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


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