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Style Guide: How to Stay Comfy & Chic This Fall

After a work week filled with client meetings and networking events, my off-duty attire must be as comfortable as possible. And while I love laying around the house in yoga pants, at some point it is necessary to put on some real pants ;)

Flat booties, turtleneck sweaters, and ponchos are just a few pieces I love to wear on days when a pair of stilettos aren’t required. Here are several ways to style these items so that you can stay comfy and chic this fall.

 

THE PONCHO

I will admit - I was a late adopter to the poncho trend, but now that I have conformed I am SO glad that I did. My favorites are those with fun colors and patterns because I find that solid ponchos can make you look a little boxy. I love the way Jenna has hers casually draped over her long sleeve T and jeans. This is a great way to add a chic element to your look!

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1. FRAME Skinny Distressed Jeans 2. SPLENDID Cotton-jersey Top 3. MADELEINE THOMPSON Cashmere Wrap 4. TOM FORD Cat Eye Sunglasses 5. ZOE CHICCO Wrap Ring 6. MEL BOTERI Taylea Faux Python Suede Fringe Leather Handbag 7. SOREL Wedge

 

THE LEATHER JACKET

While a leather jacket may seem like a more formal cover up, it is one of my favorite pieces to throw on with a casual look. I am notorious for wearing mine over gym clothes on my Saturday Starbucks trip! 

Cathy's burgundy jacket is a perfect example of how to make a statement over her casual jeans. (PS: For more on how to wear burgundy click here!)

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1. FRAME Skinny Distressed Jeans 2. ETRO Silk-chiffon Blouse 3. GANNI Leather Jacket 4. DIOR Sunglasses 5. TREASURE & BOND Pave Ring 6. MEL BOTERI Black Saffiano Leather Emmy Convertible Clutch 7. NATURALIZER Fringe Bootie

 

THE TURTLENECK

Turtleneck sweaters are a recent obsession of mine. I even wore one on a recent date night! There is something sensual about being literally covered up from the neck down. Plus, they keep you extra warm on those unexpected chilly nights. 

Courtney has paired hers with a short skirt and over-the-knee boots... I am officially obsessed!! 

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1. ISABEL MARANT Blouse 2. ARMENTA Stacking Rings 3. RAY-BAN Aviator Sunglasses 4. STUART WEITZMAN Over The Knee Boot 5. NIXON Bracelet Watch 6. GORJANA Stud Earrings 7. BOURBON AND BOWETIES Bracelet 8. MEL BOTERI High Gloss, Black Lizard-Print Leather Watson Tote 9. DEREK LAM Suede Mini Skirt

 

THE COZY CARDI

Is it even possible to say the word cozy without thinking of a cardigan?! I admit - I have way too many cardigans in my closet, but I honestly wear them all. Jesse's is super cute paired over a short skirt, and I love the uniqueness of her style with fringe all over the front and back!

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1. CHAN LUU Embellished Scarf 2. L'AGENCE Silk-chiffon Blouse 3. QUAY AUSTRALIA Cat Eye Sunglasses 4. 3.1 PHILLIP LIM Bomber Jacket 5. MEL BOTERI Taupe Snake Print Emmy Convertible Clutch 6. ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Lace-up Boots 7. BENG Mini Skirt

This time of year it's enticing to just throw on some cozy sweats or workout gear, but I want to challenge everyone (myself included) to step up their casual-wear game. Hopefully, these looks will help ;)

Cheers to a chic week ahead!

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