Style Sudoku: Fall edition

Fall style sudoku: 16 pieces, 14 outfits — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I can't believe the time has come to recap my fall style sudoku! The season went by too fast. Anyway, I love doing random remix challenges every once in a while to see how I can stretch my closet. For those of you that have been around a while, you probably remember my spring style sudoku. I decided once that one was wrapped up that I would do another round this fall, and I think it was even more successful this time around!

If you haven't heard of a style sudoku before, the idea is pretty simple: combine four tops, four bottoms, four pairs of shoes, and four accessories into a 4x4 grid as shown above so that each row, column, corner, and diagonal makes a complete outfit. (Yes, I know diagonals don't matter in real sudokus, but I figured I'd go the extra mile and show those outfits as well!) While you can pick whatever you want as accessories, I decided to limit myself to one jacket, one bag, one necklace, and one other accessory (in this case it was a hat, and in the spring it was a pair of earrings). Out of 16 pieces, you can make 14 outfits (or up to 17 if you really want—the middle rows can be split into "square" outfits, plus there's an outfit in the middle square, too). Each of the 14 outfits I wore are shown below, and if you click on a photo, you'll be directed to the original post.

Compared to the spring version, this one had considerably less color and pattern. I was pretty bold when putting together my spring style sudoku. This time around, I stuck to a palette of mostly black and burgundy and added accent colors of grey, ivory, and army green. I also only included one pattern versus three in my spring style sudoku. Everything in this style sudoku can basically go with anything else, so it's like a mini capsule wardrobe in that way (though I probably wouldn't wear the two windowpane items together, ha!).

All-in-all, I'm pretty happy with how it all turned out. Every outfit worked pretty well, though I'd have to say that the Back in black (first diagonal) outfit was probably my least favorite. I also wasn't a huge fan of my burgundy hat and pants together for the same reason as the all-black outfit: the burgundies didn't match so it looked kind of weird. I also probably should not have included two skirts solely for the fact that it cooled off pretty quick and I didn't want to wear tights, but luckily there were enough warm days that I got to wear all the outfits sans tights. I'm glad I included the pewter flats. I had been struggling a bit with how to style them, but now I know they go well with black, ivory, burgundy, and grey! No big surprise there. ;)

What do you think of the style sudoku remix challenge? If you make your own, I'd love to see it!





Fall into winter

Leather jacket outfit with ivory sweater, green pants, burgundy ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Well, this is it as far as fall outfits go! I'm so bummed that winter arrived so early this year. Boo! That said, does this color combination look a little familiar? It's another outfit featuring some of my favorite autumn neutrals: black, ivory, army green, and burgundy. I love the expected touch of the burgundy boots. I'm especially a fan of how well the pants and boots go together. I rolled up the cuff of my pants once so they seamlessly meet the boots, and it looks even better than I imagined it would. Don't you love it when that happens?

In other news, my life is crazy busy right now! I'm prepping for a conference, trying to finish another journal article, and I've got about a million other things on my to-do list before I head home for Christmas. I can't wait until life slows down again in a couple of weeks...! I hate being so busy at this time of year. All I want to do is enjoy the holiday season since it goes by in a blink.

Leather jacket outfit with ivory sweater and green pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with leather jacket, ivory sweater, green pants, burgundy ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Ivory sweater + green pants + leather jacket — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Leather jacket, ivory sweater, green pants, burgundy ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Guess jacket via Wilsons Leather (similar by Levi's) / Madewell sweater (old; similar from Talbots) / J.Crew pants (similar by J.Crew Factory) / & Other Stories boots (similar style in black)

Burgundy or bust

Burgundy pants outfit with burgundy hat, grey sweater, lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

It's pretty obvious that burgundy has been one of the main colors in my fall style sudoku. It has easily become a neutral for me during the cooler months. I've already written so much about my love for burgundy, so I'll spare you this time... ;) I mean, the sheer number of outfits I've posted wearing the color speak for my love way more than words ever could.

I originally had planned on sharing six fall outfits this month, but since winter made an abrupt entrance last week, I've decided to move two of my fall outfits to winter and reorganize my schedule a bit. I have one more fall style sudoku outfit coming at you on Wednesday, and then on Friday I'll reveal my full style sudoku setup and recap all of the outfits. I'm really so pleased with how this version has gone!

Burgundy hat outfit with grey sweater and burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy wool hat outfit with grey sweater, burgundy pants, lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Burgundy floppy hat, grey sweater, burgundy pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Grey sweater + burgundy pants + pewter lace-up flats — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

Madewell sweater (old; similar) and pants (similar) / Halogen flats via Nordstrom (on sale!) / Leith hat via Nordstrom (similar from Nordstrom Rack)