falling for fall fashion

Although I'm a summer child at heart, there's nothing quite as romantic as fall fashion. The layers are plentiful, the silhouettes warm. You can experiment with darker hues and more dynamic textures. Simply put, there's no better time of a year to be a fashion enthusiast. I tend to gravitate to neutral, streamlined silhouettes with pops of color here and there. For my first truly fall look of the season, I wanted to move away from that tendency and create a lot of dimension. I did this by mixing three quintessential fall trends: dark jewel tones, chambray, and faux fur. Basically I thought to myself, "How can I make this look as complex -- but still put together -- as possible?" You'd be surprised what you come up with when that's your challenge.

I also employed one of my favorite styling tricks for this look by using a dress as my base layer. Fun fact: this dress was actually a maxi dress that shrunk in the wash. While I could have easily deemed this piece a loss, I couldn't let go of the fabulous (and perfectly fall) purple-port color. When I tried it on, I was pleased that it still worked well as a midi, shin-grazing dress. Score! I added a men's chambray button-up and tied it for a little feminine flair (and a nod to the '90s). I completed the look with a faux fur vest, cognac suede booties, a mosaic-inspired watch, and copper-colored sunglasses.

Dress: H&M (similar) Top: J. Crew (similar) Vest: Express (similar) Shoes: Forever 21 (similar) Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe (similar) Watch: Komono