September 6, 2016

Amanda’s Fall Wardrobe Edit (It’s All About the SHOES)

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Hi ladies! So I got a little excited about back to school shopping this year…for myself. Shopping for my kindergarten girl can be tricky since we have very different um, aesthetics? Her love of rainbow and animal print rivals mine for black and stripes. Living with her creative fashion choices must be rubbing off on me though, especially in the shoe department. While I’m not going to be pairing tutus and rain boots anytime soon these leopard high tops and silver booties are going to be on replay all fall. Want to see how I’m mixing interesting shoes with classic cooler weather pieces?

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leopard-sneakers

 

Jeans + tee upgrade that goes from the playground to parent-teacher meetings or dinner, just add a blazer.

Wearing

blazer: Loft notched blazer – I’ve raved about this blazer before, the fit is so good and quality is phenomenal. If it was in Lucky Mag, they’d call it “skinnifying”.

tee: Weekend Lover (old Thread Tank), similar (sold out, other weekendy tees I like.

jeans: J.Crew Toothpick – I always appreciate when brands offer petite versions of fan faves, these aren’t too tight and hit at a perfect spot on the ankle.

sneakers: Loeffler Randall Crosby Sneaker – these high tops, tho – my 5 year old’s jaw literally dropped. Super comfy if your feet are on the narrower side (and sizes 8 & 8.5 are on sale)!

 

alo-leggings

 

Conservatively, 93% of my wardrobe is athleisure. Since I work from home, I can wear it everyday to the “office” (aka desk in the corner of our bedroom). Plus if I ever wanted to work out, I’d be ready. Not that it’s happened much, but it could. At any time.

Wearing

sweatshirt: (similar) Zella Layer Me Pullover – Love the cross-over detail at the bottom that spices up a plain shirt.

tank: long jersey camisole – These H&M super long tanks are my go-to layering pieces if a shirt doesn’t quite cover the assets in leggings. Also, $3.99!

leggings: Alo High Rise Capris – I picked these up during the Nordstrom sale. They’re a heavier-weight fabric with a wide waistband so they definitely suck you in and keep you there – better for cooler transitional weather or late afternoon beaches. Loving the longer length for actual fall weather because cold ankles are the worst.

 

 

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I’d usually just grab a long sweatshirt to throw over leggings for playdates or my days off with the kiddos but this faux suede shift dress is just as easy. Later this fall I’ll pair it with these crazy comfy and flattering leggings and a cozy scarf.

Wearing

long sleeve tee: old, (similar) J.Crew Perfect Fit 

dress: old BCBG (similar) Faux Suede Shift Dress – Cam did a fun article on faux suede dresses last fall; they’re cute & classic enough to remain a fall staple for me.

boots: Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie – the pewter color is much more subtle in person and can go with anything, similar to the taupe bootie article Shana posted recently.

 

 

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black-skinnies

 

This outfit. All fall. Swap in the leopard sneakers and it’s a whole different look! Kind of? Don’t care, it’s such a no-brainer it’ll easily become my go-to for brunch, mom meetups, and anytime leggings are not appropriate.

Wearing

sweater: Striped cashmere – Snapped this swingy cashmere up during Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale, too. It’s super soft and a little sheer but still really warm.

jeans: J Brand Mid Rise Skinny – Stretchy and thick for cooler weather. The rise is perfect for smoothing things out, no muffin top! (Note – the inseam is 29 inches so most will find them ankle length, petites will have roll). The black is gorgeously dark and shows lint/pet hair/etc but cleans up easily.

boots: Seychelles Lucky Penny Bootie – the pewter color is much more subtle in person and can go with anything, similar to the taupe bootie article Shana posted recently.

sunnies: Aviator Sunglasses – Finally found aviators that work thanks to the smaller frame size.

earrings: (similar) Rebecca Minkoff – Comfortable but edgy to add interest. 

Here’s everything in my fall edit, plus additional options

 

 

11 Comments
  • kfk
    September 6, 2016

    Amanda, how do both pairs of jeans fit on the legs? I’ve recently bought and returned several pairs of skinny jeans that were just too skinny. I’m looking at you Rag and Bone Capri crop skinny and Madewell skinny. My legs are actually kind of thin but after getting used to the “slim” boyfriends, like Rag and Bone Dre, which I usually size down to fit my hips, I just can’t with jeans that cling tightly to my legs.

    • Amanda Rogers
      September 6, 2016

      Hi! The J. Crew toothpick’s aren’t too tight – definitely not “painted on” feeling, and looser in the calf. They give a little after a few minutes, too, but I wouldn’t recommend sizing down. The J Brand 811s are definitely stretchier and thick fabric so you don’t feel like you’re wearing leggings. They’re a bit looser in the knee/lower leg, as seen on Kate here: http://66.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lnxgo1YzfA1qzm1jfo1_500.png

      (Madewell skinnies are usually too restricting on me, too – I get claustrophobic!)

      Hope that helps!

      • kfk
        September 6, 2016

        Thanks! I love Kate 🙂

  • Tanaya Mankad
    September 7, 2016

    This post hits my fashion sweet spot. Don’t know if it’s the unfussy fall clothing, the oblique sunlight in your pictures, or the low-heeled cool shoes…All, probably. Now the weather just has to cooperate…

    • Amanda Rogers
      September 8, 2016

      Aw, kind words. These were taken when it was 90 degrees, and it will be again tomorrow – c’mon fall!

  • Ruth Maldonado
    September 8, 2016

    That suede dress!!! Such a great piece for Fall!

    • Amanda Rogers
      September 8, 2016

      My favorite part is how it looks like it required effort, but really, it’s even easier than a tee/sweatshirt & leggings because you don’t need pants!

  • SW
    September 9, 2016

    Always love your posts! Your outfit ideas work for real moms! I bought the loft jacket after your initial review and love it!

    • Amanda Rogers
      September 11, 2016

      Thanks, SW!! So glad the Loft blazer is a hit – my cost per wear is definitely worth it 🙂

  • Heidi/FranticButFab (@FranticButFab)
    September 9, 2016

    I am on the hunt for a pair of leopard print sneakers, but the calf hair these are made of makes me hesitate. That seems less weather proof? What has your experience been with them?

    • Amanda Rogers
      September 11, 2016

      Hi Heidi! Well, we’re in the middle of a summer-long drought where I live, so haven’t worn them in anything but dry weather but I did some research which turned out inconclusive. I went down some pretty strange rabbit holes on a purse forum (one where a guy tested waterproofing sprays on his wife’s bags…in a car wash), which seemed to say certain types of suede weatherproofing sprays worked, but then other shoemakers’ websites said no spray and no water, ever.

      So, yes, they’re definitely not made for wet/muddy/snowy weather, I’d say be careful as you would with suede. (Also read that the hair can rub off from friction if you wear them for driving). If you want something a little more durable & washable, check these options:
      http://amzn.to/2ckx0jJ
      http://amzn.to/2cnI9gV
      http://rstyle.me/n/by3pm6bdi6f

      xx, Amanda

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