It’s the season of coffee and falling leaves. The season cozy dreams are made of.
It’s also the season where I don’t know what in the world I’m doing when it comes to getting dressed.
I always get excited about the idea of dressing for fall … the reality, however, isn’t so golden. Cold weather dressing isn’t my strong suite.
Truth be told, I’m still figuring out how to layer, pick the right fabrics for the temperature, and most importantly how to feel like myself while bundled up.
But, since I have a hard time with fall + winter style, it means we’ve got several months of learning + discovery ahead of us. I foresee a bunch of “How fascinating!” moments.
In case you missed the first Style Series post, here’s a quick recap:
I learned so much about my style from my capsule experiment, and I’ve been wanting to explore the concept in a less structured way — something practical that honors the heart of it while being free to flow as life changes.
Since I don’t keep a structured capsule anymore, the Style Series is essentially version 2.0 of my capsule posts. There are no rules, no full list of every single thing in my wardrobe. Instead it’s all about my style concept for each season.
Today, we’ll be chatting through
- My single goal for my fall wardrobe — yep, just one!
- A behind the scenes look at my fall wardrobe planning.
- The reason I haven’t done any fall shopping yet.
- Six fall staples I already own and love.
- Three pieces I’m considering adding to my fall wardrobe.
- My two favorite uniforms — AKA outfit formulas — that I’ll be wearing all through fall.
Grab a cup of coffee and settle in — this is a long post!
I just have one goal this fall … and it’s a big one.
Learn how to dress for fall where I live — not fantasy fall.
I used to have this fantasy idea of what a fall wardrobe should look like: cozy boots with camp socks, thick sweaters, cocoon coats, and blanket scarves.
But the fall months in Texas don’t really call for that kind of wardrobe. It usually doesn’t get that cold.
So this year, I’m forgoing the fantasy, and learning how to dress for fall where I live.
How? Well, my plan is to simply jot down some quick notes about my outfit each day. Although, to be honest, this will probably only happen once a week. We’ll see.
What will I include in my notes?
Three things: (1) What did I wear? (2) What was the high and low temperature for the day? (3) Was I exceptionally comfortable or uncomfortable in my outfit that day?
This probably sounds like a lot of work, but I enjoy projects like this. And hopefully, I’ll gain some knowledge that I can share with you — especially when it comes to dressing for those crazy fall temperature swings.
Weather: Fall is short where I live — just September and October. Those two months are generally nice and mild with some rain — and some crazy swings up into the 90s and some dips into the 40s.
So, my fall wardrobe is essentially my summer wardrobe with a couple of extra ankle booties, a few cardigans, and some long sleeves. My open toe shoes, short sleeves, and dresses are still an important part of my fall wardrobe.
Near the end of October, when it starts getting colder, I’ll slowly start adding the thicker sweaters, coats, and scarves as feels right. No big wardrobe switch or closet clean out — just pulling a piece or two out of storage when I feel like it.
Colors: I have a solid foundation of blue, black, and white in my closet, but I’m wanting to add in two new colors over the fall and winter. I’m thinking shades of peat (weathered brown, light tan, oatmeal) and faded rust (terra cotta, worn coral).
Also, I’m officially saying no to grey — buying new grey pieces, that is. I already have plenty of grey in my closet, including my beloved grey chunky cardigan, so I’ll still wear those pieces. I just don’t want to add more.
Brands: I’m excited to continue buying more responsibly, so this fall, I’m focusing on brands like Everlane, Paige Denim, Elizabeth Suzann, and FashionABLE.
I’m sure some Madewell will find it’s way in the mix, too, although I’m trying to shop there less than I used to.
Shopping: A few weeks ago, I filled out my planner for fall, thought up some fun outfits, and made a shopping list.
But, my list just sat there.
There were a few days when I thought, “Okay, today I’ll order the things on my shopping list. I really should get ready for those fall outfit photos, since it’s what I do.”
But I never bought anything.
I kept putting it off until I realized there must be a reason for the hesitation, and maybe I should stop forcing it.
Once I stopped forcing it, I instantly relaxed and felt more like myself again.
So the truth is, I haven’t really bought anything for fall yet. Why force it just because it’s “time” for fall clothes?
Yes, I blog about style, and I do feel a bit of pressure there sometimes. But when I get quiet and remember why I blog, I know it’s not just about the clothes — it’s about sharing the journey and living those “How fascinating!” moments with you.
I’m sure I’ll make some purchases as the season goes on, but right now I’m enjoying this gentle, less pressured approach.
MY FALL STAPLES
These are the six pieces that have already proven to be winners in my closet.
1 / Chunky Wool Cardigan (old) / very similar here and here / I got this cardigan right after I went on hiatus, and I’m so excited to introduce you to it. It’s one of my favorite, most useful pieces. If you’re wanting the exact one I’m wearing, I have a feeling Madewell will bring it back later this year. It’s the Sculptor cardigan — we can all keep an eye out for it.
2 / Patterned Silk Tee (old) / similar / I’ve enjoyed having a silk tee around to dress up my jeans a bit. Bonus points that it’s got a bit of that faded rust color in it.
3 / High Rise Skinny Jeans / similar (made in USA) / I’ve had these for two years already and they are showing no sign of giving up. They’ve molded to me and faded beautifully over the years.
4 / Ankle Booties (made responsibly) / I love finding a constant in my style, and this style of ankle bootie has definitely been a constant favorite since 2011. The chunky heel helps me feel feminine, yet relaxed.
5 / Stripe turtleneck (0ld) / similar (made in USA) / No real description needed here. It’s just a beautiful classic.
6 / Wool hat / Once I found hats that have adjustable inner bands in them, I became a hat person. Always look for an adjustable band so it won’t blow off your head.
Want a sneak peek of the pieces I’m thinking about adding to my fall wardrobe? Here’s a list of my top three.
Now, I really love them, but each one is a hefty investment, so I’m weighing the decisions carefully. However, each piece is made responsibly, and comes from a company (or individual person) I believe in.
1 / Closed Toe Clogs ($275, made responsibly) / similar for less ($89)
2 / Cardigan in Oatmeal ($225, made responsibly) / similar for less ($98)
3 / Tote in Black ($340, made responsibly) / similar for less ($178, made responsibly)
UNIFORMS (AKA OUTFIT FORMULAS)
My uniforms for fall are less about specific pieces, and all about contrasting proportions.
Uniform 1: Volume on top + Fitted on bottom
See the contrasting proportions? The skinny jeans are fitted on bottom, highlighting the legs, while the chunky cardigan gives volume on top.
This specific uniform is: Booties + High rise skinnies + Tank + Chunky cardigan + Wool hat.
But it could also take the form of:
- Skinny overalls + Fitted short sleeve tee + Chunky cardigan + Booties
- Skinny jeans + Oversized boyfriend button down + Flats
- Leggings + Tunic sweater + Clogs
- Short sheath dress + Chunky cardigan + Flats
The point is to always have the contrasting proportions — volume on top, fitted on bottom.
Uniform 2: Fitted on top + Volume on bottom
Swap the proportions, and you’ve got a completely different look that highlights the waist and upper body. Here, the flare jeans give volume on bottom, while the turtleneck is fitted on top.
This specific uniform is: Flares + Fitted turtleneck + Tote + Open toe booties.
But it could also take the form of:
- Flare overalls + Fitted long sleeve top + Clogs
- Flare jeans + Crop top (fitted but not tight) + Booties
- Culottes + Fitted long sleeve crop top + Flats
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And that’s that! The second installment of the Style Series. My goals + planning process + staples + uniforms for the fall.
At the end of the fall, I’ll be recapping how things actually went — most worn pieces, least worn pieces, clothes that surprised me, and most importantly, what I learned over the season.
I hope it’s fun + helpful for you to see how I approach my closet these days. Thank you so much for reading this giant post — I love sharing it with you.
Your turn! Do you have any goals for your wardrobe this fall? Any new colors you’re wanting to try? Got any go-to uniforms in mind? I’d love to hear if you’re doing a structured capsule or if you’re taking a relaxed approach. If you’re looking for a little guidance either way, I made a free wardrobe planner that you can download or you might want to try the capsule builder — it generates a custom capsule for you based on your lifestyle.
Living in Florida, I can totally relate to the “fantasy fall” feeling. Although Pinterest says otherwise, in reality it doesn’t get cooler here until late November/ early December… the in between months are like summer round 2 with a bit less humidity. It’s something I need to remind myself every year! I love your blog & excited to see how your fall mission turns out! xox
Hey Valerie, yes! I imagine a lot of people in these types of climates probably do the same thing… right?? :) xo, Caroline
Hey, I am loving your style posts! Keep it up!
I also live in Texas, and am trying to adjust to Texas autumns after several away at college. So far, I’m loving the crocheted-duster, cute top, and leggings approach. You’ve got enough layers for the AC of whatever buildings, and you’re not so insulated that you suffocate outdoors on your way to the car.
Looking forward to your Texas-fall-fashion discoveries!
Hi Karis, that is definitely another aspect of dressing for a warm fall – the crazy AC everywhere you go! I’m really going to try to dress intentionally when I go out, so I can find a happy medium between style and function :) xo, Caroline
I am born and raised in Florida, and I have struggled with this my whole life! I have always said that in Florida we still need winter clothes, but for inside instead of outside becaus of people’s sub-zero air conditioning!
Ps. Loving your chunky cardigan!
Yes!!! I’m southwest Florida and I feel like it’s summer until November… But I always keep a heavy sweater handy for indoors. I think Autumn is the most painful part of living here, since the styles are what I look forward to all year! I’m working on my first capsule and it’s rough. Toying with the idea of just using autumn colors in very light pieces… Hmmm
I love your ankle booties. I’m going to look for similar shoes here, in France.
Thanks for this interesting post (as usual!)
clare dowling says
I loved this meaty post, not least because I recognised myself in your goals and uniforms. I see the latter in terms of volume and proportions, so I think about changing the overall silhouette rather than individual items. I also tend to live in weather denial, not denying that Scottish autumns/winters are a mite chilly, but disregarding the inability of, say, my lovingly collected scoop neck and V neck cashmere to equip me for it. The goal that this is attached to is bound up with an insecurity and I hope to, by working on both self and style, kill two birds with one stone. So: one of my goals is to find a stable style in weather-appropriate layers that keep me warm while flattering a big bust. That sweet, confident spot between hiding in a cosy polo-neck cocoon (although that’s definitely a valid wardrobe choice) and spending October-March with chattering teeth and numb fingers. I hope to find a balance that celebrates my body as well as the changing seasons.
This will be the first season I’m trying an “official” capsule, running from now until the beginning of March. My autumn and winter wardrobes will be pretty much the same but I’ll start phasing out lighter jackets in around mid-to-late October and introducing heavier coats and sweaters around this point. There won’t be a formal changeover, the weather is just too varied. Throughout, my wardrobe will consist of 45 pieces, including all shoes and outerwear. Everything is geared towards layering, which is why my capsule is slightly larger than, for example, the original Unfancy model. I’m also not going on a shopping fast. I have a list of five pieces with various strict criteria that I’ve always wanted and hope to find in vintage or thrift stores (my haunts) during the season. Should I manage to find all five, no more shopping. Exciting times!
Hi Clare! Your style goals are so thoughtful! Thank you so much for sharing. I love hearing how people from other areas are making their clothes work for them in shifting weather. And I’m excited that you’re making the capsule work for you. Hope you enjoy the experience! :) xo, Caroline
Triangle shawls are a busty lady’s friend. I also have a very big bust and am constantly cold. V-necks and scoop necks are a staple in my closet all year. Turtlenecks and cowl tops don’t make an appearance because they don’t flatter my figure. Shawls, not the full size ones, the smaller triangle shawelettes, are perfect to drape around my neck (with the center point towards my bust) to provide visual interest as well as keep me warm. I’ve crocheted for years and have a shawl wardrobe in flattering accent colors. I always have one in my purse for summer AC and any other time I might get cold.
Lauren Swann says
I have to tell you that the Madewell alternative to your oatmeal cardigan is literally the best cardi I’ve ever had!! I bought the navy version and I am just obsessed! Thanks for sharing your latest with us!! I can’t wait to follow along and see the way you use these pieces and more! xo!
Hi Lauren! Thanks for your kind words and thanks for sharing about the Madewell cardi! I read in the reviews that it tends to pill — have you had any issues with that yet? :) xo, Caroline
I have the same Madewell cardigan. I wore it on a long trip to Europe last fall, and gave it consistent use throughout the winter. There is some pilling, but I don’t think it’s excessive (even high quality sweaters pill a little bit). I think the reviewers are being too hard on this one. Also, the feel and durability of the fiber is excellent in my opinion! :) Hope that helps you out.
I have the same madewell cardi too and have had less satisfactory results. It is sooo soft and comfortable but I wore it once and it was pilling up like crazy. Worst pilling I have ever seen in a sweater. For the price it was very disappointing. Maybe I got a bum one but….
Great post as always. Love, love your blog!
Hey Kirsten, thanks for sharing! Bummer about that darn sweater. xo, Caroline
I love love love that chunky gray sweater but unfortunately can’t wear wool :( Funny you mention that about Madewell.. I’ve always been all about Madewell but now I am looking into more responsible options. I’m looking for a cotton striped turtleneck that isn’t cropped! That’s definitely on my list. I think my colors will be the normal whites, blues and blacks like you but I’m going to add some camel and mauve-y tones. So excited for fall and so excited you posted this!!
Hi Sally! Sounds like a perfect color palette! And I’m happy to hear you’re also looking into more responsible options. It’s kind of exciting and scary at the same time to make the leap. And speaking of responsible, Eileen Fisher sometimes has chunky sweaters that are a linen/cotton blend, instead of wool: http://bit.ly/2cqKc7D And you might keep a lookout for striped turtlenecks that aren’t cropped at American Apparel: http://bit.ly/2c5BAVT
Good luck! :) xo, Caroline
Brandi Fox says
It’s actually kind of nice that you haven’t bought anything! We don’t all need to be shopping all the time, so it’s nice to see people making new combos from well loved items.
It’s so fun to see what you’re planning for Autumn. In London we have some really different weather than Texas and what it’s like now is going to be vastly different than what it’s like in November so I think a less formal approach will be necessary to navigate the temperature changes!
But I’m still going to try to put together a core capsule and just work around it but adding or subtracting pieces as needed.
Colour wise I’m gonna stick with neutrals and add in some deep jewel tones like emerald and berry.
Hey Sorcha, so happy to hear that you’re making your own rules. That way the capsule concept works for your life! The color palette sounds great too. Enjoy! :) xo, Carolline
This fall/winter is about embracing the fact that I spend a lot of time wishing I was warm and comfy. I’m trying to find ways to do that while still feeling a little bit put together. I stay at home with my kids so I don’t need to dress up often but I do need to get out of yoga pants most days. I just bought a comfy grey cardigan and want to live in it already.
I just loved the look nº2.
Kisses and God bless you.
I love this fall series. I’m so excited about fall clothes. Our fall and winter season is longer than yours, but I totally understand that your fall needs are a lot different than someone living north. That just means everybody’s capsule wardrobe might be a little different, but still a capsule wardrobe works for everybody, no matter where you live. You just adjust it to your own circumstances. Great post. By the way, I love the flare jeans.
Thanks Aimee! That’s exactly right — and it’s why I love everyone sharing what they do to make the capsule concept work for them. Maybe someone will share an idea that sparks another idea for someone else. And before you know it, we are just one big happy family! Hah ;) xo, Caroline
Wow! Great tips. Thanks for sharing!
Love the post! I have the opposite problem and don’t know what to wear in the summer to feel like myself and still be comfortable. Love your approach to thinking carefully before buying a piece.
Thank you for always reminding me that the key is to find what works for me rather than worrying about hard and fast rules that takes the fun and ease out of getting dressed in the morning. You rock Caroline!
Loribeth! Perfect way to look at it. Thanks for sharing :) xo, Caroline
Oh girl, you know I do this too! Fantasy seasons, while Southern California stays warm for months to come. Fall is my favorite season to dress for — but only in my head. Haha. On my shopping list for the fall/winter, I’ll be looking for a burnt orange top, a camel-colored sweater coat, and some sturdy clogs (all ethically sourced of course!) Great reminder that there’s no rush. xx
I saw a camel colored sweater coat on soft surroundings recently- check out their website and outlet.
I think it was called the Telluride topper?
I will look for sure! Thanks so much Shannon! <3
I love how you’ve decided to approach the capsule idea differently for this Autumn! My Autumn goal is to upgrade my work wardrobe as I’ve been in my job for five years and want to step up from the “just graduated” work wardrobe to more of late twenties professional wardrobe. Got 4 new pairs of smart shoes/boots and 4 decent pairs of tailored trousers that I can pair with a lot of the smart knitwear and tops that I already own. Excited to see how it works out.
Also, totally agree with the idea of not dressing for a fantasy idea of what a season should be. I live in England and tried really hard to be practical about my summer wardrobe and the weather. Definitely made quite a few mistakes but feel like I have improved upon last years attempt and learnt a lot. How fascinating!
Can’t wait to see more of your posts for this season!
Hey Sarah, that’s a huge and awesome goal! Cruising right into adulthood ;) Hope you enjoy the process, I’m excited to share more with you guys. Thanks for the support! :) xo, Caroline
Evelyn B says
Love love love your blog! I just realized the other day that you were back at it, so I’ve had some catching up to do! I am going to try out a gray, white, black and navy wardrobe this fall/winter. I find over and over again that I always end up getting rid of my colors and keeping the whites, grays etc. I feel amazing when I wear those ‘colors’, it’s just SO HARD to not give in to all the fashion stuff that is thrown at you all the time! I feel the same way about fall being a fantasy lol Even though I live in Minnesota! I just don’t like scarves, or layers! I like to just put on pants, a thick sweater, done. Take care! <3
Hey Evelyn, I hear you! The latest styles are really thrown in our faces sometimes. I’ve had a lot of luck using Unroll Me to stop getting so many spam (sale! sale! sale!) emails. Small thing that helps me keep my focus. Welcome back! Glad to have you :) xo, Caroline
Great post! I continue to learn so much following Un-fancy.. Especially just learning to be more in touch with how I’m feeling and why. Thank you! I’m not sure how you decide on a responsible brand but I recently invested in an amazing pair of shoes… I found her through etsy (SevillaSmith) it’s a woman from Philly (I think) who is currently living in Spain and hand makes them all. I got the Sandy and they’re so beautiful and unique. Anyway, thought of you when I got them! :)
Oh my goodness, Kate! You know me so well — I absolutely adore Sevilla Smith and have had my eye on a pair of her shoes for about 3 months now. I feel like I can’t decide which ones to get though (between the sandy, the april, and the terilyn), so I haven’t pulled the trigger, hah! :) I actually almost included one of her shoes in my wish list for today’s post. :) How do you like your Sandy’s? xo, Caroline
Oh that’s so funny! I’m saving up for/also have my eye on those Terilyn booties too! And I love my Sandys…They are very comfortable, so soft, unique and just look like a piece of art on your feet :) (I was a little nervous about sizing… I wear a 7.5 most often but also bounce down to a 7 and maybe an 8 for boots. I ordered a 7.5 and they fit great.)
Mary Sweat says
Awesome blog! I love the black booties! Se they comfortable? I almost ordered them. But trying to be less impulsive.
Hi Mary! To me, they are super comfortable to wear all day. They have a 3 inch heel — which for me is the highest heel I’m comfortable wearing, so I definitely know I’m wearing a heel, if that makes sense. But, I’ve worn them while traveling + walking around a lot and I was still quite comfortable at the end of the day. :) xo, Caroline
The way I brought “fall” into my wardrobe when I lived in TX was to invest in a few lightweight scarves in the colors I associate with fall. I might be wearing them with the same neutral t-shirts I had worn in the spring and summer, but it gave me a personal sense of moving into the fall season.
Great idea Tami, thanks for sharing! :) xo, Caroline
AK Mullinix says
I live in Nicaragua, but am from Alabama. I went from a warm fall to a nonexistent fall. For my first year here in Central America I had one wardrobe. Same clothes for work, fun with friends, dates, church, weddings, graduations, etc. It is hot here year round and I really missed distinguishing seasons by clothes, food, smells, decor, etc. like we do in the States. So this year I added a few new summery tops in auberguine, navy, and tobacco (fall jewel tones), changed my nail polish to black, deep red, navy, etc., started using a rose gold eyeshadow in place of my normal champagne, and swapped my canvas sneakers for tan leather slip-on sneakers. For me living in a hot climate, just making a few color swaps makes a big difference when things like blanket scarves and cardigans are totally off the table.
Hi AK! Thanks for sharing these great tips! What a simple way to get the feeling of Fall when there isn’t actually one. Love it :) xo, Caroline
Capitol blue says
I started the closet clean out this summer and since I figured out my style (thanks, Caroline!) I’ve found I don’t even need rules or limits– they just naturally occur because I know what I like. For my first capsule-ish fall, my goals are stay warm (2 cardigans, 3 light jackets) to build basics (white and chambray button-ups, three light sweaters), and try one new fit of jeans (last one DONE! obsessed with Madewell’s Perfect Vintage Jean!). As far as colors go, I’m incorporating one blush top and one brown top into my all white and black mix. That’s it. For me the key is to make very few, very tightly defined goals, and to make them achievable, then cross them off. That way I don’t spend much time thinking about clothes or obsessing with perfection.
Yes! Isn’t that such a great feeling when you know what you like and you can loosen up and just enjoy what you have? I love that! Thanks for sharing :) xo, Caroline
Tania // HILLITA says
I’m really glad you brought up the pause for fall shopping! I’m trying to create my Fall Work Capsule right now – and I’m drawing a blank. We are a week into September and it’s currently 97 in Dallas. I want to be in beautiful cozy sweaters and boots – but I can’t breathe thinking about it!
Hi Tania! Yeah exactly. Just follow your instincts, no rush :) xo, Caroline
I got last year’s version of the Sculptor cardigan in black, and I love it! I found mine on eBay. It’s warm and cozy and definitely voluminous, even on my 5’9″ frame.
I’m currently finishing up my second capsule (winter – I live in New Zealand). It’s gone pretty well but I’ve definitely been struggling with the shopping fast this time around. Like you said when you started, I find that I tend to shop for emotional reasons instead of to fill gaps in my wardrobe, so the fast is an important part of it for me. But it’s haaaaaaard. Gritting my teeth and trying to get through this last month before spring!
Hey Whitney! Thanks for sharing — the struggle is real! Hang in there :) xo, Caroline
I am navigating Texas fall for the first time in many years. I ordered 4 pieces so far. The link to the $178 made responsibly bag doesn’t work. I have the FashionABLE Abera crossbody tote (black with brown handles & monogrammed). I got it last Christmas, and it is a wardrobe MVP.
Can’t wait to read more.
Hi Paige, thanks for the heads up — link should be working now :) xo, Caroline
Love this so much! I’m curious to know your thoughts on Madewell…I’m trying to shop responsibly, and find their ethics statement to be pretty good, although definitely not great. It can be such a challenge to find pieces that are made responsibly and my style! Everlane is definitely a favorite…I also love sewing and shopping second hand. :)
Looking forward to all of these fall wardrobe posts!
Totally agree with you, Lauren! I find Madewell’s ethics statement to be good, not great. I’ve actually reached out to them, too, to try to understand their approach better. But I’m still just feeling a little unclear on it — not necessarily bad, but not good either. So, for me, with the information I have so far, I’m not drawing a hard and fast line or saying I’ll never buy from them again. I’m just trying to buy less from them — only absolutely stellar pieces, pieces that I can’t find anywhere else, pieces that I know will last a long time. And in the meantime, I’m trying to initiate conversations with them that will help give me more clarity on their practices. :) xo, Caroline
Hi – If you don’t mind my jumping in here, with a comment/question about Everlane, something that has been on my mind lately (not intending to take anything away from Caroline’s lovely post!) Lauren mentioned Everlane which seems to be *the* brand that a lot of people mention when they talk about responsible clothing. I was very taken by their website when I first found them as well, and poured over the factory photos and transparent pricing. But, over time I’ve come to realize that I believe I let myself get – what would you call it – greenwashed? – but it is an ethical thing with them so maybe ethics-washed? (Is there a word for this? Haha!) They show pictures of factories but they do not say what their workers are paid in comparison or whether they made a living wage. Their clothing is not fair trade certified. They often say they use the same factories as “luxury brands” – what luxury brands exactly? Conventional luxury brands are no more sustainable or ethical than any other brand, even if they are better made. So my take away is that they are doing the same thing the expensive mall brands do, they just charge us less and show us pictures of happy factory workers. Is there a good chance their workers are treated better and paid better than Gap’s? Yes. It’s also probably a safe bet that the few items they make in the US are from great factories (and probably the items from Italy, but it’s hard to know!). But I’d like to see them set the bar MUCH higher, then prove it to the consumer. THAT would be true transparency.
And while they pretend to be ethical, they don’t even pretend to be sustainable: Little to none (last time I checked) of their fabric is organic or sustainably farmed/processed. They make no claims about the environmental stewardship of the factories they work with, how they dispose of waste, etc (and most their clothes are made in Asia, where there is almost no regulation and factory pollution is horrific). They do not say that they use non-toxic dyes, leather from humanely raised animals, sustainably farmed silk, or recycled fabrics. I did write to them to ask some of these questions, and didn’t get many details in response. Perhaps I should try again with more pointed questions. I gave them the benefit of the doubt for a while that maybe they just needed to be more explicit about these overall issues and update their website. But it’s been months, and I haven’t seen any changes to their website. If you compare them to, say, Zady, in terms of big picture sustainability and ethics, they really aren’t even in the same league. What gets me is that I totally didn’t see it the first, oh, two dozen times I visited their website. So I just wanted to bring it up and see if anyone else has noticed this about them, and reached a different conclusion, or heard of any changes I may have missed? If not, I think the best we can do is keep emailing and asking for them to do better and be, well, more transparent.
Anyway, love this post Caroline! (Love the comment about no more grey! I was going to write a comment about my “grey issue” on your last post – it’s the struggle I have with fall! Love grey, but if fall = warmer colors, then integrating them is my challenge)! :)
Hi Lyn! Thanks for jumping in with such a thoughtful comment. Good for you — asking the tough questions. It gives everybody something to think about. No doubt we should continue challenging retailers and asking ourselves if their values are in line with our own. Thanks for sharing your perspective! :) xo, Caroline
Emily Wilson says
Hi Lyn, I share your concerns about finding clothing that is truly ethical, not just “greenwashed” (great term!). Bloomberg did a great article about Everlane: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2015-everlane-ethical-fashion/. Everlane runs customized audits on their suppliers, including information regarding workers’ pay (and pay breakdown by gender), living conditions, and treatment. I’m convinced by the articles I’ve read that they are doing much more than other fashion retailers to be ethical. But you are right that they have not yet put an emphasis on environmentally-friendly practices. Let’s hope that is a direction that they’ll move in the future.
Thanks for sharing Emily! :) xo, Caroline
Great post, Caroline! I did the structured capsule thing for 18 months, but I think once you’ve got a wardrobe made up only of things you like and wear, it’s not really necessary to be so organized. However, I would love to see your filled out planner for Fall. I’ve purchased one item for fall: a long grey wool cardigan. I knew I wanted it and it was on sale on Labor Day. It will replace an old flannel blazer. I’ll be adding two colors that aren’t new to me, but that I didn’t wear this summer: taupe and burgundy.
Hi! Love your blog! We have very similar style! Just curious, what brand was your “old” stripe turtleneck? So cute!!
Hey Lauren, it’s from Madewell (of course!) ;) American Apparel has one that is similar. Although they are kind of low on sizes, you can keep a look out there: http://bit.ly/2c5BAVT xo, Caroline
Love this post! Thank you sharing :)
Brittany bruce says
Quick question for you: is there a particular reason you are wanting to move away from Madewell pieces? I had never heard of the brand before I started reading your blog a year or so ago (I live in Canada). Just curious!!
Hi Brittany! Great questions! One reason I’m wanting to buy less there is because I went through a time where I pretty much ONLY bought Madewell clothes — they fit my style so well! :) But I’m just wanting to introduce a little variety into my wardrobe and not have a wardrobe made up of pieces from the same store. :) The second reason is because I’m trying to support more brands that do their very best to take care of our planet + people. From the research I’ve done, it’s unclear if Madewell is doing their best in those areas. So I’d just like to get a little more clarity from them. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shopping there all together, but I do try to buy less from them than I used to. Hope that helps! :) xo, Caroline
Hi Caroline, I haven’t posted before but I love your blog! Over here in Australia it’s spring but in Melbourne we still get some very cold days too. This season I’ve gone with two main themes and they reflect your take on proportions.
One is a boho theme – so flowy tops + fitted jeans. My other theme is stripes – so fitted tops + flared jeans. I also have a fringed long vest and a hooded puffy jacket so I’m covered for all weather conditions!
I’m on the lookout for a cocoon cardigan too but other than that have no more items on my list – I’m trying to be content with what I have – in the past I have shopped like there was no tomorrow as I was unhappy with work so now I’m trying to shop mindfully.
Sounds cute and so comfy! Thanks for sharing :) xo, Caroline
I live for meaty posts like this! Great points, fantasy seasons are so tempting but they just don’t work. I think your daily recordings sound like a great step in the right direction on determining what fall really looks like for you–I may just have to copy that! I hope you don’t mind (;
This Fall I think I (sadly) don’t need anything…Fall is definitely my favorite season, and I feel like I have a good grasp on my capsule already, so I think any new additions might make things too overwhelming. We shall see! But as many here have stated, I think a slow phase to heavier pieces come October/November may give me just the rejig I need to help my wardrobe feel refreshed! As always, thanks for doing you–you and your blog are LITERALLY the best.
Oh my gosh Andrea, thank you for the sweet comment. And I must say, I kind of love it that you know you don’t need anything because you have a good grasp on the capsule. Awesome! :) xo, Caroline
Love the fall post! It will come in super handy next year, when we move to Abilene, TX! My husband is just finishing up his residency here in Detroit so I get to enjoy one last “real” fall!
Ahh! You’re moving to Abilene?! That’s where I live! It took us a little time to embrace it, but now we absolutely love it here. The town is going through a really cool growth period — new little locally-owned shops and eateries popping up more and more — and it’s so neat to be a part of it. Welcome, welcome! :) xo, Caroline
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Where i live, we get cold winters & crisp fall days. I was hoping you could help me work my favorite overalls into cooler weather. I recently bought Madewell’s summit culotte overalls, but was wondering if these are strictly summer/spring? If you think I could wear these in cold weather, what would you pair with them? Thanks!!
Hey Holly, those overalls are the cutest! I’m sure they would look darling with a fitted turtleneck and some booties. Even tights if you’re feeling like you need to cover your shins! :) Honestly, I think they’d even work into winter with taller boots and a big cozy scarf. The possibilities are endless! :) xo, Caroline
i’d for sure need to wear tights – i have a fitted b&w stripped turtleneck. perhaps black tights w/ black booties?
Sounds perfect to me, Holly! Let me know how it works out :) xo, Caroline
you think sheer or thick tights? sorry – i’m still learning about fashion :)
Either way! I would imagine the opaque tights to be a little warmer, but other than that, I think it’s personal preference :) xo, Caroline
Loved reading this post today! I don’t know why, but I really struggle making the transition from warm weather to cold weather, in any capacity. I have a few things that I am really wanting to get for fall. The ryder cardigan being one of them! (in black!) I have also been eyeing Madewell’s track pants. (It’s hard not to when I walk past them a million times at work.) Lastly, the Everlane Street Shoe in the blue color!
p.s. Your outfit formulas REALLY helped me visualize outfits from my OWN closet instead of wanting to buy something new from one of your pictures. It was really helpful and helped me feel good about what was already in my closet for fall.
Thanks a bunch! <3 Keep doing you.
Hi Shea! I love your fall wish list. (And I’d be in BIG trouble if I worked at Madewell. Holy cow.) Thanks for the sweet comment! :) xo, Caroline
I am defiantly learning how to operate on a new level of self control.
Sasmita dini says
Hi Caroline, I enjoy reading your post so much :)
Favorite part of this post: Learn how to dress for fall where I live — not fantasy fall.
I like that you consider ‘where we live’ to make the style practical. Really love all the ideas of this style series.
Hi, I am also wondering why you mention moving away from Madewell. Just wondering.
Hi Erin! One reason I’m wanting to buy less there is because I went through a time where I pretty much ONLY bought Madewell clothes — they fit my style so well! :) But I’m just wanting to introduce a little variety into my wardrobe and not have a wardrobe made up of pieces from the same store. :) The second reason is because I’m trying to support more brands that do their very best to take care of our planet + people. From the research I’ve done, it’s unclear if Madewell is doing their best in those areas. So I’d just like to get a little more clarity from them. That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shopping there all together, but I do try to buy less from them than I used to. Hope that helps! :) xo, Caroline
Great post! I’ve had Fall fashion on my mind since the beginning of August. I can’t help it, it’s my favorite time of year! I live in MN, and Fall is undeniably the best time of the year here. The temps aren’t too hot or too cold, the leaves change to a beautiful range of colors, apple orchards, the crispness to the air, I could go on. I had a pretty specific list of Fall items this year. I tried to think of what needed replacing or gaps in my wardrobe. It’s so hard to not get derailed by all the pretty, trendy items coming out (especially with other fashion bloggers posting all new outfits daily), but I’m using all my willpower to focus on hardworking classics I’ll use for years to come. I have so fair picked up a pair of Red Wing boots for Women, a wool Acne Studios camel scarf, and I still have my eye on an oversized Acne Studios medium-blue cardigan (it’s spendy though, so we’ll see). I like a simple, minimalist look with texture and delicate jewelry. Like a navy turtleneck sweater in a heavy wool, high waisted jeans, teeny diamond stud earrings, and a long navy coat. I’ve found the trick to layering for me involves maintaining a minimal color palette. Coat and sweater in the same color, and jeans. I usually stick to a palette of navy, camel/browns, white/off-whites, and denim. Then everything matches everything! It’s a style that always looks nice, is never too fussy, and I like that. It’s comfortable, casual, classic, and cute, and I can equally wear it to work or to take my dog on a walk. Wow, this is a long comment. Guess I’m just super excited to talk Fall fashion :)
KT, hey we can talk Fall fashion all day, you sound like you’ve got the right idea. I love that you keep your color palette so simple to make everything go together. Sounds beautiful! (And I can’t say I’m not envious of your perfect Fall weather — it sounds like a dream…) Enjoy! :) xo, Caroline
BritNey smith says
Love this post! Fall is my favorite season but like you said living in the south doesn’t lend to the fantasy of a cozy wardrobe. This was a great reminder to be intentional about what I wear and dress to fit myself and the season realistically. I wanted to mention…I bought the Ryder cardigan from Madewell last year and was so excited about it because it is incredibly soft and cozy(yay!). However, after only a few wears it began pilling like crazy! I was so disappointed! The cashmere cardigan looks like a dream though!
Britney, thank you so much for sharing, I was curious about the quality, since that’s not the first time I’ve heard that it pills. Glad to have some feedback on that, although what a disappointment. Sorry to hear! xo, Caroline
Thanks for this post, it was very fun and informative. I have planned my Fall capsule, and purchased a couple of things I was missing. Fall and Spring are the worst for planning a wardrobe, but I hope this year I’ll do better. Fall here really starts in October, and lasts until the end of december, never getting too cold, so I planned lots of layering pieces and only two sweaters.
Oh, I love this! I have really got to invest in a few neutral (yet not see-through) tanks to wear under slouchy sweaters. Also, please come dress me every day. I live in Waco, TX, so I’m not too far! Ha ha. I’ve been in TX for 10 years and still struggle with what “Fall” actually looks like here. I also shop for my “fantasy fall” and I need to get with the program and buy what actually works, instead of wishing for it to be cooler (but not wintry cool). I’m sure you know what I mean!
Austin, I absolutely know what you mean. We are totally in the same boat! Let’s be strong together and not shop for fantasy fall! ;) xo, Caroline
Marie Therese says
I can so resonate with your goal: To dress for the season that you actually experience where you are! I’ve been guilty of the same – imagining myself frolicking around some winter wonderland, but that doesn’t really help when my winter actually arrives. As always loved reading this post, Caroline. Thanks!
Marie, haha! Can’t let our imaginations get the best of us, I suppose. ;) xo, Caroline
HI Caroline Love your posts. Are you familiar with Kowtow – a fab New Zealand brand using certified fair trade organic cotton – we love it in NZ and I think you will too !
Hey Sarah, sounds very intriguing!! Thank you for sharing :) xo, Caroline
I’m a casual girl and since high school I’ve loved wearing a long underwear shirt with a tshirt over top and jeans. Now to find “grown up” long johns instead of the rough and scratchy Hanes ones I used to get a Kmart two in a pack…
Hey Jenn, I love the look of those for layering. You might have some luck searching for a Henley top! Most of them are men’s, but I found these two (made in the USA) options: http://bit.ly/2cfsxhQ and http://bit.ly/2c5GCBQ. Hope that helps spark an idea if nothing else! :) xo, Caroline
Great post! Although I love colder-weather dressing, I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on how to make it work in a different climate. I’ve definitely suffered from “fantasy seasonal dressing” before too, though mine is more due to the insane office heat in the winter. I love the idea of a chunky cardigan vs. a pull-over, because you can take it off easily if you start to overheat :)
I also appreciate your honesty re: feeling like you need to buy things “for the blog”. For what it’s worth, my favorite aspect of this + other minimal/intentional dressing blogs is seeing how items can be remixed or adapted to give them new life. And that’s actually my goal for fall – to take a bit of a shopping pause and try remixing what I have using new combinations that make them feel new. So I’d love to see some posts on your thoughts about working with items that you’ve owned for awhile.
Hey Amanda! Thanks for the supportive comment. I am excited to start showing more posts on how I remix my existing items. Good luck remixing your own closet, we’re in it together! :) xo, Caroline
No problem! One more suggestion: I’d love to keep seeing a conversation about clothing care and repair. That’s another goal of mine this year, to get better at caring for my stuff and repairing it instead of replacing it when I can.
After an unusually nice summer in which all my hot temperature pieces got plenty of wear, I’m starting to look forward to swapping them out with my fall faves. Leggings, wool toppers, booties and sweater dresses are my favourite type of clothes. Summer to me is breezy, with lightweight fabrics and light colors, which never feel exactly like me. Keywords for FW are: structure (eg chunky knit), depth (of color), touch (eg worn leather purse). I have a very well-functioning FW wardrobe full of basics so the challenge will be not to add too much, and to choose pieces that work with the many things I have. I keep my uniforms in line so almost all of my tops work with almost all of my bottoms. To freshen it up I’ll look towards some new prints and color (so seductive yet never quite so remixable).
Hi Lisabeth, I love your keywords for Fall! Thank you for sharing your plans –the leggings and wool toppers sound too good. :) xo, Caroline
Kelsey M says
I’m obsessed with fall! It’s funny, I’m quite the opposite of you; I don’t really know how to dress like myself when it’s hot. But once the temperatures begin to drop I really get into my groove as far as dressing and styling go. It’s fun to see it from your perspective learning how to dress for cooler temps!
Also question about the wool hat: when and where do you wear it? I love the look of a wool hat but I just don’t know the appropriate time to wear it. If I wear a hat to brunch with friends do I take it off when I’m in the restaurant? Do you wear a hat to run errands? Thanks for any insight!
Hey Kelsey! I love this question. So during the warmer seasons, I tend to wear hats for sun protection. I’ll likely take it off in a restaurant and set it beside me (unless I’m outside and want shade.) In the cooler months, I wear them for warmth, so I would leave it on inside if I’m feeling cold. I think the key is to think less about how it looks or if it’s appropriate, and instead, just leave it on when it’s serving a purpose and take it off when it isn’t. Hope that helps, and hope you’ll try a hat. They can be a fun way to mix up a standard outfit. :) xo, Caroline
Tanya E says
Lol at fantasy fall! I think here in the UK we have fantasy summer. August and September have been warm 20+°C (70°ish F) but June and July were very cool and rainy. My summer clothes last a long time as they don’t get anywhere near as much wear as the rest of my clothes.
I think I have a small “high summer” wardrobe with vest tops, linen trousers, denim shorts, a maxi dress, sandals that I wear with more transitional pieces such as thin, linen knits, cotton jackets, jeans etc. I’m not ready to put the summer stuff away yet as we still have another week of warm weather forecast.
Love your choices for autumn (fall), those clogs, cardi and bag all look lovely. I looked at my Pinterest board for autumn from last year and realised I’d pinned your winter outfits, they are more suited to our autumn weather!
Hey Tanya! Yes, I imagine our winter would be more like your autumn! I’m glad those pins will come in handy at some point. :) Thanks for sharing your transitional pieces. Enjoy the week of warm weather while you’ve got it! :) xo, Caroline
I’m a huge fan of neutral colors, so I expect to build my wardrobe with neutral trendy pieces!
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Really enjoyed this! I’ve found that my uniform is definitely the volume on top and fitted on bottom. It’s how I feel most comfortable so I just stick to it. I’ve tried other options, and they just don’t work for me!
My goal for fall is to un-capsule (I actually just commented about this over at Seasons & Salt this morning!) I’m excited to get a little looser with my wardrobe again. Like you I’m also moving more and more into the ethical fashion arena, but I am giving myself some grace and have my eye on that Madewell silk tee – would be perfect for work. Getting away from a capsule will just work better for me since I balance office outfits & casual weekend wear.
I love these thoughtful style posts Caroline – they’re so helpful!
Fantasy fall and winter! I’m there with you. I live in Dallas but I’m originally from Switzerland and my husband is from Lake Tahoe. We lived up there in the mountains for a while and I really do miss the colder weather. I have a few really nice winter items left and I am thinking about donating or selling them since they just take up space and make me miss the cold climate when I look at them. almost like a general theme with me. I started working from home 5 years ago and still have many work wardrobe items that I can’t seem to part with. But I have zero use for these things now.
So I am taking your planner to heart this weekend and I will pack some thing away. If I have not touched the items in another 3 month, they will be donated.
I really enjoy reading your blog and look forward to more!
I LOVE No 6 clogs! I have 2 pairs of shearling clog boots and 2 pairs of clogs that I have purchased over the years. While they are an investment (my first pair of boots was my most expensive fashion purchase ever and I called my very fiscally responsible and fashionable friend from the store because I had a small panic attack), I wear the boots pretty much every day from November to April (I’m in NYC), they are super comfy, waterproof, and I always get tons of compliments.
I think you would look awesome in those closed toe ones :-)
Super cute flares! Love flares! I lived in Florida for 10 years and know the fantasy Fall feeling. I moved to the Seattle area and am LOVING the actual Fall now! Love those options you gave as Fall staples! I need to find a silk shirt!
Alex Hood says
I just downsized apartments and incidentally, closet space, so I’ll be trying out a very official, structured capsule wardrobe this fall. But I’m in a similar boat as you when it comes to weather. I’m in Northern California (Sacramento to be exact) and the weather here shows no sins of cooling off. Last year I was dyyyyinggg in jeans, a tank top and sandals while apple picking in October. So this year, I’m doing something similar to you! I want to figure out how to incorporate fall into my wardrobe without forgetting where I live. Can’t wait to hear what your experience is!
Spring is coming next here in Australia and instead of all thing colourful and bright, I have a feeling that I’m going to stick to neutral palettes…
Kelly jo says
So, I experience that ‘fantasy’ stuff too but on the opposite spectrum of you. I live in Michigan where winters can be brutally snowy & cold and it’s so hard for me to be able to bundle up like crazy and feel like myself. It’s something I really want to focus on this year. Good quality items that are warm & comfortable can get somewhat pricey and I’d like to make investments in pieces (like coats and winter boots) that will last a few winters. Anyway, cheers to fall no matter what our location is! It is such a magical time of year :)
I got really excited when I saw you made a new post about your Fall closet already! I have to admit Fall and Winter are actually my favourite seasons fashion-wise; it was interesting for me to read you don’t ‘feel like yourself’ when dressing in thick layers, since I feel the exact same way, but dressing lighter in summer. :) I live in a colder climate though, so maybe that’s the reason! I’m moving to Northern England for uni next week and I’ll be away from home until mid-December. Since packing is difficult for me, I decided to make Fall 2016 my first official capsule wardrobe season. I already picked my 37 pieces and I’m really excited! Just like you I really love turtlenecks, hats and ankle boots for F/W. :) By the way, I tried clicking on the link leading to the ankle boots you’ve shown (they’re so cute!), but it’s not working for me. :( It just redirects me to a page that says the link isn’t active right now!
I love this post! So detailed about your fall wardrobe. I just moved from Austin, Texas to Flagstaff, Arizona and will have a first real fall (then winter!!) starting soon. As I purchase more warm items I want to keep a capsule wardrobe in mind! Also – love the booties! I shared a workspace with Fortress of Inca in Austin until I moved in January. The company is so amazing and the owner is so nice and genuine. The price is worth it for the quality and the fair wages paid to their workers =)
Really enjoyed this post! I’m currently doing my own capsule wardrobe experiment and it’s going really well. I totally identify with your point about pressure in fashion blogging to have “new” things all the time, but actually slow fashion and capsule wardrobes are just so much more fulfilling – you can be well dressed all the time and save your pocket as well.
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I’ve just done the same thing, created an updated capsule for Autumn then when I got thinking about it, realised I don’t really need any of the items except one or two. Could be because I’m just about to give birth and my body will change so much in a few weeks. Its not worth buying anything new until winter now.
Great post as usual, one thing I learnt from it was to buy quality items instead of cheap H&M items!
All the best,
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I love this post but it seems the price of your taste is increasing significantly. I enjoy buying quality and having fewer items but only when the quality means the item will last longer. The brands you want to focus on are way out of my range. Also, I’ve tried Madewell jeans and I personally don’t see a quality difference in other cheaper brands and the waist is always way too loose. I love your basic concept for how to piece together great outfits though!
Thanks Elisabeth! And trust me, I get it! I do try to link to less expensive pieces when I can find them, but I know everyone has different styles and budgets and needs. So I hope you can use some of my ideas, even if the exact pieces don’t work for you :) xo, Caroline
Great post. Thank you, thank you for featuring responsible and USA made fashion companies. I hope that more bloggers and fashionistas will follow your lead. I would love to see even more posts about companies with strong ethics and use fair wages and eco friendly manufacturing processes. Thanks again.
I love that striped turtle neck! Fall is such a fun time to play with fashion. It doesn’t get too cold here in LA either, which I’m thankful for. I do wish we had more days where we could wear fancy peacoats though :)
Fantasy fall… I’m so with you on that. Being in Alabama, it stays hot for too long, then drastically changes to cool weather. I love fall, but man, is it short! Also, volume on top & fitted on the bottom is my favorite combo ever. Thanks for the affirmation that it’s a stylish one. :)
These posts are so motivating! I’m a (very) slow work in progress in getting my style and closet in order, but your blog has really inspired me to assess my closet with a more critical eye.
As for fantasy fall- I live in Boston, so it’s apple picking, sweaters, and hot cider galore! The problem we have here is things getting too cold too quickly and putting off bundling up in coats.
Caroline, you are so right about letting go of the fantasy. As I sit here, I am looking out the window at the 6 inches of summer snow we got today, and thinking about the wintry style desert that is coming. Our temperatures get down to -30F every year (can go as low as -60F), so it’s pretty hard to look cute in my winter wear. It just ain’t gonna happen. Ski bibs and pack boots don’t allow for a lot of variation. Late summer into fall, for the short period of time it lasts, is when I enjoy all my outfits that fit into the usual “fall fashion” category. Since it’s already snowing, I keep it pretty casual most of the time. My go-to is usually jeans, some beautifully worn in brown leather boots, and a sweater, maybe with a scarf. I like to wear hats, as well, if they fit into my activities for the day. I also live in two plaid flannel shirts on days when it’s a little crisp, but not so cold. I love so many of the cute outfits I see out there, but I’ve finally learned to stick to what actually works and live the life I have. Isn’t it freeing?
Hi Kim! It really is freeing for me, and I’m glad it is for you too. One more thing we can just let go of. :) xo, Caroline
Where is that amazing silk shirt from? Love the pattern but not as much the made well option.
I am so glad you are posting regularly again. I actually have the opposite problem as you. I am a California transplant living in Oregon. So I always buy too many spring/summer clothes. I am still struggling with how to dress in my style for cold weather. Thank you for the fall inspiration. I’ve officially started a fall wish list.
Wow, 40 to 90 is a big range of temperature for one season! I didn’t know Texas weather is like that. I live in Europe (and new to this blog! so far I love it!) and while now it’s quite summery by the end of October we’ll need coats and turning on the heating.
Jennifer falvey says
Just arrived here at unfancy and looking forward to using your capsule planning tools. I’d like to get to the point of an unstructured set/capsule as well. Rather than having a ton of things and nothing to wear, I find I wear the same few things over and over (with no real flavor to them–black tee & jeans, black tee and chinos, black tee and black pants…snoooore!). I am looking forward to your frequent outfit posts. I especially love that you are in a somewhat similar climate (I’m in SC) in that the hot weather covers most of your year.
I live in a Southern California beach town and “fantasy fall” syndrome hits me every year. Although I grew up here, I lived in Colorado for six years where I was able to go full-on-fall wardrobe where I thought I lived INSIDE of an Eddie Bauer catalogue. I live for layering and chunky sweaters and big scarves, but over the last few years since we’ve been back in CA, I’ve been learning how to recreate my favorite fall looks with pieces that actually make sense for where I live. After reading your post, I’m actually way more excited about my “reality fall” than “fantasy fall” this year!
Rachel tHarpe says
I love this post!! I’m from Texas myself so accepting the fact that I don’t get a “true” fall has been a long time coming ha! Such great tips here keep it up :)
I understand the whole “fantasy fall” issue. I live in Central Virginia and a good percentage of our fall the temperatures stay in the 70s and often quickly jump to below 55. We don’t have a whole lot of middle ground, so it has always made dressing for fall challenging. In the mornings and evenings, right now, I can wear a sweater but during the afternoon I generally feel too warm in my 3/4 sleeve tunic and leggings. Recently I’ve decided to embrace it & just roll with it.
Hey Anna, I sort of had to do the same. Just go with it! It’s so freeing when you don’t feel the need to live up to the hype of each season. :) xo, Caroline
Love your blog! I just discovered it and am having so much fun reading all your gems of posts! Question, how tall are you? Wondering if I can pull off wide legged pants.
Hey Suzy! I’m 5’5″ :) xo, Caroline
Hi Caroline! I’m wondering if there’s a specific reason you are choosing to shop less at Madewell. I’ve only just discovered them recently and quite like their clothes. Just curious as I have been trying to make better choices about which brands I support. :)
Hi Jody! Great question. I am with you — I quite like the clothes. The main reason I’m trying to shop there less is I don’t want my whole wardrobe to look like a Madewell showroom, you know what I mean? The other reason is because I want to support other companies — American, ethical, sustainable, local and/or smaller companies. I have actually reached out to Madewell regarding their ethics practices and am yet to hear back. I’ll let you guys know what I find out. :) xo, Caroline
Hi! I realize this post is old :) but what size are you wearing in the chunky gray Madewell cardigan? I’m looking to buy it second hand and I like the way yours fits! Did you size up? Thanks!
Just went with my usual XS :)