Layers of Utility

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Vince Camuto leggings xxsp (hemmed 2"), BP striped tunic tee xxs (2 colors),
BP ankle booties sz 5.5, Gap jacket (very similar), Girly scarf (similar in cream) Gucci bag

Ah, leggings...these stretchy bottoms are the subject of many a fashion debate, inspiring heated pinboards such as this one. Although I agree with the general rule of thumb that they are best paired with something that covers the crotch, all leggings are not created equal, so the material and fit can make a difference! Earlier this year I blogged about two thicker pairs that I love - Zella Live-in leggings (now in a 24.5" petite-friendly inseam!) which you can also work out in, and these Vince Camuto seamed leggings. They are both fully opaque and don't get "sucked into" unsightly crevices, so I find it slightly less egregious to wear them casually as pants, especially if layered under a longer jacket.
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I'm partnering with Nordstrom today to share some affordable staples for this cooler season. I've blogged about BP Trolley booties quite a bit - they are a great basic under $100 and come in a huge range of sizes from a 4 (might fit 3.5 too b/c these run half size small!) to 13. I love mine in black (see outfits here and here), and held out hope that they'd bring back a classic brown color from years ago. The "cognac burnished leather" did not appeal to me online as it looks reddish, but I ordered them on a whim, and am happy to report they are more of a true medium brown in-person!

The block heels make these very easy to walk in (I'm usually between 5 and 5.5, and took the latter to fit socks comfortably). The cognac leather is pebbled which I love (easier to wipe clean than suede), and has a darker brown shading on the toes and the back of the heels. Here's another look at them from my Instagram that shows the coloring better.
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I posted about this tee a while back and a few sizes popped back into stock recently! It's a looser fit throughout but works for a casual tunic top. I usually wear it tucked in like a regular tee, but here's how it looks as a tunic - perfect for covering up "leggings crotch" just to be safe!
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My utility jacket is very old, but I tried on a bunch currently available and mentioned that Madewell's Fleet jacket in "military surplus" fit and looked the best in xxs, almost identical to mine. I wore this look for a full day of running errands, and loved how I could sustain temps swinging about 20 degrees from dawn 'til dusk with these three build-able layers!


Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post.

37 comments:

  1. Hi, I love the post! What camera lens do you use ? Your pics always come out amazing.

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  2. Love it! What camera lens do you use?

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  3. Love your hair and smile as always!

    xx Margaret
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  4. Love this fall outfit!

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  5. I love the classic browns paired with the green utility jacket. I've been obsessed with pairing all my neutral colors with dark olive greens this fall!

    -Mei
    Pieces of Mei

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  6. Lovely layered outfit! X
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  7. I totally agree about the leggings - and the Zella Live in pair are great!! I also love Lou & Grey's everyday leggings.

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  8. Such a cute look!
    -Cheyanne
    www.lifeofcheyanne.blogspot.com

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  9. You look so so cute!
    Love that classic outfit for fall! :)
    xo Kari

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  10. You look super cute! I love that outfit. Your booties are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

    x. Cattleya

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  11. You are too cute! Love the look. I'm all about dressing in layers.

    xoxo
    Jessi
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  12. I love this outfit! The colors are beautiful. And I'm obsessing over that scarf!

    -Rachel
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  13. Love this perfect fall outfit!

    xoxo
    Sharan
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  14. Love the colors in this outfit!


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  15. I love this casual look on you so much! The scarf with that striped top is just so chic.

    Style by Joules

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  16. I love this tunic. I ordered a similar one from the anniversary sale, but the XX-Small was too big. I'll have to give this one a try!

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  17. Such a beautiful location! ;)

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  18. Love the look babe! The scarf is definitely my favourite :)

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  19. I'm with Margaret.. wish I could have your hair. I love all your styles. I'm 5'3", but a big heavier through the thigh. Tough combo!

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  20. I love the look and the pictures!! I think leggings are versatil and we can combine it with a lot of things!!

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  21. I love this outfit! Those booties are such a great versatile piece and I love the simple neutral hues- olive green and tan. So pretty, Jean!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

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  22. What a pretty layered look, I love these shoes!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  23. I love this blanket scarf, this whole outfit is so pretty!
    Kelsey | petiteinherpearls.blogspot.com

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  24. Such a lovely look! I'm loving the oversized scarf.

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  25. Yes, you are right, not all leggings are the same.. I personally don´t wear leggings because I live in Ireland and here is always windy and rainy weather. so I usually wear jeans or jeggings.. and when is finally nicer weather, I grab the skirt!! :) But you know leggings are just all about the material...

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  26. This is the perfect fall outfit!
    xx

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  27. I am undecided on the trolley booties in the greyish color because some of the reviews say the coloring make them look just dirty. What are your thoughts on this? I love your blog and style!!

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    1. Hi Kate - Thanks for the kind words! I really don't think the color shading is a big deal. It is most prominent on the greyish color though compared to the brown, so it's all about how much it bothers you personally!

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  28. Yikes! It looks like some people have confused sheer tights for pants. I do love the Zella Live-In leggings you recommended and had mine hemmed slightly too.

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  29. Such a beautiful autumnal outfit!

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.com

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  30. Dancer leggings are generally the most comfortable. They have a different crotch design vs. the classic center seam. Panty liners prevent leggings and yoga pants from going up too far into your business.

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  31. Perfect outfit!
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  32. Hi Jean,

    Do you think the BP or Sole Society booties are more comfortable to walk in? Love your blog, very timely and fun!

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    1. Hi, and thanks for the kind worlds : ) I think they are pretty different due to the toe shape and heel height / shape. The sole society ones have a lower heel, but a narrower almond toe that some without narrow feet might find uncomfortable. The BP booties are more forgiving in toe shape and are still comfortable given the heel height, so I would vote for those if you're deciding between the two.

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  33. This outfit is very simple, but is gorgeous (or at least it looks gorgeous on you). Thank you for all these wonderfull ideas.

    Un beso

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