Cardigan Crush

Patterned Tobi Cardigan for Fall | Shades of SarahHi Autumn, nice to see you again… at least for now. As far as I’m concerned, ankle boot and cardigan season is more enjoyable than peacoat and riding boot season. Speaking of cardigans, after seeing these swingy, print cardigans around for a couple years, I finally have one in my closet thanks to Tobi.

Patterned Tobi Cardigan for Fall | Shades of SarahFall is my busiest season for my social calendar, between homecoming, cider festivals, apple picking and other classic fall activities. This means that I need want comfy and cute clothes that works for all of the above. So good thing this “school crush” cardigan goes with everything.

Patterned Tobi Cardigan for Fall | Shades of SarahMy first instinct is always to keep things simple. Black jeans and ankle boots (these are new and so comfy!) to go with the cardigan, and then a maroon sweater for some warmth and a seasonal pop of color. I couldn’t resist adding a wine colored lipstick either. And of course, a pendant necklace, my necklace style of choice.

Patterned Tobi Cardigan for Fall | Shades of SarahAnyone else crushing on cardigans this fall? Or is there another trend you’re totally digging?

~ Sarah

P.S. Thanks for the photos, Chrystina! Visit her blog for all your party planning needs.

Cardigan: c/o Tobi
Top: LOFT (similar under $50)
Jeans: Old Navy
Ankle Boots: Kohl’s
Necklace: Borrowed from Chrystina
Lips: e.l.f. Cosmetics Lip Matte Color in wine

Indian Summer

Indian summer

  • n. a stretch of sunny and warm days during late autumn

Also known as my favorite time of year. It looks like fall but feels like late spring, what could be better? It’s also usually my last chance to bare my legs and play with light layers before autumn really hits.

Silk Scarf, Utility Jacket, LBD | Shades of Sarah

A little black dress + utility jacket + print silk scarf is nothing new, but it’s a classic for a reason. (See Katie rocking this outfit formula earlier this year here.) I especially like that my jacket brings out the green in my printed scarf. The scarf and lace cap sleeves are pretty girl, but the jacket and the neutral colors keep it grounded. And the clogs are just typical me at this point!

Silk Scarf, Utility Jacket, LBD | Shades of Sarah
Actually, Philly, we can probably dial down the humidity now.

Anyone else still stretching their summer wardrobe? It’s November in a few hours, so I’ll probably have to switch exclusively to tights and jeans. The clogs and falling leaves can stick around, for now.

~ Sarah

P.S. Much thanks to Julia for the lovely photos!! Get in touch with her if you need a photographer in Philly!

Dress: Walmart (similar silhouette)
Utility Jacket: Forever 21
Scarf: Anne Klein, thrifted (cool print under $25!)
Clogs: Old Navy
Tote: Nordstrom (reversible!)

Cool Girl

Leather Jacket, LOFT shell, skinny jeans, ankle boots | Shades of Sarah

True story: I’ve wanted a leather jacket for years. Leather jackets were made for fall, but so many of the leather jackets out there were too “moto” for my style. Who knew that I would find “the one” at Clothes Mentor? And let me tell you, leather jackets are worth the hype. Dresses, jeans and a tee — this jacket adds a cool vibe to everything.

LOFT shell, pendant necklace | Shades of Sarah

One of my favorite ways to wear it? This LOFT tank works great with patterned dress pants, but it’s way more fun with jeans, a leather jacket and tough ankle boots. A cool boho pendant necklace and wine-colored lipstick, and this outfit totally feels like a cooler version of me. (Those buckled boots by the way? Yet another awesome Clothes Mentor find.)

And because I want you all to try consignment shopping to find your inner cool girls, I’m giving away not one but two $50 Clothes Mentor gift cards! Two winners will be announced on Friday, October 28th — U.S. readers only, sorry! — but if you can’t wait, you can find a Clothes Mentor near you here (there’s over 130 stores!). You can enter with the widget below — good luck!

~ Sarah

Tank: LOFT c/o Clothes Mentor
Leather Jacket: c/o Clothes Mentor (similar)
Necklace: my mom’s, Marshall’s (similar)
Jeans: GAP Factory
Boots: Delia’s c/o Clothes Mentor (similar)

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