Dressing for Fall

BEST OF: FALL BOOTS, HEELS AND FLATS

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

Is it just me or are Fall shoes the absolute best? Rich suede boots, fun little flats and the most decadent heels – I’ll take them all over sandals any day. As we speak I’m trying desperately to cram every last pair in my suitcase (did I mention Adam and I are headed off on a big trip Thursday night? Be sure you’re following on Instagram to see where we land!), but since I can’t take them all.. I figured I’d leave you with all of these to swoon over.

BOOTS & BOOTIES

From patent ankle booties to suede sock boots to slouchy knee high versions, Fall begs for a new pair of boots. Stick to versatile neutral shades and look for special details like wood heels or a touch of shearling.

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

SNEAKERS & FLATS

Embellished, plaid flannel, leopard print – sneakers & flats are more fun than ever this fall. Use them as an exclamation point on an otherwise casual outfit.

The Steele Maiden: Must Have Fall Boots, Heels and Flats

HEELS

Get ready for party season in pearl-studded, velvet ankle-strapped, or fire-starter red heels.

 

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FALL FLORAL MIDI DRESS WITH OLD NAVY

The Steele Maiden: Fall Floral Maxi with Old Navy

I think I’ve been dreaming of this dress subliminally since about July. There are a million dark floral dresses out there for Fall but some are too bright, too fancy or too busy. This one is like the Goldilocks of fall floral dresses. Just right.

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It has long sleeves and an elastic waist (meaning it’s as comfortable as they come, even after all the apple cider donuts I ate before we took these photos) and the print is even better in person. I’m not lying when I say no less than 5 people complimented me on this dress since I got it. Also would be lying if I said I hadn’t already worn it 3 times since I got it last week. It’s going to be great layered under a suede jacket or over a thin knit turtleneck too once the weather gets chilly. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you – it’s from Old Navy which means the price is right.

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Old Navy Floral Midi Dress and Suede Mules c/o

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HAT STYLES TO TRY THIS FALL

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

If you’ve spent any amount of time reading this blog than you likely already know that I really like hats. A summer straw version, a knit beanie in Winter.. you name it. But Fall is really my favorite time to wear a hat. And this season in particular has some really fun new silhouettes that are worth trying out. They’re an easy way to add some personality to your basics and an affordable way to feel trendy without making any big investments. In short, you’ll be seeing me in plenty of hats again this Fall and I don’t want to be the only one having all the fun. Here – my favorite styles:

THE WOOL FEDORA

Classic tan or with a fun pom, you can’t go wrong with a flattering wool fedora

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE FISHERMAN’S CAP

Pair it with a chunky sweater and windblown waves for a nautical inspired feel or a sleek low ponytail and mini skirt for a 1960’s inspired mod moment.

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE BERET

Nothing has the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of a beret in the Fall. I’ll be pairing mine with a fitted knit turtleneck or stripes. Trés bien.

 

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE BASEBALL CAP

A classic that can feel preppy or sporty depending on how you pair it. Plus, no easier fix for a bad hair day.

The Steele Maiden: Fall Hat and Hair Accessories

THE HAIR ACCESSORY

And one last option in case I still can’t convince you of a hat. Hair accessories are the prettiest alternative.

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3 MUST HAVE COATS FOR FALL TRAVEL

The Steele Maiden - 3 Must Have Coats for Fall Travel

This past weekend, Adam and I took a last minute trip to Rhode Island. I’d only been to the state once before (to Providence in the depths of winter.. so I had a lot to make up for) and Adam had never been – so we were excited to jump into Newport on a crisp Fall weekend and expand from there (full travel guide coming soon!).

We were only in Rhode Island for about 36 hours in total so I did my best to pack light. And while Fall is one of my favorite times to travel, it can definitely be tricky to know exactly what to bring with you. In one weekend alone we had chilly mornings, warm sunny afternoons and a few hours that were windy with heavy rain. With that in mind, I teamed up with Lands’ End (one of my favorite sources for all weather outerwear), to share 3 must have coats for Fall Travel.

The Steele Maiden - 3 Must Have Coats for Fall Travel

1. THE PUFFER COAT: Heavy enough to keep you warm on brisk Autumn mornings, but lightweight enough to add layers and easily roll into your suitcase or weekender bag, the puffer coat is essential. I love that this one feels as pretty as it is practical with a roll collar and floral print. Even more fun when you mix it with classic stripes.

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2. THE RAINCOAT: Tucked in your car’s backseat or your carry-on, if you’re headed out of town this Fall you probably shouldn’t leave home without a raincoat. This one is super thin so there’s no excuse not to bring it along and I can’t tell you how happy I was to have it when it started pouring and we were still a quarter mile from the car.

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3. THE TRENCH COAT: A completely season-less, wardrobe staple the trench coat is perfect for a million situations including your Fall travel. Not only is it a great in-between weight (not too light, not too heavy), a trench coat works just as well with jeans and a sweater as it does with a cocktail dress and heels. Meaning you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck and space in your suitcase.

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MONOCHROME NAVY: PLEATED MINI SKIRT AND PATENT LOAFERS

The Steele Maiden: Navy Monochrome - Pleated Mini Skirt and Patent Loafers

To me, navy has always been the new black. Maybe it’s because of my complexion or light hair and features – but black has always felt somewhat harsh to wear all over for me. Navy on the other hand has a slight softness, but still feels classic and chic.

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