Fall Style Wish List for 2018

fall style wish list

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve been counting down to the weekend for a million reasons but largely because my paycheck hits my bank account and I can do a little retail therapy! Wahoo! The temperatures have been dropping a little recently and I’ve been breaking out a sweater here and there but my closet would definitely appreciate a few more hanging inside. That and some new boots!

I’ve always had a hard time figuring out what my style is when it comes to fall fashion. I love classic cable knit sweaters and duck boots but I’m also a big fan of the slouchy, off the shoulder sweaters and over the knee boots everyone wears. A bit of preppy, a bit of on trend! I think that’s the best part of personal style, you can do it all or none of it if you want to!

Shop the Post: Pumpkin Spice Mug | Pumpkin Spice Hat | Orange Dooney & Bourke Bag | Pumpkin Spice Tee | Tartan Skirt | Sperry Duck Boots | Levi’s Skinny Jeans | Yellow Knit Sweater | Blue Sweater | Green Sweater | Orange Sweater | Leather Boots | Over the Knee Boots | Blanket Scarf

Quintessential Preppy Style: the L.L. Bean Boat Tote

This summer went by so quickly! I can hardly believe its already September! Unfortunately, in Texas “autumn” really means summer part 2. Its not going to get chilly here until late November. So I may be drinking pumpkin spice lattes in a pool but whatever!

The other day I decided to change out my bag from this cute Mexicali embroidered one to my favorite old L.L. Bean boat tote. My mom gave it to me years ago and she had it monogrammed with my initials. When I was little, my dad would put me in one of these bags and swing me around. When we’d go to the beach, we always took at least two boat totes full of beach stuff down to the shore. During the fall, we’d use those same boat totes and fill them with wood my dad chopped for our wood stove. These tote bags are literally a legacy.

Styling a Boat Tote

In 1944, L.L. Bean introduced these tote bags for the purpose of carrying ice. Decades later, we now use them for everything from going to the farmer’s market to making a style statement. I avoid saying “fashion statement” because a boat tote isn’t fashionable, instead its a preppy closet must-have that carries you through life.

I’ll be the first to admit however, that they don’t go with everything. I’m certainly not carrying one with me to a nice dinner out with David or to a party. But outdoor activities and long shopping days are what this bag is made for. The best ways I’ve seen this bag worn are with shirt dresses like mine (similar here). It’s a simple, classic look! Some of my other favorite combos include:

  • Chino shorts, light weight sweater, Sperry’s
  • Jeans, Hunter boots, sweater, and rain coat
  • Scalloped shorts, button up, Jack Rogers sandals

In my wardrobe, I have a philosophy with everything I buy- if it isn’t easy and doesn’t go with multiple items, then I don’t need it. I’ve always believed that the most luxurious outfits should be comfortable and simple to put together. To me, the boat tote is a must-have accessory to creating beautiful outfits that withstand the test of time. And those boat totes my mom and dad had when I was little? They’re still around and constantly making new memories decades later.


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Cute Fall Shoes on a Budget

Hey everyone! Even though its still 95 degrees every single day here in Dallas, I’ve been getting so excited about fall that I couldn’t resist buying a thing or two for my fall wardrobe! After work the other day, I made my way to the shoe aisle in Target and saw they had quite a few shoes marked down. I know some of them were supposed to be for their summer shoe collection, but I think they can make their way into the fall season without anyone knowing the difference!

Target Shoe Finds

I’m always on the hunt for a good deal (full price is the F-word!) so I’m really excited to share these quick fall shoe finds with you! To grab these deals, you might have to go in-store to find them as it appears online that they haven’t been marked down or they’re out of stock.

The purple velvet shoes were on sale for $6.99!

The black pointed-toe shoes were on sale for $8!

The Universal Thread pumps were on sale for $8!

I may or may not have done a happy dance and then called my mom to brag about the good deal I got. Ok I totally did. I was so excited. It’s the little things, right? These shoes are going to be super cute for work or a night out with David. I’ll be sharing how I style them soon!

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Instagram Wear-to-Work Style Roundup

navy blue sweater

Hey lovelies! I was thinking to myself the other day that I spend more of my week in my “office” wardrobe than I do in my “regular” clothing and its crazy. When I come home from work, its off with my pencil skirt and time for PJs! I make no apologies for that. Since I work in an office and have an 8-5 job, I feel like I don’t get to post many casual outfits simply because I never get to wear them! So instead of seeing any cute little shorts today, you’ll have to enjoy my office outfits!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Cardigan | Striped Dress

j crew striped pineapple top

One of my go-to skirts is this bright blue pencil skirt that I bought probably 5 years ago. I’ll never throw it away! As classic as they are, I think pencil skirts can be really fun pieces when you buy them in bright colors! J Crew always has some in fun colors as well as New York & Company!

Shop My Look: Shoes | Striped Top | (Similar) Skirt

ombre dress

Not gonna lie, by Friday I’ve gone through most of my closet favorites and my laundry hamper is spilling over. No shame. Instead, I throw on a maxi dress and pair it with a cardigan and rock that at my office. We don’t really have a casual Friday policy, so I’ve made this dress and a few others part of my own casual Friday! Unfortunately, you can’t get this dress anymore (I bought it way back when) but my favorite monogrammed Marley Lilly tote bag is still for sale!

Also, shout out to my coworker, Darlin, for taking literally every single one of these photos! Please check out her Etsy shop for me- she makes the coolest Halloween cards!

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Dressing Rooms are Scary for Some Women- I’m One of Them

Hey lovelies! On Witty n Pretty, I try to not only share my style but also what’s on my heart with all of you. Sometimes it’s my favorite trends of the season and then other times it’s a post about battling depression. Lately, my mind has centered around body image and the problem I have with my own. So today, I’d love to dive into this topic a bit and just feel free to be open about it with you!

What is Body Image?

Body image is how we perceive ourselves, whether factual or not, in the mirror. So many people struggle with negative body image, including myself. My fiancé always catches me looking in the mirror making fun of myself by doing “fat faces” or grabbing my stomach and rolling my eyes. He always tells me I’m beautiful and there’s nothing he would change about me but guess what? There’s plenty I would change about me! My negative body image ensures that whenever someone jokingly asks me if I’d ever get plastic surgery, I have a list of things I’d have fixed to spout off! How sad, right? But it’s the truth. Body image is almost always associated with negativity.

Dressing Room Anxiety

With body image issues comes shopping for clothing issues. These two go hand in hand and feed off of each other. No matter what you want to buy, the negativity in your mind will convince you that it doesn’t look good. I’ll be totally honest, trying on pants, skirts and shorts absolutely terrifies me! Every time I turn around my hips have gotten bigger and my stomach is more bloated than the day before. I value being my current size (I’m an 8) but I see myself being pushed further away from that number than ever before. And yes, I’m really bothered by it!

So trying on clothing can be a real test of will for me and I imagine many others.

Setting Realistic Expectations

This is not my forte. I like to excel in everything I do and not having the perfect body and wardrobe feels like I’m a failure. But I 100% realize how important it is for everyone to have realistic expectations about how their bodies react to better nutrition, exercise, and so on. More importantly, I know we should set realistic expectations for how we look in clothing.

J Crew is one of my favorite stores to shop in but no matter what, I’ll never be a size 8 in their shorts. In Target’s Universal Thread line, I’m an easy size 8. I have no idea why this is the case, but it is. However, I can wear a size 8 skirt in J Crew. Unfortunately, I focus in on what I can’t wear versus what I can. It’s so silly!

This isn’t a post where I tell you how to fix your body image issues, because truthfully I can’t even fix my own. But this is a post for anyone looking to see if someone else understands how they feel when they step into a dressing room full of anxiety. I do! And when I was putting on the outfit above, I was scared the shorts wouldn’t fit- but they did. Little victories matter!

PS. You can find my shorts here and a similar top to mine here!

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