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My Recent Summer to Fall Outfits

August 19, 2022

Well after a brief few days of extreme heat, we’ve actually settled into the high 70s and low to mid 80s for our daytime highs recently. Now I know that we’re prone to have at least one or two more hot spells before fall officially begins. But, since my job has been to hunt down fall fashions recently, I’ve been dressing sort of pre fall-ish for the past two weeks. So while it’s definitely still summer, today I’m sharing recent summer to fall outfits.

My Recent Summer to Fall Outfits

I think I’ve also been reaching for more fall-like options because I’ve truly been testing out jean silhouettes, shoes and some of the trends. I don’t like to recommend things that won’t really work in real life. For instance, after ordering these clogs from J.Crew I regretted that I had included them in recent posts before trying them. They just don’t work. Something’s quite wrong with them. So, yeah, I’ll be returning those. But I am showing some today that I do love. Let’s move on!

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What I Wore to the Movie Theater

I don’t remember what I saw when I wore this outfit, but I know I wore it to the movies. I’ve started carrying along one of my wraps when I go to the theater, so I know that’s what I did here.

What I Wore to the Movie
collared pointelle shirt // jeans (wearing size 29) // sneakers (more economical option) // wrap // straw market tote // earrings // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen) // necklace no longer available

These jeans are great straight leg jeans with that “real jeans” feel. They are 99% cotton, so they don’t have a lot of stretch. But they run true to size or maybe even a little large. I’m wearing a 29 in these and I find myself in 30s more often these days. The jeans and the collared pointelle shirt are both 30% off with code. Use SHOPSALE for the shirt and CHECKOUT for the jeans.

What I Wore to Church

I wore my sweater vest and navy stovepipe pants to church on a morning when I was working with the children. I enjoyed these pants through the spring and summer, and I think I’ll be wearing them frequently in the fall, too. They come in additional colors and are $20 off today.

What I Wore to Church
sweater vest // stovepipe pants // retro sneakers in sand // shoulder bag (no longer in this color) // earrings // necklace // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)

You’ll see me wearing a LOT of sweater vests in this outfits review. Hahaha! I think I’m hooked! But of the four I have I think this oatmeal cable sweater vest is my favorite. It’s so soft and looks a little more relaxed than the others. I’m wearing my usual size medium nicely.

Work from Home Outfit

If I went anywhere on this day it was probably just to run an errand or grab dinner with James. Most days are filled with working in my office and getting things done at home. And these Astrid wide leg chinos (also seen in this previous post) are perfect for those days. I bought them in the store and they only had my size medium in the natural color that day. But I really wish I had the pale cypress, deep chocolate or navy. Oh! And they’re marked down temporarily today.

Work from Home Outfit
similar black top // Astrid wide leg chinos // sneakers (more economical option) // earrings // necklace // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)

I’ve mentioned here many times that these sneakers from Kohl’s are a great economical substitute for my Rothy’s shown above. And they are. But in all transparency, I do find myself reaching for my Rothy’s sneakers more frequently. And I love the sand color, but they come in lots of other colors and patterns. I’m not familiar enough with Rothy’s to know if they ever go on sale, but they do offer FREE shipping and returns.

Let’s Wear a White Shirt!

Like I said, I’ve been experimenting with some of the fall trends (see all the sweater vests!). So I decided it was time to actually wear a crisp white button-up shirt and not just talk about it. Ha! This is the famed Frank & Eileen Joedy, and I do indeed like it. It is on the thin side, but that works well for me. And one of the Frank & Eileen Joedy claims to fame is that they’ve put the button where most shirts give larger busted women a “boob gap.” Know what I mean? So since they have a button strategically placed there (and it is the top button on this shirt), your shirt isn’t supposed to pop open. I’ve never had that problem to begin with, so I’m not a good test case. But I can see where it would work.

Work from Home First
straight leg high waist ankle jeans // shirt (wearing a large; should have gotten my usual medium) (more economical option) // mules // similar belt // necklace (not in shopping widget below) // similar earrings // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)

The Frank & Eileen Joedy is very full and oversized. HOWEVER, I just realized that for some odd reason I ordered a large in this shirt. I’ve looked back over the size recommendations and I have no idea why I did that. Maybe I saw something on Instagram about sizing up? No wonder this shirt is so big. Ha! So yeah, don’t do that. And I would suggest this more economical option if you prefer. Abigail has that one and seems to like it.

I’m wearing the Frank & Eileen Joedy with my favorite straight leg high waist ankle jeans and my cute blue mules. I loved wearing this outfit!

Then I Had a Meeting

That same day I also had an event to go to in the afternoon. So I put on my new J.McLaughlin Sophia dress. I was drawn to the colors in this dress, but the fit and ease of it is what sealed the deal. I’ll be wearing this dress in September to a conference in Dallas, and I think it will be perfect for the occasion.

Out to a Meeting
dress // mules // heels // similar shoulder bag // necklace (not in shopping widget below) // similar earrings // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)

I tried the dress with the blue mules and it worked well enough. But then I tried it with these heels, and I decided I preferred heels. But I actually wore the dress with my Ally patent leather kitten heels, so I don’t know why I don’t have a photo of that.

Work from Home and Out to Dinner Outfit

Here’s another ordinary day. I wore my green stovepipe pants and a black shaker stitch vest, both from Talbots. I sized down to a small in these shaker stitch vests. Yes, I said vests plural. I got all three colors.

stovepipe pants // sweater vest (sized down to small) // sandals // necklace // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen)

I bookended the look by wearing my black sandals from Everlane. I purchased these last year and they are one of my favorite purchases from Everlane. Really comfortable and sporty.

Wearing Eileen

Here’s another work from home outfit. Everything here is Eileen Fisher, but most of it is from last year. So price per wear is getting better every time I wear it. Yay! The brown lantern pants are new however. I purchased them in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for about 35% off.

Work from Home
brown lantern pants (wearing medium) // similar top and another option (size down) // similar sandals // earrings

I generally size down in Eileen Fisher tops and wear my usual medium in pants, even though they are quite roomy.

Work from Home Uniform

Yeah, let’s go ahead and call it a uniform because we’ve seen this look three times now. Ha! I guess it’s just so easy to pop one of these sweater vests (sized down to small) on over a pair of cropped pants.

To get Nails Done
sweater vest (sized down to small) // cropped pants // sandals

Plus I love the combination of camel and white. I think it’s a nice choice for early fall, too, especially if you’re just not ready to give up your white pants or jeans.

Work from Home and Running Errands

Here I was once again experimenting with fall style trends. I want to work out all the kinks on wearing these flare leg jeans so I can pass the intel on to you. So I wore my Paige flare leg chewed hem jeans (I sized up) with this fun flower pocket t-shirt. But I was really experimenting more with my Paige clogs (sized up .5). They do take some getting used to! But I still love them and plan to wear them a good bit this fall. Until I can wear booties with them, I think the clogs are going to be my go-to shoe for these longer flare leg jeans.

Bootcut Jeans and Tee
flower pocket t-shirt // jeans (I sized up) // clogs (sized up .5) // earrings // bracelets no longer available // watch (use code KAYHRMS for 15% off your purchase at Nordgreen) // utility jacket

You absolutely can shorten these jeans (but of course you’d lose the chewed hem they created) and wear them with sneakers. But I’m going to keep these longer. The model wearing them in the picture below must be really tall! Remember, I’m 5’8″.

I’ve tried several pairs of clogs and can highly recommend the ones in the shopping widget below. But I’m returning the J.Crew clogs. Don’t buy those. They work fine on carpet, but don’t work at all on hard surfaces. Something’s wrong there!

Well, that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for stopping in. Let me know if you have any questions.

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Blessed for My Day

Jesus did indeed offer grace…lavishly and without reserve. We are saved today by that same grace. God’s grace awakens our souls and quickens our spirits to His Spirit. That grace is indeed amazing. And Jesus gives us grace upon grace upon grace. But grace was not the only factor in our salvation. Nor is it the only thing that we, as Christ-bearers, have to offer to those around us. Jesus came to earth as both grace and truth. When we are confronted with the truth of our sinfulness and His holiness we recognize our need for a savior. And when we learn the truth that God so loved us that He sent His Son Jesus to rescue us, we embrace that Savior and, by his grace, are saved.

Then as we live out our lives on this earth, grace and truth continue to do a work in us. Grace draws us near to God. Truth sets us free from the bondage we so often fall into. Truth also saves us from the deceptions of this world, the confusion that swirls around us in our culture and the lies the enemy whispers in our minds. And when we speak truth…in love and with grace…to others around us, we help them to be set free, too. Sometimes it can be hard to tie together grace and love. Unlike Jesus, we sometimes confuse grace for license and truth for judgment. But with His help we can offer to others what He has given us…grace and truth.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  ~ John 8:31-32

xoxo, Kay
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4 thoughts on “My Recent Summer to Fall Outfits

  1. Appreciate your devotional today, Kay…so timely for our day! I love the “big” white shirt & jean outfit! That’s a great combo and very practical! Thank you for helping us put together outfits for our day!

    1. Hi Anita, I’m glad you like the outfit. I do, too! Oh, and I’m so glad the devotional resonated with you. Thanks so much for dropping in!

  2. I like the outfits you wore over the last two weeks. Like you, I am already loving the sleeveless sweater vests. I think I have 6 of them and have already worn one of them. I am finding them to be so versatile and a great transition item. I have a pair of SoftWalk clogs that are very comfortable and they have arch support for those of us that need it. Our high has dropped into the 80’s, which is still hot due to the humidity, but it’s much better than the 90’s and triple digits. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Hi Kay,
    Regarding comfortable clogs: I have 4 pairs of Troentorp clogs that I wear at work as a nurse practitioner at a family practice clinic, but I also wear them a lot in my personal life. They are the most comfortable shoes I own and they make me 1.5 inches taller, so that’s a plus! Troentorp manufactures several styles of the Bastad clogs we wore in the 70s, so looking at their styles is a blast from the past! here is a link:

    I appreciate your style updates! I guess it’s time to put away the skinny jeans!