I did it! I found my formula for wearing ALL the cardigans and snuggable jackets this fall. Sometimes cardigans and unstructured jackets can just look so…well…blah.
The thing is, I WANT to wear cozy cardigans and super soft jackets (you know I’m ALL about comfort), but I don’t particularly want to look blah. It can be a challenge, though, figuring out how to blend these two (what seem to be) opposing desires.
The Base Outfit That Elevates ALL The Cardigans & Soft Jackets
But voilà…I found the formula for a base outfit I’ll be wearing on repeat this fall that seems to work! Neutral stripes (think grays and beiges), good denim, and gorgeous weather-friendly, fancy-schmancy boots. Feel free to add in a fabulous fun bag too if you want EXTRA “non-blah”.
My Go-To Base Outfit: Neutral Stripes, Good Jeans & Fancy Ankle Boots
You can of course play around a bit with the choices in this formula to meet your budget and personal style, but I’m likely sticking with these boots and these jeans, and only playing around with the various stripes and top layers (keep scrolling to see the other stripes, cardigans and jacket options). I guarantee you’ll be seeing these pieces on me a TON this fall –when I find something that works, I’m not afraid to commit.
Aquatalias are VERY special boots. Functional luxury is how they are described — Italian design mixed with weather-proof and stain-resistant technology. Not a bad combination. Many of us wait and wait for the ones we want to go on sale. Weather-friendly, chic, comfortable and very high-quality. They have a bit of a cult following in the comfortable (but still super-stylish) boot world.
These particular Aquatalias run TTS, but are narrow-“ish”. Even though they felt a little snug going on (my feet are on-the-wider side), they have molded to my foot perfectly. I love this gray hue (and they look good with pretty much everything), but a pair of navy Aquatalias just arrived to my house, and they are absolutely stunning. The color is the prettiest navy I’ve seen in a boot EVER and I think they would work equally as well in this formula.
I’ll admit, I say “I’m sticking with these boots”, but I WILL likely be looking for a pair of clog boots to switch into this formula as well (maybe these will come in gray or navy this year??)
I am partial to my favorite MOTHER Insider Chew Hem jeans, but any crop medium wash denim will work if you have your own favorite. These jeans ARE by far my most-worn, though, and after selling out initially SUPER fast, they’re finally back in stock EVERYWHERE!
I’m wearing a size 28 in these jeans. I could definitley size up for a slouchier fit, but they’re plenty comfortable in my typical size and I like a bit more fitted look, especially with cardigans and jackets.
My favorite stripes right now are from Vince, but I’m finding many neutral stripes that work in this formula. For me, finding the softer neutrals has been key…grays, beiges and tans (not stark black and whites). I’m wearing an XS in this particular sweater, but wish I would have gotten the small for more drape.
More Neutral Stripe Tops
This jacket feels like you’re wearing an oh-so-soft-and-cozy quilted blanket…oh yes! This similar option is on super sale, though and I’m realizing that with a really neutral stripe, these jeans, and these boots…pretty much any cardigan or jacket looks good.
Alright guys…help a cardigan-lover out. Any other go-to formulas that you follow? I’m not a graphic tee person, but that would DEFINITELY be a great formula as well. Was thinking maybe cute hoodies layered under cardigans too for fall?
photo credits: Redfield Photography