need to wear a strapless bra with this dress, otherwise I risk constantly exposing my bra straps.
Delia*s Cat Face Sweater
I’m a young adult, so why am I still shopping at Delia*s, you ask? Fist of all, I had a full punch card that entitled me to $20 off my “next” purchase. Second, I think at 25 I can still pull off more juvenile designs, like a cat face, as long as I combine them with more “adult” pieces. (For example, I would wear a dark wash skinny jean with heels or boots with this sweater instead of colored jeans and Converse–my go-to look in college.) I also have no problem announcing to the world that I’m a crazy cat lady. No shame.
Old Navy “Adore” Sweater
Much like Delia*s I was inspired to make a purchase at Old Navy because I had an old merchandise credit I wanted to use. Say what you will about Old Navy’s marketing, but I still enjoy a trip at least once a year to Old Navy. Part of the reason I like shopping here is because they have a good selection of wardrobe basics, like tank tops and tees. I also like shopping here because it makes me nostalgic for the frequent visits my mom, dad, and I made over the years. Aside from not getting everything I wanted, Old Navy was a place we enjoyed spending time at together.
Old Navy has carried this made-for-layering sweater for years. I think I have three or four versions of this sweater from season’s past because it’s a piece that can be redefined year after year.
Patterned Leggings and Moto Boots
damask leggings//$19.99//one size (no longer available)
vintage bouquet leggings//$19.99//one size
houndstooth leggings//$15//s/m (only l/xl currently available)
report harness boots//$58.87//6.5
White Plum is the place to buy leggings. They currently have three pages dedicated to this fall essential on their website. These are the softest leggings I’ve ever owned, and they’re opaque enough that you don’t need to wear a tunic or sweater that covers your butt (but I like to).
The houndstooth leggings are from Simply Me Boutique. Unlike the leggings from White Plum, these feel more like tights. I will definitely be wearing tunics and dresses with these leggings.
Simply Me’s inventory is similar to White Plum’s. Their prices are about the same, but they have a more limited selection of merchandise. I enjoy browsing Simply Me’s website about once a month, however this is my first purchase. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for taking a moment to personally thank me on the receipt that came with my package. It’s the little things. I will definitely be a repeat customer because of this gesture.
I first saw the boots on sale in the Victoria’s Secret catalog. I don’t have a pair of black boots, and moto boots are a versatile trend, so I was drawn to the $69 sale price. I went to Victoria’s Secret’s online store and almost pressed “confirm purchase” until it occurred to me that I could probably save a little money by finding these boots elsewhere.
The boots fit relatively true-to-size. Just a little small, if anything. What I love about these moto boots is their functionality. They can be worn with jeans, leggings, and dresses. I especially love how they add structure and a hint of masculinity when paired with a dress. The heel height of these boots also stands out to me. The heels are short enough that you can wear the boots for a day with minimal discomfort. I’m sure I will be wearing these all the time with my new leggings.
Elorie One-Piece Swimsuit
no longer available
Swimsuits are a weird items of clothing to me. Every spring and early summer retailers encourage us to buy them, except you don’t really need a swimsuit on a yearly basis. Besides, how often do you actually wear a suit in a given year? I’m not someone who loves relaxing poolside so I wear a suit maybe one to three times a year, max. However, I could not pass up this suit’s price and design. Swimsuits can easily cost you $50 or more, so I was more than happy to pay a little under $20 for this one. Also, staying active is a challenge for me every year. I’m really excited to own a suit that covers my not-as-flat-as-I’d-like-it-to-be tummy. Based on cuteness alone, there’s no way I could feel uncomfortable wearing this suit.
Featuring two of my purchases–the Free People tunic and the damask leggings from White Plum.
flats (old)//similar lucky flats in houndstooth (macy’s)
Song of the Day
For me, many of Death Cab For Cutie’s songs inspire visions of overcast skies, over-sized sweaters, and driving along the highway with no destination in mind. Their earlier albums are particularly melancholy, which is a feeling I associate with fall. Their music also takes me back to a specific period of my life–mix CDs from cute boys, first love and missed opportunities.
Today, I’m featuring “Grapevine Fires” from Death Cab’s 2008 album “Narrow Stairs.”
Ask the Audience:
1. Do you prefer shopping online or in-store? Why?
2. Where do you do your online shopping for clothes? (I’m always looking for new places to spend my money!)
3. What’s your go-to outfit in the fall?