Faking Fall :: The Sleeveless Sweater

While things have cooled off a bit in Arkansas, we're still hitting highs in the 80's most days. Enter my favorite fake fall trick: sleeveless sweaters. They're great for this time of year, because they give that "fall feel" without completely overheating you. I love them for winter too though, because they fit nicely under jackets. Nobody likes sausage arms.

Tunic, Express (cute similar from Rack!).
Jeggings, Old Navy (I bought two more colors, what? exact here).
Boots, JustFab (similar from Macy's).
Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim (similar from Kohl's).

Faking Fall :: The Cropped Sweater

The word "cropped" is enough to bring terror into the hearts of many. But as is the case with most trends, there's a way to do the trend that's a little more subtle. Layering a cropped sweater over a longer top is one of my favorite ways to add a little interest to an outfit - and, bonus, it makes an outfit feel decidedly more fall-like for 90* days.

This one's a little tighter than I'd originally hoped (blast this weight gain and the boobs that come along with it!), but it did give me a little bit of an autumn boost on a day that I honestly felt like melting. To make this trend work for you, I'd choose a chunky knit with a bit of an oversized feel (see how I wore this trend during the winter here). Trend officially tackled.

PS - Want to see other ways I've faked fall? Check 'em out here.

Sweater, Forever 21 (similar from boohoo).
Tank, Forever 21 (cute plaid peplum from JCP).
Jeans, The Limited (this year's version).
Bag, Balenciaga (similar from Rebecca Minkoff).
Necklace, BaubleBar (exact).

More cropped sweaters I love:

AJ Wears :: A Bunch of Black

I just can't with the 90's (temps, not the era. all hail overalls!) any more, so when I got dressed this morning I just NEEDED SOMETHING. So I added a vest. I wouldn't normally wear a long vest with some culottes, but I've gone crazy. Something in my head has snapped, and now I just wear whatever pops into my head because FASHION. I'm even wearing Spanx so it all hangs properly, because I'm an ADULT. FALL. UGGS. BUZZWORDS.

An adult who uses A LOT OF CAPS LOCK OKAY??? I'm actually not sure I brought a full brain back from Vegas, but I did bring some nice presents for myself from Neiman Marcus. Now enjoy this extremely odd outfit that I actually really enjoyed wearing today, even if it kind of looks like a muumuu. I'm just embracing the 90 year old inside of me.

Vest, Forever 21 (similar from XXI).
Top, Forever 21 (exact! get it!!).
Culottes, Asos (similar and amazing from Asos).
Flats, Zara (exact).