Dressing for Fall

HOW TO WEAR BROOCHES ON A JACKET

The Steele Maiden: How to wear brooches on a cargo jacket for fall

Truth be told, I love a good ‘basic’ outfit. Skinny jeans, knee high leather boots, turtleneck sweater. It’s easy and always works. But I hate to feel boring when it comes to fashion, so I always try to incorporate one little signature touch to make an outfit feel unique. Adding a cluster of brooches to a jacket has long since been a favorite little style trick and I’m thrilled to see them making such a comeback this season.

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COZY FALL OUTERWEAR WITH BANANA REPUBLIC

The Steele Maiden: Fall Outerwear with Banana Republic Teddy coat and neutral turtleneck

Talk to me in 3 months and I’ll say I hate coats of any kind, but the first time I put them on each year? I love ’em. The coziness, the way you can play with layers, the mix of textures. Suddenly a sundress and sandals just seems like a distant, boring notion. So when Banana Republic gave me the chance to pick out a fresh fall outerwear combo for the season, I hit ‘add to cart’ before you can say November.

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FLORAL MINISKIRT AND VELVET HAIR BOW

The Steele Maiden: Floral miniskirt black bomber jacket and velvet hair bow

Thank goodness that winter weather from last week wasn’t here to stay (yet) and I’m able to sneak in a few more days of bare legs. Since I know that won’t last forever, I soaked up the weekend’s fall weather in this jacquard floral miniskirt and simple layers. Plus a velvet hair bow – because I can’t stop lately.

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WARWICK, NEW YORK: BOYFRIEND JEANS AND ANKLE BOOTS

The Steele Maiden: Fall foliage wearing cable knit turtleneck, boyfriend jeans and ankle boots

On Sunday, Adam and I took advantage of a rare day without plans and took a drive out of the city. We ended up in the town of Warwick, New York after stopping at a nearby pumpkin patch/apple orchard – because apple cider donuts.. obviously. It feels like the trees have barely changed here in the city, so it was fun to see the all out explosion of color happening just an hour north of us. I picked up these boyfriend jeans (or ‘Mom jeans’  as Adam lovingly calls them..) earlier in the weekend and paired them with these slip-on ankle boots and cable knit turtleneck sweater that I got for our trip to Maine.

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FALL TRENDS: OFF THE SHOULDER SWEATER

Fall Trends - Off the Shoulder Bell Sleeve Sweater

If you were following along this summer, than you know that I was wayyy on board with the off the shoulder trend. And honestly, felt a little sad about the thought of putting those tops and dresses away until next spring. Luckily for me, when fall trends started to surface I spotted the newest rendition – the off the shoulder sweater – and was relieved to find I could carry this style right into fall.

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