Fall staples + how to get hats to stay on your head

black grey brown fall outfit FSJ.Brand Maria jeans "vanity" sz 24 hemmed, Bobeau cardigan sz XSP "light grey"
BP Trolly booties, Talbots tee (also worn here), Hinge wool hat in "heather camel"

I sometimes hear pairing brown with black (also navy with black) as a "don't" and can't imagine why! I think the two work together harmoniously, which inspired this outfit comprised of four of my favorite neutrals. This is my second Bobeau cardigan and the "light grey" knit is a heathered one that goes with everything. I've gotten some questions on the differences between Bobeau's regular fleece cardigan (which I've shown often in "mink") and their fuzzy which I have on here. The regular has a smooth outer and is lined in a traditional fleece material as most of us know it, while the fuzzy fleece is a thinner knit material that is smoother on the inside and with a very fine fuzziness on the outside that feels suuper soft and not really fleece-y. I found the fuzzy to run a little tighter in the arms thus sized up one.
How to get hats to stay on your head bobby pins
This outfit prompted me to also share a little tip I've been using to keep hats secure on your head! After having one too many gusts of wind leave me chasing after a hat, I came up with these super easy hairpin loops made of thin elastic. Simple sew two (one near each ear) pieces of elastic by hand into the interior of a hat band, and use them as loops to secure bobby pins to. If needs be, seal the cut edges of the elastic with clear nail polish to prevent fraying. I am slowly in the process of adding these to all my hats, especially the lightweight ones from summer!

Sizing-wise, this hat is more generously sized, but I kept it out of several I tried because it actually encases most of my head and keeps it warm. I've been using it more as a functional rather than fashion accessory (rumples hair up much less than knit hats), but it doesn't hurt that it's in a cute panama shape. If you have a hard-to-fit head, I've mentioned before on IG that H&M has sized hats in S/M/L and the S fits pretty small (I'm a M there).
black jeans grey sweater fall outfit
Black skinny jeans are high up on my fall/winter staples list, as they're so flattering especially with booties. Nordstrom has a big selection at all price points starting in sizes 23 / 000, and I like to filter by size plus "ankle" length for ones that may require no alterations on shorties. The J.Brand "Maria" cut is an old favorite of mine despite a regular length that did need to be hemmed. It's a high-waisted style that fully covers my lower belly, which some may be averse to but in my older age I love how it holds everything in and flattens that area. The material of these in "vanity" is a substantial-weight denim (please note that I've found materials to be quite varied based on the color code, even within the same style from the same brand). Color is a regular black, not as jet black as these photos depict.

If you're looking for more of a jegging, I love the feel of CoH's popular legging jeans in "axel." I remember a while back I was sick in bed and less than enthused about getting dressed for an event. I was staying with a friend, who loaned me her "axel" jeans and I couldn't believe something so stretchy, soft and comfortable could look reasonably formal! I like my ankle area to be super skinny however and these have a slim but slightly wider opening than my J.Brands. A sz 24 in the CoH's fit well everywhere except length, so I didn't find them to run small like the item listing notes.
black jeans grey sweater fall outfit2
Thank you to Nordstrom denim for sponsoring this post!
black jeans grey sweater fall outfit1
PS - restock alert - my wool blend plaid scarf from this post is now all sold out on Sole Society, but I noticed Nordstrom just got stocked the "hunter green" one I have!


  1. I love your sweater. Would you mind to tell me where you bought it? I am very short and I found a lot of sweaters like this one are to long for me.

  2. This is a really great idea! I am in constant struggle when I am wearing a hat! Your tip is a life safer! Thanks so much for sharing!


  3. Agreed, I adore this color combination. Lately, I have been so into pairing black with camel brown. Who needs rules?! Haha

    Enclothed Cognition

  4. This is the cutest outfit! Great inspiration.


  5. What a great idea!

  6. So simple yet chic!
    Abbie E.

  7. I use hat elastics made for hats. They work with small hats too. I got mine on etsy. I think it's an easier and more secure solution than this and no sewing at all. Just make holes into the sweat band of the hat with a sewing needle and thread the elastic through. The elastic goes behind your ears and your hair covers it. Search up "hat elastic" on etsy and get ones that blend to your hair color.

  8. Thanks for the tip on hats - an easy fix that I also will start using for my summer hats!


  9. What a great idea on the hat! I will have to give this a try.


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  10. Love the Bobeau fleece on you, and really want one! Would you say the sleeves are shorter on this one versus the non fuzzy or same?

  11. Great tip!!! Thanks for sharing it!
    In love with your outfit. I am also looking for a hat but it is usually too big for me (except at the child's section). Definately need to go to H&M!

    Petite and So What

  12. Love your outfit!! Nice hat!!
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  13. I LOVE your outfits, thanks so much for sharing them! I was wondering if your hair is permed or curled with an iron - looks amazing!!

  14. I love this look! I'm always skeptical about mixing black and brown, but you did it brilliantly.
    A cool crystal necklace would also look really nice here.

  15. Love your idea on the hairpin loops to keep hats secure on the head, very clever!


  16. What a smart tip! Will definitely be using it :)

    Characters & Carry-ons

  17. This is such an easy idea, but I've never thought of it! Thanks for sharing!

    xx, Diane || http://www.dizined.com

  18. Thank you for this! I have a sun hat that I love to wear in the summer but have been wearing less and less due to annoyance with the wind pulling it off my head constantly. When I wear it I pretty much constantly have to have a hand on the brim holding it on--annoying. I'm definitely going to be trying this bobby pin idea!

    lifestyle by joules

  19. Thank you so much for this hat tip! I think it could be useful here in Chicago hahaha
    And about neutrals, I totally agree. It's sooooo OK to pair them up together! :)
    Love it! You are the cutest

  20. I love the ideas! Trying the hat trick tomorrow for Uni <3 x

  21. perfect timing on the hat hack, I was just angsting about past flyaway hat situations yesterday haha

  22. such a cute post and love the hat. That trick so would've been helpful when I was in Chicago!

    Bombshell approved
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  23. Thanks for sharing this amazing hat trick, it's going to be so useful for me :) I also love wearing brown accessories with black and vice versa.

    Dolce Petite

  24. Hi Jean! How far above your ankle do you get your jeans hemmed for those you wear with ankle boots? I've been eyeing some bloggers to guesstimate but just wanted to get another opinion before I take them to be hemmed.

  25. This look is perfect. Young, fresh and chic as I like. Congrats, you're fine and the hat is magnificent. :)

  26. Wonderful advice Jean! I have such a small head. Child sized. Seriously! So finding hats to fit is near impossible. Except for vintage hats. Lovely post doll!!

    Stylewise by Debra

  27. Just Sublime !

    I like it very much :) !

    Thank You,


  28. Hi Jean, for your Bobeau cardigan, how do you wash it? Do you just hang dry and how does it come out?

  29. How clever! I'm going to have to try this with my "fancy" winter hats!

  30. @Jean: Love the outfit. I just got the Bobeau cardigan in mink that you have and it leaves a whole bunch of fuzz on the shirts I wear underneath..needed to lint roller it off. So if I wear it, I think I won't be able to take it off unless I'm changing for the day. Do you have that problem?