I love nautical inspired fashion and a crisp white and navy palette is an easy way to add a hint of that, even in the cooler weather. This polka dot down vest is my go-to piece to make my outfit a bit more interesting. [This vest features last year's pattern, but Lands' End replaced it with a similar version.] Even though the only colors represented in this look are white and shades of blue, it is far from boring.
Pattern mixing adds value to a simple color palette and if you are unsure of your pattern mixing abilities, working with fewer colors increases your chance of success. Basically this is an easy way to look great without all the stress.
This look is perfect for a casual fall Saturday because the individual pieces are comfortable, the layering gives options in case of a temperature change, and everything is machine-washable. Oh yeah, and it also looks fresh and effortless. Lots of fall activities are seasonal photo-ops so it is important to choose an outfit that makes you look and feel great. I bet you can't visit a pumpkin patch without having someone try to take a photo of you holding a pumpkin.
So when you need an easy, no-fail outfit for the weekend, grab basic denim and a long sleeve tee and amp them up with a patterned scarf and down vest. You'll stay warm, feel comfortable, and be ready for any fall photo moment.
I don't regularly post outfit of the day pictures, partly because my photography skills are subpar and partly because I don't like being in photos. However, I do occasionally take outfit photos, so today I am sharing some of my favorite looks from last month. (I apologize in advance for the poor photo quality.)
My other favorite way to add color is with a fun, patterned scarf. I rarely buy solid-colored scarves and I love patterned tops so my outfits have a fair amount of pattern mixing. One of the keys to mixing patterns is to be confident. If you don't look comfortable in your clothes, then people are more likely to look at the pieces with a critical eye. If you hold your head high and walk with your shoulders back, then people will assume that you are embracing a trend they are not yet privy to.