Fall has officially arrived (yes, even in Houston!). Football, cooler temps, and pumpkin spice everything marks the season of giving. Growing up in a small town, football was our favorite, and sometimes only, pastime. So to this day, when the cooler weather arrives and the daylight leaves us a little earlier, you’ll hear me say “It smells like football weather!” I swear I can hear a high school band somewhere playing the fight song and feel the bleachers shake. Nowadays, my Friday nights don’t have to be spent wearing school colors and shaking pom poms, but I am happy to toss the summer linen and sleeveless dresses and pull on sweaters and jeans.
No one represents tunics better than the lovely Tory Burch. She designs them for every season, and they exude the “chic, bohemian, ready to travel the globe” vibe. This Tory tunic, with its southwest-inspired pattern, looks great with my favorite distressed boyfriend jeans. I am a huge fan of tunics in the fall as they can be paired with a structured pant, jean, or skirt. I’d even venture pairing this one with a patterned skinny pant since the embellishments are minimal. Pulling on some rough hewn cowboy boots gives it a great sassy girl flare; but, try booties or even heels to throw off the casual vibe for a more sophisticated look. The best part about wearing an outfit anchored by your favorite tunic, is that they are totally comfortable but still make you look completely put together. This ivory, drawstring sweater tunic is perfect for an easy chic everyday look. Since the neckline is so simple, I chose this gorgeous collar necklace (gifted to me by my stylish sister) featuring bold semi-precious stones. I am somewhat intimidated by this piece and hesitant to wear it. I’ll pull it out and think about wearing it and carefully wrap it back up. But given this neutral background, the necklace makes a statement without being overpowering. Sadly, this necklace is long gone, but I linked a gorgeous similar piece by Janna Conner below.
Even with the jacquard and fringe trims, this versatile sweater can be coupled with graphic patterns and fun, bold accessories. This Sole Society clutch typically fights for attention (and wins) with most pieces; however, it is the perfect complement to this understated top. This global traveler-esque clutch stand out amongst the neutral look of the sweater and is never a stranger to the often asked “where did you get that bag?” Of course, the turquoise on brown leather Chan Luu wrap bracelet was a no-brainer with this particular look. Chan Luu’s wraps can be stacked, but I chose just one so the necklace wouldn’t start a competition with my arm candy. Since Houston did not get the memo that autumn has arrived, the weather allows for these great cork wedges. They dress up the distressed jeans, and, because the color is rich, they fit with the season. Speaking of these jeans, I’d be remiss to not shout their praises. Oh how I love my boyfriend jeans. I adore them, and they adore me. If they asked me to the Homecoming dance, I’d say yes, big Texas mum and all! I have paired a boyfriend jean with everything under the sun and I love the way they are so casual but you can surprisingly, with the right top, shoes, and accessories, look so polished.
Friday night lights, bon fires, brown sugar and cinnamon on my toast, cobbler for dessert, and cooler, crisp weather bring out the best in me. Back home in Northeast Texas, kids can even jump into piles of raked leaves that have actually changed colors. Add the smell of burning leaves to my favorite autumn memories — we cannot do that here in the city, but I wonder if Yankee Candle has thought of that scent? William Cullen Bryant said it beautifully, “Autumn….the year’s last, loveliest smile.” I know I am smiling — Happy Fall Y’all!
Tunic: Tory Burch (similar Soft Joie cardigan) | Jeans: Gap (also love this Citizens of Humanity pair) | Wedges: Elaine Turner (now on sale!), also love this pair of Sam Edelman wedges | Necklace: Amrita Singh, sold out (similar by Janna Conner Lada)| Clutch: Sole Society | Bracelet: Chan Luu