That Fall Feeling // LBD + tuxedo vest

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

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Ahh, fall. The greatest season of them all, right? From booties and oversized sweaters to suede and velvet textures, autumn is pretty much the fashion world's BFF. Why? Because your OOTD options are limitless thanks to layers and mild temps! 
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This LBD puts most black dresses to shame. I love its metallic polka dots and sheer detailing. It's a killer nightlife piece but works for day too with the proper accessories. And as for fall, it's a great dress to throw all sorts of layers over. In fact, it's hard to make this number look bad. 
Madewell black dress
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Without a doubt, many of my favorite fall combos involve a little black vest. And while I currently own three, each one is different from the last - I promise! This tuxedo style is super classic, always polished, and serves as a chic half-layer when it's not too warm yet not too cool. Throw yours on over literally anything for an instant update. 
express black tuxedo vest
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Suede "sock" booties are THE shoe for FW16. You've been seeing them everywhere, right? And while the particular pair I'm wearing looks super luxe, I actually bought them at Express for a very reasonable price (and now they're on SALE)! There's no question, this is THE shoe to know now and the perfect boot to pair with all your fall frocks. 
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Echoing the starry-night-effect of my dress, this black leather clutch looks fierce and edgy thanks to its zipper trim and tiny gold studs. It's one of those bags you can't go wrong with.rebecca minkoff black studded clutch
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I chose black & gold earrings to drive home the classy, edgy vibe of my ensemble. I love how this pair is understated yet impactful. 
marc jacobs gold black stud earrings
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 Feel like taking your choker game to the next level? Inspired by the models-of-the-moment (i.e. Kendall Jenner & Gigi Hadid), I added an extra layer to my go-to necklace. This stylized gold chain is JUST what my look needed. 
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Vests, skinny suede booties, chokers, and envelope clutches are four of fall's hottest trends. They truly come together so effortlessly too! I consider this my no-fail autumn outfit formula. When in doubt, break out one of these pieces (or all four) to give yourself a fresh fall vibe. 
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 Photos by Antonio Owens 
[dress: Madewell (old but I also like this one) // vest: Express (sold out but super similar style here) // boots: Express // clutch: Rebecca Minkoff // choker: Urban Outfitters // gold necklace: gift (similar one here) // earrings: Marc Jacobs (similar pair here) // amethyst bangle: David Yurman // heart tag bracelet: Tiffany & Co. // lipstick: Bare Pop by Clinique // eyeshadow: Naked Smoky palette by Urban Decay] 

To give this outfit some context, I wore this look to day three of New York Fashion Week last month. And while I wasn't so sure I could last in such high heels, I was pleasantly surprised :) But above all, this is an ensemble I feel confident and stylish in, which is the most important ingredient of ANY successful outfit - no matter the occasion! 
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 // SHOP // 


  1. Very pretty!

  2. You've inspired me to break out the vest that I never quite know what to do with! Thanks for the endless fashion inspo, Kathleen! <3

  3. Right! Fall really is the greatest season of all!

  4. So love the way you styled your outfit :) xx

  5. Perfect outfit! Very unusual mix of clothes!

  6. As someone who is lately obsessed with vests I am in love with this outfit!! I think this could be the ultimate fall outfit! I do love that amazing dress as well, the metallic polka dots are fantastic! Of course you always have the most fabulous accessories and these booties are perfection!


  7. I liked this autumnal proposal, the boots are very versatile in this season, choker love me too! Have a nice weekend dear!

  8. You Look amazing Kati! I love Fall as long as it doesnt rain too much hahaha!

  9. Stunning dress Kathleen! I love the layered vest on it too. I hope you are having a great week so far.
    Rachel xo