I’m coming to you from my new office in our new house. That’s right, in case you missed it on Instagram, Aaron and I moved (again!) a couple of weeks ago, and we’ve been having so much fun getting settled in Dallas. We moved to be closer to our friends, and as we’ve been getting settled in the neighborhood, we can’t help but feel like we’ll be here for a nice long while. It’s exciting!
Since I just finished unpacking the last of our boxes, I thought it would be appropriate to shoot today’s blog post outfit photos in our new house. So get ready for a little peek at the progress!
White has always been a big player in my wardrobe, and I have no plans to stop wearing it even thought it’s after Labor Day. Why abandon one of my favorite colors for half the year? I’ve found that once I nix any “rules” that don’t mesh with my life, getting dressed becomes a much more personal and enjoyable experience.
So today, I’m exploring seven ways to style white clothes for fall:
- First up, I’m sharing five ways to style Tribe Alive’s pair of high rise, wide leg pants made of upcycled denim. They have a similar look to the iconic Kamm Pants, but they are less than half the price! I’m so thrilled to have found them.
- Second, I’m sharing two ways to style Tribe Alive’s structured upcycled denim dress. Like the pants, it’s chemical-free, dye-free, and uses minimal water and energy to produce.
Let’s jump in!
LOOK 1 | tone on tone
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- Try a pant length somewhere between cropped and full length for fall. | The first thing we need to talk about is how perfect the length of these pants are for ankle booties. When I first slipped them on, my first thought was, “These pants need hemming.” But! Once I paired them with heeled ankle booties, I was whistling a different tune. To me, that length makes these pants so modern and so fall and winter appropriate.
- Dress for varying temperatures. | One moment it’s warm, the next it’s cool. Ah, the story of fall. So this look (complete with the cardigan at hand) is ideal for any temperature swings.
LOOK 2 | bundled up
- Wear your signature color palette: This color palette is my fall go-to and has been for a few years now — I wear it at least once a week (if not two or three times a week). No shame in repeating a color palette. :)
- If you’re used to skinny jeans but want to venture into a wide leg, try it with a long layer on top: Wide leg pants are a statement, especially if you’re not used to wearing them. But they take a backseat when paired with another statement piece, like a long coat or cardigan in a bold neutral hue. Give it a try and see what you think.
LOOK 3 | relaxed
- Fall-ify white pants with a chunky knit and mules. | Rich, warm color and a bit of texture is all you really need to take your summer whites into fall.
- Shake up your outfit proportions with volume on top and bottom. | I tend to want to tuck in tops to create a waistline, but it’s fun to try something different every now and then. I love how this look communicates an incredibly relaxed vibe.
- Try flats with wide leg pants | Again, I would usually gravitate towards a heel with these pants, but I think a flat conveys a casual, laid back look that I’m loving.
LOOK 4 | tone on tone, dressier version
- Try an ultra high waist for fall. | Goodness these pants have the highest rise and I could not love them more! I particularly love that they stay high in the back (see the photo below) — I don’t know about you but I’m always wishing pants were a just a little higher in the back. This pair executes that perfectly.
- White is a statement on it’s own when worn head to toe. | And by not adding other accessories to the outfit, I’m letting that tone on tone statement take center stage.
- Too warm for a big sweater? Try a short sleeve sweater. | We’re still having back-and-forth weather in Texas, so a short sleeve sweater is perfect to channel fall while still dressing for the warmer temperatures.
LOOK 5 | belted
- Shake up your go-to outfit formula. | The basic formula for this outfit is: sweater, pants, boots. But I swapped my typical skinny jeans for wide leg pants, added a belt which I rarely do, and all of a sudden I’ve got a fresh new look on my hands while still using my go-to formula.
- The smallest change can make an outfit feel new. Try an accessory you haven’t worn in a while. | It’s been years since I’ve worn earrings regularly. I also haven’t worn a belt in a long, long time. I’m not sure why, I just stopped wearing them at some point. So now, adding something as small as earrings or a belt makes any outfit feel inventive.
LOOK 6 | dress layered over jeans
- Combine basic pieces in an unexpected way for a not-so-basic look. | A white dress and black skinny jeans are pretty tame on their own. But when combined, this look gets elevated to inventive and creative.
- When putting together a not-so-basic look, consider keeping your palette neutral. | To steer the look in a more elegant direction, I kept things simple with a clean black and white color palette.
- Add interest to an outfit by playing up contrasting proportions. | This dress is voluminous and the fabric is actually quite structured, so I balanced that out by pairing it with my skinniest, most legging-like jeans.
LOOK 7 | sweater layered under dress
- Use contrasting color strategically. | I went with bold black and white contrast here to highlight my favorite element of this dress — the frayed edging around the neck.
- Add instant interest with structured fabric. | This dress is made of the most stunning, architectural, structured recycled denim. I think we’re used to seeing drapier clothes in every day life so wearing a structured piece like this stands out and makes for an original and distinctive statement.
- Give sweater hair a try. | Okay, this whole leave-your-hair-tucked-into-your-sweater-after-you-put-it-on thing is something I’ve rolled my eyes at. But upon trying it, there’s something kinda cool and cozy about it. I’m daring myself to wear it out the next time we go out to dinner. I’ll tally up the amount of “Hey, you’re hair is caught in your shirt” comments, and report back. ;)
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And there you have it!
So tell me, are you a fan of wearing white year round or do you stick to the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule? What’s one fashion “rule” that you follow and one that you break?
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