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Nine Favorite Fall Outfits

    ninefalloutfitsIf I could only dress for one season, I would always and forever choose fall. As much as I love the sun, what I love even more are jeans and layers and boots and sweaters.

    Since we can all use a few new outfit ideas, I’ve put together nine of my favorite looks for fall.A few thoughts:I’m a work-from-home mom and dressing up isn’t always practical or necessary. My go-to outfits are always casual, comfortable and I try to keep things cute. I’m such a believer that dressing well makes a huge difference in how we feel about ourselves and truly impacts our day. I do my best to fill my closet with classic, basic pieces that are easy to wear and can be mixed and matched again and again.

    It always feels so silly taking pictures of myself for these posts, but I do it for you. I know how helpful it is to see how others put outfits together – especially casual, everyday outfits. My hope is that you can use this as a great shopping list for basics and layering pieces, and maybe a few outfits will spark some ideas of how you can mix items you already have in your closet.

    Let’s get started!


    greyjeansAs you may know, I wear jeans pretty much every day. This year, I decided to go wild and switch things up with a pair of gray jeans. They work as a great basic, go with everything and this particular pair is as comfortable as they come. I like to pair skinny jeans with a longer/looser fitting sweater and booties for balance.


    gray jeans | black sweater | necklace | booties (same style, different color)


    sweatshirtBecause sometimes a cozy, casual outfit consisting of a sweatshirt, jeans and slippers is absolutely the right choice. What I love so much about this particular sweatshirt is that it is comfy and also cute. I now have a small collection of these double hooded sweatshirts and will say this this one is my favorite. They now have front pockets, thumb holes and are extra long. I order a size up since they run pretty trim and I like some room.


    sweatshirt | jeans | slippers


    skirt2I have been wanting a classic cable knit turtleneck sweater for a long time. I grabbed this one on sale earlier this fall and have worn it approximately four thousand times. I’m a big fan of choosing classic pieces (even if they are a bit pricier than usual) that don’t go out of style. (P.S. the sweater is currently on sale!)

    The sweater is paired with this easy skirt and my very broken-in boots.


    skirt | cable knit sweater | boots (old)


    ponchoI call this outfit “heading out to shepherd my llamas” because the poncho just has that look, and yet, I’m still a fan. I’m not sure if we are still doing denim on denim, but I still like it. The key (in my mind) is to make sure there is a difference in wash.


    poncho | denim shirt | jeans | boots


    ginghamshirtFor all my friends who live in warmer climate places … you must get this shirt. It is light-weight, has a fantastic blousy sleeve, buttons down the back and the gingham is just so cute. This is such an easy outfit.


    gingham shirt | jeans (very old, from Old Navy) | booties


    leggingsLeggings + tshirt + long cardigan + scarf is an outfit formula that hits all the marks: comfortable, casual, cute.


    long cardigan | white tshirt | scarf (similar) | leggings | boots



    Every season, I think to myself that I want to wear dresses. Very rarely do I find one that feels everyday wearable. This sweatshirt dress, however, totally works. It is cut slim, is made of sweatshirt material and looks pretty cute with a puffy vest (like this one) over it.


    sweatshirt dress | socks (similar) | boots



    I found this sweater this past weekend and couldn’t pass it up. Black and white striped sleeves?! So cute. I threw it on with old bootcut jeans and a cozy hat (which makes my head look even smaller than it is, but whatev).


    sweater | jeans (old) | socks (similar) | hat (similar) | booties


    blanketscarfOne very simple way to dress up jeans and a white tshirt: add a scarf, belt and flats. I wear the leopard belt with everything and am still figuring out how to wear a blanket scarf :)

    blanket scarf | white tshirt | jeans | belt | shoes

    So there you go. Nine favorite outfits to wear this fall. I hope these outfits help inspire you to try new combinations of things you already own and maybe add in a few new pieces that you love!

    9-favoriteoutfitsDo you have any favorites?

    83 thoughts on “Nine Favorite Fall Outfits”

    1. I just happened upon your blog, this post to be exact…THANK YOU for all the time you invested in this with the photos, etc! As a stay at home mom I’ve fallen into a bit of a fashion rut the last few years and your post has helped move me out of that rut. We share a very similar fashion style so I ordered a few of the pieces and can’t wait to freshen up my wardrobe. Living in the deep south I also appreciate the different options you gave for not as cold weather. Looking forward to more posts like this. :)

    2. Beautiful outfits! I don’t have kids and I don’t have time to iron my clothes. I have found a better solution. Buy and use a clothes steamer. So much faster and easier. I enjoy your blog and your coffee chats.

    3. Quick question with Outfit #8, I know you list the jeans as old, but can you please provide who makes those/ & style? They look very nice on you and though my shape differs maybe they might be flattering if given a try. Thank you for all the paring suggestions!

    4. Love these outfit posts! Planning on purchasing a couple items. I have similar taste and I love to see how you put things together. I’ve been checking your blog for the past several weeks hoping you’d do a fall outfit post! Thanks!

    5. Krystal Wight Armstrong

      Thank you for these super cute ideas. Several of them have me totally inspired!
      …could you maybe do a ‘part two’ follow up post to this, to help us (me) out with some of the cuteness details you do so well?
      ~Specifically, I would so love to see a little video tutorial on how you do your perfect, pretty, messy-side braid! Your messy side bun and other hair tutorials have been too great for me! Messy side braids are hard for me to get right, with out looking like the whole thing is falling down or all in my face, ha.
      ~I’m also super intrigued with how great that ‘blanket scarf’ looks (first time I’m hearing of this item)! Could you show how you wear that & get it to lay just right? So pretty!

      Thanks & Happy Fall! (also my favorite fashion season!)

      1. Krystal Wight Armstrong

        typo: “…been soo* great…”

        And I forgot to add, like some other ladies mentioned, throwing in a tutorial on your other scarf would be great too! They both looks so good the way you wear them! : )

    6. Girls! This is Emily’s blog and she has the complete authority to do whatever she wants. We FOLLOW her, remember. ;-) Most of us with kids – I also have four – who work from home like Emily (in addition to running a household) can find getting dressed on the days w/o
      meetings a real challenge. #Truth You go girl, Emily, and your wrinkled clothes!!! I just adore you! MUWAH!!!

    7. Such great classic outfits. I just bought that gingham shirt it’s 40% off with a code! So cute! I can never figure out how to wear those blanket scarfs and I just got a cute one in my FABFITFUN box. I’d love to see what you did there! Maybe in your coffee chat videos?

    8. Yes please – need scarf tying tutorial! I have printed your 9-pic layout and you are now hanging in my closet for inspiration! So love your “my style” posts, keep ’em coming!

    9. I just found your blog via Kate from the Small Things Blog and I have spent the past hour or so going through your blog posts. I was also surprised to see that you live just up the road from me, I’m south of Tacoma. I love your style and I can’t wait to read more.

    10. What size did you get in the first black knit sweater? 8 want to get one badly, but I don’t see any reviews online about the sizes. Thanks!

    11. I love your outfit posts. I know your plaid scarf might’ve old or sold out since you posted a “similar” link. But where is that exact one from?

    12. I adore these fashion posts you do for many reasons. First you are adorable, second you are a real life down to earth busy mom, I appreciate the non iron clothes because as a busy mom of 5 myself sometimes we just don’t have the time.
      I bought the double hooded sweatshirt last time you mentioned it and love them. I love the gingham check shirt! Ordered it today! I love that you wear your broken in boots, I have a similar pair that I can’t let go just yet.
      You are a breath of fresh air to the perfectly photographed fashion posts we are so use to seeing. Thank you thank you!!

      By the way…I LOVE LOVE LOVE your simplified decorating class and have had so many aha moments with your approach to decorating. I now see clearly my design style and my approach to shopping for things for my home has been more focused which is awesome for my husband. ?

      1. Thank you so much, Natalie, for such a nice comment! I feel like just a normal girl and sometimes that means non-ironed clothes, non-fancy outfits and silly iphone photos :) You are so kind!

    13. THANK you for putting a couple things available in larger sizes! I’m having some health challenges that have made my weight go up and it is so lovely to see something cute that I can go buy! It’s hard enough to be sick without adding unfashionable to the mix!

    14. latest million dollar idea: coffee cup phone cover for pictures so it looks like you are holding a cup of coffee in pics like this. genius… i know.

    15. Thank you for sharing! This is awesome–I have many similar items in my closet so this post gave great ideas for putting outfits together. Please keep sharing!

    16. Thank you so much for these posts Emily! I remember being a bit sad last fall because I was living in Southern California and couldn’t wear most of your outfits. Now I’m in northern Virginia and in desperate need of cold weather clothes! I’m pretty sure I need to get a few early Christmas presents for myself with these. Thank you!

    17. The grey Caslon sweater with black and white striped sleeves – it doesn’t look like they offer that color online. Did you buy yours in store? So cute! I love the hat, too! Your outfit posts are so fun! I actually wound up buying one of the dresses (H&M) you posted and it is my go-to!

    18. I love these posts, too. I was actually good with the no-iron treatment another reader mentioned because I typically don’t iron anything unless it’s a cotton button-up type of shirt. You have now indeed inspired me to shop my closet for some of these classic, effortless looks!

    19. Is this green long cardigan from Target sheer? The picture on the Target website appears this way. Thanks for including some options for us warmer climate girls! We’re still in the 80’s in Texas.

    20. These are super cute, cozy looks! But I have a major pet peeve and just have to ask… why didn’t you iron these pieces before posting them? No biggie. I’m just always so curious when I see people do this!

        1. ….because it’s hard to move in to a new house, blog, prepare new courses, and raise four littles at the same time? You go, Em! Unapologetically!

          I’m a huge believer in simplifying and although most of these outfits seem simple, I can’t say I’m ready to move out of non-ironing clothes. I did buy one denim shirt to welcome the fall. Baby steps. :D

      1. That was rude! I love you and your style. thank u for doing this! I always need a new wardrobe every once and while and love your style! Don’t apologize for other people’s comments! Your rock! #loveforEmily

    21. I love these posts. I’m such a handbag girl therefore I’m curious if you have one you pair with all these outfits. Do share ;-)

    22. These are my favorite posts of yours!! I still refer back to the one you did a while ago. Love that you choose affordable, but polished pieces!

    23. Hunter Boots…..are they supposed to be loud? My boots slap against my legs and are very noisy. Also, any recommendations on how I can keep my toes-ies warm while wearing them :)

    24. I love this post and am ordering probably three of the items. I know it would add time to your drafting, but it would be so helpful if you also noted how the clothes fit. For example, does the sweater dress run small, did you size up due to the slim fit, etc.?

      1. Great suggestion. I think about doing it and then I feel like I’m going to get nasty comments … so perhaps I will put myself out there and just do it anyway :)

    25. So cute!

      Anybody have any suggestions for dress shopping? I need a cocktail party appropriate dress, but I’m totally a comfy jeans and sweatshirt girl. I’m not finding anything at the standards- banana and jcrew.


      1. I recently had to buy a cocktail dress for an event and I decided to find something I could later wear with jeans or leggings as a tunic on date nights. I was probably one of the more casual dressed girls at the event, but I’ve gotten wear out of that dress.

      1. Yes, please share about how to wear the blanket scarf. Was given one as a gift that is beautiful and haven’t made it look as awesome as you did!

      1. I called my Nordstrom and they ordered it for me in this color!!! I just gave them the item number from the web and they looked it up. LOVE!!

    26. What size did you get in the sweatshirt dress? I am trying to figure out if I want a S or M… I am tall (5’7″) and lean–but not straight up and down. Their sizing guides are confusing!

      1. Jenny, I’m with ya! I just went to that website and clicked on the sizing guide. The girls pictured are a size 0, size 2 and size 12…um, that isn’t exactly what I’d call traditional S, M, L! I was totally confused too. What about sizes 4, 6, 8 and 10?

    27. I love everything here! Your outfit posts are the best- I want to purchase one of everything! Thanks for another great outfit post :)

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