This is another one of those outfits comprised of all basic pieces, but the mix of patterns and layering of textures keep it from being boring! Each one of these pieces (some very old) are versatile staples for both work and casual wear, so I’d highly recommend similar items for any fall wardrobe:
1. Camel brown blazer: Classic with a hint of prep, this neutral piece can be worn over blouses with trousers or pencil skirts for work, or dressed down with jeans and boots for casual wear. Mine is the shorter schoolboy fit from a few years ago, but I’d love a longer-length one (I think longer looks visually better with pants or skinny jeans) as well.
2. Neutral flats: I can’t seem to stray from neutral flats, but they’re just the most flattering on shorter legs! My neutrals range from lighter beige to this richer brown color, which I like bringing out for cooler seasons. When I wear heels, I often keep a pair of these lightweight flats (see picture below with this outfit) in a small plastic bag, tucked away in my purse for changing into. I have these BP ones in 3 basic colors and wear them on heavy rotation – please note from my past reviews that these have pretty much no cushioning, so I go half a size up and add my own inserts from Target or the drugstore.
3. Navy ankle pants: slimming and flattering, these stretchy pants are comfortable for all-day wear, and the length of the new Sloan-fit are perfect with flats and heels alike. I also love this particular style for travel, since they aren’t too snug and don’t stretch out throughout the day.
4. Navy pumps: a pointed toe silhouette with slim heel is classic and sleek. Navy pumps are versatile for year-round wear, as they’re also easy to pair with navy tights in cooler weather for a leg-lengthening look. Mine are old Zara but I tried on the Ann Taylor one’s linked, and they are pretty much an exact dupe and fit true to size.
5. Striped turtleneck tee: lightweight layering piece to add a hint of pattern to outfits. The turtleneck and longer sleeves also shields jacket collars and sleeve cuffs from perspiration, dirt or makeup, thus helps prolong the # of wears between dry cleaning for outer layers ($$ which can add up!).
6. Patterned scarf: pick prints in the color families that you wear the most often. This one incorporates blue and burgundy, both of which I love for fall. For a dressier and office-friendly look, look for narrower, rectangular shaped scarves instead of oversized square blanket ones (which I adore, but they have a very Eskimo-on-a-frozen-tundra effect ; ).