Fall reviews: cozy casual petite sweaters (on sale today)

loft poncho sweater petitesLOFT pocket sweater in pxs & jeans sz 24, BP Trolley booties (go up half a size)

I can't remember the last time I burst out of a fitting room and wanted to get all the things...but LOFT is killing it with their latest fall items. My friend needed to go sweater shopping and we both got more than we had bargained for. I thought most of these pieces were very reasonably priced at retail, but are an incredible deal with the current half off with code FALL50 (ends tonight). There's lots of drop shoulders which I usually am not a fan of, but I thought they worked well with the slouchy silhouettes. Read on to see what I ended up getting!
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Boots with the fur

kate spade coat cedar street harmony bag
Cole Haan Marina boots, Nars lipcolor in "shanghai express"

As much as I like my bright colors, sometimes an all-neutral palette can feel the most classic. For the second half of my collaboration with Kate Spade New York, I styled this taupe and black pairing for the oncoming chilly season. I find the easiest way to elevate neutrals is with elements of texture, such as a luxe faux-fur collar, satiny bow tie, or tall suede boots.
kate spade bow shirtdress
I've been wearing this convertible handbag (6 colors; previously reviewed in this post) often and a few ladies on social media asked if the pink one would be limited to spring/summer wear. I actually think light pink can be very cross-seasonal and love it in cooler seasons paired with neutrals like taupe, camel and grey!

Petite-friendly narrow-calf leather riding boots: Ariat York

fall outfit blanket scarf riding boots
Ariat "York" riding boots, also available at Zappos or Amazon in brown, black or 2-toned

Tall boots are hands-down the most frustrating item I shop for, but it makes it all the more rewarding when winners are found! For newer readers, my trouble areas are both boot shaft height and calf width. For reference, my calves measure ~12.5" around and my lower leg is ~15" high, resulting in most "knee-high" boots hitting uncomfortably at or over my knees. It's admittedly been easier to shop for over-the-knee style boots for a little more leeway on height. You can find past reviews on the few options I've found that are a good fit: Stuart Weitzman's stretch boots, select Aquatalia boots, and also a style of stretch Cole Haan boots. These each cost a pretty penny, but quality boots should last many years so could be worth the splurge for those with similar fit struggles.
fall outfit plaid scarf riding boots
I've been wanting a pair of brown riding-style boots for years and decided to look into an actual equestrian brand. I came across a few scattered reviews for Ariat's "York" boots indicating the calves fit slim, although you wouldn't guess based on the 15" calf circumference listed online. I was pleasantly surprised by the great fit and couldn't wait to take them out for a spin!

Instagram outfits lately + Uniqlo flannel and vest reviews

cable sweater boyfriend jeans outfit
Vince Camuto booties, Tory Burch robinson bag (old color), MAC "charismatic" lip

Tomorrow is the last day of Tory Burch's annual buy more save more fall event - get up to 30% off your order with code FALLEVENT. Some exclusions apply, including on their Revas and York totes. My favorite collection is still the Robinson collection (all the satchels usually come with a convertible shoulder strap) but I'm bummed they didn't bring back this burgundy tote from last year! On another note, a few of you have asked what socks to wear with booties like this with a dip. I sometimes go sockless, but you can find those no-show footie socks at any department store, or I also don't mind a little bit of (non-white tube) sock showing.
puffer vest denim shirt fall casual outfit
J.Crew vest and wool miniskirt (old; current version), vintage Coach bag (review)

We were shocked upon our return to Boston that Fall felt like it was over before it begun! It was in the upper 40's and wet, too cold for bare legs with booties which is one of my favorite looks. Next week looks a little more promising, but I'll also be wearing this same outfit above with ribbed grey sweater tights and a long coat over it all into chillier weather.
rust poncho sweater fall casual outfit
First & I poncho (reviewed here; low in stock), J.Crew tee, T&B jeans, Goyard tote
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