Fall Dressing: Neon, wool, and faux fur


Sweater: Gap dolman-sleeve sweater (similar)
Vest: H&M; Divided sz 2 ($29.95, current)  Skirt: thrifted and hemmed
Bag: H&M; Divided, Pearls: Nordstrom Rack S (similar) Watch: Michael Kors JetSet

I woke up today, shivering, to a brisk 49 degree morning. Where is the mild 65-70 degree “Fall” weather that allows for donning light layers while sipping cider and watching the leaves turn? I wore this today (with a tee layered underneath) and was still cold and Rudolph-nosed. I just don’t want to give in to tights yet.

Low heels: Aldo (old) (similar here in “Natural”)

Today’s outfit combines three elements that I’m embracing this Fall – color, textures, and faux fur. This vest is very shrunken fit in sz 2 because it’s from the juniors “Divided” line, and I really wanted to swap it for a sz 4 for more frontal coverage. Nick vehemently protested, saying there was a “subtle but noticeable” difference from the back view, and that sz 4 looked like a fur backpack on me. Alas, I’m still with the 2.
neonwool3A splash of neon from this Gap dolman-sleeve Sweater prevents my outfit from veering into full neutral, monochromatic territory. I have enough mustard yellow, but this eye-catching color is different from anything I own. I also love the comfy, slouchy fit – just have to be careful not to snag the material.


And oh, do you recall this wool skirt from earlier this week? : )


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  1. I did not recognize the skirt at all! Wow, what a great job of transforming it, it looks great!

    Posted 9.18.11 Reply
  2. I love the comfy yellow sweater… Love more the way you paired it…

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  3. LOL Jean, I can't believe that's the skirt!!!!! Wow you DEFINITELY took off a lot of length, though I must say that "before" look is pretty hot and is growing on me 😛

    I love that yellow sweater, I so drawn to slouchy/comfortable but not mess looks like this! and you're quite brave to rock the bare legs in this chilly weather. I actually prefer this look without the vest, but I'm not a fur type of girl, so that could be the reason why. anyway, you look fantastic as always!

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  4. d. wrote:
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  5. Bernice wrote:

    Love how well the skirt turned out!!!!!

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  6. tiffyama wrote:

    The skirt looks fab!! Love how it turned out!! 😀

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  7. Anne wrote:

    You look AWESOME 😀 I admire you saw the potential in that skirt becoming a mini and how you wear neon. 😀

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  8. Carla Krae wrote:


    The dry cleaners, probably.

    And it's going to be 85 tomorrow in CA, so all you cold weather East people can kiss my butt. 😛 It's only getting hotter this week.

    Posted 9.18.11 Reply
  9. Michelle wrote:

    The shirt and pearl combo look very chic. 🙂 I love that yellow color on you.

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  10. faye lu wrote:

    LOL love the before and after alterations! $10 to look totally chic!!!
    i think the pearls really polish off this look. perfection x

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  11. JC wrote:

    LOL @ the fur backpack comment.

    I can't believe that's the long skirt you posted about previously! It looks great. What does "cleaning" mean? I've only had 1 piece of clothing go through alterations & that was my wedding dress so I'm totally lost when it comes to any alterations lingo.

    Great outfit combo!

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  12. Anonymous wrote:

    The sweater is cute but I think the skirt is a bit short. Iffy on the vest but def no on faux fur vest with pearls.

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  13. Justine wrote:

    I love this skirt on you! It's amazing. I"m guessing you snipped it yourself? Btw, Did you tuck in your sweater? and how?

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  14. gorgeous! your skirt looks so pretty now after the alterations!

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  15. DSK Steph wrote:

    I love what you did with the skirt!!
    Great before pic!! lol

    Posted 9.17.11 Reply
  16. Roopa wrote:

    awesome for just $10… loving it <3

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  17. Ashley wrote:

    Your skirt looks soooo amazing!! And I'm so impressed by the bright yellow, I can never quite pull that color off.

    And I'm just going to go ahead and echo everyone, how do you make your hair look so amazing?!

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  18. Anonymous wrote:

    how do you get your bun to be so full of volume? my hair goes so flat!

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  19. Lauren wrote:

    I'm going to have to work on my thrifting goggles! I wouldn't have been able to see such a cute mini in that original skirt…adorable!

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  20. lin wrote:

    jean, love your whole outfit. you have great fashion sense and knows what goes well together. the last pics were so funny. lol….

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  21. I really love that bright yellow color on you! And you're such a little MacGyver! Turning that long skirt into a short version is brilliant. Can't wait to see more pairings with it!

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  22. myhanh wrote:

    this is effortless chic. love the slouchy, bright sweater!

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  23. Love the styling. Beautiful sweater and vest.

    Heel in Mint

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  24. I love your skirt!

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  25. Kristen wrote:

    The vest looks cute on you! I too am petite, but a few inches taller and a few pounds heavier, I tried on the size 2 and felt it looked too small and short. I laughed when you said Nick protested against the size 4 because my boyfriend did not like the vest at all. Love this outfit and your Amish reference in the before photo 🙂

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  26. That last picture is HILARIOUS. Had me laughing for a bit!

    As always, you look so well put together 🙂 Now, if I could just get my hands on that vest..

    Posted 9.17.11 Reply
  27. Michelle wrote:

    Awesome style! Love the Amish pic too =D

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  28. Anh Anh wrote:

    Love love love your site and your style.

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  29. What a great outfit… i love how you can put pieces together to create such great looks! I would have never considered wearing a faux fur vest…now I'm thinking about it 😉

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

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  30. LOL @ the last pic. Thanks for being so sure of yourself that you can poke fun at yourself for our amusement!! What a great deal on that skirt.

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  31. Ellie wrote:

    I'm 99% sure I saw you at the Newbury St. H&M; today! I have a similar sweater from H&M; last year and I was trying to see how this random girl on the opposite escalator had styled it. I love the yellow with the grey skirt!!

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  32. Mary Ann wrote:

    The transformation of the skirt is awesome and I'm LOL-ing so hard at your Amish Paint job!

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  33. Anonymous wrote:

    How do you make your hair "poof" on top like that? When I pull my hair into a ponytail or a bun it lies so flat against my head =/

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  34. Claud wrote:

    wow! You look absolutely stunning Jean!
    I saw that dropped shoulder sweater at my gap and thought the color might be to bright for me (??)

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  35. Jacki wrote:

    The skirt looks amazing! Great find!

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  36. Rena wrote:

    love the outfit! I might just have to copy it! However, I got a similar vest for only $21 from F21! I also like how the skirt turned out, which reminds me that I have to hem some slack pants.

    <33 Rena

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  37. Jeannie wrote:

    Creativity + gorgeous color combo + perfect accessories = sophisticated yet simple perfection. Great job on the skirt. Love the look!

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  38. mai wrote:

    Gorgeous! Love every piece of the outfit, & lol @photoshopped picture.

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  39. CC wrote:

    love the thrifted and hemmed skirt! So cute!

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  40. Vicky wrote:

    You are so brave to get out there with your bare legs today! I'm all bundled up. Yes, tights! 🙂
    Jean, I adore this hair style that you have been donning a lot lately in your posts. And you look beautiful in neon green.

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  41. jkyw wrote:

    really love the neon yellow colour on you! and the wool skirt looks great now that it's been transformed into a mini!!


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  42. I absolutely love your sweater!

    my blog-follow me♥mfashionfreak

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  43. LOL @ the skirt's transformation from lil bo peep to chic! Love the whole outfit – including the gorgeous Aldo shoes.

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  44. LAWoman wrote:

    Do you have any hair tutorials? I love your hair style here!

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  45. newpetite wrote:

    The skirt! it looks very grey in the previous pic (love your humor) and looks brownish in the next. Is it coz of the top? Looking at this.. makes me think I can actually consider stuff which might not fit but I like and make it work with a little DIY! Thanks!

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  46. OMG! I didn't even realize that was the same skirt. LOL You did a great job. It looks great! $10 is such a steal for the skirt. : )

    I actually prefer this outfit without the fur vest..dunno why because fur goes well with a lot of things. I think it doesn't work with the top because of the colour and/or bulkiness of the sweater & vest together.

    It's been extremely chilly (for summer) in Toronto for the past few days. I haven't had a chance to wear skirts/shorts without tights in a while!! I love fall, but I want summer to stretch a little longer so I can wear all of my things. 🙁

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  47. Angie wrote:

    LOL the amish picture is hilarious. i think you could do without the furry vest. the loose sweater is perfect without it! i understand though .. it's freezing here too. what happened to fall, america?

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  48. Yukie wrote:

    Fluorescent yellow is so hard to pull off, especially without looking too cartoonish or bumble-bee-like. Amazing job on the skirt! Wish I had your sartorial finesse.

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  49. Anna wrote:

    Hahaha, that last pic got me laughing 😀

    Lovely DIY! I wish I could sew; I have a hunch that would save a lot of dough at the tailor. I also love your photo quality – how do you get you background so blurry?

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  50. It's freezing here too, down to 39! Yuck. Great job on the skirt!!

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