Fading into Fall

layer a long sleeve stripe tee with a vest and jacket

In the spring and summer months, I’m constantly wearing color. From fun floral prints to nautical stripes and unexpected pairings, I’m usually wearing something bright, cheery, and colorful. Once the seasons change, though, I find myself gravitating towards color-less looks. As of late, I think navy is the only twinge of tint I’ve worn. I was looking at my Instagram the other day and I realized what used to be a feed filled with pops of pink is now much more muted.

To avoid falling into the all-black New York trap, I try to balance my monochromatic looks with shades of gray and white. It’s all about incorporating texture, too. Whether it’s a leather sleeve, a thermal tee, or even a wax-coated denim vest (or all three!), colorless looks are so much more interesting with touches of texture.

piperlime striped tee shirt long sleeve

piperlime leather sleeve jacket

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layer with a vest fall outfit

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  1. 10.26.14

    I agree, layers of texture can add a lot to a monochromatic or muted look. I love the leather sleeves on your coat! That’s a “trend” that I don’t think I’m ever going to stop liking.

  2. 10.26.14
    Natali said:

    You look great in this outfit! You’re right, whenever the weather gets colder, esp. come Winter, somehow want it or not, majority of people go after dark/ black-white outfits.
    I love to “break” them with either layers or a pop of colour with my accessories.


  3. 10.26.14

    Love this coat!

  4. 10.26.14

    beyond perfect!! Love the grey and black!!

  5. 10.27.14
    Kari said:

    That vest and jacket is to DIE for!

  6. 10.27.14

    What a fun jacket!

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  7. 10.27.14

    That coat is such a great find! Love this look!
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

  8. 10.27.14
    irene said:

    love the simple colors!


  9. 10.27.14

    Love everything about this outfit! That coat is such a good find!


  10. 10.27.14

    You look beautiful! I love grey and black together!

  11. 10.27.14
    Meagan said:

    That jacket is so cool!

  12. 10.27.14
    karen said:

    love that jacket

  13. 10.27.14
    Alexandra said:

    You do monochrome so well! I love the pop of color with your lips!

    Warm Regards,

  14. 10.27.14

    I love this look on you! Totally agree, that adding some grays and whites keeps the look more interesting that our all-black cold weather uniform. The sleeves on this jacket are amazing!!

    xoxo, Elena Michelle

  15. 10.27.14
    Melissa said:

    That coat is gorgeous!
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  16. 10.28.14
    Stacey said:

    You always layer so effortlessly!! I always feel like when I layer it looks bulky!

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  17. 10.28.14
    Lindsay said:

    Love all the layers! Kendra Scott Giveaway on the blog!


  18. 10.28.14
    Lisa said:

    That is so true! I completely become an all black all the time New Yorker in the winter, but I am actively trying to add more color to my winter wardrobe so that I have the pick me up when needed!
    In Dramatic Fashion

  19. 10.28.14

    Jess that jacket is everything! I do agree as well, I find myself wearing less colorful outfits during the fall/winter months. I’m not sure why we all sometimes seem to gravitate toward a more muted palette during these months. Love the texture you’ve added here; it does give it an extra bit of pizazz! 🙂

    xo, Stephanie

  20. 10.28.14
    Dana said:

    Oooh, that coat is lovely! Usually not into the leather sleeves look, but I’m digging this one!

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  21. 10.28.14
    Andrea said:

    I too am guilty of wearing way to much black in the colder months! I’m trying to resolve that this year with a brand new red J. Crew coat!



  22. 10.28.14
    Rose said:

    What a gorgeous outfit, love the jacket! I am now following your blog, you have so many amazing posts!


  23. 10.28.14

    The Venice Vegan Leather Sleeve Coat is a must have! Great find, Jessica 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you!