I’m headed to Colorado on a business trip next week (shortened due to my Dad’s health, but he insisted I go as planned!) and packing for this trip has been tons of fun! Colorado in Fall can be totally variable temperature-wise — one day it might be sunny, warm and high 70s, the next day it could be snowing.
Having lived there for 4 years I’m pretty good at the layering game. Inside, a few of the outfits I’m planning to pack and how I’ll mix them up to get more outfits…
The JustFab outfit topping this post was a big inspiration for me, and I have to rave about the V-Neck Ribbed Sweater Dress ($60 or $45 for new members) featured both in the top photo and this first look. Are you an hourglass, or pear, or someone with a waist much smaller than your hips and shoulders like me? If so, this dress will look fabulous on you.
It’s not the highest quality and it does stretch out over the course of the day, but the dress totally shows off curves in the best way possible! It is midweight and runs TTS, hitting me just below the knee on my 5’8″ frame. JustFab offers a wide range of sizes, all the way up to 3XL.
Taking a cue from the outfit above, I decided to layer, but in a blue palette rather than the red/green of the photo. Then, I finished the look off with a pair of super-comfy wedge boots and a cross-body bag. I test-drove this outfit yesterday on a chilly Connecticut day and got loads of compliments. The boots will be great if there are slushy or low-accumulation snows while I’m out there. (I’m also bringing my regular winter boots for our weekend up in the mountains because it’s already started snowing up there.)
To get more wear from these items, the plaid shirt and jacket will also look great over a pair of jeans (like this one from the next outfit below) or leggings (these are my favorite, they run TTS) and a pair of flats.
Here’s another layered look, heavily inspired by the layered Gap look I featured on the blog several days ago. Start with a pair of sleek, stretchy skinny jeans like the AG Farrahs ($198 + 25% off as of this writing), add a long shirt with skinny stripes, a denim jacket and a long cardigan or sweatercoat to finish off the look. You could easily swap out the heels showcased here for pair of flats if you prefer. (You can take the girl out of NYC, but you can’t take the NYC out of this girl!)
All of these pieces mix and match well into other looks. Jeans are a staple to be sure, you could pair them with any of the other shirts I’ll mention in this post. Likewise, the denim jacket is great for topping nearly any outfit on warm enough days (or chilly enough days, depending on your climate). The cardigan works well over dresses or simple tees and tank tops to add a sleek top layer against the wind.
With tights or without, this look takes many of the hues of Fall and plants them in Colorado. I’ve talked endlessly about how much I love the Homestead Off-The-Shoulder Top ($88 but currently hidden off Anthro’s site), and it works very well with the skirt and jacket (also hidden off Anthro’s site) shown here. Not ready to layer long sleeves yet? The short-sleeved Chanson des Fleurs Blouse ($88 + 30% off) would also work perfectly here.
I hope to have time to share a few more outfits that I’ve packed, and hopefully take some OOTDs while I’m in Colorado! What are some good layering looks we should know about? What kind of Fall outfits do you mountain people like to wear?