Mes chéries, winter is coming. Almost. New York has been getting a few cold snaps these two past weeks of November, which means there’s only so many more days I can rock my fall pieces. With that in mind, I’ve been playing with fall colors and fall fabrics like leather and suede. For this OOTD, I decided to feature my classic fall pieces along with my current favorites.
Before we get into the details of my recent favorite fall outfit, I want to give a big shoutout and thank you to a friend of mine, Kate Yan (follow her @kateyyan) for shooting beautiful photos for this post as well as some portrait shots!
This outfit is a combination of the array of pieces I’ve been loving this fall. Whether paired together or separate, each piece is unique yet versatile for a fall wardrobe. Because the top actually flares out like a slight peplum when not tucked into a skirt, I usually pair the top with white jeans or black jeans/pants for work and the same booties. My favorite part about the top is the details in the tie as well as the zipper in the back. The skirt, like any leather skirt, goes well with practically anything and is suitable for almost all occasions. It’s why I’m adamant about always keeping a leather skirt in my arsenal.
Both my top and faux leather skirt are from Zara and are still in store/online priced at $39.90 and $29.90 respectively.
Since the length of the skirt is not too short and ends about 2/3 of the way to my knees, I paired it with my favorite beige Banana Republic ankle booties (originally $130, purchased $30) as opposed to tall OTK or knee height boots. (Excuse the possible goosebumps and lack of blood flow you might be able to see in the photo 😂 It was 26 degrees out when we shot this look.) For anyone who is petite in size like me, choosing ankle booties over tall boots helps elongate your legs and figure instead of chopping your body into multiple segments between tall boots, exposed skin, skirt, and top.
To top off the look, I threw on my Calvin Klein trench coat on and accessorized with my large Salvatore Ferragamo bucket bag.
My favorite thing about this outfit is how the neutral pieces bring out the colors in this top, making it the highlight of the outfit. The colors of this shirt are so beautifully mixed and matched, the reason it caught my eye from all the way across the room at Zara. The way the forest green is juxtaposed to the burnt red-orange, mustard, sky blue, and white stripes create a festive fall aura that I love. I also love how the fabric ties around you and in the front because it creates a nice waistline when the rest of the shirt flares out on top of pants. However, if tucked into a skirt (like this one) it can tend to add unnecessary width to your waistline as it does loosen on its own. So with shirts like these, always be sure to securely tie it.
Lastly, these photos were shot at one of our favorite street corners in East Village, Stuyvesant Street. It’s covered with beautiful autumn leaves this time of the year and doesn’t directly face the sun, meaning no harsh lighting! If you ever are in the mood for a typical picturesque Manhattan stoop, be sure to visit this street! The best part is, it’s right next to some of the best cafes, dessert shops, bars, and restaurants in Manhattan.
That’s all for this OOTD, mes chéries! I hope your weekends were relaxing and everything you needed to rejuvenate for this week. Stay warm and take care of yourselves! I’ll see you in my next post.