fall favorites: the lightweight jacket

According to Starbucks and J.Crew, it's officially fall. No, no, don't argue that it's still in the high 90°s here in Austin. Pumpkin spice and booties are upon us! In the blogging world, this means it's time for all of the lists pushing fall "essentials" that you must buy if you're going to call yourself stylish. Rather than bog you down with more of the same, my role model and blogging bestie Adina of Blue Collar Red Lipstick and I have decided to just share a few of our personal favorite fall pieces. In this favorites series, we'll each show you two different ways we style three different items that we find ourselves wearing again and again during the season: the lightweight jacket, the transitional piece, and the cool-weather accessory.

One of the reasons Adina and I thought it would be cool to do this series together is because of how different our lives are, even though we have really similar taste in clothes. Adina lives in Canada (what? I know, so cool), and is the mother of two little cuties. She's also a career woman who just returned to her 9-5 grind in a buttoned-up office. This woman seriously does it all, and her gorgeous red locks are never even out of place. Looking through her archives, I fell in love with her ability to layer (I hear it's cold in Canada or something?), her affinity for prints and colors, and her shoe collection. I loved working on this collab with her, and I know you're going to love her too.

For the first favorite fall item, the lightweight jacket, I, of course, chose to style my utility jacket. For this series, I'm styling a look for now and a look for later. Be sure to check out how Adina styles one casual look and one look for the office!

jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // top: old Nordy Rack // skirt: Forever 21 (similar) // shoes: Steve Madden via DSW (similar)

Photos by Briley Noel

I initially wanted to use this corduroy skater skirt for my "later" outfit, but couldn't bear to wear tights yet. Luckily, the length of the skirt lends itself to being worn now, while the fabric just screams "fall." Because the air conditioning blasts here all summer long, I actually get a lot of wear out of my utility jacket throughout the whole year. 

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jacket: Gap Outlet (similar) // shirt: Gap Outlet (similar) // jeans: Gap Outlet // shoes: old Steve Madden

Photos by Briley Noel

For my later look, I chose a pretty, colorful button down to keep the look from being too rough-n-tough. This is something I would put together for a rainy fall day where I didn't want to have to worry about any fussy details or clingy fabrics. The shirt is really light, which makes it easy to layer under the jacket for a little extra warmth. Come on, fall breeze--I'm ready for you!

What lightweight jacket to do reach for in the cooler months? Don't forget to check out how Adina styled her tweed blazer (which is now at the top of my wishlist!).


  1. OMG I love that skirt so much. I've really gotten away from shorter stuff for the most part at the moment, so I would need it to be like four inches longer, but I love that color blue and I really need more texture in my wardrobe. When I was a kid I had this green (cordoroy? velvet? something soft and textury) dress with a heart clasp in the front that was my favorite thing ever and even when I outgrew it I wouldn't let my younger sisters have it because I loved it so much. That skirt makes me think of that dress, and a crazy part of me wishes I still had it. Oh well, time to hunt around on the internet for something grown up me can wear.


  2. oh girl, the amount of corduroy and velvet stuff from my childhood that i pine after is ridiculous. green velvet dress, brown corduroy jumper (the overall dress kind) that i wore until i looked like a hoochie six year old, etc etc etc.

    this skirt has definitely gotten even shorter since i gained weight, especially in the back, so i won't wear it to work (where there's essentially no dress code) until it's tights season. i know American Apparel has an identical one, but there's got to be a longer version somewhere. i'll keep my eye out and let you know!

  3. What a cool idea for a series! I love the picture collages you have for each outfit, btw. Neat spread. That skater skirt is CORDUROY?! Dream-y. Please please do style it with tights when you can comfortably do so, that would be an ultimate combo. Yeah it's still super hot here in Nashville too, so I refuse to even think about Fall (though, it's my absolute favorite and I can't wait) Luckily, it's freezing in my office so I can rock a light jacket too!

    And thank you for the most thoughtful comment on my blog! You're a gem. And I replied to all your questions :)

    Happy Monday, as happy as they can be...

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  4. i have a sort of similar jacket to this and it seriously is like the most versatile thing i own. i wear almost everyday i here i swear. love these two looks.

  5. since i bought this skirt last fall, i have actually worn it with tights already! this is my favorite of the looks: http://www.writeslikeagirlblog.com/2013/11/everyday-holiday.html

    also, i've done musical theatre throughout my life too (until college, unfortunately, when i had to give up that dream). we should be in a musical together. let's write it.

  6. I got an olive lightweight jacket back in spring and I'm obsessed!! I love all of the way you wore it!

  7. I'm going to be honest, I want to wear this trend. I love it. It looks like green poop on me. There, I said it.

  8. On that note: did you know that the Spice Girls actually had a musical called "Viva Forever?" It was a flop but, still happened. I'm reading Geri Halliwell's biography (don't judge) and it's SO GOOD and naturally I have the Spice Girls on the brain.

    I did my (final?) musical in college, my Senior year, on a whim, because I stopped running xc & track. No regrets! It was Pajama Game.

    And- yes, duh, the skirt and tights. Brilliant. Thanks for linking that to me!

  9. I have a skirt just like that, so perfect! All I need is that jacket. I want one similar, but I'm SO picky when it comes to "military" influenced fashion.

  10. I've been super busy, so I haven't been able to leave you any blog love this week, but here goes....
    All 6 of the outfits in this series are crazy perfect. Like for real perfect. I could see all of them in an American Eagle catalogue or something. And not just the outfits, the model and the photographer too. You are just killin' it this week. And Briley does such a great job of bringing out the best in you. (not that you don't exude beauty on the daily ;)

  11. Ah, so cute! I love lightweight jackets like this - I wear mine all year round, but especially in the fall. They're great "transition" pieces, aren't they?? I love both outfits, but the one with the corduroy skirt?? Adorable.


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