Outfit Inspiration: Autumn Layers


Clockwise from Top Left, Scarf: Large Wrap similar (Nordstrom, $249) Sweater: Maison Martin Margiela Wool Cardi ($408) Tee: Tissue Tee ($27) Skirt: River Island Leopard Skirt ($38) Bag: Liquorish Doctor Bag ($62) Belt: Black Bar Belt ($28) Bracelet: Classic Link Bracelet ($88) Bracelet: Kors Deco Link Bracelet ($175) Ring: Satin Gold Flower Ring ($55) Sunglasses: Marc Jacobs Petite Round Sunnies ($98)

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I chose this outfit for two reasons, a) I love how cozy and comfortable it looks and b) I like that you could swap out the leopard skirt for a pair of jeans or camel trousers or colored pants and have another great outfit.  I also love how chic it looks even though the pieces (with the exception of the aforementioned leopard skirt are pretty basic).

Also, this outfit illustrates a simple but important fashion lesson: necklines look best when they match.  Here, we have a v-neck tee and a v-neck cardigan.  So before you wear that crewneck tee with your v-neck cardigan, ask yourself, would this cardi look better v-neck?  The answer is very likely yes.

As for the leopard skirt, if you want to wear one you need to keep the rest of the pieces simple.  This outfit mixes a palette of neutrals, which works well.  But you could also try a teal peplum top if you wanted to push the envelope a bit.  

If you really need a pop of color, like I-can’t-live-with-all-this-brown need, try a red handbag instead.  And as for the shoes, I would recommend black booties or chocolate brown pumps.  



  1. Mrs Type A says:

    I love this entire outfit– especially the wrap! Gorgeous for fall.

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  2. Leanne says:

    Belle, this might be one of my favorite posts. So simple, so chic, so comfy, which is exactly how I like to dress. Most of these pieces are affordable, too. Thank you, as always, for lovely lunchtime reading!

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  3. CE says:

    This whole look is amazing. I don't know how I've never noticed that about matching necklines, but thank you for saving me from another fall/winter of neckline horror!

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  4. Betsy says:

    This is beautiful, but the sweater is sold out in all but large sizes. Any ideas for similar?

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  5. Belle says:

    Betsy, how about this cardi from the Limited? It doesn't belt it, but you're belting it anyway.

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  6. Heather @ passthedressing says:

    I love that skirt. I have a J.Crew Leopard just like it.

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  7. Sarah says:

    I'm sure we've talked about this before, but is that skirt office-appropriate?

    September 12, 2012/Reply
  8. Belle says:

    Sarah: Depends on the office and the day of the week.

    September 13, 2012/Reply
  9. MX says:

    Belle, re-iterating what CE (above) commented – I also had no idea about the matching neckline thing. Perhaps you could incorporate more fashion “rules” like this when possible. Thanks!

    September 13, 2012/Reply