My favorite fall outfits

By no means would I consider myself a fashionista. I’m sporting paint-splattered yoga pants and a sweatshirt more often than I care to admit.

But today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite fall outfits because they explain a little bit about my philosophy when it comes to buying clothing.

To keep my budget in check (and save closet space), I usually try to limit myself to purchasing a maximum of 5 new quality pieces of clothing twice a year. That typically breaks down to about 5 pieces for the cool months and 5 pieces for the warm months total.

Of course, this means I have to be pretty selective about what I choose to buy. I start by surfing Pinterest to get an idea of what’s trending right now in fashion. Then I scour my closet for outfits I can replicate – from my favorite pins – using what I already have.

I decide what I need to purchase based on what key items are missing and what pieces would exponentially increase the on-trend outfits I can put together.

For example, I recently picked up these three items:


ScarfThe Breezy Room
Slim Leg Cargo PantsDuluth Trading Co.
Leather Tall BootsDuluth Trading Co.

With these three items, I can literally build at least 10 fall/winter outfits by adding them to stuff already in my closet. Here are a few examples:

BreezyRoomscarf2In this outfit, I’m also sporting my free, DIY boot socks.


White sweater – Guess outlet store



Purple sweater – Eddie Bauer
Plaid shirt – Duluth Trading Co.

Here’s another outfit featuring my DIY boot socks:

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Brown sweater – Target
Black leggings – Gabriel Brothers
Denim shirt – Hollister
Scarf – Lands End

Gray-outfit Fall-photo

Gray sweater – Target
White shirt – Gabriel Brothers
Converse shoes – Target
White bag – Kohls

Do you have a fashion-buying philosophy?

Special thanks to Duluth Trading Company for providing, at my request, the DTC items featured in this post. 

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8 Responses

  1. Katherine Brooks says:

    Love your outfits and your philosophy! I shop goodwill and luckily find brand new clothes that are current styles! $200.00 cocktail dresses for $6.99, never worn riding style leather boots from nordstroms for $5.00 and new Levi’s skinny jeans for $7.00 are just a few of my finds! pLUS you are helping the community. Try it! I’m in Richmond va where we have fantastic thrift stores! Where are you located? Best kmb

    • Susan says:

      Oh wow, Katherine. I would LOVE to check out your thrift stores. They sound amazing! You’ve been snagging some really awesome stuff. Thanks so much for the feedback and for stopping by.

  2. Kim R says:

    You have great style and I love those boots! I clicked the link, though, and it took me to The Breezy Room – you may want to fix that. I found them at Duluth Trading, and they look better on you than the pictures on their website! On you they look darker than the picture above. Do you think your pictures are close to the real color?

    • Susan says:

      Kim, thanks so much for the kind words and for bringing my attention to the incorrect link. I fixed it right away. 🙂 After you asked about the boots, I grabbed them from my closet to inspect them. I would say the website color is pretty true to what you’ll get. However, I’ve had mine for about a month or so and I’ve noticed they develop a little bit of a darker patina as they age. (They mention that in the website video.) I normally wouldn’t invest that much money in a pair of shoes, but I would definitely say the quality of these boots is great and they age really beautifully. Plus they smell really good, if you like that new leather smell (I’m weird like that). 😉 They are definitely my go-to pair of boots for everyday wear. Cute and comfy and roomy in the calf area.

  3. cheryl says:

    Thanks for the source info on those boots I love so much…I didn’t want to ask when you posted the cute boot socks. :o) How do they fit? True to size?

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