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Fall is possibly the happiest time of year for me. I’m that classic PSL-drinking, porch-decorating, Gilmore Girls-binging type who feels absolutely alive as the temps start to dip.
Visiting the pumpkin patch and cider mill are always on my fall bucket list, but because I live in a small town way up north, both require a mini road trip. While picking pumpkins is just an hour drive away, my favorite cider is three hours one way — but it’s the best cider mill in my opinion, and Michigan has a lot, so it’s completely worth the trip.
This means a cute and yet comfortable outfit is required, and for me that’s a shacket and a good pair of boots.
Pumpkin Patch Style: Duck Boots, A Shacket & Skinny Jeans
I don’t know how other people rock a pumpkin patch, but when I’m there, I’m actually on the hunt for a few seriously cute pumpkins to stack on my porch. I’m climbing over every vine and headed straight for the muddy sections. If Pinterest is high heel booties with a mini skirt next to perfectly round orange pumpkins, then I’m G.I. Jane going after those marvelously quirky Cinderella gourds. I’m reaching for my duck boots (which in my opinion are still incredibly cute) and headed straight for the corn maze.
Pumpkin Patch Perfect: Sorel Duck Boots
It was the middle of last winter when I suddenly decided “I must have duck boots.” By then the snow was piled high and I was regularly reaching for my Sorels that can withstand below zero temps, so I vowed to grab some for next year. I was so excited to get my hands on this Sorel 1964 Leather Lace-Up version (currently almost half off, too). They were everything I wanted to rock in the look of a duck boot, plus made by my favorite boot brand.
It wasn’t until they arrived in the mail that I realized they came with a liner that could withstand -25 degrees, hey-ohh! Not all duck boots can withstand harsh winters, which makes this one even better.
Both the pumpkin patch and cider mill I go to have seriously epic corn mazes, but the chances of them being muddy are…well, high. These boots are perfect for wearing: they’re comfortable, sturdy, and wipe off clean once you get home.
Fit Notes: I’m a true 9.5 in shoes, but always wear a size 10 in Sorel boots, mostly just for the extra sock room. I would consider these very true to size.
The Plaid Shacket That’s Just Right
The best friend to a classic pair of duck boots is a cute shacket (shirt + jacket). They are ideal for fall adventures because they are lightweight, can be buttoned up for extra cozy, and if you size up one (or find an oversized style) you can rock a thick sweater or hoodie underneath on the extra chilly days!
Plaid anything just screams fall, and this Rag Supply shacket is a fun way to freshen up the age-old plaid shirt look. I’m actually super in love with this one, and it also comes in cream or red (here’s a lighter version for all my warm-weathered friends, and another version with cropped sleeve lengths + tons of colors.
The length makes it extra cozy and can double as a blanket for car rides, plus it has the cutest faux shearling detail in the hood and cuffs (the sleeves are nice and long, so it’s easy to rock the shearling cuff, too).
Fit Notes: TTS, I’m 5’9”, wearing a medium, and it fits just right! It’s made from a sturdy wool mixture, so I wouldn’t personally size up because there’s no need for thicker layers underneath (unless you’re trying to wear it in the dead of winter, which honestly would be really cute for milder climates).
The Skinny Jeans To Match
These AB tech ankle cut jeans by Democracy are made with lycra — super stretchy and comfy. I actually thought they were a straight leg fit from the picture online, but they are totally and completely skinny. While I don’t gravitate towards skinny jeans these days, I gotta say these are pretty dang cute tucked into the boots! My pair has since sold out but these look nearly identical.
Fit Notes: I ordered both a 6 and 8 to try (I go between both sizes depending on the brand) and the 6 was the best fit, due to the super stretchy nature of the material. They sit as a mid rise on me, and have the coolest asymmetrical ankle hem (slightly longer in the back).
The duck boots have a wide ankle, which makes for non-skinny jeans to tuck in perfectly. If you’re looking for something a little looser, try these (56% off!), or this pair from FRAME has the coolest back pocket detailing (and are over 60% off!!).
Will you be going to the pumpkin patch or cider mill this season? Where’s your favorite spot??
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