WIW x3: Fall flowers, puffer and parka over skirts

Here is what I wore the last 3 days. Yay for keeping warm with my new winter coats!

1-3. Today: Cognac Lafayette 148 leather jacket, cranberry Splendid cowl neck top, Halogen ivory lace trim cami, Anthro floral midi skirt, rust Chie Mihara sandlas, Fossil floral satchel. I didn't like the way the top looked tucked in so I left it untucked but scrunched it up to the right length--makes the top look a little ruched. The cranberry, cognac and rust colors all match the colors of the flowers in the skirt. Does this color combo look OK? This is kind of a transitional look. The skirt is very spring-like but I'm trying to make it more fall-looking with the cranberry top and leather jacket. The sandals are also kind of a warmer weather item, but the colors are more fall.
4-6. Yesterday: Took the tags off the brown Lands End puffer! Wore it with a cream H&M top, Anthro leaf belt, H&M pink & brown plaid midi, herringbone tights and brown suede La Canadienne wedge boots. Here's a pic of the cream puffer for comparison, but I'm still contemplating that one. I may end up keeping both, but only if the cream one works with my wardrobe. I can already tell the brown matches a lot of my clothes!
7-8. Wednesday: Anthro olive parka, teal Classiques cowl neck sweater, Anthro teal and mustard stretchy belt, Anthro teal and olive and blue patterned pencil skirt, Fossil floral satchel, nude Easy Spirit ankle strap pumps. This is a triple pattern mix (skirt, belt, bag) so I kept the shoes plain & simple.

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  • Parsley replied 9 years ago

    Outfit #3 is so pretty and feminine, and the top looks good worn untucked and scrunched. Love your shoes! I like it better without the jacket, even though the colors are fine. I think it's just that the jacket has a heavier feel than the light-and-airy skirt and open shoes. But if you're wearing the jacket as outerwear, no problem.

    I LOVE the teal outfit in #8! it looks so sleek and professional, and the colors are beautiful on you.

    Since I think the sleek, sophisticated look is so great for you, I would love to see this outfit particularly with a trimmer, more clean-lined coat. I know you've been searching for coats, and I share your pain! But a sharp trench or trim wool coat would look so good on you, and be more in keeping with the professional image that especially #8 projects.

  • rae replied 9 years ago

    OOOH, 1 and 7 are my favorites!! The colors and silhouettes are so nice, and the tops drape beautifully.

    Have you tried the cream puffer with 7-8? I think it would look really nice with the contrasting colored top.

  • goldenpig replied 9 years ago

    Parsley, I know the heavy jackets over feminine skirts look doesn't appeal to everyone. But I'm cold! :) I take the parkas off when I get inside. But the leather jacket I'm keeping on this morning until it warms up a bit.

    Rae, great idea! I think you're right, the cream parka would work well with that outfit, esp. since there is some white in the pencil skirt. I never would have thought about that combination, but that sounds awesome!

  • JennyAnne replied 9 years ago

    I love all the prints and especially that leather jacket!

  • Lisa replied 9 years ago

    You have some really pretty printed skirts!

  • velvetychocolate replied 9 years ago

    You have some gorgeous skirts. I love #3 and #8. Also love the leather jacket in #1.

    How about trying the top in #3 with the skirt in #6 and the belt from #8, plus the jacket in #1 if it's not too "matchy matchy" - worth a try. I also think the jacket in #1 would look good with combination #8, tucking in the blue top if necessary if the blue top is too long for the jacket.

    rae's suggestion of the cream puffer combined with outfit #8 is a good idea - reminds me of Angie's recent explanation re: which coats to wear with which skirts. I'm not sure if I remember correctly, but the more flared the skirt - the more it matters that the coat/topper is the same length (or longer) as the skirt *or* you can wear a much shorter jacket with a flared skirt as well (such as the shorter brown leather jacket with the pink & brown midi in outfit #5. The cream puffer might work well with the straighter skirt in #8 as per rae.

    In the meantime, I can't wait to find out how the J Crew coat works out for you when you get it.

  • mamaKate replied 9 years ago

    Back to team Maximal this week, Natalie! But pulling it off with grace and ease as always. For my part, I am learning to accept my tendency toward "a lot going on" and run with it!

  • replied 9 years ago

    You really know what colors look good on you Natalie, and you are becoming a master ot transition. I like the way you paired the cognac and cranberry with the "summery" skirt. I think it totally works. I LOVE you in the teal top as well. Yay for the new puffer(s?). I'm glad you're keeping warm!

  • Fruitful replied 9 years ago

    OMG I am dead.

    That cream puffer with the plaid rose and brown skirt. Wow. You can't return this!!!!

    I'm loving your instinct for colour combos (the rust, cognac & cream; teal, olive and blue) but I am DAZZLED by seeing that cream puffer in an outfit.

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    1 and 7 are my faves too. Love those sandals in 1.

    OMG! I just looked up... is that a Land's End puffer in brown?! No wonder I thought I could be looking at myself, if I had long hair. I have a brown Land's End puffer too! I'm not sure if Land's End is stylish, but I love that blessed coat.

  • Ornella replied 9 years ago

    Natalie, you *are* having fun :)

    I apologies for not having time for more than just checking the photos, so have no idea what you or the others wrote... but just wanted to add that #8 is especially lovely on you and I'd like to see it with maybe different handbag, plain, so the skirt and the belt are the only patterns.

    Also, could you try that with pencil-style skirt maybe? I recall your sweater dress with obi-belt and that silhouette was truly fab and worth playing with more.

  • Mochi replied 9 years ago

    Great outfits--practical and lovely and fun!

  • Angie replied 9 years ago

    Outfits #1 to #3 and divine! KILLER. I also adore #7 and #8!

  • Suz replied 9 years ago

    Ditto what Angie said. I love you in that cranberry top, Natalie! And I really like the blue sweater/skirt combo. Glad you are nice and warm.

    A keeping warm tip: Up here we tend to add layers. So we layer first with long sleeve tops and jackets, possibly with silk or other insulating layers under those, adding high necklines or scarves as it gets cooler, then with light coats on top of that, then with wool coats instead of lighter weight coats, graduating finally to the puffer only when it is TRULY freezing (because we HAVE to wear it for three months at minimum.) It's a different approach. It never ceases to amaze me how our dominant season/climate influences our style decisions! I really like seeing how it works in other places.

  • Sara L. replied 9 years ago

    I love #6 and #8. I think the cream puffer looks better with #6 than the brown coat although they both look good. The colors in the first outfit look good to me and I like how you are using summery pieces but fall colors to transition your wardrobe.

  • Amy replied 9 years ago

    #3 and #8 are my favorites. I love that cranberry top on you. I hear you about needing to stay warm! I wear my puffer all the time (including indoors).

  • CocoLion replied 9 years ago

    Picture #3 and #8 are divine! You are looking great these days GP.

  • goldenpig replied 9 years ago

    Rachylou, yes that is a brown Lands End Luxe Down coat. I didn't have much expectation from that brand, but I think it looks pretty stylish!

    Suz, you are totally right about the layering. I wouldn't be so cold if I bundled up more. Scarves and layering is next on my list of skills to tackle--I am not used to doing that and always rushing in the morning so that's why I want to throw on a huge parka and run. It's hard enough to think about one layer! I think scarves and layering are an advanced skill! I don't have many good layering tops...I need to check out Angie's list of recs. Usually it warms up enough during the day so I don't need all those layers once the sun comes out...so it's nice to have the toasty parka in the mornings then just toss it in the car when it warms up.

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