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I love September. It’s a time for starting fresh; adopting a new, positive outlook on life; and embracing change. And it’s a time for revamping tired looks!
I live in t-shirt dresses during the summer, as they’re easy and comfortable. (A bit more polished than shorts and a tee, too.) Typically, though, they get stowed away at the end of August, not to be seen again until the following summer. But this fall, I’m all about keeping them around well into October and November, and styling them for the new season. Pair them with boots, jackets, sneakers and button-downs (underneath), and you can’t go wrong, in my opinion!
My #1 t-shirt dress? The Propriano by French clothing line Saint James. The adorable retailer Island Pursuit recently sent one to me to style, and–oh my goodness–I can’t get over its quality! It features a thick rayon/poly blend material that’s sturdy yet super soft, and it fits perfectly. (Form-fitting for sure, but in the best way. It doesn’t cling to my hips!) Oh, and it’s sun-proof, which is really nice for my vampire skin. ;) Most of my t-shirt dresses last roughly a year before they start to pill, but I can tell the Propriano is going to last a long time.
(Sizing tip: I think the Propriano runs slightly small, so I’d recommend going up one size. I took a size 36, but I definitely could have gone with a 38. For comparison’s sake, I typically wear a size XS/0 in J.Crew.)
I also should mention that Island Pursuit–which has stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Florida–carries a great selection of Saint James, well-known for its classic maritime styles. And you can take 20 percent off any full-priced product with code “KELLY.” (Saint James rarely goes on sale, so this is quite the deal!)
And stayed tuned… Island Pursuit and I will be teaming up soon to bring Kelly in the City readers a fun giveaway! Woo! :)
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While it’s been nearly four years since I was last in college, I still stock up on “school supplies” every September. Who doesn’t?! Cute supplies just make work so much more enjoyable. I am, however, starting to realize that I have some hoarding tendencies when it comes to stationary, organizers, notebooks and pretty writing instruments, haha. ;) It’s not entirely my fault, though. I think it runs in the family! I mean, my mother’s desk is overflowing with cute stationary, too. I’m also surrounded by school vibes all the time as my apartment is practically on DePaul University’s campus. #justification (?)
Anyway, Tiny Tulip, an adorable online boutique specializing in personalized products, has it all. And I’m obsessed. (Obviously.) The company offers a huge selection of school supplies and clothing as well as drinkware and desk accessories… and many of them incorporate Lilly Pulitzer prints! Some of my favorite Tiny Tulip + Lilly “back to school” products are above.
Are you in need of new supplies to start the “new year” off right?! The Tiny Tulip $100 gift card giveaway has been extended! It now ends on Friday, September 19th, at 12 a.m., which means you still have some time to enter.
I love quilted jackets. I have two, and I scored each of them for under $50 at C.Wonder’s popup store on Fifth Avenue a few years ago during a major sale. (Mine are no longer available, but the newer barn jacket and cropped jacket are pretty similar!)
Lately, I’ve been throwing on my maroon-colored one–which I thankfully thought to bring out to Chicago with me this past June–at least a dozen times per day. (Noodle needs to be taken out on the hour, and temperatures have been in the 50s in the mornings and at night!) I love how easy it is to slip it on and off, and that it basically feels like I’m wrapping myself in a down comforter. ;) It really makes those early-morning and late-night walks a bit more bearable!
Below are some of my favorite quilted jackets that are currently available. Obviously, I’m a huge fan of the Barbour coats, but I also really have my eye on this L.L. Bean number! And yes; I did include one for Noodle. ;)
It’s hard to believe, but the first official day of autumn–Monday, September 22nd–is right around the corner. And Tuckernuck’s new fall collection is here! And I love everything. (#typical) Above are my must-have products for the upcoming season. Don’t they make for the perfect fall uniform?! So cozy. :)
Note: I should mention that Tuckernuck offers the option to monogram the classic olive-colored Barbour Beadnell Jacket. So if you’re looking to purchase one this year, definitely do it through them! I went with the block monogram in dark green on the jacket’s pocket, but I also love the monogram on the cuff. Sizing advice: go up at least one size in the Beadnell. I might even go up two if you’re planning on wearing chunky sweaters underneath it.
Tuckernuck is, without a doubt, my favorite preppy retailer. Have your seen the new e-catalogue? It’s gorgeous! Sometimes I visit the site simply for inspiration… but when I do make a purchase, it’s nice to know that I’ll have whatever product I’m buying for many years to come. The Tuckernuck team does an amazing job at putting together classic looks with quality pieces that won’t fall apart or go out of style!
Check out some of my other picks from the new collection below. What’s on your must-have list for the fall?
As a kid, I attended a Catholic elementary school, and absolutely adored my green tartan uniform and shiny Bass penny loafers I was required to wear. They made me feel so important and grown up! I actually remember being pretty miffed in kindergarten because we only had a dress code, haha.
I’ve found that a lot of people, having been forced to wear uniforms for most of their existences, come out of school never wanting to wear anything that even slightly resembles their old threads. (It’s understandable.) But me? I never stopped loving tartan… or my loafers.
It’s been a while since my school days, yet I still have three pairs of Bass shoes: the Original Weejuns, the Viviana in Fuchsia, and the Kiltie Tassel Loafer. And I wear them constantly. They’re my go-to everyday shoes, as they’re timeless, easy to slip on, and ridiculously comfortable. I swear that they require almost no break-in time. They also go with nearly everything. I pair them with jeans, dress pants, shorts and casual skirts… it all works!
As you can imagine, I was thrilled when I found out that Bass carries boots as well. (And because almost all of my fall and winter clothing is still on the East Coast! Brrrr… Chicago, you’re so cold.) Since receiving them late last week, I’ve worn my dark brown leather Joanne Boots every day. You know how most boots take a good couple of weeks to break in? Not these. Comfy from the moment I zipped ‘em up. :) At $148, they’re also a steal compared to most leather boots!
Looking for a good pair of boots for the fall? My current faves are the Nellie, the Lizzie, the Chance, the Paloma, and the Maxine. Oh, and take 20 percent off any Bass order today! (Discount applied automatically in cart.)
If you need help with sizing, the brand runs slightly large, in my opinion. For reference, I normally wear a size 7.5 in flats and a size 7 in heels. I do, however, take a size 7 in all G.H. Bass & Co. loafers and boots.