outfits review

Fall outfits 1-5 (+ a Veja sneakers 3 month review)

September 20, 2017

And here we go!  I’m jumping into fall with some new stuff and new photo style that’s well outside of my comfort zone, so mixing in a lot of old standbys has helped the transition.  I broke out one sweater, but for the most part, I’m getting every last wear out of some warm-weather pieces (like my Birks).


SOURCES //  tank – Everlane, made responsibly // sweater – Everlane (men’s), made responsibly // wedgie jeans – Levi’s WaterLess, made with water-saving efforts from made-in-USA denim // sneakers – Veja, made sustainably // lipstick in Jam – Glossier // necklace – vintage (similar, made in USA) // mini purse – Baggu, made in USA

My first sweater of fall is one that I originally bought for my husband, but fully adopted as my own when he never wore it–I’m much more into neutrals than he is.  It’s light and layers well, and is perfectly slouchy.  A gray top and jeans is nothing revolutionary, but I especially love it with a dark berry lip.  And please forgive my stupid posing, I’m definitely getting used to this whole photo format.


SOURCES // top – H&M Conscious, made of sustainable lycocell (similar) // pants – Elizabeth Suzann, made in USA (other colors) // sandals – Birkenstock, made sustainably // bandana – gifted (similar vintage)

I can’t believe I’ve never paired this top with these pants, since they’re both such favorites of mine.  It’s a bit of a wrinkly look, but I don’t mind because it’s so relaxed.  This is a version of wearing pajamas to work that I tend to go for when I’m getting dressed really quickly.  I like the bandana, but would probably like it better in a color.


SOURCES // tee – Alternative Apparel, old (similar in gray, eco-friendly; similar in red, made responsibly) // jeans – Levi’s, old (similar, vintage; blue wash, made in USA; similar white, made in USA) // mules – Marais USA, made in USA (other colors)

It is amazing how much more comfortable these photos were when I was holding a phone in my hand.  It’s weird how that seems like a little security blanket.  I might still mix it up with the format, but I hope it’s getting you slightly better quality peeks at my outfits than the mirror selfies of last season.  I’m trying to figure out how to wear these cool slides in an everyday chill way, and denim (especially of the distressed variety) seems to be an ideal pairing.  This outfit would be great for spring or summer, but it’s great for this transitional time.  And if you didn’t catch it Monday, here’s my full review of these mules.  (And here you can get a better idea of what I was saying about how they make my flat feet look especially flat!)


SOURCES // top – H&M Conscious, made of sustainable lycocell (similar) // pants – Esby Apparel, made in USA // sneakers – Veja, made sustainably // mini purse – Baggu, made in USA

I wore this get-up out to see Good Time, and let me warn you that the title is ironic.  It’s a really well done film with great performances and even better editing, and it will give you anxiety.  These pants are definitely longer on me than I would like, but I think I’ll roll with it for the season, since I anticipate warmth might become an issue as it gets colder.  At least, I hope so….I’m repeating this top as much as possible while it’s still pretty warm.  There’s a quick review of these sneakers at the bottom of this post!


SOURCES // jumpsuit – Reifhaus, made in USA // sandals – Birkenstock, made sustainably // mini purse – Baggu, made in USA // lipstick in Jam – Glossier 

This linen jumpsuit is a great transitional piece to keep around for this in-between seasons period, because we tend to have very warm falls in LA, especially in the beginning.  I made the mistake of letting this slip into the laundry hamper, and it shrunk in the wash, but I’m still hoping I can pull it off.  Another side effect of the wash was that I’m getting a bit of fraying at the neckline.  🙁  This may be a lesson to myself that when I invest in an expensive piece, I should try to make sure it’s super durable and low maintenance.  I went braless here, so excuse my little side boob.  ;P


Now that I’ve had these sneakers for a minute, I thought I’d do a little review with some miles on them.  I got them for summer, and while I’ve really enjoyed wearing them–obviously enough to include in this season’s capsule wardrobe–my impression of them has shifted a lot since first wear.  The pair I have is the Esplar 3 Locks in “extra white” leather, and I purchased them via Need Supply Co.  I was originally attracted to this company because they source their cotton and rubber sustainably, and employ eco-friendly production efforts.  They’re a great “responsible” buy, and they’re super cute.  I ordered a size 37, and I usually wear a 6.5.  I originally found them to be a tiny bit big and planned to get inserts to eliminate any heel rubbing, but my feet must have swollen with the summer because I felt like I sort of “grew into them.”

They were stiff out of the box, as leather usually is, and I knew they would take some breaking in.  My first assessment was that they felt great after 4 days of wear, but now a few months in, I’m experiencing some pinching in the toes, which wasn’t apparent in the beginning.  They seem incredibly sturdy, the white coating started peeling after 9 wears, revealing ugly gray leather beneath on both tongues.  I reported the issue to both Veja and Need Supply Co., and neither offered any explanation or remedy (they both passed the buck to each other).  I totally understand that scuffs happen with wear, and I truly enjoy scuffing up new sneakers as much as the next person, but this peeling thing this was really disappointing, given that they’re fairly pricy sneakers.  Luckily, the peeling has been limited to the tongues thus far, and remains hidden by the straps when I’m wearing them.

I would reconsider leather from Veja in the future because of the peeling, but the fact that they are leather actually means they keep my feet pretty warm, so they’ll have that benefit for fall.  I love the Velcro lock style, especially because I tend to wear slip-on shoes more than anything I have to lace.  They’re so low maintenance.  I’ve gotten them muddy, and they wipe clean pretty easily.  They’ve proven pretty versatile already, and they feel very “me” with a vaguely 70s vibe and a dash of tween boy.  I hope with some more wear, they’ll soften up, and serve me well for many more seasons!

Please let me know if any questions!  Happy to share!  Note:  This is not a sponsored or gifted review.

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  • Reply Moria September 20, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Great pre-fall outfits! Can we talk fit details on the Ebsy pants? I am newly aware of the
    brand and would love a height/size reference point.

    • Reply Lo September 20, 2017 at 11:25 AM

      Thank you! I’m planning a fully detailed review next week on those pants, but for quick reference…I’m wearing a size 4, and they fit like a glove. I’m usually a size 6 (or 27 in jeans)–my waist is actually closer to 28.” I’m 5’4,” with most of my height in my torso, so you can see they are quite long on me. Hope this helps!

  • Reply Andrea H September 20, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    You’re killing it LO, love the photos, the posing and the commentary!


    PS- Bummer about the Vejas!

    • Reply Lo September 21, 2017 at 9:42 AM

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Karin Rambo September 24, 2017 at 9:22 AM

    I love your poses… but I totally get how awkward it feels! I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that feeling! 😂 You’re Veja review was interesting because I just did one as well and I talked about how the suede on the back of the shoe had turned a greyish color. Makes me think that’s why they didn’t offer to do anything… maybe they all do that to some degree. Mine are still a bit stiff as well, but I’m hoping they just keep getting more soft as time goes on. Hopefully the pinching isn’t that big of a deal for you!

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    • Reply Lo September 24, 2017 at 3:58 PM

      Thank you! Yeah, the pinching is weird but I think it’s just the nature of leather? It doesn’t stretch like the canvas I’m used to, but I imagine it’ll continue to soften with wear.

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  • Reply Krystal September 24, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Thank you for your review of the Esplars! I ordered these in the gumsoles (with laces) a month or two ago, and lacing them onto my feet is killing me. Their shoe has the smallest tongue and the smallest holes for the laces, which makes putting them on a three-to-five minute ordeal. I haven’t noticed the leather rubbing away, but I’ve only been able to wear them once or twice a week. I will definitely keep my eye out for that!

    • Reply Lo September 25, 2017 at 9:35 AM

      You’re welcome. I hope they soften up for you and you don’t have the same peeling issue!

  • Reply Shelbi September 25, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    I love the wide-legged pants you’ve been wearing lately. I need to find a pair that I can live in this Fall. Love your roundup by the way. xo

    • Reply Lo September 25, 2017 at 2:34 PM

      Thank you!

  • Reply Laura September 26, 2017 at 5:49 AM

    I’m with Andrea! I love the format of these posts. I’ve never thought to include a “flat lay” (per se) along side a styled shot. Such a great idea! I feel like I’m still working to find my groove on how I want to share weekly outfits, so thanks for the inspiration to keep pushing to find a way that works for me! 🙂

    • Reply Lo September 26, 2017 at 10:11 AM

      Thanks, Laura! I’m so inspired by your posts too! The flat lay stuff is second nature to me, since I’ve been doing it so long as a sort of paper dolls way to put together my packing lists, etc.–I think I just need a lot of visuals to stay organized!

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