If you’re someone who normally gravitates towards neutrals in the fall/winter, I can definitely relate! Every year, I say I’m going to try to branch out more…but when I pulled my seasonal clothes out of storage, I realized that over half of the pieces I own are camel, gray & black. The benefit to this, of course, is that everything goes together – but the drawback is that it can get a little boring.
So, rather than resolving once again to generally wear more color, I decided to take a more specific approach. I’ve decided to choose one color each season to incorporate into my closet. This way, it won’t feel so overwhelming, and I can be more strategic with picking a shade that will seamlessly integrate with garments I wear regularly (another bonus of this method is that it will cut down on impulse purchases too!). This year, I chose rust because it works well with my skin tone/hair color and I think it will be the most versatile option for pairing with all my neutrals.
Today I’m sharing two looks from JCPenney to help show you some easy ways to embrace this pretty fall hue. As you know, I’ve been shopping their site quite a bit lately because they have such amazing sales and they carry a good mix of classic & trendy styles for less. Right now you can get an extra 20-25% off when you spend $100 or more with code FALL19!
I know leopard is everywhere this season, but the print on this skirt is so different from most of the animal prints I’ve seen lately…which really makes it a show-stopper! It’s so comfortable (thanks to the elastic waist) & I found it to run true to size – if you’re worried about the length, it also comes in petite. To dress it up a bit more, you could pair it with a simple white blouse like this one & block heel pumps.
This cozy cardigan also comes in burgundy and it definitely has an slouchy fit, so I recommend sizing down. I love the chunky knit + midi skirt combo, but I’d also wear this over a lace-trim camisole with these jeans & these ankle boots. And, later in the season, it would be so cute with this plaid scarf layered on top. More of my current favorites from their site include this balloon sleeve sweater, this tunic top, this mock neck sweater, this camel cardigan & this leopard sweater – I may or may not have ordered them all!
My favorite way to layer sweaters this time of year is to throw them on over a button-down shirt. Whether you opt for a crisp white oxford, a laid-back chambray or a classic plaid flannel, this is an easy way to add some interest (and warmth!) to your outfits. This boat neck sweater has an oversized fit, which makes it perfect for pairing with denim. I’d say this is a mid-weight knit, so it’s just the right thickness for wearing on those cooler days. I really loved the ribbed texture & folded cuffs (it comes in olive green too). I think this would also be great with an a-line skirt like this one and these peep-toe booties.
If you’re looking for a new pair of black flats, these are so chic! I love the croc texture and they are really comfortable – I didn’t need any time to break them in and I wore them all day running errands with no blisters! These would be great shoes for the office and you can’t beat the price. Other shoe options worth checking out: these loafers, these rain boots, these wedge sneakers & these slingback pumps.