Transitional Weather Uniform

As much as I like (nay, love) summer, and the nice weather associated with the season, there’s nothing as sartorially inspiring as fall, when my entire wardrobe comes alive with possibility. Rich jewel tones that feel too visually heavy in 90-degree heat now seem perfectly appropriate, as do plaids and animal prints.

All of this renewed sartorial freedom also reanimated my shopping bug, which laid mostly dormant this summer: as a result, I have been shopping all the sales, and am excited to share a few that I have been shopping this week:

♥ Take 20%-25% off (almost) everything at Shopbop until tomorrow (09/27/19) night with code STOCKUP19. The Tory Bruch Logo Jacquard Traveler Scarf featured in this post is eligible for discount. My picks:

♥ And until 09/29/19, shop the Tory Burch Fall Event: spend $200-$499, and receive 25% off; or spend $500 or more, and receive 30% off. List of exclusions here. My picks:

Happy shopping!

Travel Uniform (Tory Burch Traveler Logo Jacquard Wool & Silk Scarf Review)

The Tory Burch Traveler Logo Jacquard Wool & Silk Scarf featured in this post is one of my favorite purchases from this summer. The super soft, 70% wool/30% silk fabric drapes beautifully and is the perfect weight for transitional weather. For logo-phobes, the logo jacquard print is faint (especially in the “ivory”), and adds just the right amount of visual interest.

At 54″ L x 54″ W, it can be worn as a shawl, but is lightweight enough to wrap around the neck without feeling cumbersome.

If you like this scarf but isn’t a fan of the Tory Burch logo, many designers offer similar options that you might consider: Louis Vuitton Monogram Shawl; Burberry Monogram Jacquard Silk & Wool Scarf; Salvatore Ferragamo SL Gancio Jacquard Logo Silk & Wool Scarf; Valentino Grid Logo Jacquard Silk & Wool Shawl; Longchamp Le Pliage LGP Logo Square Scarf; MCM Logo Monogram Jacquard Scarf; Givenchy Jacquard Scarf; and Fendi Logo Silk & Wool Scarf.

Buy the Tory Burch Traveler Logo Jacquard Wool & Silk Scarf at Tory Burch, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Zappos, Neiman Marcus, or Bloomingdale’s.

Weekend Uniform

I like to describe my own style as “classic with a twist,” and what it entails is taking a classic (i.e., basic) combination and tweaking some of the elements to jazz up the look.

Take an outfit comprising staples like a striped top and skinny jeans, which is my go-to for getting coffees or having brunch with friends; it serves as the foundation on which you are free to innovate.

I’ve been “elevating” this reliable combination by pairing it with the colorful tweed topcoats that I picked up last fall, and choosing footwear with gleaming hardware. To winterize the outfit, you can replace the base with a chunky sweater and fleeced-lined jeans.

Quay Australia My Girl 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses in Tortoiseshell/Brown || Zara Sweater with Buttons (size S; sold out online) || J. Crew Oversized Topcoat in English Herringbone Wool (size 0P; I feel this style runs half a size small, so size up if you intend to wear bulkier sweaters with the coat) || Madewell Transport Tote (reviewed here) || Gap 1969 Skinny Jeans (current version here) || Sam Edelman Loraine Bit Loafer (reviewed here)

Below are two iterations of a similar base outfit:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Summer Work Uniform

Most commercial air-conditioning systems are dated, as they are often designed for a different time, and for worst-case scenarios. After years of slowly raising the thermostat, my office is now cooled to a clement 74 degrees, and a light blazer will normally keep me sufficiently warm (and productive).

The Open-Front Sweater-Blazer, which I’ve featured several times before, is perfect for transitional weather and is also suitable for less aggressively air-conditioned offices. I own three of them, and always keep one on hand should I ever find myself starting to freeze.

This reliable (and versatile!) sweater blazer is now on a moderate sale in four colors online, and is an extra 50% off with code BIGGESTSALE. (Only petite sizes are on sale.)

And here are a few more picks for J. Crew‘s extra 50% off sale:

Happy shopping!

Winter Weekend Uniform (+ Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Waterproof Boot Review)

It’s finally starting to feel like winter; that is, no amount of scarves, gloves, and fleeced tights can make me feel warm when walking outside. I’ve also decided to continue my outerwear search, this time widening the scope to include puffers. Stay tuned for more reviews.

J. Crew Chateau Parka in Stadium Cloth (reviewed here) | Gap Stripe Boatneck Sweater | Gap 1969 Legging Jeans | Kate Spade 2 Park Avenue Fabric Lux Small Beau Satchel | Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Socks | Sorel Winter Fancy™ Lace II Boot

I’ve been borrowing my mom’s copy of the J. Crew Chateau Parka because I find the reddish brown color (J. Crew named it “Heather Chestnut”) so surprisingly versatile (and easier to care for than the easily dirtied Dusty Ginger, which has been dry-cleaned twice in the last month).   

About my boots:

I am the proud owner of Sperry Duck Boots but wanted waterproof shoes that were a little warmer for the winter. After trying on a number of styles, I finally decided on the Sorel Winter Fancy Lace II Warm Waterproof Boot, which were generally well reviewed for snowy conditions (though perhaps not suitable for blizzards).

PRICE The Sorel Winter Fancy Boots retail for $150 and are typically excluded from store-wide promotions; the most consistent discount I’ve seen on this style is 25% off (Both L+T and the Sorel website offered 25% off discounts on Black Friday/Cyber Monday, with Amazon quickly following suit).

SIZING These boots run about a half size to a full size small. I normally wear sizes 6.5/7, ordered these in size 7, and found that they fit well with thick boot socks; though, if they were even a hair smaller I would’ve considered going up another size. Reviewers online warned that the style felt narrow and most people elected to size up (depending on the person, between a half size and a size and a half).

COMFORT I have only worn these boots with Smartwool hiking socks and at most have walked about six miles in them, without experiencing any discomfort or pain. I thought they were fairly lightweight (compared to Hunter boots), extremely comfortable, and require no break-in period.

I turn to these boots on cold, wet days when Ugg boots (very warm but not waterproof) are insufficient and when there isn’t enough snow on the ground to warrant putting on Welly socks and Hunter boots. I find that they are perfect, when worn with the right socks, for “normal” winter conditions—above freezing temperature and somewhat wet,
slippery roads (though you must exercise caution when walking on wet, smooth metal

Buy them from Sorel, Zappos, UO, Bloomingdale‘s, and Lord + Taylor in three colorways.

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