Black Dress and Riding Boots

As a native of Cincinnati, I should know by now not to let the calendar fool me.  Just because my Kate Spade planner is telling me it’s the end of September and store shelves are filled with pumpkin flavored everything doesn’t mean there won’t be some random 90 degree days. Regardless, early last week I was feeling in a fall mood and fell victim to an incorrect weather prediction (what started off as a mild morning in the high 60s quickly warmed up to a hot afternoon in the 80s).

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Dress: Leith (under $60 and also available in two other colors!) Boots: Ralph Lauren (old, similar styles here and here) Shirt: Land’s End (old, similar style here)

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I reached for a simple black swing dress that I swear I’ve been living in (like, seriously! I’ve been trying to at least vary the shoes and jewelry I wear with it so maybe, maybe I’m fooling people into thinking it’s a whole new dress #doubtful), and paired it with some riding boots and a chambray shirt tied around my waist for a bit of contrast and extra flair (…and to you know, possibly fool people into thinking I wasn’t totally outfit repeating again). The shirt also gave me more of a defined waist since the dress is a swing dress and therefore pretty flowy and loose. I also decided to rock a red lip because something about bold lip colors just screams fall to me (I also feel very Taylor Swift in a red lip and who doesn’t want to feel like Taylor Swift!?)

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 I was strutting my stuff in the morning feeling pretty proud of my first fall outfit of the year, and by the afternoon I was feeling pretty silly when everyone in the grocery store was in shorts and tank tops (I did my best to hold my head high and clomp around confidently in my leather riding boots, but I couldn’t help but laugh at myself a little!) Either way, this ensemble definitely got me excited for bonfires, and scarves, and candy corn, and it being socially acceptable to watch Hocus Pocus on a daily basis (Sarah Jessica Parker is my spirit animal in that movie!) On the other hand, I am happy to cling to what’s left of summer!

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What are some of your fall staples? I definitely reach for plaid, riding boots, and blanket scarves!