Falling for Fall

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I realize that this was the coldest day of the week but it made me happy with thoughts of crisp days to come where layering is essential and cuddling doesn’t cause a heat stroke.  It’s fall OFFICIALLY so I’ve transitioned my closet and shoes and am ready to go!  The great thing about this time of year is wearing skirts with bare legs and the ease of transitioning some of your favorite pieces from late summer into fall with accessories.

You might remember this chambray dress from this post smack in the middle of summer.  And here I am a few months and several degrees cooler later wearing it again.  I threw on my favorite chunky cardigan, some booties and a cross-body bag (fresh from a trade I just made with my sister).  Believe it or not, I’m even looking forward to throwing on a pair of tights with this ensemble as it gets colder.  Bring on the chilly air, changing leaves and hot cider!!

Pear Shaped Pointer:  It’s a misnomer to think a pear shaped girl or someone who is endowed in the leg area (and I don’t mean length) can’t rock a bootie with a skirt.  That trend is totally doable when you have the right bootie like these.  I love how the neutral color doesn’t cut off my legs and the shape elongates them even.

If you have well endowed (or as my dad likes to call them “athletic” calves), always go for a neutral or nude bootie.  Make sure that the bootie doesn’t cut straight across  but has a dip (think cowboy style).  This will elongate your legs and make your calves appear less full.

Booties: Sixty Seven (Old. Similar here, here and here) / Dress: J.Crew Factory (see post here with similar styles) / Sweater: Aritzia (Old.  Similar here and I’d love to try this one) / Belt: J.Crew Factory / Watch: Michael Kors / Purse: Marc by Marc Jacobs / Bracelets: BCBG, H&M, J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here)

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Chambray + Jewels

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I know I’ve said it before, but I think chambray is a wardrobe necessity.  I’ve long searched for the perfect chambray dress.  I don’t like ones that have a shirttail bottom since the rounded edges tend to unflatter my legs.  I found this one at J.Crew Factory and it was perfect.  The length hits right at the knee and the weight works well now and will through the fall (layered with some tights and boots, of course!)  This leopard print belt and statement necklace dress up the look for work but I’ve also worn this with flip flops and more casual accessories for a BBQ.

Pear Shaped Pointer: If you follow the rules, you know that I like dresses to hit at the knee and outfits to taper at the waist for a more flattering look.  With a chambray dress, that can be hard to do so taking time to find the right one can make a difference.  Belting is essential for a pear, carrot or hourglass shape (carrots should belt too to give the illusion of hips!)  However, if you are an apple shape or just want to show off your amazing legs, opt for something shorter and feel free to move away from belting.

Dress: J.Crew Factory / Belt: J.Crew Factory / Necklace: J.Crew Factory (Sold out online. Similar here and here) / Wedges: J.Crew Factory (Old.  Similar here and here) / Bag: Coach / Sunnies: Ray-ban

Here are a few other options I like: Merona @ Target Brooks Brothers (I know, who would have thought, right?! / Elie Tahari @ Neiman Marcus / The Limited   / Velvet Heart @ Nordstrom

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