Falling for monochrome

Forever a fan of a monochrome palette, today’s outfit is most likely going to turn into my Fall uniform. This duster-length cardigan has been in my closet for all of 2 weeks and has already been worn 5 times! It’s the perfect layering piece for Seattle’s current fickle morning-to-afternoon, Summer-to-Fall, temperature transitions. The cardigan is playing double duty as a jacket right now, but isn’t too thick to fit under a jacket once the temperature drops again.

the demure muse // monochrome with J.Jill
J.Jill cardigan duster
outfit details:
long knit cardigan: c/o J.Jill (exact)
draped front-wrap top: c/o J.Jill (exact)
ultra skinny jeans: Citizens of Humanity (similar)
Noa wedges: Gentle Souls by Kenneth Cole c/o J.Jill (exact)
vintage Coach Legacy purse: thrifted via Goodwill (exact via Etsy)
glasses: Derek Cardigan (old)

the demure muse // monochrome outfits
the demure muse // vintage Coach Legacy purse

I know I don’t talk much about work on the blog, but I’m really excited for the upcoming season. Not only is Fall my favourite season to dress for (yay layers!), but I’m also learning that Fall is the busy season in the office. Since I now work on projects that are tangentially related to e-commerce, and Fall is the season for gearing up to Holiday shopping, things are about to get crazy!

Hearing anecdotes from coworkers about past Holiday season preparation is getting me excited!! Having never worked on this side of retail before, it’s been fascinating to learn about what happens behind the scenes. Everything from the prep work required to roll out a sale, to ensuring that there are enough boxes to support shipping out goods, to lead times on graphics that pop up online for advertisement, is incredible to see!

Needless to say, there will be less shopping outside of Holiday gift buying for this lady. I’ve been working really hard to downsize my closet for the last year and I’m finally getting to my happy place. All of the pieces are finally coming together where they can be worn both for work or play. The hardest part was finding silhouettes that would mix and watch well, and this long knit cardigan ties a lot of them together.

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  • Oooh, the Gentle Souls wedges. They don’t look too high a heel, if at all? Is it mostly flat?

    • There is an ever so slight wedge in these shoes (1.5″). They fit and walk like flats though and are really comfy! I want to do a review of them… there’s an insole layer made of flaxseed memory foam which I think is so interesting!

  • Monochrome always has my heart. The weather is still too summery here in Portland, but I can’t wait for the chance to wear layers (and for seasons!)

  • I love this look! I’ve been in this weird style limbo where I want simpler, classic things, but am also still so in love with patterns and textures that it’s been kind of a struggle to figure out where I’m going, style-wise. My closet is down to 130 pieces (including shoes, but minus sleep/workout wear), and yet I know I could probably get it down to 100 if I was REALLY honest with myself. I really admire you for being so consistent in narrowing down your closet & style! Send some of that mojo my way ;)

  • Love this look! The long cardigan is perfect for the Seattle Fall!!!!

  • You are always so adorable! Love the look. Pretty much the only color palate in my wardrobe!

  • Love the look! You pull off monochromatic like a pro!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

  • I love that sweater! It looks so cozy and I love tweed look of it!