Sunday morning, Mary and I awoke to what can only be described as a perfect fall day: the sun was shining, the leaves had changed to glorious reds, oranges, and yellows, there was just a hint of chill in the air, and our Irish had just taken down arch-rival Southern Cal the night before! What better time than now to share another fall wardrobe?
This time, however, Mary asked me to get in front of the camera and share my own autumn staples! Sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee. Welcome to my fall uniform.
The navy blue cardigan is a staple in my closet. I blew out the elbows of the last one I owned (a discount purchase from Nordstrom Rack), so I had to immediately find a replacement on that fateful day! This is from J. Crew, and it comes in very handy when I don't know what temperature to expect at the office in the fall. I think I got it at a time when I was able to stack a coupon code on top of the store's sale -- such an even better deal for something I'd wear all the time.
My pants are from J. Crew's discount brand, Factory. I have to admit that the oxford shirts I've purchased from there haven't always been great quality-wise -- lots of issues with stitching, weird fit problems, and so on -- but I've never had any problems with their chinos, and they can ALWAYS be purchased at a steep discount and/or with a coupon code. These are no exception. These green ones will probably be in my rotation for the next 7 months or so, until I switch them out for summer weights and colors.
(It's only as I write this do I realize how much J. Crew stuff I had on. That's usually not the case.)
My shirt, amazingly enough, isn't THAT J. Crew blue gingham shirt, and actually isn't even J. Crew at all. I think it's Tommy Hilfiger, but I've had it so long, who even knows. Suffice to say, the style is ubiquitous, but that's because it's a shirt that goes with jeans, shorts, and chinos. It's perfect. Here's a link to the style, but I'm sure every store and brand has their own version.
Fall also means it's time to bust out the desert boots. These suede shoes are great in colder weather, and also work great with both jeans and chinos. Clark's are the standard bearer, in a wide variety of colors, but these are the Macalister from (you guessed it, J. Crew). I've owned both brands. I had zero complaints from the Clark's, but the J. Crew shoes are just incredibly soft. I don't think I'll be going back when these bite the dust. And since you probably already can tell I love a deal, I'll let you know that I've had luck finding the Clark's in their own outlet store and Nordstrom Rack in the $75 range, while the Macalister's I'm wearing here were another sale + coupon code stack. Best. Purchase. Ever. (Aside from Mary's ring, of course)
Finally, now that summer is over and I'm not baring my ankles everyday, I gotta keep my sock game on fleek! I got these socks from thetiebar.com, the same place I purchased bow ties for my groomsmen. Sadly, these particular socks don't seem to be available anymore, but here's a striped pair in the same colors, while these would have matched the green pants better. I guess I have another purchase to make!
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