I consider myself very fortunate. Since becoming active on Instagram I’ve been offered a number of great opportunities. Most recently, I was approached by Polaris Fashion Place, in Columbus, Ohio to help promote their “Buy One, Give One” campaign with the United Way of Delaware county. As part of this promotion I’ve put together my ideal fall/back-to-school outfit.
When I think of fall, I think of comfort and layers. For this reason, early fall is easily my favorite time of the year. As I pieced together my kit, I tried to prioritize comfort while not sacrificing style.
Shirts and Layering
Layering has always been a tough concept for me. I’m decent enough at putting together a basic outfit that doesn’t clash but I haven’t always had an easy time layering pieces in a way that doesn’t come across as over-the-top. Over time I’ve learned some basic rules:
1. Don’t go crazy with Patterns
It doesn’t matter some much whether it’s the inner or outer layer that has most of the pattern, the important part is to step up or step down the heaviness of the pattern for each successive layer.
For my outfit, the bottom layer carries all the pattern. You can easily imagine how absurd I would look with a gingham button up over a striped shirt.
2. Inner Layers should be shorter than outer Layers
As with any rule, there’s always a few exceptions but you’ll generally look more put-together by not having layers peeking out of the bottom of another. I’ve found that shirts from the same brand have been cut with this concept in mind. So if you want to make things easy on yourself, purchase layers together.
3. Each layer should be able to stand on its own
This is especially important for fall in Ohio. You might start the day off with three layers and by the time 3 o’clock has rolled around you’re down to your bottom layer. You want to look as well put-together with one layer as you do with all three.
Although, the inner layer of my outfit is a sweater, it’s a very light one. I can easily ditch the button down and still have a smart looking outfit.
The Shoes – Van’s Vegtan Sk8 Hi-Tops
For those who follow me on Instagram, you know my shoe collection consists primarily of boots and high-tops. I’ve always loved Van’s, ever since my young “skater boy” years. The Sk8 Hi’s are available in a wide range of colorways but the one’s that caught my eye were the Veggie Tans. This is my first pair of natural veg tan footwear and I’m really excited to see how they develop.
As nice as the leather is, comfort was still a priority for this part of the outfit. And let me tell you, these are some comfortable shoes. The shoes have required virtually not breaking-in period. The soft insoles and YKK zipper in the back also help contribute to what is a very easy to wear piece of footwear.
Uncomfortable pants make for an uncomfortable outfit. So if the goal is stylish comfort, then the pants are the foundation.
What I ended up picking out were a pair of drawstring linen pants in army jacket green. Pardon the pun, but this selection was a bit out of my comfort zone. I usually live and die by my denim but for this outfit jeans would have been a little much.
These pants are super versatile. You could wear these to class or in the office and no one would bat an eye even though you’re basically wearing pajama pants.
The Overall Look
When all the pieces are put together you end up with a kit that is appropriate for basically any occasion. You’ll also never feel encumbered by poor range of movement. Oftentimes the first thing I do when I walk in the door at the end of the day is to throw on some basketball shorts and a t-shirt. I don’t think I’ll be as tempted to do that with this outfit.
If you’re interested in any of the pieces mentioned in this post or would like to learn about how you can help give to the United Way, check out the links below:
- J Crew Denim Shirt
- J Crew Striped Sweater
- Gap Green Drawstring Pants
- Vans Veggie Tan Sk8 Hi-Tops
- United Way of Delaware County
- Polaris Fashion Place + United Way Buy One, Give One
Stay dapper my friends!