outfit: fall uniform

calivintage: fall

i think this formula of a blouse worn beneath a simple shift or jumper might become my new fall uniform. there’s something so simple and utilitarian about the look (and just a little bit schoolgirl) that is feeling pretty much perfect these days. you can add a nice wool coat and a pair of tights if it gets too chilly, but you won’t be bored to death like you might with a one piece dress because you can always swap out any number of tops and jumpers in different colors and fabrics. and, of course, when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to be able to mix and match as much as possible!

i know most of the photos are in black and white, but i was quite pleased with the color combination of rust and pale pink. i’ve always liked the mixture of warm earth tones in the fall with a splash of bright pastel to keep things interesting. and i’m trying to play more with color these days, so it’s been fun trying to break free of my typical neutral tones. but i think what i loved the most about this outfit was the mixture of silk, velvet, and suede. just something about these fabrics that feels so perfectly luxurious, don’t you think?

top: j.crew silk blythe blouse
dress: family affairs velvet dress (from a few seasons ago)
shoes: vintage suede mary janes
bag: j.w. hulme mini legacy bag

calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall
calivintage: fall



    1. it’s been so long since anyone has seen my forehead, haha! i still haven’t decided if i’m going to let it continue to grow, or if i’ll trim it back up to my usual bob. but it might be fun to get some length just for a change!

  1. I love the second to last picture — all of them actually!! :) Yes, rust and ballet pink are stunning together.. This it the perfect fall uniform <33

  2. This is a really creative take on the jumper/blouse combo. I love it! I’m waiting for the weather to cool down a little bit up here in the North Bay so I can wear my fall/winter jumpers.

  3. erin, i love this dress and see that it is still available on the site (on sale, whee!). but the size chart i found on family affairs’ site wasn’t very helpful… are you able to give any guidance on sizing? for example, could you answer how family affairs’s sizing compares to, say, modcloth’s sizing? anyway, thanks for any help you can give. i find inspiration in the crisp vintage-inspired lines of your style!

    1. oh how exciting! i didn’t realize it was still on the site or i would have linked directly to it! anyway, i am wearing it in a size small and i’m usually a dress size 4 or 6, if that helps at all. for an idea of how that compares, most of what i order from modcloth is a size medium. if you’re concerned about length, i would size up because it’s verrrry short!

  4. silk, velvet and suede just so happen to be 3 of my favorite things. i feel like they’re all just great textiles for autumn, too. i have a couple of summer dresses that i’m looking forward to wearing as jumper once the weather turns a bit cooler.

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