Style Inspiration – Fall Pumpkin Spice
As I write this blog post, I’m on a plane headed back to the DC region for a few weeks! Weather-wise, it will be a shock to my system as LA is very bright and warm right now (high 70s/low 80s) and DC is very cool (a la 50s) with a touch of Hurricane Joaquin whirling about!
I’ll be sliding into my fall wardrobe and am starting to think about fall colors and textures that I want to rock this season. Fall clothing is about comfort and layering because you can still have some warm days coupled with cool nights and you want to be prepared. I’ve pulled together a look that I want to share with you which is stylish and sophisticated – you can wear it to work for Casual Friday or for an early dinner on the town. It’s also light enough to wear under a statement coat if you find that it’s a bit too chilly!
At the center of this look is a cable-knit cashmere dress from Neiman Marcus’ cashmere collection. This soft (and warm) dress features long sleeves and an elegant boat neckline. With its slim fit, it’s complimentary to most ladies’ figures. I love the soft taffy color which is perfect for this season!
The nice thing about this cashmere dress is that you can wear it on its own or you can pair it with a belt for some added shape and flair. For those of you that have a proportional shape, I highly recommend that you use a belt to gently accentuate your shape so that you don’t look like you’re swimming in the dress. For the ladies out there that don’t really have any curves, introducing a belt in your waist area will create the illusion of having a more proportional shape! 😉 I’ve included three different belts styles that can help you bring this outfit to life! The first one is an asymmetrical faux leather stretch belt with a brassy buckle; next, you can really dress up the look with a Michael Kors corsage belt (I love this one because it’s so different); or if you want something that’s a bit more edgy, you can pair the dress up with a double-stranded belt withbronzed studs. You really can’t go wrong with any of these stylish choices!
One of my favorite things about fall and winter (maybe my only favorite thing about fall and winter, LOL) is being able to wear beautiful, tall boots! For this look, I selected a gorgeous pair of Michael Kors almond-toed boots adorned with a gilded zipper. These boots are made from soft calf leather and stand tall on a 4” stacked heel.
Here’s the pumpkin in our pumpkin spice! For the jewelry and the handbag accessories, I wanted to have some fun with a pop of autumn orange color. Fitting in nicely with the color theme, the orange draws your eye to the accessories and adds an element of panache. The necklace features a glittery, multi-faceted stone on a gold-tone necklace with lobster clasps. The Musa leather tote is a great way to add functionality to your look so you can stylishly carry your tablet, purse, and more!
Rounding out this look is a fun, leopard-print scarf which is light enough for you to wear the entire time you rock this outfit. It’s funny, growing up I always hated anything with animal prints but that has slowly started to change as I’ve gotten older. I find that it’s a fun way to bring life to outfits featuring solid fabrics and add a bit of flair – just as long as you don’t go too crazy with it!