fall's arrival

it's officially fall here in raleigh...at least it has been the last two days. the weatherman tells me it's supposed to get back to the 70's by tuesday so i guess i can't put my shorts away quite yet. oh, well. you win some, you lose some. 

with the arrival of fall comes the habit of layers. hallelujah, hallelujah. 

the best way to layer? belt it, girl. especially when wearing a loose top and an open sweater. i have a lot of flowy, loose-fitting tops and sweaters because i love the look of belting them. notice how you can see that i do, in fact, have a waist when wearing this open sweater? it's the belt! it also adds some visual interest to the outfit, which is always a positive. [ i even layer my jewelry! on my neck and wrist!]

and notice that the sweater hits me at the perfect spot, just above the booty. depending on where the sweater hits you, it can look like a sweater (see below) or a weird is-it-a-dress-or-a-long-sweater-thing sweater. i try to avoid those because, well, they're kinda weird unless you wear them right.

pants: Loft, olive green
top: Lucky Brand outlet, white
sweater: T.J. Maxx, navy blue
shoes: Rack Room Shoes, brown
belt: target, brown
stone necklace: Elisabeth Ashlie Jewelry

and don't forget to enter my giveaway, found here! you have until tuesday!


  1. Very cute outfit - and I love your hair!

  2. Love this look- black & white is my fave color combo :)

  3. Thanks for the tips! I have been wondering about the long style of sweater / dress. I am only 5' 2'' so I felt that it made me look especially short so I didn't make that purchase. Later I found an open front sweater in just the color and length I wanted! Perfect find!
    Question: what is your opinion of belts worn as normal with jeans? My problem is after about an hour of wearing my jeans the stretch out a bit and sag. So rather than continually pulling my pants up my thought is to wear a belt. I used to wear belts all the time in high school but that was 10 years ago (aaahhh I feel so old!) it was cool then. maybe that's why I'm not sure now. Most of the shirts I wear cover the waist line of my pants but is it bad to have the little bump from the belt buckle? What's your advice?
    Thanks again!

  4. Krissie - i used to wear belts all the time too back in middle school but don't wear them much anymore. but i know what you're saying about your jeans stretching out. don't get me wrong, i LOVE that denim now has a little stretch too it [so much more comfortable] but it is a pain when they stretch after the 2nd or 3rd time wearing them and you have to wash them again. as for belts, the best suggestion i have to avoid that awkward little buckle bump is to move the belt over one belt loop so it's more on the side of your pants. it may sound weird, but if you have the belt buckle to the side, it doesn't stick out nearly as much as it does when it's in front! also, look for belts with pretty flat/simple buckles. the flatter the buckle, the smaller the bump. and the best kind of belt would be the wide belts that are fairly thin...they'll blend well with your pants and you won't have as noticeable of a line as you would with those skinny belts. hope this helps! and thanks for reading :)

  5. a little stretch to it, not too it...oops!

  6. Lauren, Thank you so much! I love the idea of the buckle on the side. It's kind of a unique look too! Thanks for your help!
    BTW, I didn't even notice the to/too mistake. :)


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