Sleeveless sweater weather

Faux leather jacket fall outfit with sleeveless sweater and chelsea boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
BlankNYC Life Changer moto jacket outfit with sleeveless sweater — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with leather jacket and drop hem skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sleeveless sweater fall outfit with leather jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Sleeveless sweater fall outfit with leather jacket and chelsea boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

We recently had a couple of those rare Perfect Autumn Days. Do you know the ones I'm talking about? Those days where it's crisp in the mornings and then warm enough to bare either your arms or your legs (but not both) in the afternoon. The sun shines in a cloudless sky with the slightest breeze moving through the air. Those days feel rare to us here; our falls (and springs) tend to jump from hot to cold to hot to cold until it's winter and the cold is here to stay for three months straight. I always long for more of those perfect days where it's mid 60s-low 70s. We don't get nearly enough!

As you can imagine, I take full advantage of Perfect Autumn Days when it comes to planning outfits to shoot for the blog. If I see a Perfect Autumn Day in the forecast, I immediately start figuring out which outfit I should wear and make sure that we can photograph it that day. It's always a bummer when our (my boyfriend's and my) schedules don't work on on those days. (He does shift work for his job.)

Last weekend, one of those rare days happened, so I quickly pulled together this (albeit very basic) look to commemorate the occasion. I love the look of the cowlneck sweater under the jacket, and the fact that it's sleeveless means there's no bulk under the jacket sleeves. Sleeveless sweaters confuse me because I always thought, when is it cold enough for a sweater yet warm enough to bare arms? Well, my friends: the answer is on Perfect Autumn Days. ;) It was nice enough to take off my jacket and be perfectly comfortable!


BlankNYC jacket / exact
Vince Camuto sweater / exact style (limited sizes) or similar
LOFT jeans / similar by Old Navy (limited sizes)
Madewell boots / similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

What's old is new

Earthies 'Tolo' flats outfit with utility jacket and high-rise jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Chambray shirt fall outfit with high-rise skinny jeans — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell high-rise skinny jeans outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I've been planning on wearing (and shooting) an outfit featuring these jeans and flats together basically since I got the flats a year ago, and it just never happened until now. (Well, I have worn them together in pretty much this exact outfit but it wasn't photographed.) For some reason I think they go together so well! I kept it light on top with a tucked-in old pseudo-chambray shirt (it's not really chambray but that's what LOFT called it) and added my utility jacket for a little bit of color besides blue. ;)

I've had every item in this outfit for at least a year and most items for much longer than that, yet this outfit still feels current. I love pulling out old favorites and giving them new life, and I especially love that I didn't feel dated wearing this. It was the perfect smart casual outfit for work.

Speaking of work, I managed to spill yogurt all over my jeans right when I got in the morning I wore this outfit so it was almost not photographed. Cute, right? Luckily my water bottle and extra napkins came to the rescue, ha! 

P.S. I'm finally forcing myself to edit my photos with Lightroom instead of Photoshop Elements. I've had Lightroom since I got my DSLR nearly two years ago and had yet to use it for editing because it seemed so complicated. (I actually bought a class for it... I should do it, haha.) This is the first set of photos that was edited with Lightroom, so please let me know what you think! :)


Madewell jacket / old; similar
LOFT shirt / old; similar from Macy's (last seen here)
Madewell jeans / old; similar
Earthies flats c/o / exact in other colors (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / similar
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by American Eagle Outfitters

September budget

September 2017 wardrobe additions — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Kipling 'Claudette' small backpack (seen here): $97 (originally $139; used gift card)
Grana silk bomber: $129 (used credit)
Earth 'Zag' velvet sneakers (c/o; seen here)
Earthies 'Apollo' velvet ankle boots (c/o; seen here)

September Total = $0

$241 ($500 quarterly budget - $259 overspent) - $0 (September) = $241 left for October and November

I mentioned last month that even though I overspent, I was increasing my quarterly budget from $400 back up to $500 thanks to having a real job. I have quite a reduced budget this quarter due to overspending, but it could have been a much larger hit had I still kept my $400 budget.

To my surprise, I didn't spend any of my actual money this month! A gift card, credit, and my ongoing partnership with Earth Brands allowed me to add a few things without spending a dime. 

I bought the Kipling backpack using some of the remaining balance on a gift card I won in a Chictopia contest a couple of years ago. I wanted something smaller than my large Longchamp 'Le Pliage Neo' tote for carrying my day-to-day items to work (read: snacks). Everything tends to get lost in my big tote so unless I need to bring a change of shoes or an extra layer, this backpack works great!

I purchased the silk bomber jacket from Grana using credit earned from my referral link (as always, you get 10% off your first purchase if you use it). I have the same jacket in black in size XS, but the sleeves are a tad short, so I sized up to a small in this jacket. I love the color and can't wait to feature it here! 

You've already seen the two pairs of velvet shoes I received courtesy of Earth Brands in recent outfit posts. I got both of them in my usual size 7 and they fit great! I would size up a half size in the boots if you want to wear them with thick socks, though. I wore the sneakers without socks because my "no-show" socks still showed, so I guess I need to find a few pairs of true "no-show" socks. Any recom-mendations? I love my boot socks from Smartwool so maybe they have a style that is more discreet.

I also ordered a couple of pairs of Everlane denim on the day they were released. I got the midrise skinny jeans in black, ankle-length in two sizes. The larger size (26) fit well when I first put them on but then stretched out after wearing them for a few hours. The smaller size (25) is my typical size at Madewell and most other retailers but were quite snug on my waist when I put them on the first time. They loosened up a bit after wearing them around, but they also dug into my groin on only one side when I walked, so I sent them back and will be getting a new pair soon. Hopefully the second pair works! They're definitely stiffer/less stretchy than other pairs of denim I own so that's something to get used to. I'll be adding them to next month's budget post if they work. (I'll likely order more items from Everlane next month because their upcoming releases look too good...!)

I have my Madewell birthday order en route and will hopefully get to share everything in outfit posts before mentioning them in my October budget post. My last three Madewell orders have all been busts (due to sizing/fit issues) but I have faith that this one will work out since I got a bag and a hat! ;)