Fall Colors

LA is a city best known for palm trees and not, unfortunately, trees that give off a vibrant and dazzling display of autumnal colors each fall. A trip to the Northeast in the fall (I'm thinking Maine or New Hampshire or someplace along those lines) to see some REAL autumn foliage is definitely on my bucket list. Still, I would typically spy at least a few neighborhoods with some decent deciduous trees while driving around this time of year, often stopping to take some pictures. This year I haven't noticed too many, or maybe I just haven't been driving around as much, but I nevertheless find myself gravitating towards fall colors in my wardrobe choices. Banana Republic sent me this top and boots in such perfect fall-ready colors, so here I am in an outfit of varying shades of brown, green, and orange. It's definitely one of my favorite color palettes, and there's no better time of year to be wearing it!

Shoulder bow top in Chai Spice, c/o Banana Republic. Wedgie Icon jeans in Midnight Rain, Levi's. Suede Canton boots in Spanish Olive, c/o Banana Republic. Suede-effect jacket, Zara. Small Faye shoulder bag in Intense Green, Chloé (on sale!)

My Four Must-Haves For Fall

So it's a little late in the season now, considering that winter is right around the corner, but I've realized that there are a few basic wardrobe pieces that I've been reaching for repeatedly lately and decided to do a post on them. I'm wearing them all here and the combo of these four has more or less been my failproof fall outfit formula. They are:

1) THE DRAMATIC BLOUSE: Ruffled details are everywhere this season and I happen to love a bit of ruffle action! However, if ruffles are a bit too frilly for your tastes, blouses with neck-tie details or some bell sleeves are really great choices as well. Basically, I think it's a great time to be a blouse-wearing woman because there are so many pretty options out there. Totally addicted with this green one from H&M (sold out already but there are still some sizes left in off-white) currently. It's such a gorgeous, feminine piece; perfect for the holiday season, and this dark forest green shade is my current OBSESSION.

2) VINTAGE-CUT JEANS (preferably black): No secret that I've been all about the mom jeans lately, and in the fall and winter I always reaching for black-colored bottoms. Different shades of blue denim go in and out of vogue but black never fails! And it just looks more polished. I already wrote about how much I love my black Levi's Wedgie Icon jeans in this post.

3) SUEDE JACKETS: I think I prefer the look of suede to leather because it's much softer and less "tough" looking. Real suede also tends to be more affordable than real leather as well, so it's less of an investment. The only downside is having to beware of rain! I scored this one on sale from Mango a few months ago, felt a little iffy about it at first, but now that I've gotten into the habit of wearing it, I absolutely love it! The color makes it such a great fall piece.

4) MULES: The Gucci Princetown loafers have been a huge hit this season, with tons of similar "inspired-by" styles available! I, however, don't really gravitate towards such masculine pieces, but these bow flats from Zara really appealed to me. I find myself slipping my feet into them literally all the time, it's just way too easy. I was wearing slides all summer long, but with the seasons changing some close-toed action is necessary so these mules were perfect. I have major heart eyes for Prada's pretty version as well but decided to save rather than splurge.

What are the pieces you've been continuously reaching for this fall?

The Sweater Coat

My collection of coats is very small, since LA weather is hardly ever right for a coat. The coat-like sweater, on the other hand, is something I can fully embrace. I've been on the hunt for a longer, thicker sweater such as this and finally found it at Zaful. Pleasantly surprised by the thickness and non-itchy factor, considering the price tag of $23. Yup, you heard right. $23!

Now I know it can be a little scary ordering from some of those China-based fashion stores (Romwe, Shein, Choies, ChicNova, etc). If prices seem too good to be true, often times, they are. I mostly get stuff from those shops for free since they are always looking for bloggers to promote their stuff. But, after some negative experiences, I mostly avoid those shops if I can help it.

However, I spent some time browsing Zaful's site and they seem a bit more legit than the rest, as I didn't really notice any of the usual red flags. Furthermore, they have a whole Instagram Feed of girls looking good in their clothing, and the Satisfaction Guarantee helped to put my mind at ease (all dissatisfied customers will be offered unconditional resend or refund for orders under $50). I ordered another top as well, and overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the ease of the transaction and the items I received.

Long cardigan, c/o Zaful. Floral neck-tie blouse, Zara (sold out). Selvedge mom jeans, Levi's Wedgie Icon in Foothills. Cap-toe kitten pumps, Zara. Small Faye crossbody in Intense Green, Chloé.

Black and White is Always Right

It's the oldest color combo in the book, definitely one of the simplest, yet still one of the chicest: black and white. I've been loving my mom jeans lately and I'm always reaching for black jeans when fall/winter roll around, so I decided to get a pair of Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit in Midnight Rain. Unlike my other pair of Wedgie Icons, these are a lightweight denim with some stretch to them so they are super comfortable and forgiving. I also can't stop buying white blouses lately--as long as they've got flirty or dramatic details such as lace-ups or ruffles. This one has both but I tie it up tightly so that it doesn't reveal too much. Scored it on sale from Nordstrom for less than $50! A flirty blouse tucked into a pair of mom jeans is sort of my fall uniform lately.

Lace-up ruffled blouse, Wayf. Wedgie Icon-fit jeans, Levi's. Chevron-flap Boy, Chanel. Leather slides with bow, Zara Watch, Larsson & Jennings.

The Non-Functional Scarf Accessory

Like many style bloggers, I'm a huge fan of scarves because they can be such a powerful, outfit-making accessory. Unfortunately, scarf season is nearly non-existent in LA--seriously, blink and you'll miss it! So today I am introducing the non-functional scarf accessory. This skinny lace scarf is simply too dinky to provide any warmth; it's purpose is purely decorational. Neck-tie details have been trending the past few seasons, especially when paired with blouses. I see myself wearing this simple one (i.e. instant classic) I got from Forever 21 a lot as it makes a perfect blank canvas to build upon.

As for the moto jacket, I'm sure you've seen it before. I first noticed it at Nordstrom last spring but they had trouble keeping it in stock before I could bite the bullet. It's a real suede jacket for less than $200! Now it's back for fall in plenty of colors and I've noticed a lot of other retailers are carrying it too. I ended up getting mine at Bloomingdale's recently when they were having their "private sale" and I'm quite happy with the fit and feel of it. It's seriously a fall must-have, and I'm still considering picking up another color! I'm wearing an XS and it fits perfectly.

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Autumnal Tones

When I was a kid, I remember it being pretty chilly by the time Halloween rolled around. My mom always made me wear a long-sleeved shirt and tights under my Halloween costumes while I went trick-or-treating, much to my dismay! The past few years however, have been a different story. Whenever I've taken my nephews and niece trick-or-treating, I distinctly recall being bare-legged and yet still working up a sweat. If that's not evidence of climate change, I don't know what is. Currently, LA is experiencing yet another heat wave. They are simply a way of life here, so as a style blogger I have to figure out other ways to give a nod to "fall." Dressing in various warm brown tones is a surefire way to get the job done. Almost everything here is from Free People.

Lace-up denim skirt, Free People (currently on sale with all sizes in stock!) Long-sleeved cami, Free People (similar here. Fringed slides, Sol Sana via Free People (sold out). Suede bucket bag, Violeta by Mango (sold out).