9 Early Fall Outfits to Copy

by - October 13, 2022

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind as we wind down the first nine weeks of school. Now, Fall Break is upon us, but so is the flu, so this Real Outfit Roundup post will be a quickie. This collection of outfits I wore in real life are firmly in the business casual genre, with one casual exception for a field trip day.

Sizing info: I'm 5'2" and weigh about 145 lbs. I typically wear size 6 or S/M in clothing and size 7 in shoes.

Shirt / Skirt (similar) / Shoes (similar)

This is the very first work-wear skirt I bought after I was hired at the TV station. It's just a basic A-line skirt with a slip liner and back zipper. It is one of my smartest purchases, and I'm so glad I hung onto it. It can be worn with pretty much any top, and I especially love this one! It has got the cutest polka dot pattern that makes it so much more than a basic white blouse. My Oxfords are also long-time members of my closet. My students thought they looked like bowling shoes, but I'll continue to wear them.

Dress / Shoes (similar)

This dress is perfect for fall, but if you know me at all you know that I'll be wearing it year-round. It's a shirt dress with fully-functional buttons. The sleeves are fluttery, which we all know I love. It's a midi-length on me. Downsides are that the material has no stretch or give at all and no pockets.

If you're looking for a statement blouse to add to your work rotation, look no further! This is such a pretty pattern and it has a bit of a statement sleeve. It comes in a few colors, too. It is on the longer side, but I thought it had a nice drape, even though I opted to fully tuck it this day. These are those Old Navy OG Chinos that I've been in love with. They're the comfiest work pants I have ever worn. The only thing that's a little off with them is the placement of the belt loops, but it's not a big enough deal for me to wash my hands of them.

Dress / Shoes (similar)

I found this at Walmart and could not leave it behind. It is such a flattering cut for a dress and the colors are perfect for the season. It's got cute flutter sleeves and a tie-waist. It's midi-length on me. I paired it with some wine-colored ballet flats.

Dress (old) / Shoes

This dress is a leftover from my TV station days that I just couldn't part with. It's faux-wrap, which is universally flattering. The bodice is a bit looser than I remember it being, so I've got it pinned, and it's got the cutest little trumpet sleeves.

Shirt / Pants / Shoes (similar)

This is another blouse I discovered on Amazon that I'm so glad I took a chance on. It's got the coolest sleeves that I cannot adequately describe, and the neck has pleat details that add a little something extra. I paired it with white skinny jeans and leopard flats for a nod to the season. I originally was wearing a leopard-print belt as well, but for some reason it was leaving a black residue on my pants, so I ditched it.

Shirt (old) / Blazer (similar) / Pants (similar) / Shoes (similar)

I feel like this might be my favorite outfit from the last few weeks. This plaid blazer is one of the last things I bought for the TV station, so it hasn't had a ton of opportunities to shine in the past several years, but it's perfect for academia, especially when paired with my burgundy skinnies. My blouse is from way back in my TV days, as well, but it was the perfect understated compliment. I decided to get a little print-mixing in with my leopard flats.

Shirt / Jacket (Wantable) / Pants / Shoes (similar)

In case you didn't guess, this is what I wore on the day of our field trip. These dark straight-leg jeans are a new addition. I like that they're not as form-fitting as skinny jeans, but that they're a bit more structured than my beloved boyfriends. You can't tell here, but my t-shirt is a graphic tee with a giant peace sign on the back, but it was actually pretty cool this particular day so I did not waste the chance to wear my new leather jacket from my Wantable box. It's sooooo good, y'all. It's got a detachable hoodie liner complete with hood, which I think makes it cooler. It's the kind of jacket I've been looking for and never found.

Shirt (similar) / Pants / Boots (similar)

This is the outfit that got the most compliments, even though it's relatively simple. The black flare jeans are really nice, although they're about two inches too long, even with heeled boots (I've got them rolled under so they wouldn't drag the ground too badly). They're high-waisted, which I typically stay away from, but with this cut they work. My blouse is a nice pumpkin-ish color, but more tan than orange. I love the understated puff sleeves and crochet details. Unfortunately it's no longer available, but I'm linking to a similar style that's really cute.

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