Hello Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life readers! My name is Katie and I blog over at Legally Fit, where I write about engaging in my new(ish) love of yoga and running while maintaining an active social life and productive career. A healthy balance, if you will ;)
I am honored to be posting on Courtney’s blog- she is such a sweet girl (no pun intended ;) ) and I consider her my “go-to” person for delicious dessert recipes. In fact, I’ve made variations of her chocolate butterscotch cheesecake cookies so many times that I have my whole family addicted. I’ve even sent a batch over to my husband in Afghanistan, and he reported that they were still fresh and delicious more than a week later. :-)
One of my favorite features of Courtney’s blog is her “Fashion Friday” posts. I always find new ideas and inspirations to add to my wardrobe. Courtney recently posted some of her fall wardrobe essentials. Here in upstate New York, fall is definitely in the air. The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisper, it won’t stop raining we are getting some much-needed rain and pumpkin spice lattes are back (can I get a heck yes! :D ) With that, certain items in my wardrobe are being brought back into the rotation that haven’t seen the light of day since, well, last fall :p Here are some of my fall wardrobe essentials:
I hate stockings. I refuse to wear them, which can be problematic in my field but what can I say- I’m a rebel ;) However, show me a pair of tights and I’ll swoon. I love them! They add so much dimension and texture to an outfit and can take it from so-so to super stylish. Can you believe that I had never owned a pair of tights (well, excluding the white ones with red hearts from ballet when I was five) until last year! I was seriously in the fashion dark.
Reasons why I love tights:
1. They do not rip easily, unlike my nemesis the stocking. Seriously. I purchased two pairs last year from Kohl’s (FYI- check Kohl’s out for super-affordable and cute tights) and neither pair has even a snag. I know this because I wore both pairs this week (addicted much?). Try wearing a pair of stockings more than twice. Maybe I have bad luck or am super clumsy but in the past, wearing stocking for me = keeping a bottle of clear nail polish in my hands to stop the runs that I knew were sure to happen.
2. They have personality. When I wear say, a black pencil skirt without tights, I feel fashionable (LOVE pencil skirts) but boring. Add a pair of textured tights and it takes to outfit from ho-hum to wow!
3. They’re warm. Fall in upstate New York starts out brisk and comfortable and then quickly morphs into freezing. Tights allow me to extend my skirt wearing days for that much longer before I throw in the towel and wear pants and Uggs to work ;)
Another fall essential for me are scarves- the more the better. You can wear a lightweight scarf to jazz up any outfit. Wearing a basic white tee by itself- simple. Wearing a basic white tee with a pretty patterned scarf- fashion genius!
In addition to lightweight scarves, a northeast girl needs a heavier duty scarf in the fall. My favorite one has both black and tan within it, so I can wear it with the two winter coats that I own (black and tan, respectively). Plus, when all else fails, you can use the scarf as a makeshift babushka during a sudden hailstorm when sightseeing in a foreign country.
This is a bit of a cheat since I consider skinny jeans to be a year-round essential. In fall, however, they become even more fun to wear- with heels, tucked into boots, with a pair of flats- skinny jeans are so versatile! My favorite pair is one that I purchased from Express back in 2005 (before the skinny jean craze, I think- I just wanted a pair to tuck my uggs into)- they are dark, stretchy and super comfortable! So comfortable that on a typical evening you can find me lounging around the house in them:
I know Courtney recently proclaimed her love for Uggs and I have to say girl, I’m right there with ya ;) You can hate on Uggs all you want (they are kind of fug) but man are they comfortable. In fact, it is bad for me to wear them to work because I never end up taking them off- my feet are too warm and comfortable (Exhibit A: today. Uh, Uggs are in compliance with business wardrobe, right? ;) ) My current favorite pair of Uggs are the Classic Cardys- they are black knit and can be worn slouchy or tall. I practically live in them in the fall!
In addition to Ugg boots, the fall season to me means slouchy flat boots to wear with my skinny jeans. After hunting forever, I found a pair that I love in Kohl’s (while perusing the Sunday ads, no less) for $40! You can’t beat that with a stick ;) This fall season I will be on the hunt for a pair of tall riding boots. I love the look of them but can’t find a style that fits me! Something like these puppies:
Classic Trench Coat
If you purchase anything this fall, make it a trench coat! They are timeless. I received my current trench coat from Banana Republic as a gift from my stepmom my junior year of college (which was oh, eight years ago). Side note- time flies! Anyway. I have worn my trench every fall/early winter for the past eight years and I still get compliments on it to this day! If you balk at the idea of Banana’s prices (they can be a bit, um, overpriced) keep in mind that they do last for a loooong time. With that being said, I know Target offers some cute coats on the cheap!
You can find the gorgeous jacket pictured above here.
Well friends, those are my fall wardrobe essentials. Tell me, what do you consider essential for fall?