Leather and Jewels

With tomorrow being the first day of autumn – I decided to take pictures of a trendy pre-fall outfit. I finally got around to taking them this past Sunday when the sun came out after a day and half of gray skies and rain. I’m not complaining – we needed it after our wildfire heat!

As you can probably gather, I’m really excited about this upcoming season – I never used to be this way (fashion-wise). In fact, I dreaded this time of year – I hated wearing multiple layers, jackets, closed-toe shoes and other unnecessary items. Let’s not forget the whole Daylight Savings time bit either with night setting in at like 4:00 in the afternoon.

These days, my outlook is a little bit different – I think it has to do the fact, that now I actually know how to dress appropriately yet fashionably for these months. Before it was always weird bulky jackets, chunky sweaters (shout out to this horrible knitted glitter-gold and cream striped, ribbed sweater I used to have – Shebz you know what I’m talking about!), ugly scarves, and those awesomely-bad Christmas sweatshirts (not that I’ve worn one in over a decade).

Fall fashion has definitely changed over the last few years with more rich vibrant tones, various types of materials (leather, suede, fur, knits, etc.), and more tailored, structured pieces. Just last week, I was talking to one of my best friends, Sheebani (aka Shebz), who lives up in NY. She told me that the weather had briefly dropped down to the 60s and she found herself having to layer, but she mentioned that she actually liked it because she felt that adding that extra piece really brought the outfit together. I couldn’t agree with her more. Of course, it doesn’t work all the time but it’s a great way to incorporate various pieces especially in the fall/winter time when you want to bundle up, but still look good. (On a side note, in the warmer months even throwing on a light jacket, blazer, or scarf can take the outfit up a notch).

Leather is going to be huge this upcoming season whether it’s a jacket, skirt, shorts, leggings, pants, a purse or detailing. Leather (or shall I say pleather) was trendy back in the late 90s/early 2000s but it quickly ran its course (with the exception of leather jackets). So I was bit hesitant when the trend slowly started coming back but like many other things it’s being brought back in a more sophisticated, classic way, due to different styling techniques.

I’d been on the hunt for a leather skirt for a while before I finally got a hold of this one. Not only was it super cheap (mere $10) but the suede detailing, exposed back zipper, and pockets give it a classic appeal. Paired with this chambray-jean button down, diamond necklace, and booties – makes it a perfect fall ensemble. When cooler days finally do settle in, I’ll layer it with this olive green hoodie, black tights and pair of gray suede booties.

Jean/Chambray Top – Miley Cyrus for Wal-Mart, Leather/Suede Skirt – F21, Olive Green Jacket – Ross, Red Satchel – Target, Necklace and Bracelets – F21, Booties – Burlington

P.S. Even though, this top is from Wal-Mart I’ve worn it dozens of times over the last year and its lasted – which I think is pretty good for a Wal-Mart brand!

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