Fall is coming, I promise. Well, technically it is here. Right? The first official day of autumn was Saturday, September 23rd. And one of these days soon we’ll awaken to crisp cool days on which we feel like it’s truly appropriate to reach for something a little warmer. That might be a good day to put on one of these fun, trending hoodie sweaters…if you have one in your closet ready to go!
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Actually these hooded sweaters have been trending for several years now. I think this is my third one. I got a lot of compliments on how I looked in this red Tibetan wool and cashmere knit hoodie in Saturday’s bonus YouTube video. (I hope you watched that one. It seems to be a winner!) It is a beautiful color for sure. But you’ll find similar sweater hoodies in other colors and some great neutrals. I collected a nice variety in the shopping widget at the bottom of the post.
But the more important and pervasive trend I want to talk a little about today is “elevated basics.” You may remember me mentioning that in our Fall ’23 Fashion Trend Report video. Yes, elevated basics sounds like something we should always have in our closet. But this year it is very on trend to really pare back your outfits so that they look more, well basic. But don’t leave out that defining adjective: elevated.
Elevated basics, the trend, is all about keeping the composition of your outfit simple, but wearing elevated classics that look a little richer and more interesting on their own. Even those distinguishing characteristics should be subtle, however. That’s why something like a soft wool and cashmere knit hoodie in a rich color like this red Tibetan works so nicely in this trending combination. It’s a classic garment with an interesting twist. It looks rich but sporty and casual at the same time.
Dark wash, loose fit, straight leg jeans perpetuate the theme because they look a little classy, but still easy and casual. Mine are old, but these are similar. For this particular outfit I topped the hoodie with a brown herringbone blazer. Again, it looks a little elegant, but also very simple, not noisy or begging for attention at all.
I bookended the outfit with my brown suede pumps with tortoiseshell block heels. You can use code SARAHFLINT_CCLAURAKAY1 for 15% off your first pair of Sarah Flints. But here’s a very nice more economical option, if you want to duplicate this particular look. However, you could complete this outfit with ballet flats, loafers or even booties.
I love pairing a hoodie sweater with a jacket. And a blazer is a really fun completer for it, giving a little juxtaposition. But other fun jackets to wear over hoodie sweaters include denim jackets, puffer or quilted vests and even top coats or trench coats.
You’ll also notice I gave the sweater a little front tuck and belted the jeans. Skinnier belts are very on trend this year. And that front tuck helps achieve better proportions, while the belt adds just another element of “elevated basics.”
Finally, I kept my jewelry very minimal in this outfit. I think that is key in achieving an elevated basics look. You certainly could still wear more than I did. But I certainly didn’t need a necklace that would compete with the neckline. And on this particular sweater I liked the drape of the long sleeves onto my wrists too much to mess with a bracelet or even a watch.
I’ve collected a few other hoodie sweaters in the shopping widget below, as well as other items from this outfit.
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Blessed for My Day
Sometimes we push relationship messes under a rug, so to speak, and choose not to deal with them. It’s hard to seek forgiveness and it’s even harder to forgive someone who has offended or deeply hurt you. And even when we mean to forgive, sometimes we discover that we really haven’t.
But forgiveness is so essential, not only to relationship health, but to our own health – physically, mentally, emotionally and, of course, spiritually. This week we will meet here each day to learn a little something about forgiveness. We’ll see what Joseph saw when his father and his uncle met back up for the first time in years, Jacob bringing gifts, Esau accompanied by four hundred men and both of them carrying the baggage of past wounds. Meanwhile, I suggest we all ask the Lord to show us if there are relationships we need to mend.
Then Jacob raised his eyes and looked, and behold, Esau was coming, and four hundred men with him. So he divided the children among Leah and Rachel, and the two slave women. He put the slave women and their children in front, and Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. But he himself passed on ahead of them and bowed down to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother. ~ Genesis 33:1-3