STYLE // Fall

7 Days of Outfits: Experimenting

November 30, 2017

Last week brought some really, really interesting outfits. Some I loved, some I was on the fence about, and one I didn’t particularly care for. We were on the road for about four days, which I had meticulously packed for. But I happened to pack on the evening of a balmy day, and my room temperature was a little higher than normal. And guess what happened? Most of the outfits I planned ended up being a tad too chilly for the weather. This left me scrambling a little to stay warm, which lead to some interesting experiments with the contents of my suitcase.


Levi’s Sherpa Jacket (Men’s S) | Waffle Sweater, c/o Everlane | Bootcut Cords, c/o the Cords | Isa Boot, c/o  Nisolo | Bag, thrifted Madewell (ethical alternative) | Necklace, Pursuits of Happiness

Monday we were still at home and I put my cord-styling skills to the test. Do you guys wear cords? Cords & Co. sent me this pair (made responsibly in Turkey), and they’re leading the charge on a so-called cord revival, and not without reason. They’re versatile, durable, casual and a nice alternative to jeans. Since I received this pair a few weeks ago, I feel like I’ve been noticing cords everywhere.

The trouble for me and cords is finding the right style. I love the ‘Mom Fit‘ but I really didn’t want another pair of cropped pants in my closet. I opted for the ‘Bootcut’ instead, and I really like the slim fit of them. BUT, I only lasted in the full 32″ inseam for about half a day before taking scissors and trimming off three inches. I like them much better at my ankles than full length or cropped. I will likely bring them to the tailor and have them taken up another inch or inch and a half.

Style Notes: There are lot of elements in this look, the hair, the necklace, the jacket, and I think I would have preferred one fewer for more a cohesive look.

Style Score: 8


 Claude Cardigan (size: S/M), L’envers | Turtleneck (M), Splendid | Jeans, Vintage Levi’s (505) via Etsy | Sneakers, Veja | Tote, c/o Cuyana

This is my favorite look of the week. I love the combo of the turtlneck and cardigan, and of course I’m always a fan of vintage jeans. I would wear this again in a heartbeat. I’m not solidly in love with these shoes. They still push on my left ankle and they make my feet look big. But they keep my feet warmer and dryer than my beloved Cons, so for now I’ll keep wearing them. This turtleneck is a welcome upgrade from the very thin one I bought from Everlane last year. I can safely wear it without an undershirt, and it is substantially warmer.

Style Notes: This look works well for me because it has a great color palette (cognac/tan/white/indigo) and it has just the right amount of vintage vibe. The tote and shoes add a modern touch to keep the vintage from feeling costume-y.

Style Score: 10


Blouse, very old (very similar, blousey option) | Claude Cardigan (size: S/M), L’envers | Pants, Jesse Kamm | Clogs, No.6

This is my pre-turkey day festivities outfit. The kids were out of school and we were about to hit the road south to our parents’. In 100% honesty, I wore these pants to remind myself not to over do it on the eating in the subsequent days. I tried hard to make good food choices, but I am pretty sure I had a food baby by Friday evening.

I love this look, again, the color palette does it for me.

Question: What color/shade of bag would you style with this outfit?

Style Score: 9 


T Top, c/o Jamie + the Jones | Jeans, Rag & Bone (sold out, like these too) | Isa Boot, c/o  Nisolo | Tidal Necklace, c/o (hidden under shirt!) use code SEASONS10 for 10% off

This looks like a really plain outfit, but right before I snapped my photo my necklace popped underneath my top, and I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this post. This look is a slightly more casual take on an outfit I styled in my Holiday Outfits post last week.

Style Notes: I planned this look with 100% comfort in mind. My stretchiest bottoms and the perfect shirt for hiding Thanksgiving food babies.

Style Score: 8.5 


T Sweater (heavyweight) c/o Jamie + the Jones | Jeans, Rag & Bone (sold out, like these too) | Isa Boot, c/o  Nisolo | Scarf, Made by Mom (pattern here)

Sporting a warmer version of Thursday’s outfit by swapping in the T Sweater. It’s safe to say, this is a major player again for me this fall/winter. I enjoyed the sweater so much last year, and it makes me happy to have it in high rotation this fall. Next week I am going to try styling it with my white cotton turtleneck underneath, for a chunky-turtleneck effect.

Style Notes: This is essentially my updated version of the oversized top + skinny jeans formula. The jeans are slim, but not skinny, and the top is oversized and a little bit unconventional.

Style Score: 9.5


Claude Cardigan (size: S/M), L’envers| British Tee, c/o Zappos | Bootcut Cords, c/o the Cords | Isa Boot, c/o  Nisolo | Bag, thrifted Madewell (ethical alternative)

This is the day I floundered and failed. I had originally planned on wearing an oversized turtleneck and clogs with my cords, but it felt too chilly for the clogs and cotton sweater. Instead I opted for boots and wool.

Style Notes: I think the place I erred the most was with the shirt. Something less white and structured would have looked a lot better. I feel like I’m channeling 2001 right here, and not in a good way. Also, I think the pants will look better after I hem them an inch or two.

Style Score: 5


Claude Cardigan (size: S/M), L’envers| Top, c/o Michael Stars | Denim Jumpsuit, REIFhaus | Isa Boot, c/o  Nisolo | Necklace, c/o Loop use code SEASONS10 for 10% off

This experiment came together a lot better than I expected. It was another cold day, so the afore-planned clogs were not an option with this ensemble. The wool socks and boots with the jumpsuit felt risky, but I liked how it all came together. Sometimes I feel like I’m living under this invisible pressure to dress like everyone else, and when I step out of it, it’s kind of scary. But it’s also kind of exciting.

Style Notes: Originally I tried this on with ankle socks, and it felt off. I opted for scrunchy wool socks instead and I love the way they fill the space between the boots and the hem of the jumpsuit, and they’re incredibly warm. I’m not sure if I’ll have the confidence to wear this again, but I certainly hope to try.

Style Score: 9

In Review:

FAVORITES: Tuesday + Wednesday.

KEY LESSONS: Always stay warm, don’t be afraid to experiment.

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  • Reply Brandi November 30, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Wednesday and Sunday are my favorites. I think the socks with the boots and jumpsuit totally work well! I’m going to have to try that. For Wednesday’s outfit, I’d imagine a purse in the same color family as your clogs would work well – burgundy/red/oxblood – but then again I never carry a purse so you probably shouldn’t listen to me, ha!

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:16 am

      You don’t carry a purse?! Do you have a giant wallet? Or I am actually guessing it’s because you’re in diaper bag mode! I think an oxblood purse is a great idea.

  • Reply Koyuki November 30, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Hilariously, Saturday is my favorite!

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Hilarious indeed! Maybe I’ll have to re-think my assessment.

  • Reply ThatGirl November 30, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Man, all of these outfits are fab! I would do an oxblood bag with Wednesday’s outfit. As always, I super love your vintage pieces that aren’t for sale/replicable :) It’s good motivation for me to keep scouring the thrift stores!

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Thank you! I love thrifting. I rarely have time to do it, but it’s so fun, and I have found some wonderful items over the years. I love appreciating pieces from eras gone by, it’s sort of romantic :)

  • Reply Bev November 30, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love that you used your Kamm pants as a reminder not to over eat :) I found myself at Thanksgiving dinner in high waisted 100% cotton jeans and was a little worried! But all of my pants are high waisted so I guess now I have to live with that haha.

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:23 am

      It’s the modern day corset. 😆 I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Bev!

  • Reply Anne November 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I love Wednesday’s outfit! The combo of the delicate-ish top and heavier bottoms is something I would wear, I have a similar shirt actually and wear it both casually and in work/biz-cas environments. I feel like you could do a steely/light blue or a dark green color, depending on season, leather would dress it up but you could also do a different fabric or slouchy shape to make it more casual.

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:24 am

      Great ideas Anne!! I especially love the idea of a slouchy bag!

  • Reply Justina November 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Sunday and Wednesday are my favorite looks! That burgundy shirt and jumpsuit combo just looks so comfy and I think it looks awesome.

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Justina! The jumpsuit is one of my very favorite items, it’s so comfy!!

  • Reply Heather November 30, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I really like Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Seems like a successful week of dressing to me! I think Sunday’s look is fun and you should definitely repeat the scrunchy socks with boots, it’s warm and adorable.

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:29 am

      Thank you Heather 🙌🏼. It was fun to try new combos. I’ll think I will repeat the jumpsuit/boots/socks combo!

  • Reply Kris December 1, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Like all the looks – like you, Sat is my least favourite! Questions about the Claude cardigan – would you recommend it to other? Soft and not itchy?

    Tks so much – enjoy ypur blog and appreciate all the work you put into it!

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:34 am

      Hi Kris, I absolutely would! It’s a bit pricey, but I feel it is a very functional and classic piece. I am expecting my cost per wear to be quite low. As for texture the wool is about what you’d expect, soft but still a bit ‘wooly.’ I’ve worn my sweater with short sleeves underneath and was comfortable. However, I do not tend to have any skin sensitivities.

  • Reply Ophelia December 2, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Well, you DID snap Saturday’s photo leaning up against a Washer Dryer! Maybe that’s souring your eye! (and that’s just the kind of stuff I do too!) haha!

    I like the cords and I think you look nice on Saturday–you’re too hard on yourself! A 5!!??

    I love cords–jeans are so COLD against the skin in winter. I forget that every year until it actually gets cold!

    I love the sherpa jean jacket too!

    • Reply Andrea December 2, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Haha! You are totally on to something! It was really hard to find a good place for a picture on that day, and it was soooo rainy outside. I like the cords. I’m just trying to figure out if I want them to have a raw or a finished hem.

  • Reply Shelbi December 2, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Andrea, I love all your casual outfits. You are the queen of casual! I really loved your Sunday outfit by the way.

    • Reply Andrea December 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Shelbi!! And yes, I am very into casual! Portland is such a casual place, and I don’t have an office job, so I’m sure those are huge factors. ><

  • Reply Emily December 5, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    This is one of my favorite outfit posts of yours – you look awesome in all of these pictures (even Saturday)! Thanks for the style inspiration – reminds me that my small-ish closet can work harder than I think it can! :)

    • Reply Andrea December 6, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      It’s my honor Emily! And yes, your closet (and mine!) can always work harder than we expect!!

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