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Easy Fall Transitional Outfit Formula

As I’ve mentioned before, for ease in dressing, sometimes I turn to “fashion formulas” – simple equations for creating easy-to-replicate looks. Well, as my mind turns to fall while the temperatures linger in summer, I’ve been turning to this equation as a happy medium:

Off-The-Should-Top (with longer sleeves) + Ankle-length Skinny Jeans + Classic Pumps = Fall Transitional Look

It’s easy, comfortable, and chic. In fact, it’s been my everyday look four times in the last two weeks. I’ve substituted different tops and jeans and shoes but stuck to this general equation frequently lately. Moreover, if I’m being honest, I’ve actually worn this exact look twice in the last week! Don’t judge.

Fashion Formula Details

Let’s break down this fashion formula, shall we?

My Exact Look

In case you like any or all of the exact elements I’m wearing, here are the details:

  • First of all, I went with the Tanya Taylor ‘Nessa’ embroidered off the shoulder top. The embroidery detailing is just fabulous! Plus, the material itself is a bit on the heavier side, as compared to some of my other off the shoulder tops, making it ideal for transitional wear.
  • Then, for my jean selection, I went with these 7 For All Mankind ankle skinny jeans. I love the light patchwork details. Plus, the ankle length is great for showing off your shoe choice.
  • Speaking of shoe choice, I opted to wear some older Valentino pumps that I’ve had for years. Even though I’ve had these for four years or so, I still get compliments on these each and every time I wear them. That’s the definition of a classic piece.

More Options

The great news, though: Even if my exact look isn’t precisely your preference or in your budget, you will be happy to know Nordstrom has something for everyone! Don’t you worry – Nordstrom to the rescue. The beauty of shopping at Nordstrom is the breadth of the offerings, both in terms of style and price range.

In fact, one brilliant aspect of fashion these days is that it’s actually quite stylish to mix high end and lower priced items. So, when you see a look you like, maybe pick one piece to splurge on. Then, you can complement that high-end piece with bargain finds.

So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at options for each piece of the equation. Take a browse, and let me know your favorites!

Off The Shoulder Top

Ankle-Length Skinny Jeans

Classic Pumps

Bonus : Blue Handbags

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Houston Street Art

Finally, how cool is this new mural in Houston? It’s amazing in size and scale, and in its execution. Furthermore, I love the abstract look and the watercolor effect.

Big kudos to my friend and photographer Maritere Rice for scouting this out for us! She loves color and murals just as much (if not more!) than I do. We absolutely love the thrill of the color hunt.

While I don’t currently have the location and artist details available, we will share those details – and much more Houston street art details – very soon…

In conclusion, thanks as always for visiting Wear + Where + Well! And have a great Monday.

Photos by Maritere Rice

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this article. Strategic partnerships like this help make Wear + Where + Well possible. And if you are interested in sponsoring content here, let us know

Details of My Look

Tanya Taylor embroidered off the shoulder top7 For All Mankind ankle skinny jeans | Valentino scalloped pumps (older; I also love these, these, and these) | Chanel bag (loving these blue bags) | Dannijo chokers (great inexpensive options here and here) | Dior double pearl earrings (similar inexpensive option here) | Kendra Scott gunmetal cuff (similar here) | Karen Walker sunglasses | Nars scarlet empress lipstick | Chanel nail polish


  1. Bella B says:

    Ok this worked out so well!!! I just love that top and those jeans look mega comfy. I hope you had such a great time in NYC. I loved watching your snaps.


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, sweet girl! Have a great week.

  2. Ashley Moseley says:

    Ah! Photograph is to die for as always, as is the styling!! We’re going to Seville for a week in September and I wonder if I might find an embroidered top there. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Carrie says:

      Oh I look forward to seeing what you find! Sounds like a great trip.

  3. I absolutely LOVE this look! And what a great formula! Obsessing over those ankle length patched jeans. Great style!

    Love, Lindsey

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, Lindsey!

  4. Lindsey says:

    Beautiful outfit! I often turn to outfit formulas and uniforms, too! It’s so helpful to have tried-and-true styles to fall back on when in a rush or just don’t feel like any outfit is working out right.

    The Fashion Barbie

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes exactly, Lindsey! Glad you understand.

  5. Alyssa Renee says:

    I love this look! The color scheme is gorgeous! In love with that blue Chanel bag! =)

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    1. Carrie says:

      Big thanks, Alyssa!

  6. Sydney says:

    Just incredible! That wall is really jaw dropping, I just keep going back to look at all the beautiful colours. This is such a great formula for transitioning into fall, I just ordered another long sleeve off the should to wear into fall! Hope your having a great monday!

    lots of love… Sydney

    1. Wendy says:

      I Love this top the details too !! It is perfect for the change of summer and fall..I just love it.

  7. Amy says:

    your photos are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you use? Also, that bag! SWOON!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    1. Carrie says:

      Ah thanks a ton!

      I’ll let my photographer Mari chime in. I know she uses a Canon…

  8. Sheri says:

    Hi Carrie,
    This is a super cute look! I really like the top and the choker. I’ve been wearing a black off the shoulder top and I could see this choker working well.

    Have a good week,


    1. Carrie says:

      Hi Sheri – definitely give it a try. It works well with this silhouette. It dresses up your neck without interfering with the pretty chest / shoulder area on display with the off the shoulder top.

  9. miri says:

    Love your style! The jeans, heels and the bag are just perfect!
    Big hugs,


    1. Carrie says:

      Thank you so much, Miri!

  10. Merritt Beck says:

    I love the idea of a fashion formula that everyone can take and make their own and never have to think about what works and what doesn’t! This is a classic outfit that will always look amazing!
    xx, Merritt
    The Style Scribe

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to say that, Merritt! Much appreciated as always.

  11. Sarah W. says:

    This look is so classic. I absolutely love the embroidery detailing and the simple formula! Must be the math loving nerd inside of me. Haha!

    XO, Sarah | The Bella Insider | @sarah_thebella

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks so much, sweet Sarah!

  12. Laura says:

    This is PERFECT!!! And yes that mural is beyond amazing!!


    1. Carrie says:

      I’m so glad you like it, Laura! Thank you.

  13. So fun and pretty Carrie! That top is gorgeous!


  14. Isabella says:

    You got some wonderful pictures. You’ve created an easy and practical combination of autumn. You look great with this outfit. A wonderful week!

    1. Carrie says:

      I’m glad you like it, Isabella!

  15. Lauren says:

    That mural is stunning, perfect backdrop. Love your look, off the shoulder is my absolute favourite right now. I intend to keep rocking it all through the Autumn
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Lauren! I’m glad you enjoyed the feature.

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