Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in front of our wardrobes baffled by the decision of choosing the most apropos outfit for particular occasions. I picked the top four occasions most people will frequent this fall with suggestions for what to wear, how to wear it, and why. Hence our #ooto (outfit of the occasion) hashtag.
First up, the music fest.
I have to start with this one because I feel like I'm letting you in on some secrets here. If we were together, I would come in close with a quiet, giddy excitement and tell you that 1) I REALLY love to wear all black (and I think more of us do than we lead on). And 2) I know the key to making an all black ensemble work. Here it is: blacks never match perfectly unless it is a top and bottom sold together. SO, to make your blacks work together, you HAVE to add texture. You can't do solid black pants with a solid black shirt unless you are a stagehand for a show. You've got to add just a touch of dimension to give your eyes something to grab on to. Black distressed jeggings add texture. A black and white print kimono/kaftan adds (visual) texture. A graphic tee adds texture. The black lace bralette (Walmart for the win!) adds texture with the peekaboo arm holes of the muscle tee. Adding just ONE element of texture and differentiation gives your #ooto SO much more character and visual interest (also known as The Rule of 3, which we will be discussing in the near future.) Now go put together your moody monochromatic attire, and rock on!
Next we have FOOD! Let's give three cheers for brunch!
Brunching has always been fabulous but is beginning to experience somewhat of a hipster revival at the moment. As a mom of three young ones, Brunch means something entirely different to me than a younger 20-something whose late nights are by choice and later mornings are status quo. By the time BrunchTime rolls around for me, we've already done half the things we had planned for the day and are headed towards naps and dinner plans *insert laughing crying emoji*. So Brunch for me is an OUTING y'all. It is planned for in advance. It is a special occasion. I know most people want to wear their yoga pants, tee, and cardi for brunching. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A MAXI THAT FEELS LIKE JAMMIES, why wouldn't you wear that instead? When I wear this piece, I feel like I'm still in bed but look put together enough for tea in fine china. A simple (pocketed! thank you Lord) maxi can be as dressy or as casual as you accessorize it to be. And the double stranded Blush Crackle Champagne statement necklace makes layering a piece of cake. It's already done for you. (You can pick that beauty up in our online shop if you've just fallen in love.)
Now let's turn the heat up.
If you're roasting some mallows and weiners in your own backyard, you'll proabably just throw on you sweats and oldest hoodie. But if a bonfire becomes a social gethering, You can still look chic. And still be cozy. And most certainly maintain practicality! Enter: moto jeggings. I mean, hello elastic waistband! Ha! If you're not gonna wear sweats, then you can at least find pants that are kinda like sweats in disguise. The moto pleat gives these jeggings the right amount of visual interest as well as edge that says, "I'm chill and really not trying that hard." Paired with a rolled-sleeve tunic made from THE SOFTEST sweatshirt material ever and a super swag and comfy soft chambray hooded anorak, you've got comfort and layers on lockdown. I know I didn't show my wedge sneaks as part of this fall's capsule, but how could I NOT use them with this outfit, ya know?
And last, gimme all the deserts.
If any of you are pumpkin/apple/cotton picking early on in the fall (and especially in the south), the ONLY way you will survive is by wearing layers. Layers are your friend, people. In your hair AND your wardrobe. When you've got like a 30 degree temperature difference from sunrise to high noon, You have GOT to stack your layers to be able to strip down to battle the sweat fest that may occur without revealing your undergarments. The base layer is a high-low hemmed loose fitting tee from Target. It's capped sleeves will help keep those armpits aired out. On top of that I layered a soft and lightweight chambray (also from Target) to knock the chill off your arms but keep you from overheating as the sun gets higher in the sky. And the last layer is a lightweight utility vest (from Target as well, surprise surprise) that helps block wind, give visual interest, and give you a secondary layer to pair with your tee if you need your arms uncovered but still have need for a layer of wind/chill protection. Throw on your distressed denim and your most comfy sandals and have a cotton-pickin' good time!
Oh you guys, I LOVE FALL. And I miss Midwestern autumns. But I also love Scooples (which is all the jewelry you've seen and can be purchased here), and Payless, and Target, who have all made this capsule wardrobe possible and southern falls more bearable. Would you like to see any of these #ooto on and in action on Instagram? Lemme know in the comments below!