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A fashion blog about weekend style


Filtering by Tag: Summer to Fall

Apple Picking

Jessica Wagner

Fall Outerwear

One of the things I love about living in the Mid-West is that you get to experience the changing seasons. Would I live someplace that’s a balmy 70 degrees year round? Yes. Yes, I would (this is coming from a true summer girl who is perpetually cold) but then I wouldn’t get to wear some of my absolute favorite wardrobe pieces. Cuddly coats and knit hats.

Chilly weather is peaking its pretty little face here in the morning fog and dew. Last week we were in the low 50s and I had to turn the heat on to keep my fingers functioning. With the sun setting a little earlier every night, evenings and mornings are for cozy sweaters, warm hats, and even knee-high socks, but building a versatile fall wardrobe starts with the most important layer, your outer protective covering.

Layering up with a cute comfy coat is an excellent way to enjoy the fresh air. While leather and denim jackets, vests and ponchos are great options; they aren’t as heavy or weatherproof. A practical jacket for this time of year is going to be a bit more substantial, and offer more protection if you want it to transition through to winter.  

When searching for that perfect match make sure to choose something warm, comfortable, soft and stylish. A good fit is everything. You don’t want to feel frumpy. I fell in love with this classic toggle-style coat for it’s preppy plaid trim and cozy hood. It’s warm without being too heavy, looks great with a skirt or jeans and the silhouette is fitted and flattering. Plus I adore the camel color, which is a versatile neutral.

Funny enough, it was actually a really warm evening when we visited MacQueens Apple Orchid Thursday night. Like 80! Ha. If anything it just shows you have to be prepared this time of year for the unpredictable weather. It’s a great reason to keep a few summer dresses on hand. This Madewell rustic red gingham dress is designed to hang like your favorite tee. It even has a little chest pocket and rolled short sleeves. This would be so easy to layer with a grey turtleneck underneath as the cooler months keep approaching.

Besides keeping a few transitional dresses on hand, I’ve been pulling out my softest scarves, lightweight long sleeves and snug boots. Like any true Mid-West girl, I have learned a few tricks to beat the unpredictable weather. We all know layering up, is key to keeping comfortable when the air turns crisp (and then hot!)

Besides a great coat, a snuggly hat is good to keep on hand. I love thick cable knits in black or cream for easy coordinating. Plus, hats are a great way to retain body heat for you freeze babies like me. (It’s science.) Find a cute ribbed one with a little pom on top, or a slouchy beanie goes with everything.

Now grab your coat and hat dah-ling and you are set for an afternoon of perfectly picked apples and pumpkins galore.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Madewell Filmscore Short-Sleeve Gingham Check Hat: Forever 21 Cable Knit Beanie Jacket: Thread & Supply Hooded Toggle Coat Socks: Old, (similar here) Boots: Old Necklace: Stella & Dot On the Mark Bracelet: Arm Candy Watch Michael Kors:  Sunglasses: Karen Walker Super Duper Strength Lips: Stila Beso Blanket: Anthropologie 

{Sun} Flower Power

Jessica Wagner

Free People

I have a scattering of favorite brands I like to shop, and one of them, without fail, every season, seems to encapsulate the girl I want to be and inspire my wardrobe choices.

Who is that girl?

“She’s a free sprit; a style risk-taker; on-the-go and of-the-moment; fearless and full of life; a wanderlusting lover; a bold force, a beautiful soul.” – Free People 

With so many choices on where to shop, discovering a favorite brand of clothing is a bit like biting into your favorite comfort food. Soul-satisfying. Clothing can provide a nostalgic or even sentimental pleasure. (Remember this post here?) Do you have any clothes that give you a calm, satisfied feeling? For me it's Free People (right after my dad's homemade spaghetti sauce, because, somehow I also always end up wearing it.) 

I first learned about Free People through my sister (meet her here.) Kelly works at Anthropologie, another treasured spot of mine to shop, and sister store to Free People. (Along with Urban Outfitters and BHLDN.) Probably four of my all time favorite places to score finds, for their vintage feels and creative lines. I am always looking to these brands to inspire, as they encapsulate an aura I want to have. Images of femininity, courage, and spirit come to mind. As they so eloquently put it…

“…a girl who is smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being, free and adventurous, sweet to tough to tomboy to romantic. She likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with traveling and hanging out and everything in between.”

In other words, this is a brand for free thinking individuals. It’s a great quality and relatively affordable. Some department stores, such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, have created in-store concept shops, which in turn provide the quintessential “Free People” experience. (Sadly one is not located near where I live, so shopping escapades are done on-line – mostly with success and if not, easy returns.) 

Some of my current favorites from their fall look book: quirky hats, mixing prints and bold lip colors. Velvet, military, bold hued statement sweaters, and sport savvy silhouettes are all of-the-moment looks for autumn. Vibrant and cozy. This is a brand that inspires women to take risks with their personal style.

But let’s keep it real. While the free-spirit look is ever romantic in photos and fine print, it’s not always so easy to pull off cowgirl-desert-queen riding off into the sunset on the regular. (Most of the time I look the exact opposite –– tee-shirted-straggling-aimless-wino?) So I guess when emulating this look, staying true to yourself can look different. It depends on the day, your mood. Dreamy pieces aren’t always the most practical, but they are absurdly fun to wear. 

I styled this Free People ginger gauzy tunic for warm end of summer days, (it has been rather sweltering here in the mid-west.) The open back and delicate mesh are light and flouncy, perfect for an evening out. You could throw this dress on over a bikini, or layer it with long sleeves for a very fall-look (I’ve been seeing this idea everywhere, but have yet to give it a try, as it reminds me of being 5.) A jean jacket also makes me feel like a kid again, (maybe it’s the 80s baby in me?) but is a great option for a light layer, as we get closer to cool nights.

While I know most of us can’t wait for the cool air of fall to make it’s appearance, until then, soak up the sun, kiss the breeze, and wear you 100 degree dress - wild and free.

Outfit Details:
Dress: Free People 100 Degree Jacket: Forever 21 Premium Denim Shoes: Free People Oliviera Wrap (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Bracelet: Arm Candy Lips: MAC Sin Nails: Formula X Atlantic-Pacific Taken By Storm

For those of you following along, I would love feedback! What posts have you loved? What don’t you like? What would you like to see more of? What inspires you? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below! <3

Now + Later

Jessica Wagner

Look 1: Summer

Look 2: Fall

Summer to Fall Transition

*Sigh* I wish summer would last all year long. It’s my personal favorite season. I love the sunshine and simple ease of warm-weather dressing. So how do you stretch your favorite summer duds into the cooler months? It’s a challenge for sure, but there are ways to shift a super summery outfit into something "fall-ish' and wearable during the upcoming cooler months. (Without looking like a wandering vagabond.)

I purchased this ruffled off-the-shoulder top and dusty rose maxi skirt back in the spring, with vacation in mind. These pieces have gotten a lot of screen time this season as I’ve worn this exact outfit for multiple occasions. Specifically, a romantic ocean side dinner date with my husband while in Cancun, and for a ‘splashy’ photo shoot with my sisters this past July.  <3 (As seen below.)

This goldenrod pom-pom adorned top is as spicy as a salsa dancer. It’s a warm weather hero, but it’s also a great option for fall because of its color. The OTS (off-the-shoulder) top, which has been hugely popular this summer season, is possible to transition as temps drop. Take cover in laid-back layers, by tossing on a fringe poncho, cropped jean jacket or leather jacket.

A bright and boho-inspired poncho always pairs well with ankle booties (with cute socks to keep your toes warm) and a wide brim hat. If a poncho isn’t your thing, a long cardigan or blanket scarf work just as well.

As for the dusty rose maxi skirt, it’s in a shade that also works with the warm, rich hues of fall. Mixing the right shades is key in bringing summer colors into a fall pallet. What I love about maxi skirts is how they feel appropriate for almost any occasion. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down. In this post I featured a full and billowy maxi skirt, and as you can see here, the difference a more fitted profile creates. 

Again, play around with layers. Take your favorite summer skirt or dress and slide on a pair of thick ribbed tights under that maxi, or mini. Once it feels too cold, raw-hem jeans, vintage flares or leather bottoms are also great options for accosting crisp weather.

Maximizing your summer wardrobe just takes a little remixing. That sweet floral party dress just needs an edgy jacket. Military, once again seems to be everywhere this fall. Layers are key.

Don’t forget you can always use accessories to update a recurring look. Jewelry is a fantastic way completely transform an outfit. Layer on additional necklaces, switch up your earrings. Swap out your straw clutch for something sleek with texture. And as always, add a pair of big oversize shades -- no matter what the season!

Do you have any special tricks you use to take a look from summer to fall?

Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 (similar here) Skirt: Forever 21  Lips: Nars Schiap

Look 1: Summer
Bag: Gypsy Soul Shoes: Madewell (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Necklace: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Ear Climber Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (now on sale)

Look 2: Autumn
Poncho: Francesca's Collections (old, similar here) Boots: Urban Outfitters Sam Edelman Petty Suede Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar here) Hat: Madewell Biltmore Bag: Stella & Dot City Slim Clutch Necklace 1: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Necklace 2: Stella & Dot Double Horn Pendant  Earrings: Stella & Dot Seine Threader Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (on sale)

A special thank you to my lovely Stella & Dot Stylist Hannah Creager for partnering on this post! 

Be sure to check out her instagram account here, and her Facebook page here