One of the things that I love about autumn is that it’s about balancing extremes: temperatures that vary wildly; electric-colored leaves on the ground and naked, grey branches above; the sense that something has ended but something else is beginning. As Alexandra pointed out in her post last week, the balancing act extends to fall wardrobes. While the unpredictable weather can be annoying at times (a dress during the day and a million sweaters at night), I embrace the chaos as an opportunity to be creative and experiment. Recently I've been inspired by two things: mixing country and city clothes, and high-brow and low-brow pieces.
Loafers have been a surprisingly easy way to play around with both types of looks. Beat-up brown vintage ones paired with an oversized Icelandic sweater and a lovingly weathered canvas jacket let me pretend that I'm wandering through quiet country lanes rather than hustling through Chicago's crowded streets. Since I was going to work and class that day, I added white pants to the mix for a less casual look. The pants pull the whole thing together and I'm planning to wear them throughout the fall and winter.
One of my regular outfits is black jeans and a black sweater with leopard print Belgian Shoes. The shoes really pop against the black -- sort of like yellow leaves on dark pavement, and being Belgian Shoes they add a little poshness to an otherwise casual outfit.
In terms of high-brow v low-brow, it doesn't get any better than this one: a Radiohead t-shirt and Gucci horsebits. The combination doesn't make a whole lot of sense, and that's why I love it.