Before the fall’s crisp air takes its wintry turn for the unforgiving, we delight in the season’s vibrant palette. We answer its call for sumptuous fabrics with heavy wools, classic tweeds, and soft-as-air silks. Autumn is a time that lends itself beautifully to texture and layers, each outfit’s elements echoing a need for comfort and warmth as well as style.
But it’s easy to get carried away this time of year: Wool cloches, cashmere scarves, coats with sweeping collars, and chunky knit sweaters seem to call to us from store shelves. How often do we look longingly at yet another pair of riding boots, or classic black dress boots, thinking that they must be the pair to finally round out an autumn wardrobe?
To help us see the versatility in our own everyday wear, we called in Sara Visser, the stylish city girl behind the blog Project Soiree
. Working with one pair of suede ankle boots, she styled three ensembles perfect for the office, the after-work bar, and a weekend spent in the city. Read on for a peek inside her closet and a lesson in how less can often be more.
“This outfit works for just about any [business casual] environment,” says Sara. “The classic pencil skirt and wedge-heel boots are a perfect pairing for the city.” For her nine to five, Sara gives the focus to her skirt, choosing a silky black peplum top and matching opaque tights. The boots play off the lighter colors in the skirt, and a classic beige trench makes the whole look come together.
Suede ankle boots
For an after-work drink, Sara keeps it simple: slim black pants and a silky striped blouse make the perfect complement to the day’s suede boots. “I love this look for a happy hour, because it’s chic and the stripes are timeless,” she says. Sara keeps her trench coat on hand for quick and chilly dashes from the office to the bar.
Slim black pants
WEEKEND IN THE CITY
A cozy cape in a classic black and white pattern makes for a chic and easy outfit in which to run about town. “I love wearing this on the weekend because it’s comfortable and easy to wear when it’s just starting to get cold outside,” Sara says. To make certain her cape doesn’t come off looking like a draped blanket, Sara adheres to these simple rules: stick to the basics, she says. A thin shirt and slim jeans round out her ensemble, and a skinny belt gives shape and versatility to the outfit.