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Outfit Ideas: Fall Layers

Fall is my favorite reason! Aside from the apple cider, pumpkin pie and butternut squash soup (I love food), the cooler weather also allows me to indulge in cozy layers and warm weather accessories. Here in MD, the mornings are chilly, the afternoons are warm, and the evenings are cool. I find that layering is essential to balancing the change in temperature throughout the day. It’s also a great way to work some of my summer pieces into cool weather rotation. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to stay cozy this season for work and play featuring layering pieces from ModCloth.

For me a sheath dress is a closet staple. I love the classic silhouette and its versatility. It can be worn alone on warm days, add a layer under with a button down and over with a cardigan on cool days. This textured sheath dress is the perfect trans-seasonal candidate. The graphic pattern calls for a neutral palette with a few pops of fall colors.

ModCloth Fall Layers 3

dress, top, cardigan, coat, shoes, bag, scarf: ModCloth; jewels: JCrew belt: Haircoverings

This outfit is my fall work uniform. Breathable blouse, cotton cardigan and pencil skirt layered under a cozy sweater coat. Add some tights and booties and I’m ready for the chilliest fall mornings. Don’t the colors remind you of the gorgeous autumn foliage? Who doesn’t love the burnt orange, bright yellow and deep green hues?!

ModCloth Fall Layers 4

top, cardigan, skirt, coat, scarf, shoes, bag: ModCloth, tights: Gap, jewels: JCrew

Running errands on the weekend is all about comfort. Heavy puffy coats can sometimes slow me down when chasing a fleeting toddler in Target. So I prefer to layer a cozy oversized sweater over a cardigan and simple top. And what’s more comfortable than leggings? Of course all the cool moms need a Very Hungry Caterpillar tote. Add a few accessories and switch out the bag, this look can be easily transitioned for a casual date night or happy hour with friends.

ModCloth Fall Layers 2

top, cardigan, sweater, scarf, boots, bag: ModCloth, jewels: JCrew, ModCloth

I’ve always thought of Thanksgiving as the centerpiece of fall (again, I love food…and I’m thankful). Dressing up for Thanksgiving dinner has been a tradition in our household. I usually go for one statement piece and layer on other neutrals to balance out the look. The sequin pencil skirt makes a sparkly statement in this dark color combination. I like a flowy top that allows room to expand. The scalloped trim on the blazer adds a feminine detail to the clean lines of this ensemble. Of course, I always bring a hostess gift to dinner. How cute are these tea towels?

ModCloth Fall Layers 1

top, cardigan, blazer, skirt, shoes, tea towel: ModCloth, tights: Target, jewels: Over Stock

If you are looking to add a few new layering pieces this fall, check out the selection at ModCloth. Tell us which layered look is your favorite? What do you love about this season? BTW, TLC is now on Polyvore. Follow us there to check our mood boards!

Outfit Ideas: White After Labor Day

Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend and took full advantage of the last chance to wear white. Where and when did this, can’t wear white after Labor Day, fashion rule start? White is such a versatile color that it can be worn as a neutral, an accent or an ensemble. Not to mention it looks great on everyone. If Coco Chanel loved wearing white all year round, I think it’s safe for me try this fashion faux pas. Here’s how I plan to incorporate white into my fall wardrobe.

Not wearing a white dress shirt after the summer seems unrealistic. This summery work outfit can be easily transitioned for early fall by adding a cardigan for layering.

White After Labor Day 1

top: BR (similar), skirt: H&M (similar, similar), cardigan: Gap (similar), shoes: Steve Madden (similar)

This white a-line skirt is an easy pairing for bright colors and fun prints in the summer. For fall, I like to keep the palette simple and add a few pops of color with accessories. A jean jacket makes the perfect layering piece for chilly mornings.

White After Labor Day 2

top: J Crew (similar), skirt: BR (similar, similar), jacket: Old Navy, shoes: Nine West (similar), jewels: Ily Couture

I know neither the pineapple print nor the powder pink blazer screams autumn, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to wear two of my favorite pieces together.

White After Labor Day 3

top: Crew Cut, pants: J Crew (similar), blazer: Old Navy (similar), shoes: DSW (similar), jewels: H&M

Since I don’t drink coffee, a tweed jacket is my pumpkin spice latte. This one had me at elbow patch. On colder days, I’m thinking boots and cozy boot socks instead of flats.

White After Labor Day 4

dress: Boden (similar, ), jacket: Gap (similar), scarf: BR (similar), shoes: Ferragamo, bag: Ralph Lauren

Do you follow this fashion rule? Or do you plan to follow in footsteps of Coco and embrace this fashion faux pas?


Outfit Ideas: Mixing Patterns

To be honest, mixing patterns is a bit out of my comfort/style zone. At some point I even thought it was a bit tacky. Yes, I was a hater. After accidentally putting together a mixed pattern outfit in the dark one day, I am now a fan of this growing trend. I think the scale of the patterns is the key. Two large patterns together can make the pieces compete against each other and two small prints can result in an outfit that is too busy to focus. I’m sharing a few of my faves.

Mixing two monotone patterns or patterns in a similar color scheme is an easy starting point if you are a novice mixer like me.

mixing patterns outfit 1

top: Urban Outfitter old (similar, similar), skirt: Loft old (similar), shoes: JCrew Factory, jewels: Loft & Old Navy

Mixing bold and subtle prints together balances the outfit. This is a good option for work attire pattern mixing.

mixing patterns outfit 2

top: H&M old (similar), skirt: JCrew Factory, shoes: BR (final sale in stores now $17), jewels: T&Co


top: H&M old (similar) skirt:Jessica Simpson Old (similar), shoes: Target old (similar), hat: JCrew old, jewels: Loft

Subtle textural patterns, like an eyelet, carry bold colors well and can handle being paired with complementary colors.

mixing patterns outfit 4

top: H&M old (similar), skirt: JCrew Factory, shoes: Target (still available in stores), belt: H&M (came with another dress)

My pattern mixing is still rather tame. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll work up the courage to rock a Peter Pilotto sundress. On an unrelated note, I noticed I wear a lot of skirts. What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of mixing patterns?

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