It is officially fall. The season of cooler temperatures, muted candy coloured leaves, and wood-smoke scented breezes. In this our third, and final, installment of our Fab Four “September Issue”, we bring you layered looks to keep you styling and profiling this season!
Check out how the Fab Four “layer-up” for fall/winter 2015.
Take my breath away…who remembers that way back track huh? This song was the inspiration for my laid back relaxed look – Top Gun baby! Picture it, I’m strutting confidently across the tarmac as fog rolls in with me wearing a gorgeous smokey gray leather jacket with wool collar trim! I’ve got my aviators at the ready as I board my fighter jet! Ok so I won’t be hopping onto any fighter jet but you catch my drift. LOL
The jump off for this look was the jacket. This jacket is THE JACKET OF MY WHOLE LIFE! I found it while perusing Beyond the Rack, an online sample sale site, and had to have it. It was tucked away in the “My Curvy Closet” section of the site. Once again, I really like how online sample sale sites are providing PERMANENT plus size clothing selections to better serve their diverse customer base. See fashion industry it’s not hard!
I love the fact that this jacket is cropped as it hits me right at the top of the hip so that my God given “ass-ets” aren’t hidden. LOL
Speaking of assets, these denim jeans are the truth! Once again, Old Navy came through for me. Almost all of my jeans are from this store. Now, I know finding the perfect fitting pair of jeans can be pure hell – trust I know the struggle is real but oh so worth it.
These jeans are jeggings with some distressing detail. The final touches are the aviators, of course, my wedge boots and a clutch to hold all my necessities.
Mr. Cruise I’m ready for my film debut in Top Gun 2.0!
I love the all black everything sexy, classy, chic look and I went for it. I occasionally struggle to find what I’m going to wear in fall. I’ll turn my closet upside down trying to come up with something. To be honest I’m still trying to adjust to the change in temperature…I’m just not ready for the fall season. Lol
With this look I went with the theory of less is more. This timeless look is perfect for fall and gave me that confidence without having to do too much. Investing in classic pieces is so essential especially on those days when you don’t know what to wear.
For this look I went for a femme fatale look. I paired my pencil faux leather skirt with a simple fitted black turtle neck with a pair of black pumps and my ¾ tweed vest. To add a little excitement to my look I added a full earring cuff and my pink candy yum yum lipstick for the perfect pout.
I grab my sunglasses and I’m ready to conquer the world!
Tis the season for layering. Fall is so unpredictable, so having multiple layers is the best way to conquer the day. For this week’s edition of our lookbook, I was inspired by the boys! This is yet another trend of this season, but does it really ever go away though? As far as I’m concerned, menswear inspired looks are always in.
Blazers are a fall must have. They go well with most things and, most importantly, it’s a stylish way to keep the chills at bay! I love this blazer because of its structure. I’ve had it for many years and it still looks fresh and current. I paired my blazer with this fun polka dot fitted boyfriend shirt. I can predict that this item will also have many wears!
And finally, the star of this outfit is these booties! I found them at the Gap and did a little dance! I saw them at the store in a size 10. For an unknown reason, I decided to try them on. They didn’t fit, but surprisingly, they weren’t crazy tight! So I ordered them online in the size 11 (because of course they don’t actually carry the larger sizes in store… The Gap, please show us big footed babe some love by stocking our size in store please?!? *end rant* LOL). They are soooo comfortable, the color is awesome and I absolutely love them.
One of the recurring comments found in the reviews section is that these boots make the feet look big. While that may be true, I came to terms with this sometime ago. Old Nancy would have returned the boots based on this alone. New Nancy says: Yes! I am tall and I have bigger feet! They allow me to go about my business and help support my statuesque frame, so I am not going to bash them! So I say, screw it, go on with your big feet! So whether it be stilettoes, kitty heels (they’ve been getting a beating lately… LOL), or shoes that make your feet look big, wear what makes YOU comfortable and happy! *gets off soap box* LOL
What fall/winter season would truly be a fall/winter season without a little fur, or faux fur, to add warmth, texture and panache to a look! It can be the perfect opening volley for any outfit you plan to rock this fall. Then, add a foundation of black leather and some knock’em dead booties and ladies, ding-ding-ding, we have a winner!
The catwalks were filled with fur and leather during last spring’s fall/winter fashion week shows and these decadent pieces were a feast for the eyes that I gorged on unrepentantly! And though I had a fun filled summer, I cannot say that I regret having to dress for the cooler temperatures when I get to slip into these sexy pieces.
The foundation of this look is this leather long-sleeved shirt that I purchased many moons ago but continues to stand the test of time. The sleeves were originally more bell shaped, but I had my trusty tailor give them a little nip and tuck. I wanted to pull a little Tracee Ellis Ross action by doing leather top to bottom recalling the gorgeous leather jumpsuit she sported for the Billboard Music Awards, so I paired the leather shirt with these faux leather pants that hug my curves in all the right places.
Since I did not want this look to fade to black, I knew I just had to fall into the fur. This faux fur vest adds another layer of texture and visual interest that helps to break up all the black. I added this skinny tan belt to help define my waist and my version of “Kinky Boots” that are the embodiment of all things hot to me (ya, I guess you can say I kinda like ‘em;-)LOL
The accessories were simple: gold rectangular shaped earrings and this quilted shoulder bag and I’m armed and ready to meet cooler temperatures!
Special thanks to Roseline Bonheur for her amazing photography!
The Fab Four