Boston Sunset // Off Shoulder Sweater (Dress) Season

off shoulder sweater casual fall outfit idea

The days are now crisp and cool (in Boston, at least...certainly not on the West coast from what I hear!) and off-shoulder sweaters are back with a vengeance. I love that they can be warm and comfortable, yet the shoulder-baring detail makes it chic enough for a date or a night out with friends. I was eying this cute dress for a while and finally ordered it, but the length was several inches too long on me. Typically this would just require a simple hem job, but I've never hemmed sweater knits and am wary of doing so (if any of you have, let me know in the comments how it worked out!). I figured my best bet would be to find pieces that are supposed to be longer tops instead of actual dresses!
sweater dress plaid blanket scarf fall outfit boston
This sweater comes in three fall-ready colors fit the bill, hitting right around where I'd want for a casual dress (the sleeves are regular length so I have them rolled up per usual). It's also cute as a tunic with leggings and ankle booties for an everyday casual look. For extra warmth I layered a soft blanket scarf on top, and will probably wear this with navy or gray tights and boots next time. Here's how the sweater looks un-belted:
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6 Classic Pieces for Fall That Go from Work to Weekend

navy sloan pants fall workwear business casual outfit

This is another one of those outfits comprised of all basic pieces, but the mix of patterns and layering of textures keep it from being boring! Each one of these pieces (some very old) are versatile staples for both work and casual wear, so I'd highly recommend similar items for any fall wardrobe: camel brown blazer plaid scarf fall work outfit idea
1. Camel brown blazer: Classic with a hint of prep, this neutral piece can be worn over blouses with trousers or pencil skirts for work, or dressed down with jeans and boots for casual wear. Mine is the shorter schoolboy fit from a few years ago, but I'd love a longer-length one (I think longer looks visually better with pants or skinny jeans) as well.

2. Neutral flats: I can't seem to stray from neutral flats, but they're just the most flattering on shorter legs! My neutrals range from lighter beige to this richer brown color, which I like bringing out for cooler seasons. When I wear heels, I often keep a pair of these lightweight flats (see picture below with this outfit) in a small plastic bag, tucked away in my purse for changing into. I have these BP ones in 3 basic colors and wear them on heavy rotation - please note from my past reviews that these have pretty much no cushioning, so I go half a size up and add my own inserts from Target or the drugstore.

Wedding Guest Outfit // Blush Pink Ruffle Dress + Crepe Jacket

pink one shoulder ruffle dress wedding guest outfit
pearl studs (similar), AT belt + sandals (similar here or here)

There's a few F&F sales going on right now that I wanted to mention, before they end tomorrow (Monday) night! At Baublebar, take 25% using code YESPLEASE with everyday free shipping & returns. My suggestions are their crystal statement necklaces similar to ones I have, this delicate mother-of-pearl pendant which I love, and these adorable crispin earrings that I just got off the waitlist. Please note items marked "BB essentials" are unforutnately excluded.

At Tory Burch, take 30% off $250+ using code FALL16, with free shipping & returns. This is better than their prior F&F sales which usually started at 20% to 25% off. Reva flats are excluded per usual along with some of their popular Minnie fold-able flats, however the Minnie in these solid & these metallic colors are included! I personally thought these were more comfortable than the Revas. Amongst their bags, my favorite collection is still the Robinson - the large zip tote in saffiano leather is a classic, easy-to-clean option for work and should fit most laptops.
pink jacket dress wedding guest gucci soho disco tan
On to my outfit in this post ~ I was actually not sold on either the dress nor the jacket initially, but brought them home to mull over. Sometimes small tweaks and a little styling can make a big difference! The dress is knee length, but I did my old trick of folding excess material over a belt and it instantly looked more balanced with a shorter length. It's a temporary fix, and I like the dress enough to get it hemmed. It's actually on clearance online for an awesome price (lower online than in-store) with sizes fully in stock - use code 0040 for free shipping over $40.

NYFW hair diaries: sideswept waves + Alice & Olivia SS '17 show

alice olivia fall all black leather skirt outfit
Alice & Olivia Viktoria leather lace top + skirt (samples on loan), Zara heels

For my last look with TRESemmé during NYFW (see my first and second looks), I put together this black on black pairing for the Alice & Olivia presentation. To add softness to an all-leather look, we styled my hair down but with an unexpected element in the back!
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To keep my hair secured off to the side all day, my stylist added a side braid which wrapped around my head and flowed into the loose waves, finished off with TRES Two Extra Hold Hairspray. It was almost like a different look from each side of my half felt more romantic and one edgier, similar to the mix of delicate lace with leather in my outfit. tresemme side braid down hairstyle
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