4725mag's daily fashion essentials: a guide to creative fall layering and accessorizing

Like everyone else and their momma, we're super into the lace up flats trend. We invested in a couple of pairs from Zara, including these beaut's below, but are already scheming more. They may rub our ankle a little, but despite the pain (nothing a couple of bandaids couldn't take care of) they have have this magical way of instantly elevating any casual outfit. With their sandal vibe and the full coverage and comfort of a flat, they're the perfect bridge between summer and winter footwear - aka fall footwear, baby.

Despite our pretty relentless Bay Area Indian summer, due to an office that blasts AC to near Arctic like conditions, we can still play with autumnal layering (even if we do have to strip down to the studs on our commute). 

Layering like patterns with each other is a li'l thing we like to do, so we were stoked to learn of Zara's (this is not a Zara ad, promise) dedication to the co-ord set. The mixing and matching is already thought through with gorgeous patterning and stylish yet comfortable style forward silhouettes. These jacquard knit culottes and this mock neck O/S top are effortless together and we can't wait to start playing with them as separates.

Our vintage brown woven leather bucket bag completes and mixes up this, otherwise head to toe Zara, look. We love this bag. We've had it for years, but dusted it off due to the recent surge in this trend. There's nothing like a little well sourced vintage to add a completely unique element to your look and it's always nice to know you're not going to bump into someone else wearing the same thing.

This next look is hinged entirely on this vintage mohair cocoon jacket we found while thrifting in Walnut Creek. Side note - to source the best vintage pieces we highly recommend taking a little drive out to the 'burbs. City thrifts can often be picked over with inflated prices, those couple of extra bucks in gas can equal a gold mine in finds. 

With zig zag woven pastel lilacs and blues, a timeless silhouette and mandarin collar, this piece alone was well worth our journey into the deep east bay. We layered it with this simple boyfriend shirt that has been a closet staple for a while due to its versatility.

Making an appearance again is this Zara jacquard woven wool mix kimono. Yep, it's gonna be a while before we fall out of love with this one. This week we layered it with this ASOS pussy bow silk blouse because a) we love Heart and we really love the Little Queen vibe of this look and b) we're generally embracing the FW15/16 1970s fashion resurgence with gusto whenever we can and this layering heavily leans towards that.

And to carry it all around + keep it all together - from work out wear, to our laptop, to our high heels and lunch on the go - we need (yes, need) a stylish tote. 

I think you're getting to know us now and that we love a little pattern mixing, so when we saw this Marc by Marc Jacobs tote it was a no brainer. Clashes with everything? We're in. 

Sop my closet: 
Zara, leather lace up flats
- Zara, striped jacquard knit culottes 
- Zara, striped jacquard knit mock neck O/S top
- Madewell, cotton burn-out, boyfriend shirt
- ASOS, silk pussy bow blouse
- Zara, jacquard woven wool mix kimono
- Marc by Marc Jacobs, leather "Metropoli" tote bag sold out, similar here


4725mag's daily fashion essentials: faux fur and pom poms - the best fabrics and textures of fall

We rely a lot on mixing up our accessories, mostly meaning shoes, to breathe new life into our look. This week was no different. These ASOS heels stay within our trusted neutral palette, yet they play wonderfully with different textures and have a totally walkable heel. 

We'd love to claim we are a heels everyday kind of gal, but that'd be some straight bs. More often than not, we're all about a solid sneaker. After being on a white sneaker kick for a while, adding in this splash of color, courtesy of COMME des GARÇON Play x Converse, was just the step into color play we needed to liven things up for fall.

It's been a hair in a low and messy bun with simple, minimal jewelry kind of week (actually, that's most weeks). I'd be lost without mini Scünci claw hair clips and simple earrings like these Madewell, copper, gold and silver micro hoops

These hot pink and maroon Banana Republic tassel pumps are way out of our usual comfort zone, and actually, BR's usual design comfort zone come to think of it. However, with enough dark neutral fall-winter layering they can act as a bright accent to see us through colder seasons. And they were just that on a drab, drizzly Bay Area day this week.

We adore this rich jacquard tapestry kimono from Zara. Perfect for layering over a white tank - which is how we wore it this week as it's still hot here in Oakland, even though we're doing a fall weather dance to the gods on a nightly basis. Can't wait to layer this with a turtle neck, boots and chunky scarves later into the year. 

Shop my closet: 
- ASOS, "Say You Do" vegan leather, faux fur pom pom heels
- Nike, slim cut sweats
- Play COMME des GARÇON x Converse, canvas sneakers
- 90s ringer cotton-poly t-shirt, vintage
- Banana Republic, faux fur animal print cocoon moto coat
- Banana Republic, leather tassel pumps
- Zara, jacquard woven wool mix kimono


4725mag's daily fashion essentials: rules were meant to be broken - how to transition your summer whites through fall and beyond

I think we all know the "don't wear white after Labor Day" cliché is an old fashioned and out of date statement. However, there is still the task of merging the lighter colors and fabrics of summer with the heavier layers and colors of fall to skillfully master before you can totally disregard it.

Here is our two step guide to help you strike that balance and extend the lifecycle of your summer staples, because turning white denim into to a fall favorite shouldn't be a daunting task.

1. Experiment with tops that bridge seasons:

This is an excuse for some pattern play! This vintage, button-up back blouse - that we've had for years but can't part with - mixes a bright, summer appropriate royal blue, fall/winter friendly black and season agnostic white making it a versatile all seasons top.

And in this particular look that we wore today, it bridges the gap between and balances our white summer denim and heavier, black leather jacket nicely.

Keep your accessories and outwear pattern free and neutral: 

Minimal, neutral and clean is our aesthetic of choice - we LOVE a solid basic with a subtle design twist like these black leather sandals and bag. Sandals shown in a different look here.

For us, this approach to our accessories grounds our look on most days, but works extra well here at playing down the summery nature of our white denim.

Shop my closet: 
- Levi's Made and Crafted "Empire" jeans
- Vintage Jones New York silk blouse - no longer available but find similar here
- Michael Kors moto leather jacket
- Banana Republic black fringe messenger bag - no longer available but find similar bags here
- L.A.M.B "Viper" huarache sandal
- Oliver Peoples "Marmont" sunglasses