Romp Around

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First things first, I apologize for this blog post title. This is what happens when I write late at night. And yes, while these photos are from late September, this romper would be an appropriate outfit today, in early November, because the high was 74.

Anyway, I am like a million years late to the romper trend and I should probably have my blogger card revoked. I am rarely an early adopter, and I hemmed and hawed before deciding to keep this romper. Turns out that while not always convenient, rompers are pretty comfortable.

Here’s a tip if you too are dealing with an extended “hotumn:” buy summer items in fall colors. The mustard and darker floral print don’t look out of place in early fall and you’ll feel comfortable when it’s still hot out. It’s a simple concept, but it helps me resist the urge to pull out warmer clothes too early. Let’s be honest: eight times out of ten, I’ll dress for function over fashion. I am not the girl who sweats in her ankle boots just because it’s after Labor Day.

I’m looking forward to wearing this romper with ankle boots and a jacket before we skip straight to winter. If you’re still looking for rompers you can wear in the year (or you know, you live in Florida), here are some affordable picks that fit into that fall color scheme too!

~ Sarah
Romper: Old Navy (still available in limited sizes!)
Sandals: Target
Bag: Ross (similar)
Sunglasses: SelectSpecs (review here)

Bold For Fall

Tobi Cutout Sweater | Shades of Sarah
It seems like I’ve been posting a lot of outfits with black lately (I had to go all the way to mid-summer to find an outfit without black), but I really love how black can keep an otherwise colorful outfit grounded. This cool Tobi cutout sweater is basically a perfect match with this pashmina a friend gave me last year. Adding my cognac ankle boots and the matching side of my reversible tote is another fun contrast with my black jeans (a closet staple for me if there ever was one).

Tobi Cutout Sweater | Shades of Sarah
I know that the cold shoulder trend is everywhere these days, but I can’t get past how impractical it seems. These flirty cutouts are a cool alternative (pro tip: try wearing with a racerback bra). Plus, with the days getting grayer and grayer, I can’t resist bold colors and prints — that being said, this sweater looks more blue than purple in real life. I kept the bright theme going with this berry matte lipstick (the e.lf. Cosmetics obsession is real). I definitely recommend turning to bold hues to boost your mood and change up your wardrobe this fall.

~ Sarah

Photos by Lola

Sweater: c/o Tobi
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s (similar)
Scarf: gift
Lips: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Matte Color in berry sorbet

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Outfit Inspiration

Standing in front of your closet today figuring out what to wear for dinner tonight? I browsed through my archives and I have some last-minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas for you…

Comfy Thanksgiving Outfit IdeasColorful Scarf + Sweater + Ponte Leggings

Thick leggings were pretty much made for Thanksgiving, right? Add a festive scarf and sweater so it looks like you put in some effort. 😉

Tiered Blouse + Ponte Leggings

A long, tiered blouse dresses up another leggings and boots combo. Add a pendant or  y-necklace for some extra sparkle.


A no-brainer, but still worth mentioning! The fabric here is what makes it appropriate or not for your Thanksgiving dinner, depending on how dressy it is.

Patterned Cardigan + Jeans

Cozy and cute, but not too warm. Of course, feel free to swap out jeans for (gasp!) leggings. Think about the food!

Some other recurring themes: maroon (talk about one of my power colors), black (better for hiding stains) and comfy pants.

Enjoy the holiday, and thank you always for reading! I’m grateful for this little space, and everyone who takes the time to read my words!

~ Sarah