capsule fall outfits remixing

colorful fall capsule | two ways to wear teal tie-waist trousers

One thing that I somehow forgot to mention in yesterday’s post was that I have a new personal style ID! After deciding a couple months back that Playfully Classic didn’t quite fit my lifestyle anymore (I’m leaning more towards comfy pants than fit and flare dresses these days), I struggled to find something that captured who I wanted to be when I got dressed as well as the choices I’ve been making when I shop. Then, it hit me (while I was taking a shower, because where else do great ideas come from?).

My new Personal Style ID: Fashion Magazine Editor Goes to Brunch

You like? I just feel like it gets at the heart of exactly how I want to be seen and, more importantly, how I want to feel. Fashion editors are most likely to lean towards fashion-forward pieces and have an interesting style perspective. When I looked at some of my favorite style icons, like Teen Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth, the inspiration totally made sense.

The second half of the ID is almost like a caveat. Fashion editors have plenty of occasions to get all dressed up for, but red carpets and movie premieres aren’t exactly on my social calendar. What is on my calendar, however, is brunch. I love that brunch can call for super casual or gussied up looks, leaving me lots of room for interpretation. My general approach to outfits these days involved getting a little overdressed and then making a style choice to dress it down or putting together a causal look and adding something to make it special. Either way, all of my outfits are brunch appropriate and thoughtfully styled.

With that said, it’s time to dive into the first two outfits of my colorful fall capsule challenge! I think both of these capture my new ID particularly well.

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trousers: ASOS (more colors) // shirt: & Other Stories // jacket: Madewell c/o Shopbop // flats: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar) // purse STRUT (similar)

photos by Chelsea Francis

In the spirit of Feel Good, Dress Better and intuition-based dressing, I want to share the feeling prompt I used when putting together this outfit.

Prompt: Stylish and Smart

I wore this first outfit to my Feel Good, Dress Like a Boss event last week at ESPEROS and it was exactly the confident boost I needed to moderate a panel about my own dang workbook.  Since the panel was about fashion, I obviously wanted to bring my personal style A-game, but I also wanted the audience to take me seriously since I was talking about the workbook. I think this look totally fit the bill!

This is actually the outfit I had in mind when I decided to buy these pants! I was excited about the color combination and I’m glad my suspicions were confirmed. I tend to stay away from traditional neutrals (black, navy, grey tan) in my wardrobe and instead prefer to treat other colors as neutrals. Teal was a shade I thought would complement a large portion of my closet, so I’m glad I chose it for my first pair of these magical ASOS pants!

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trousers: ASOS (more colors) // blouse: Forever 21 (similar) // shoes: Loft (similar) // purse: STRUT (similar)

photos by Chelsea Francis

Prompt: Feminine and Sophisticated

This yellow blouse was the last addition to my capsule. It’s one of my main closet workhorses, especially in the cooler months, and that shade of yellow just can’t be beat. I’m pretty obsessed with this color combination. When I first put it together, I wondered if color blocking like this was a little passé, but honestly I felt too cute to care.

While the first outfit has a more casual approach to brunch with the stripes and denim, this look might be more appropriate for a bridal brunch celebrating a friend’s upcoming wedding or possibly a networking event with catered brunch. Either way, I’m excited to take this little number out for a spin!

Which outfit is your favorite? What colorful fall capsule item do you want to see remixed next? Floral trousers? Button-front skirt? Cropped wide-leg jeans? Let me know!

P.S. Here’s another graphic for your Pinterest needs 😉

tie waist trousers two ways

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