While it's nowhere close to fall temperatures here in Palm Beach, we do have some trips planned for the upcoming months, so I recently added new pieces to my closet and wanted to do a try-on here.
This is the first time in five years (what!) that I won’t have a true fall season to dress for. So, I’m glad we have some trips planned to colder areas in the coming months. Nonetheless, I wanted to pull together some fall fashion inspiration using a few pieces I just got in.
While the Nordstrom sale just ended, the items I purchased are available and not outrageously expensive at full price. For travel, I wanted a lightweight, packable jacket that would be good for layering, wearing on the plane, and would go with just about anything in my closet.
The Zella quilted pocket jacket is exactly that. It folds down small, so it won’t take up a ton of space in your bag if you pack it. I like that it doesn’t have a hood, but instead has a soft collar that won’t scratch or irritate you. And I love the length of the jacket. I’m 5’7″ and the jacket hits about 2 inches above my knees. The bonus feature—the zippers on the side that allow you to sit while wearing your jacket and not have it bunch up.
I paired the Zella jacket with faux leather leggings and a tan turtleneck. To make this outfit travel friendly, I added the ON Cloudflyer running shoes. How did I live without these? If you need a high arch support, I highly recommend these sneakers. I have a pair of Hoka sneakers that I love—they are extremely comfortable and lightweight as well—but the arch support in the ON sneakers can’t be beat.
Dudley Stephens continues to pop up in my Instagram feed, so I finally ordered a tan Terry-fleece turtleneck to try. I do get the hype, it’s a great piece that’s perfect for layering. It’s casual and athleisure looking with leggings, but can easily be dressed up with jeans and a cute pair of boots. Most reviewers said their true size fit but was a bit snug and that going a size up might work best. I took the advice and sized up, and I’m really glad I did. My true size would have worked, but definitely would have fit snug. So, the next size up works great for me—it still fits in my shoulders and isn’t too long in the sleeves. Plus, I get a bit more length and a looser fit around my ribs and hips.
Next, I tried on two sweaters I ordered from Amazon. Both the blue sweater and the tan sweater on the right (above) are great sweaters. Both are soft, lightweight, not scratchy, and can be worn with leggings, jeans, or even skirts.
The blue turtleneck sweater has a structured, fold down turtleneck. I really like that the turtleneck doesn’t flop down like a cowl-neck and that it isn’t tight on the neck. This sweater runs large, so I recommend sizing down. You’ll still have a bit of an oversized fit, but it won’t be overly baggy.
One thing I didn’t like about the blue sweater—it’s extremely hard to tell the front from the back. There is no tag or marking of any sort inside the sweater, so you have to look really close at the hem to see the front is ever so slightly shorter than the back.
Once I tried on the tan mockneck tunic from Amazon, I decided to return the blue sweater and order a second color in the tunic. It’s extremely high quality and I can’t believe it came from Amazon. The tan tunic does run large as well, so I recommend taking the size down. You’ll still have an oversized look and plenty of length to wear it with leggings. I may end up with several of these before the season is up.
Back to the ON Cloudflyers, the sneakers are more of a slate, tan, black colorway that will be great for fall and will pair with jeans, atheisure and faux leather leggings. Knowing that we’ll be doing a lot of walking during our trips, I wanted a sneaker that wouldn’t look out of place with a cute outfit.
Since I was already hot and sweaty from trying on sweaters while it’s 90 degrees outside, I took the fall fashion inspiration a bit further and paired the Amazon tan tunic with Spanx leggings, and this embellished denim jacket I purchased back in the spring. Tell me this isn’t the best travel outfit!
Also, the Cuyana convertible backpack is hands down the best travel bag. I love that I can carry this as a true handbag or a backpack. It comes in two sizes—one to fit a 13″ laptop and another to fit a 16″ laptop. For travel, I don’t see myself carting my laptop around much, but my iPad will fit in the same pocket with ease.