Check Mate: How to Fake Fall Style When it’s Hot

Happy first day of Fall! Here in the Lou, our weather hasn’t received the memo. It’s been in the upper 90s all week. No worries though. It might feel like summer outside, but there are cool ways to ease fall elements into your style. Bring on the fall plaid!

Fall plaid trend

Plaid blouse c/o Venus | Ankle jeans c/o (similar) | Backpack

Booties (similarsimilar, similar, similar) | Lip: Mac “Rebel”

If fall runway trends are any indication, plaid is the must-have print of fall. And, I’ve found some of my favorite plaids from Venus, one of my brand partners, in the past. Remember my plaid cardigan? I was excited, then, to see the new plaid pieces for this season. And, Venus didn’t disappoint. Enter this fabulous, off-the-shoulder, plaid, tie-sleeve top.

The navy base of this plaid top is such a rich color. The material is lightweight and flowy. The top also has adjustable straps, but I tucked them away to wear it as an off-the-shoulder style. I’ll likely remove them because I doubt I’d ever wear the straps. The smocked hem at the top of the shirt keeps it in place. No need to constantly adjust like is sometimes necessary with similar tops.

My ankle skinnies from DENIZEN® from Levi’s® (seen first here) are one of my favorite pairs of jeans this year. Orbit color? Bomb! Ankle length? Perfect! And, ankle length bottoms paired with booties make for an ideal combination on this shorter woman.

I purchased my Madewell back for travel. I wanted a ‘personal item’ that was easy to carry and could hold my laptop and photography equipment. But, I’ve been getting so much wear out of this beautiful bag. I take it everywhere! From running to the mall or to an appointment, I take this backpack everywhere.

Location: South City, St. Louis

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How to Refresh Your Go-To Summer Basics for Fall

It’s still fairly hot in St. Louis, but I’m already over my summer clothes. You too? I’m ready to embrace fall, and more importantly, fall style. Instead of running out and buying all the new gorgeous styles in stores, though, I’m refashioning some of my go-to basics. With a few styling tweaks, my oldies feel fresh for the season.

Remember my gingham shirt, a year-round staple, worn with shorts in this post? What about my light-wash ankle jeans (seen before here)? Well, today, I’m giving both items a fall style makeover. To do this, I’m drawing inspiration from the boys.

Gingham shirt | High-waisted jeans (similar) | Loafers c/0 Pic & Pay (option)

Fedora | Belt (similar) | Lip: Mac “Rebel”

Translating Runway Trends into Your Wardrobe

I love the menswear-inspired trends for women this fall. From the power suit (see how I work that trend using $30 jeans here) to other dapper styles. And, with one new addition, a sharp fedora, a couple of my go-to summer basics can evoke that kind of flavor.

Gingham shirt? Check. High-waisted ankle jeans? Check. Together? They make magic, especially when the shirt is tucked in to create a polished and refined look.

And, the finishing touch? A super old skinny belt that ties everything together.

How are you making your old favorites feel fresh for the new season?

Location: South City, St. Louis

Summer Basics Fall Style

Brave Fall Weather in a Power Red Coat

It might still be hot outside, but it’s never too early to starting thinking about coats. When I walked into J.Crew recently, I spotted the Daphne topcoat in boiled wool in bright red.  I was immediately drawn to it because of the stunning color. It comes in a real red, a power red. I tried on this power red coat and declared it my go-to coat for fall. Read on to find out why.

Red topcoat | Stripe top c/o | Black high-rise jeans | Gold oxfords

Sunglasses | Lip: Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

J.Crew took a chance on this Daphne topcoat. It’s an unlined, lightweight coat. It comes in a new fabric called boiled wool. And, the coat has raw edges. I’m so glad I got to try this on in person because initial online reviewers weren’t fans of these features. Me? I love ’em!

You see, this topcoat, unlined and all, is like a super cozy layering piece. The sleeves roll up as easily as those on a sweater coat for added fun with styling. And, the boiled wool fabric? I’m so here for it. I have a wool sensitivity, which makes wool feel like a million needles prickling me when against my skin. I don’t get that feeling when wearing this coat at all. Boiled wool, where have you been all my life? The fabric also has a rugged as opposed to a smooth look.

Power red Coat

As you can imagine, I’m also a fan of the raw edges. I like my classics with a little grit, you know what I mean?

When I initially saw the coat online, I didn’t think I would like the buttons (because of their positioning). Surprisingly, I do. The coat looks amazing when closed too. By the way, this coat fits true to size. I’m wearing it in a size 4. Because its so cozy, I could also wear a 2 for a more fitted look. That kind of fit didn’t seem best since I’d be using this as a layering piece.

I own J.Crew’s bulkier cocoon coat (see me rock it here and here). Love it too! This style has a much sleeker fit.

And, finally, have you seen the red on this beauty? The color had me at hello. It’ll go with all of my fall faves, from dots to stripes.

Styling a power red coat:

Simple, Sophisticated, and Seductive: This Bodysuit is Everything

Don’t you just love it when things you love become trendy? The options become plentiful allowing you to be particularly discerning in your choices. When I spotted the Venus long sleeve lace up bodysuit (shop it here for $39), I knew it would be the perfect occasion top for fall. And, it is!


Bodysuit c/o Venus | Jeans | Pumps (old J.Crew style)

Clutch c/o Chameleon Goods (use code STYLE15 for 15% off)

The bodysuit is a simple lace up style that packs a lot of punch. It’s sophisticated in all black with long sleeves and a high neck. That lace up detail in the front though? It’s totally sexy! I’m wearing it today with high-rise black jeans. To dress it up, I would rock it with a long, flowy bottom. Hmmm…I think I might wear it like that for an upcoming fashion show, so stay tuned for that.

This jumpsuit has a beautiful open back with a key hole closure at the neck. I was so smitten by the lace up front that I forgot to capture the stunning back. By the way, this bodysuit fits true to size. For reference, I’m wearing a size small.

Location: Central Library, Downtown, St. Louis

For more bodysuit style inspiration, check out this post.

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Matchmaker: African Print Pants Meet Sweater Vest

I did a little shopping when I attended Festival of Nations, a huge international festival in St. Louis, a few weekends ago. I bought a few summery African print pieces primarily for my trip home in December. One of the items I purchased, however, is a cool pair of African print pants that I figured I could make work for early fall. So, here’s how I’m styling them right now.

African print pants

Tank | Sweater vest (option) | PantsMahnal earrings | Mahnal choker

I absolutely love vests as transitional pieces. Read more about that in this post. So, when I decided to give these pants a fall vibe, a vest was my first choice. And, luckily, I had a sweater vest in a complimentary olive hue. See this vest also worn here.

Digging my glasses? They’re fake, of course. I found them in H&M, y’all.

My jewelry is by Mahnal, a St. Louis-based, handmade jewelry line. If you’re in the St. Louis area, stop by the Makers Mart on Sunday to shop the jewelry and so much more. Save $5 on your tickets to the event by using the code “ECONOMYOFSTYLE“.

Location: Construction site in Dogtown, St. Louis