Early Fall Casual Style: Transitional White Jeans + Camel Hat

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ASTR top xs, J.Brand jeans sz 24 in demented (no hemming needed), Hinge felted wool hat, Madewell mini transit bagSteve Madden heels sz 5

I won’t get too ahead of myself, but my favorite season in New England is nearly upon us! The evenings here are getting more crisp & cool, and the shops are already filled with all sorts of yummy pumpkin and apple aromas. To dress for this transitional period, I like mixing colors and textures of next season in with my summer pieces. These white jeans, for example, have been a staple (see them styled here, here, here) and I certainly don’t plan on packing them away post-Labor day! By adding an Autumn-hued top, a wool hat and open-toed booties, the look becomes fall-ready while appropriate for our temps now.
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The shape of this shirt borrows a bit from both bell sleeve tops and capes, two silhouettes I love. It’s in regular sizing but the length is petite-friendly, hitting right at my hips.
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I picked up this Hinge camel hat last year and it goes with so much! The same brand makes a few similar styles this year including a wool panama (23″ inner circumference) and a floppy wool one (22″) that comes in 6 colors, including a beautiful tea rose. If you live in a wind-prone area, be sure to check out my older post on how to keep hats securely on your head.
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When it gets too cool for exposed toes, I’d also wear this outfit with my BP trolley booties (runs about half size small) from Nordstrom which have been a staple year after year. I also wanted to share some current dupes I found there for older shoes that I often wear and get questions about!

– The BP luminate sandal now comes in brown suede and looks very similar to my sold out Ann Taylor heels. Suede sandals in a rich neutral color are the perfect transitional shoe, not to mention are flattering on the legs! These run true to size and are a very comfortable height.

Tory Burch Minnie flats are the child of their signature Revas and Tieks’ foldable travel flats, both of which I have and like (although the Revas need some major breaking-in, as many of you know!). I’ve only tried the Minnies on in-store, so not for a prolonged period, but they felt so much comfier than the Revas right off the bat. The leather was a nice thickness but still felt soft and smooth, so I’d definitely recommend these in lieu of the notorious Revas.

– The Steve Madden Irenee sandals are back in stock starting in 5.5, in some gorgeous suede and nubuck colors for late summer / early fall. These are a close dupe for my numerous block-heeled low sandals from past seasons.
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Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post!


34 thoughts on “Early Fall Casual Style: Transitional White Jeans + Camel Hat

  • Reply Unknown August 24, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Hi from Bangkok, Thailand!

    I'm not a big fan of floral prints but I really like this look of you. Stunningly gorgeous!

  • Reply Jessica | Style Prescription for Busy Petite Professionals August 24, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Jean, thank you for the reviews with Nordstrom. I really appreciate the mention of the Tory Burch Minnie travel flats, I love my Tieks ballet flats and didn't know Tory Burch also made foldable travel flats!

    You look amazing in this felted wool hat; I've been thinking of getting a fall hat but I live in Los Angeles and don't know how versatile it would be.
    ~Jessica | http://www.petitestylescript.com/

  • Reply A.B August 24, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I love the whole look, especially the hat 🙂

  • Reply Joiaching August 24, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I love it! Omg this outfit is so good I can't pick one as my fav!

    xo Margaret

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  • Reply Dressed With Soul August 25, 2016 at 2:39 am

    Wow, I really adore your early fall casual style! Especially the blouse is a dream!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Daria Lukianchuk August 25, 2016 at 2:39 am

    like this outfit. looks awesome

    My blog

  • Reply Neeltje | Thoughts in Style August 25, 2016 at 3:37 am

    This is such a lovely outfit! X

  • Reply Ev August 25, 2016 at 4:19 am
  • Reply Vanessa Nguyen August 25, 2016 at 4:28 am

    So in love with that floral print and the autumnal vibes!

    Vanessa / http://www.nessngyn.com

  • Reply Kellie August 25, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Hi Jean!

    Thank you for another lovely post! I recently discovered your blog and as a recent grad who just started her first "big girl" job- I really appreciate the style inspiration!

    I would really appreciate it if you wrote a career-related post about your success in your career, insight on woman leadership in the workplace, etc. I would love to read what you have to say! Thanks Jean and I look forward to future posts!

  • Reply Anonymous August 25, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I rarely see people who try to style white bottoms as a fall look actually create a look that is fall appropriate, but you pulled it off here Jean! Although I have to admit I'm not a fan of the cape sleeve, the pattern and color is lovely.

  • Reply BW02 August 25, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Love the colour of the top on you. Your pants remind me that I need some different coloured jeans for fall!


  • Reply Julie Hiller August 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

    I love the sleeves on that top! Super cute and boho chic.

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply Charlotte August 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I absolutely adore this look!! The colors go so well together! And I was finally able to find my size for those mules. I've been checking the site out few times a day to see if my size pops up again and it did! I also got the hinge hat last week and I'm just patiently waiting for it in the mail now. I love the color you have, didn't see it on the website this year though. But I got a grey one and it's nice to see that the brown goes so well with your hair color and skin tone too. I was afraid the brown will make me look even more "yellow" (I'm Chinese and don't have fair skin either lol). Thanks for all the recommendations. I feel like I just buy stuff from your blog now. Your reviews are great and always on point! Thank you so much Jean!

  • Reply affecionada August 25, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Fall is hands down the best season in New England!

    Jen | affecionada

  • Reply Emily August 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Such a cute look!

    Baubles & Threads

  • Reply tinastaipei August 25, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Jean –
    Love your blog and your style! And also love how you include Nick – my other half has definitely benefited from that! 🙂 Just wondering, what are your top nail polish picks for weddings? What did you wear at yours?

  • Reply Tatiana August 26, 2016 at 5:22 am

    Hi Jean,
    I've searched your blog up and down but can't seem to find if you've ever done a fit review for Madewell tees. I see that you usually wear them in XS, but I'm considering XXS (same measurements as you). Can you tell me why you choose the size you do? Thanks!

  • Reply Rachel August 26, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Simply beautiful and it is perfect on you!


  • Reply Anonymous August 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

    White Jean with the Camel hat looks Classy 🙂

    EileanVon Lautz from Paris 🙂

  • Reply Yeimy Ceballos August 26, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Considering the Steve Madden booties…are they comfy??

  • Reply Rosa Fairfield August 27, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Love this outfit, I've never thought about transitional fall outfits before.


  • Reply Jo @ CutandChicVintage August 27, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I love that top! With the white jeans the color really pops. Stunning!

    Jo x

  • Reply Steffi August 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Will you do a review of your Tieks? You haven't referenced them before this post, and I'm curious to know if they're as good as so many say they are.

  • Reply Charmy August 28, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Really wish I snagged those Steve Madden's at the time of the nordstrom sale!!

  • Reply Fashion Fills Your Heart August 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    So in love with this whole look!


  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Hi Steffi – I received a pair from them as a gift many years ago and use it as a travel or commuting shoe, and sometimes bring it in my purse to weddings to change into afterwards! My main problem with it is the round toe shape, since I prefer flats to be pointed or almond toe. They were very comfortable out of the box and didn't require breaking in – the leather is soft and the elastic doesn't dig into your feet like TB revas. The soles are two pieces of thicker rubber (so it can fold in half and be travel-friendly) and are flat, so probably not suited for those who need a lot of arch support. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Given how high they are, I find them to be pretty comfy due to the block heel!

  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Hi Tatiana – I originally took the xs in the madewell tees for a more looser casual fit, but eventually found the xxs to fit the best so that's the size I buy now. I love these tees and wear them all the time. They have just the right amount of slouch, and I like the little pocket and V neckline. If the neckline is too low, you might be able to shrink it down a bit in the machine washer & dryer.

  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Aw thank you! I'll definitely have to pass your feedback along to encourage Nick to keep making appearances ; )

    I went neutral for my wedding – in general I'm always wearing pinkish nude or a creamy white. My closest salon doesn't have a lot of gel options, but I usually pick OPI Tiramisu for Two or Be there in a Prosecco. Neither are perfect so recently I started asking for a mix of those two (I have the latter applied first in a layer, and then the other color as a layer on top).

  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Hi Charlotte – thank you for your kind comment! I'm so glad you were able to snag the Steve Madden mules…as you can see I've definitely been over-wearing them a bit, but they just go with everything. You sound just about all set for fall in your new hat & booties : )

  • Reply Jean August 31, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hi Kellie, congrats on graduating and starting your first job! It's a huge milestone : ) I've bounced around quite a bit in the workplace, from a large corporation to a startup to a smaller boutique firm, and now finally working for myself. I think everyone has a different definition of success in the workplace (personally I believe I have a long way to go), but you pose some really great topics that I'll be sure to think about for potential future posts. Best wishes again in your new job!

  • Reply Shelly D'Aleo September 14, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Jean! I've been loving your blog since I found it about a month ago! I am in desperate need of a fantastic pair of ripped jeans for fall. I love these white ones, but am more looking for a blue jean with a dark wash because I have more athletic shaped legs than you do and like the slimming look. I am willing to invest in a nice pair that are super comfortable and can go with just about anything! What do you recommend? If they had this white jean in a dark wash, I'd be sold, but I don't see it online! I'm just under 5'2 and weight 115. I think I'm generally a 25. I have a tiny waist, but more muscular thighs so I have the hardest time! Please let me know what your best recommendation for me would be. I've been searching your blog for the right pair for hours now 🙂 Thanks! LOVE all of your content and am so glad to have a petite focused fashion blogger to follow now!

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