It’s just about sweater weather, folks. Time to pull out your warm weather clothes. But just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean you need to keep it boring. Elevate your sweater game with this creative piece by Rachel Comey, sold at Beklina.com. Sure, it’s a pricey number at $510, but if you can swing the price tag, it’s an unforgettable piece. Find it here.
I have to admit that I've always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with ponchos. On the one hand, I love the cozy, throw it on, insta-chic, out-the-door aspect of them. On the other hand they can also look sloppy and render a wearer more fabric blob than fab. After much thought I've come to the conclusion that, as with many fashion-related problems, it comes down to the issue of proportion. Yes, proportion makes or breaks most outfits and so one must try on and try on some more until the right poncho is found.
On a petite frame, I'd opt for less blanket, more lightweight sweater like the red and black striped version or the embellished black turtleneck. On outgoing types, bolder patterns work with you and can work well for those of us with a little more height and weight as well. This patchwork version is over the top and fun, while the embroidered blue and brown might be a good choice for evening.
This fall, with the weather still being pretty warm in the Bay Area, fashionistas are turning to a new choice in layering: sleeveless vests. These charming pieces have a lot more personality than a simple sweater or trench coat. They can keep you warm, but still allow for you to show off your outfit underneath. If the sun comes out, simply peel off the best. And if the clouds are feeling moody, this will keep you warm and protected from light rain. These are three of my favorites from Anthropologie.
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I've seen it in every September issue I've perused so far and it's easy to see why it's a favorite with magazine editors. The "Hatfield" sweater from Isabel Marant is effortlessly chic, versatile and classic with a cool girl edge. It offers a comfortable fit with jeans, knit pants, leggings, and track pants. Anything in slim leather or lace would be cool but it's the unexpected pairings that make it a year round staple. Wear it with something colorful (like this skirt) or printed, soft and drapey; it all works with the classic stripes in a modern silhouette.
Photo: Nick Chao. Clothing: Top, Cameo, $64, Stripe / Sweater Joe + Me, Walker, Black, $208, Stripe / Necklace, Bizu, $108, Stripe / Clog Boots, Swedish Hasbeens, Grey Nubuck, $399 / Jeans, Levi's, $59.50 / Clutch, The Good Flock X Ashley Goldberg, Hat, Rhythm, $34, Stripe.
I never used to wear much grey ... until I discovered these stunning clog booties from Swedish Hasbeens. Now, I've fallen in love with the neutral that goes with everything. It's especially fetching when paired with pale pink and black, as seen here. Tie the look together with a bone-colored hat, a long, beautiful necklace from Bizu, and a patterned clutch.
These boots (obviously) were made for walking, and with a low heel, you'll be able to jaunt around the city, wear them to a party (or the office) and keep them as a fashion staple throughout the year. They'll even look great with a dress or skirt in the spring. There's no "grey area" when it comes to layering up and looking stylish this fall. Booties, skinnies, and a long sweater will keep you in fashion all season long.
Crew: Photographer, Nick Chao / Stylist, Christa Martin / Model, Christa Martin / Makeup, Jillian Wilkey for Salon on the Square / Hair, Sara Maldonado for Salon on the Square / Makeup used: Jane Iredale.