6 Wardrobe Essentials I’m Loving this Fall

It finally feels like fall, which makes me so excited to start wearing sweaters, scarves, boots…and all the other autumn-y pieces in my wardrobe! It has seemed like such a long time coming, which I’ll admit is weird because summer is typically my favorite time of year, but this year the allure of the upcoming holidays, the pumpkin spice craze, a longing for that chill in the air, sitting by the fire, hot apple cider and getting cozy with a good book make me rethink my favorite season. This year Fall is it! And, in the spirit of autumn, and the glorious change of seasons, I’ve compiled some of my favorite fall fashion finds.

Fall Fashion Favorites

  1. Pearl Earrings: FREE from Helzberg Diamonds since my husband bought a watch there recently
  2. Hipster Glasses: only $12.95 from Zenni Optical – and you can use an expired prescription too (shhh…just fyi for my fellow thrifters out there!)
  3. Eternity Scarf: on sale for $15 from Shoebuy.com with a $10 off coupon from Shutterfly
  4. Boyfriend Jeans: $34 from H&M with BOGO deal and 10% off student discount – love how slouchy and comfy these are!
  5. Plum Pants: $10 on sale from Forever21 – found them on the super clearance rack. The zippers are my fav.
  6. Geneva Watch: $18 from JewelMint with a special promotion. The face is see-through, which is a unique feature.

[Wedding Week Day 3]: Piecing Together the Wedding Party

From the get-go I knew our wedding would not be traditional in any sense of the word, and with that, I wanted our bridal party to stand out in an impactful way. We didn’t ask them to wear cookie cutter dresses or tuxes, rather, each had general guidelines for how to dress and then they could jazz it up however they wanted.

Main benefits of having a mismatched, but coordinated wedding party:

  • Kept costs low, which made our friends very happy
  • Individuality shone through
  • Different body types call for different dresses
  • No time constraints – no fittings, tailoring or last-minute adjustments
  • Perfectly suited our theme by being DIY, unique and vintage
  • FUN – everyone loved being able to pick out what they wore
  • No hassle for the guys – most of them had everything already

The Blushing Bridesmaids

For all my ladies, I asked them to stick within the coral color family and I preferred above the knee with a summery, whimsical vibe. Everyone did a great job of finding their looks! And for several, I shopped with them to help pick out which dresses to wear.

Quick Tip: If this is something you have considered doing, then try to stick with one color palette so that all the dresses are on the same page. I made sure no one dress was glaringly different from the rest. The style and material also play into this. I was very strict about not wanting much pattern or color variation. However, I was partial to lace, so I tried to incorporate that in as many of the dresses as possible. All my friends were so good about checking with me before picking anything out though; I had the final say ultimately. But I never had to say no – talk about girls with good taste!

In regards to jewelry, I asked for all the girls to wear gold, and to top the looks off with nude-colored shoes. These two things were really the only stipulations in regards to accessories though. So again, they could get creative with what they wore. Professional hair and makeup was also optional, because I know some girls would rather not spend money when they could do it even better for themselves. Especially since a lot of them have voluptuous, curly hair, which I can totally relate to! (Four of us did go to the salon though.) Here is how we all turned out:

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The Dashing Groomsmen

The groomsmen were so much easier to coordinate than the bridesmaids, and naturally so! Basically, this is all their outfits entailed:

  1. White button-down dress shirt
  2. Black slacks
  3. Black suspenders
  4. Black dress shoes
  5. Optional: fun colored socks

And that was it! Most of them had these items in their wardrobes, with the exception of suspenders for some. Even though this wasn’t “mismatched” per say, it was a casual, yet formal look and it was easily put together and essentially free. I am so happy with how handsome they all were. Check them out…

If you’re considering this type of direction for your bridal party I would definitely recommend it! As per my intro, it will save you time, money and allow for some creativity. Plus, it is bound to make your friends really happy at how personalized, simple and inexpensive the whole “wedding attire” process can be.