Menswear Inspired

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I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! We ran some errands, went for a lovely walk in the neighborhood, I took a much needed bubble bath with some wine and a good book and it was Sundaze Collective weekend! If you don't know what I'm talking about, it's a pop-up made up of small businesses in Portland that happens the first Sunday of every month! The designers/makers and shops rotate every month but it is so much fun! I was happy to score a couple hand made goodies from sandbox ceramics and pursuit of happiness that are already looking right at home!

October 1st marked a couple of big events for me. 1. It is officially the start of one of my favorite months and times of the year. I can now without any shame bring out the warm apple cider, Halloween movies and decorate every inch with pumpkins and gourds! 2. It marks the end of my first full month without having a 9-5 job. I’ve gone through many ups and downs in this past month. Change is never easy even if it’s in a positive and much needed direction. I’m hoping to share more intimate details on my career change at some point. I just have to figure out how I want to share it. Warning probably just going to be a monologue here :) 3. I actually started this blogging venture back in October of 2015! I’m two! Back then this blog had a little bit different purpose and it has changed and grown immensely and I have all of you to thank for that. So thank you! Thank you for your constant support whether that’s shopping through my affiliate links to encouraging  I have gone through my first month

This is going to be a week jam packed with good stuff! I’m going to be sharing a new collection launch by a jewelry designer that I’ve had my eye on for a looong time, a review of one of my favorite Elizabeth Suzann pieces to date and my picks for my upcoming fall 10x10! So. Much. Good. Stuff! 

But today I’m happy to share one of my first fall outfits that is totally menswear inspired but still maintains a cozy feminine vibe. 

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Style Notes

| LONG BLAZER | One of my wishlist items for this season was a vintage blazer. After browsing through pinterest inspo photos I knew that I wanted a blazer with long lapels and a longer than average length. I love how the longer length has a nice sliming effect and acts more like a blazer coat than true blazer. Its' length and extra long lapels give it a deconstructed feel. Making it even more relaxed than a traditional blazer. Since I'm not used to styling a piece like this, I'm treating it like any other jacket or cardigan. Once I'm ready to add a top layer before I head out the door, I throw on this blazer to see how it looks. This "testing" has helped me come up with some new and different looks that I probably wouldn't have thought of otherwise! 

| COZY ELEMENT | To make sure this outfit didn’t look too stiff, I decided to add one of my knitted sweaters as a cozy element. The texture and color of the sweater also helps warm up the look and breaks the cold neutral palette. Plus who doesn't love a cozy sweater for fall days!

| FEMININE DETAIL | At first I tried my loafers with this look but it pushed it over the masculine edge for me. By changing to a small heel I was able to add a touch of feminine to balance out the masculine blazer. 

| TEXTURES | I feel like textures are often overlooked because of their subtly but adding texture to your outfits automatically gives them more depth and intrigue. I really like the contrast between the knitting in the sweater and the defined minimal houndstooth pattern of the blazer. It's like rustic meets city! I'm looking forward to paying more attention to texture this fall & winter!

Outfit Details

measurements: height 5'5" weight 130lbs, 34C/27/39
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| houndstooth blazer | etsy (weekender vintage) / vintage / size: 6 / similar for $30 / similar under $150

2 | pleat-sleeve pullover sweater | madewell / size: small / similar ethical version / similar under $60

3 | high waist grey skinny jeans | madewell / secondhand / size: 27 / similar ethical version / similar from madewell 

4 | day heel | c/o everlane / made in Montopoli in Val D’Arno, Italy / size: 7

Cheers!
Allison