Autumn Essentials Part 3: Fall Patterns

Autumn Essentials Part 3: Fall Patterns

If you know me or have visited A Grim Sense of Style before, you’re likely shocked to see Part 3 in this series revolves around patterns…we all know I’m obsessed with neutrals!

BUT there is a time and place for everything and if you’re like me, you will find this fall season the perfect time to introduce new items into your wardrobe!

Fall Leopard Print 1

Because I know what it is like to not always love the way you look in certain patterns, prints, and colors I’ve challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone this season and find those I DO love to wear.

Can we do this together?

I have curated a collection of fall patterns in a variety of styles suitable to every wardrobe so we can conquer our fear of prints together!

Autumn Animal Print

Leopard

Okay I know I JUST stated that I never wear print (and that is true); however I should have said I never wear print UNLESS it is leopard.  For as long as I can remember I have LOVED to wear leopard print, and I am so pleased at its popularity this season!  I didn’t waste any time kicking off fall fashion early in a leopard print dress for SS19 Fashion Week, and haven’t stopped wearing the print since.  Certainly for Fashion Week my choice was a bit more bold where as on a typical day I prefer a more subtle dose of leopard.  I love that these Design Lab leopard print denim (they are currently on sale for $23!) add texture to this look but in a delicate way.  The print is subtle enough that even paired with the color blocking of this duster jacket it remains classic.  This look is perfect for both a casual work environment as well as a weekend of shopping in the city!

Python

Though is it more popular this season, leopard has always been a go to print for women.  However, python is the latest animal print trend hitting the scene this autumn season! Unlike leopard print, I personally find this pattern to be best suited for my wardrobe in the form of shoes and boots (I am still kicking myself for passing by the python boots I discovered on clearance last season but was too afraid to rock!!! Moral of the story, never let fear stop you!) Here are some understated but fierce ways to confidently wear python print this season.

Fall Floral

And if I’m being honest, I’m loving more than just animal print this season!  Here I go again with the shock factor…I NEVER wear floral, BUT I am loving floral in autumn shades for fall.  Whether full on floral prints in tops and winter dresses (hello Autumn Essentials Part 2!) or floral embroidered denim, fall floral is the perfect combination of femininity and fierceness!

BONUS: Fellow style blogger (and RACHEL!!!) at RAW Design Blog has also curated a list of patterned autumn essentials BUT on a very specific budget.  Check out her fall wardrobe suggestions in her Falling for Fall on a Budget collection here.

So what do you think…can we rock these prints together?  What is your go to print for autumn?  Or what pattern do you feel most confident in throughout the year?

Be sure to follow my blog and subscribe to emails to catch the other unbeLEAFable (see what I did there?) fall essentials I have planned for all of you (with a BONUS Halloween post coming soon)!  Stay up to date with my latest feel-GREAT tips when you subscribe to emails from A Grim Sense of Style, follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Autumn Essentials Part 2: Winter Dresses

Autumn Essentials Part 2: Winter Dresses

GOOD NEWS-Alongside Part 2 of my Autumn Essentials collection comes much more “Fally” weather!  Leaves are lining the streets of the city, and fall fashion is ruling the sidewalks like a runway.  We are living in perfect temperatures where sweaters and light jackets can be worn without sweating like crazy or shivering from the cold…and this is reason number 76,982,345 dresses are my go to for fall!

On the same fall shopping spree at which I scored my go-to fall blazer from Part 1 of this series, I stumbled upon this dress.  I was hesitant to try on this sweater dress because…well…it’s a sweater dress and I found myself asking “are sweater dresses even cool anymore?”. 

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Autumn Essentials Part 1: Boyfriend Blazers

Autumn Essentials Part 1: Boyfriend Blazers

Can we all agree we are living in the best season of the year?  On an average day the temperature stays between 60 and 70 degrees, both a sweater and shorts can be worn in the same day (but not together of course), and there is less sweating waiting for the subway (notice I say LESS sweating).

LOVE fall and know you all do as well!  But one thing is for sure-I’ve heard from many of you that fall is simultaneously your favorite yet most difficult season to style.  That seems so unfair seeing as half of feeling your best is looking your best!  So to keep fall at the top of everyone’s list, I’ve put together the autumn essentials styling series.  Featuring my fall favorites, this series focuses on pieces that are interchangeable between business casual and weekend wear.

And the best news is, YOU’RE ALREADY HERE so let’s get started…

Fall Wardrobe Essentials Blazer 1

You may recall from my jumpsuit confessional that I am ALWAYS hot (I know, gross right?), so I love the cooler temperatures and breeze of fall.  But the season’s super cool mornings followed by scorching afternoons are more common than not.  That is why my NUMBER 1 essential perfectly interchangeable between work and play this season is the boyfriend blazer.  This total GIRL-POWER style blazer is a layering essential transitional from morning to evening, from dressier work events to casual happy hours, and styled perfectly with a top and bottom or even a dress! Also notice this look is styled with jeans seeing as many of you are able to wear denim for work (LUCKY), but I have included options for those of us not so fortunate, too!

Fall Wardrobe Essentials Blazer 2

As if this blazer is not perfect enough on its own, layering with this basic dressy Express tee completes the style.  Both super trendy and lightweight, this top provides breathability beneath the blazer.  It is also still professional when worn alone and can dress up a casual weekend look as well!

Be sure to follow my blog and subscribe to emails to catch the other unbeLEAFable (see what I did there?) fall essentials I have planned for all of you!  Stay up to date with my latest feel-GREAT tips when you subscribe to emails from A Grim Sense of Style, follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Sneakers & The City

Sneakers & The City

Isn’t it funny how people often know you’re on your way to your dreams before you do?  I vividly remember telling my coworkers in Philadelphia I was moving to New York City, and conveyed my excitement  but expressed more nerves than anything.  And I will never forget when one of my coworkers said “who are you kidding, you’ve KNOWN you’re meant to be there!  New York is YOUR place!”

and to tell you the truth, I haven’t looked back since.

During the years spent dreaming of being a New Yorker (and by years I mean YEARS!) I lived for visits to the city as well as for reruns of my all time favorite show, Sex & The City.  I spent college nights living vicariously through Carrie as she trotted down Manhattan streets in Manolo Blahniks while planning my next outfit around the latest New York trends.  Flash forward and just as my coworker said, New York has since become my place where those day dreams are coming true!

But since becoming a New Yorker I’ve discovered a harsh reality…

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