Fall Swaps

Fall is the perfect time to make simple swaps to upgrade your look! Just because it’s one of the coziest seasons, doesn’t mean that you should be sacrificing style for sweatpants. Here are three simple swaps to keep you comfortable, yet stylish though the fall!

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1. SWEATPANTS FOR CHINOS

Slip your sweatpants on when you’re at home watching your favorite show, cuddled up with blankets and a good glass of wine. Consider the days of them seeing the streets done. Sweatpants are often way too wide and unflattering to your body. They’re made with heavy, thick material which creates a frumpy and disheveled look. The good news? You can be just as comfortable in a pair of chinos without looking like you just woke up. Chinos are lightweight and soft, so you aren’t sacrificing comfort, and they’re tapered throughout the leg which gives a clean, fitted silhouette. Here are a few tips to pick out the perfect chinos:

  • Wear them two inches below your belly button (right above the hip bone), which will give you a long, leaner appearance AND if you tuck a shirt in, it creates a clean, even tuck without excessive bunching of the fabric.
  • There should be one to one and a half inches of fabric on either side for tailored fit that still allows movement.
  • Length-wise they should have a half-inch to no break naturally - no tailor is needed for these types of pants.
  • The pants should gently kiss your foot or if you want to roll them up, a touch longer is okay.
  • Color is your friend! Burgundy, navy, olives, golds - play with colors that compliment the season.
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2. SWEATSHIRT FOR LIGHTWEIGHT SWEATER

Sweatshirts are often frumpy, bulky, and to be frank, just messy. They shouldn’t be part of your go-to daily look because you deserve to wear clothing that makes you feel your best. The right V-Neck sweater can be just as comfortable. If you pair a super soft fabric (like cotton or cashmere) with a button-down shirt, you instantly will look like you’re fresh out of GQ. Here is your go-to guide for picking out the best type of sweater:

  • The tip of the “V” shouldn’t pass your armpits.
  • The opening of the “V” should be just wide enough so that your shirt collar tips stay tucked in - anything wider gives a sloppy appearance.
  • Shoulder seams should line up as close as possible to the end of your shoulders (not
    passed them or it’s too big).
  • Your sleeves should lightly hug your arms throughout - loose sleeves make you look heavier than you are, and sleeves that are too tight makes it look like you shrunk your sweater.
  • The proper sleeve length hits at the bend of your wrist. Slightly pull up the sweater sleeves so that 1/4 inch of your shirt sleeve underneath is exposed.
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3.ATHLETIC SNEAKERS FOR LEATHER SNEAKERS

I know it’s hard to let go of your favorite pair of running sneakers that you’ve had for years. They may even have some holes in them that remind you of years of fun while wearing them. Keep those memories safe in your closet and let’s make some new ones with your new go-to fall/winter sneaker. Leather is no longer just for your work bag, dress shoes or jacket. It’s now made as a soft and flexible casual sneaker. Here’s how to rock this type of shoe:

  • Go minimal. No crazy patterns, no crazy designs, just a clean leather sneaker. This will allow it to be a great day-to-night transition piece.
  • Stick to low-top vs. high top sneakers to achieve a dressier look.
  • Look for a round-toe vs. pointed-toe. This is a cooler, trendier look, and a round-toe is a more modern way to wear any shoe.
  • Start with the basics: brown, black, white - there are lots of dyed leathers you can play with (like my blue pair below) but start with the basics that go with everything to introduce this style into your wardrobe.
  • BONUS: Wear fun socks (argyle, polka dot, festive leaves) so that if you kick off your sneakers at some point during the upcoming holidays, you still look styling!

Dress Sneakers

 *This post is sponsored by Zappos

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Around this time of year, I start getting excited for the change of seasons mainly for one reason: fall fashion. As much as I love the summertime, I equally love the fresh, new style that Autumn brings. In fact, I’m guilty of ordering shoes mid-summer in anticipation for September. And I love playing with footwear. So what’s a trend I’m excited to rock this fall? Pairing a dress sneaker with a more formal outfit is top of the list. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the look of crisp Oxford dress shoes or Chelsea boots, but I also love that just by simply pairing a dress sneaker with a formal outfit, you instantly have an effortlessly cool look.

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When I saw this black leather sneaker from Rockport on Zappos.com, I knew I had to snatch it up. I love how the Oxford-inspired pattern gives the shoe a formal look, while the white sole keeps it playful and fresh. The shoe is a limited edition style to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the DressSports Collection and it does not disappoint. They’re extremely flexible, which is great for running around the city in, and even are made with truTECH, a comfortable technology system that adds long-lasting cushioning in the heel all day long. There is an anti-friction performance lining in the shoes which reduces heat inside the shoe for a cool, more comfortable shoe experience, and the heel is designed to provide additional support. I was surprised to find out that this style, Rockport Dressports, were the first type of shoes created with this type of athletic technology, dating back to 1983. As someone constantly on the go, I truly value footwear that looks good, but also keeps my feet supported all day long.

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I’m always on the hunt for great footwear, especially shoes that don’t break the bank. Zappos never fails in helping me find exactly what I’m looking for. They have free shipping and a 365-day return policy which is hard to come by these days. Being someone who constantly likes to switch up my style, Zappos couldn’t be more helpful in helping me do just that (or fueling my footwear addiction). Whether I pair these Rockport DressSports with chinos, wool pants, or even a suit, I’m excited to experiment with this new trend all season long. Just remember - go for a leather sneaker because it keeps your outfit in the “dressy” category. I look forward to seeing your dress sneaker style this fall. 😊

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