Mid-Fall Haul

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I haven’t had as much time to think about style systems as I would like, but I have done a fair amount of shopping, both out of necessity and out of the fact that I get so many tempting emails every day advertising some kind of deal. I am currently in the middle of a weight loss journey, and I have lost around 20 pounds so far–which means that my old clothes don’t really fit anymore, obviously, so I have had to get some new things.

First, let’s look at what I’ve gotten from Boden. Boden is a brand that really speaks to the aesthetic that has appealed to me for the last six months or so–50s/60s gamine. I have managed to find several things there with the specific collar I love–rolled boatneck.

This is a dress I have been eyeing for a long time, and I love this purple. I finally broke down and ordered it when I got a notification that Boden was having a 20% off sale. I haven’t received it yet, but I have another similar dress from Boden, and I find this sort of structured shape to be very flattering on me. This is a dress that I got for Level Two occasions (you can read about the Three Levels of Dress in my workbook), and it is definitely an area of my wardrobe where I have long been lacking.

I bought this at the same time as the dress above. As you can see, it has the collar I keep on talking about. I almost got the ivory instead of the yellow because it is just so Breakfast at Tiffany’s casual:


…But I already have a top in this color that is similar, which I’ll get to shortly. Yellow is what I would choose for my Zyla tranquil, and I love a yellow sweater/sweatshirt in winter.

I also had exactly zero pants in my wardrobe that weren’t jeans or leggings.

So I got these, and I’m on the fence about how they look on me. I was going to wear them with the top I mentioned above, the one kind of like Audrey’s, and I just didn’t like the combination. I do love the color, though–a beautiful T3 peacock.

The top is from Banana Republic. It’s something I see as my answer to the button-down shirt because, as much as I love a crisp white shirt on Audrey, as David Kibbe, genius that he is, astutely pointed out, that’s not really “me.” And he’s right–every time I’ve bought a long-sleeved button down, it has just sat in my closet, unworn. This shirt I feel like I should have sized down a little, maybe, but I’ll see how it looks with other pants.

Then I just happened to be in JCrew one day and saw this on the new arrivals rack.

Leopard is like catnip to me (sorry). So of course I had to buy this, and I’ve worn it a lot. I really hate the way JCrew styled it here, though–I think the collared shirt underneath detracts from the boatneck.

Lastly, I really like Target’s A New Day line, and I basically jumped into the car as soon as I saw that this jacket existed.

I think that every Autumn Gamine needs this jacket. It’s so cute! I don’t know if you can really see it in the picture, but it actually has gold threads running through it.

Now that my credit card has been locked in a safe, I’m working on putting together head to toes and figuring out how to make sure that I don’t lose the important elements of my personal style by going too far in this vintage-inspired direction. I need to retain my wild side, too.

What have you picked up this fall (or spring, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere)?

16 Comments on Mid-Fall Haul

  1. Sarrah Otto
    October 15, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    Congrats on your weight loss! So inspiring. I am anxiously awaiting my custom dress from eShakti. It won’t be here until the end of the month.

    • stylesyntax
      October 15, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      Thank you! I hope your dress works out 🙂

      • Sarrah E Otto
        October 16, 2017 at 12:46 am

        🙂 Me too I’ll let you know.

  2. Nancy Arnott
    October 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    I love the Boden styles, of course (and you know I own that Marisa dress, in an unforgivingly small size that I’m not sure I can wear at present!). How do the Richmond 7/8 pants fit? I have not yet dared to order pants from Boden. I have such specific needs when it comes to pants, as I need a long rise.

    • stylesyntax
      October 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm

      I think they’re fine, but I don’t have any fit issues with pants besides needing a petite inseam. They hit me around the belly button, so they make work for a long rise.

  3. Sarah R
    October 16, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I’m loving the new gamine style direction your wardrobe has taken the past few months. I can’t imagine you losing your edge in anything you wear. I’m trying some new things too. After I Konmaried my closet I had a lot of cool statement things that I wasn’t wearing since I didn’t have the right shirt to wear with the jacket or pants. So I bought several silk shirts in different shapes: a turtleneck, a sleeveless tunic, a ruched sleeveless top and a boxy green top and now everything is coming together in a really cool way.

    • stylesyntax
      October 17, 2017 at 3:17 am

      Thank you! I am seeking out keeping the lines but going with wilder patterns/colors/materials. I also need to up my accessories game.

      I think statement + staples is a great way to put a wardrobe together. Well done 🙂

  4. Shelby Converse (@ShelbyConverse)
    October 17, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I am loving this look so much! I just want a bunch of boatneck tops and Audrey-styled pants to match, but unfortunately, boatneck is one style I can’t pull off. 🙁

    Still, I’m enjoying my own mid-fall haul (props on the rhyming) – found a new selection of my favorite pants on sale at Old Navy this week. Not only were these made of work-appropriate material, but they came in a bevy of beautiful autumnal colors! Colors, I might add, that my wardrobe lacks but I love. Win-win! I really like how I’m expanding/correcting my color palette lately.

    • stylesyntax
      October 17, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Which pants?

  5. Sara Beth
    October 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    I love this so much! I really wanted that jacket from Target as well but as a TW not Gamine anything it’s a total no no for me, so I’m happy to see someone has it who will wear it well.

    Your haul makes me think of these two tops from Anthro as well.



    Love it when you get a chance to blog. Looks like your fall wardrobe is coming together quite nicely!

    • stylesyntax
      October 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you! I hope to have more time to spend on this blog now.

      The plum one is very tempting—hope I find it on sale. 🙂

  6. anastasia
    November 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Hey i was watching one of your youtube videos and i was wondering if you ever thought you might be a dramatic classic. You look like you would be one but leaning more to the dramatic side of course. you kind of also look like claire daines ( dramatic) or katharine ross ( dramatic classic).


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