4 Comfy and Chic Fall Outfits from J. Crew for Busy Moms

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Happy Thursday my friends! I’m sure many of you can relate to this, but the past few years have brought a renewed appreciation for clothing that is comfy AND chic. I’m just not in a place in my life where I’m reaching for anything fussy or uncomfortable (I did my time!) anymore. I am a busy mom dang it! And I’ve got to be able to keep up with my kids. But I also want to look cute while chasing after them. 😉 J. Crew has been a forever staple of mine for pieces like that (i.e. comfy and chic). I still remember the very first piece of J. Crew clothing I ever bought (a tissue tee circa 2003) and their black lady coat has been a closet staple for at least 12 years now. And then there’s the vintage J. Crew cable knit that just gets better with age.

My point: When something works, I stick with it and J. Crew has always worked for me. I just love how their pieces are so effortless and timeless, and I love how I feel when I wear them.

So. To honor the comfy and chic vibe I think we’re all craving these days, I wanted to share with you guys 4 outfit combos from their fall line that I’m wearing in my everyday, real mom life:

Mom life scenario 1: the school drop off

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I don’t know about you guys, but getting Kit to the bus stop and Ella and Rosie to preschool always seems like a rushed affair… no matter how hard I try to make it otherwise. I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it’s a rare occasion indeed when a “real” outfit is put on in time for me to get them all dropped off… which is why I love this combination so much! The jumpsuit definitely fits into the loungewear realm, but it’s SO cute that you can wear it for things like (ahem: rushed) school drop offs, and with a cardigan thrown over the top you’re suddenly transformed! The jumpsuit is so soft and cozy and I’m excited to have a piece in my closet that is so versatile – it’s also great for curling up on the couch with a good book and a candle lit (just some suggestions 😉). I was worried that head to toe merino wool would be scratchy, but it’s really not at all. I’m wearing a small, and it is still a bit big so I’d suggest sizing down. The cardigan that I threw over the top runs a bit big as well so if you’re looking for something less roomy then I would size down. I went one size bigger than I normally do (a S/M as opposed to an XS/S) because I like the extra room. I love the cable knit detail on this cardigan paired with minimal details elsewhere. It’s very simple, and yet not simple all at the same time.


Mom life scenario 2: a day of errands/grocery shopping

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I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but 90% of my life feels like it’s spent running errands (working on decreasing that percentage a bit, but I digress). And when I’m running around getting stuff done, I want to be COMFY. But I also don’t always love running errands in my sweatpants (even if they are a cute jogger set). I want an outfit that feels like a real outfit, but that doesn’t inhibit me in any way, and I honestly can’t think of a better combo than a pair of roomy jeans and a cashmere sweater. This combo is the PERFECT combo for getting mom stuff done. This sweater is just SO beautiful… soft, cozy, and not a single bit of scratch. I love the versatility of the neckline, and that it comes in a classic breton stripe. I did size up in this one for a more relaxed fit. And I also love these jeans… they remind me so much of vintage denim and they feel that way too. I think the cuff at the bottom is the perfect cherry on top. I took a size 27 (I wear a 26 typically) and it’s the perfect fit. If you want a more fitted look I’d size down.


Mom life scenario 3: a walk to the park

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A scenario I find myself in often? A walk to somewhere, and a lot of days we’re walking to the park. This time of year when I’m at the park I want layers – if the sun comes out or if my kids want me to play chase then the sweater coat can come off and I’m still comfy and chic in a white tee and jeans. I do love how much this sweater coat adds to the outfit – the dramatic length, the black stitching along the lapel, and the relaxed fit. It’s such an easy look… but with a punch. I did stick with my normal size and I got this in an XS/S.


Mom life scenario 4: a patio lunch date with my hubby

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Okay so… this doesn’t happen as often as I like, but when David and I ARE able to get away for a quick date this is the kind of outfit I reach for. We’re not super fancy people, and I’d always rather wear a pair of sneakers with a cute skirt or sweater so that if we decide to take a walk after lunch/dinner I’m not killing my feet in a pair of heels (okay sometimes I kill my feet 😉). I do love the way a silky skirt looks with a pair of sneakers though. There’s something very pleasing about the juxtaposition of the two elements. This sweater is just a holy grail fave of mine now, and it has been since the moment I put it on for the first time. It’s luxe feeling, the puff sleeve element is so dang sweet, and the knit/color are so timeless. This is the sweater I’ll be reaching for when I need to add a bit of something to my outfit. The skirt is also a really great layering piece for fall. It’s perfect with a cardigan like this, an oversized sweater, or even with a cozy sweatshirt. And then come Holiday season it will be great paired with all of the seasonal tops. I also appreciate that it’s not silk – makes it a little more practical for mom life.

In terms of the shoes I wore in this post: the sneakers run true to size. I sized down in the clogs. Both are super comfy!


Well that’s all I’ve got for you guys today! I hope you enjoyed this little peek at how I put together comfy and chic outfits for fall.

Until next time,

Karin

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