Fall Sweaters

sweaters

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From Top Left: H&M Pink Sweater // H&M Grey Sweater // Pam & Gela  // Vince // ALC // Madewell

So far this fall has been unseasonably warm.  It is pretty rare to have an 80 degree day in late October, but I am not complaining!  The cold weather seems to last so long here on the east coast so I am always willing to delay it for as long as possible.  Since this week has been the first real glimpse at cooler temps, I figured I would start looking around for new sweaters and knits.  This season I am really loving oversized sweaters with statement sleeves or interesting details.  My favorites are sweaters that you can dress up or down depending on where you are headed.  Today I have hand picked some of my favorites available in stores now at a variety of price points.  When it comes to buying sweaters, my advice is to only invest in classics that will last more than one season.  Know that if you buy a sweater from H&M, you will probably only get one season out of it because the quality isn't going to be as great as a more expensive cashmere sweater might be.   One way to help extend the "life" of your sweaters is to take them to the dry cleaner to be professionally cared for.   This can help to avoid the pills and snags that tend to happen in the washing machine.

To shop my picks, click the links above or below!

xx,

Colleen

Stripes & Cutouts With LNA

LNA clothing Stripe Desert tee
lna clothing slash tee
lna casual top 
slash neck tee
mother denim insider fray jeans
lna slash tee
nude mules
lna clothing tee 
LNA Clothing 

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LNA Top // Mother Denim // Vince Shoes (similar here) // Anine Bing Sunglasses // Gorjana Hoops // Vita Fede Bracelet // Madewell Necklace 

I love wearing stripes because they instantly make me feel like I should be on a boat or by the water.  The nautical look is always a major trend every summer so I am always looking for ways to put a spin on it.   I love this LNA tee because it gives me that nautical feel with a little bit of edge with the slash detail.  I love taking pieces that are preppy or super feminine and adding little bit of edge whether it is with jewelry or extra special details.  To complete this casual look, I paired it with my button fly frayed hem Mother jeans and my super comfy Vince mules.  I love these shoes because they give me the height without any discomfort!  I went to visit some college friends last weekend and danced all night in these without a single issue.  This is an older style, but I found a similar pair above.

xx,

Colleen

Photography by Christina Emilie

Striped Button Up Blouse

striped button down blouse
l'academie striped classic blouse
striped blouse
button down blouse
striped button down
l'academie-blouse
J Brand Alana crop jeans
l'academie striped blouse
striped button up 
striped button down blouse

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L'Academie Blouse // J Brand Jeans (Older Style, Similar Here) // Vince Shoes (Older Style, Similar Here) // Anine Bing Sunglasses // Louis Vuitton Bag 

A fun fact about NYC is that it can get crazy windy and the day I shot this look for the blog, the wind was insane!  Even though I look a bit wind blown, I was insistent that we get the shot so that I could share one of my favorite go-to outfits for spring. There are a few classic pieces that everyone needs in their wardrobe and a striped button up blouse is one of them.  This L'Academie version is the perfect transitional piece that can be worn from spring to summer.  Today I paired it with my green J brand skinny crops and nude mules for a great casual look.   For warmer weather, roll the sleeves or tie it into a crop top in the front.  This top can also be worn as a cover-up over a bathing suit.  There are so many different ways to wear this classic piece!  To shop my look, click the links above or below.

xx,

Colleen

Photography by Christina Emilie

Off-The-Shoulder Top

Topshop Off-the-shoulder-top
blue off-the-shoulder-top
star mela clutch
paige denim canyon flare jeans 
off-the-shoulder tops
off the shoulder top
star mela clutch
topshop crop
off the shoulder top
off the shoulder top

 

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Topshop Top // Paige Jeans // Star Mela Clutch (similar here) // Vince Shoes (similar here) // Ray Ban Sunglasses // Neiman Marcus Cuff (similar here) // ASOS Necklace // Lariat Necklace // Gorjana Ring 

Off-the-shoulder tops are all the rage this year.  When I saw this bright blue Topshop version with a flutter sleeve, I knew it would make a great statement piece. The fit is slightly cropped, but the flowy look makes it perfect with a pair of high waisted jeans.  Today I decided to pair it with my favorite flares from Paige Denim.  For an extra pop of color I added my Star Mela clutch for a summery vibe.  It's not my usual neutral outfit, but it is a great change of pace for the warm summer weather!  To shop this look, simply click the links above or below.

xx,

Colleen