10 Layering Jackets to Build a Fall Wardrobe

Please understand that Autumn is absolutely my favorite time of year, especially in terms of fashion and this is why I will not let this topic go! I was driving to work the other day and noticed the leaves are beginning to turn vibrant shades of crimson and copper and I immediately busted out all my layering jackets. Last week’s post addressed the biggest Fall trend — the plaid blazer. This week I wanted to share a couple of more casual, transitional coats you need to build up a great fall wardrobe!

Related: Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend – Plaid Blazer

Track LayeringJacket

Slight Chill

Ultimately, these coats are lighter-weight, which makes them perfect for layering. The jacket I am wearing in these photos is a men’s track jacket I found at Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan. The red stripe and the graphic on the back really caught my eye, even though I had no idea what Drakkar Noir is – haha! A quick Google search indicated that it is a men’s fragrance by the brand Guy Laroche. When it comes to outerwear, I always think bigger is better, which is why I was totally digging this oversized fit. Although I am wearing it with a crop top here, you can easily throw on a long-sleeve or a sweater underneath for chillier days.

Cropped layering jacket

Getting Colder

Naturally, if we are discussing layering jackets, I obviously need to pay homage to the denim jacket. This is seriously one of my go-tos when it comes to layering in autumn! You cannot get more versatile and classic than a staple denim coat. Again, I think oversized is the best way to go for a casual, relaxed vibe. However, you can switch it up and opt for a different cut and unexpected color like this cropped mustard denim jacket I thrifted. I actually just wore this out this past weekend in NYC!

Related: Transitioning Your Crop Tops for Fall

Suede layering jackets

Winter is Coming

This last category is for a few weeks from now, when Autumn is dissipating (sadly) and when winter is indeed coming. This means, we need to opt for something a bit heavier than a standard track or denim coat. Last season, one of my favorite layering jackets was this tan, suede coat with faux-fur trim. The neutral color made it so easy to pair with any outfit and the details on the jacket just made everything pop and standout.

I have said it before, but I’ll say it again! Jackets are something I personally horde because 1) I am always cold 2) It’s a great way to add some character and style to any outfit. Layering season is upon us ladies! Let’s take advantage, shall we?

Fall 2017’s Biggest Trend: Plaid Blazer

The first official day of Fall 2017 is not until next week, however, I feel as if everyone is already in a autumnal state of mind. Thus, I wanted to address one of the biggest emerging fall fashion trends I have noticed  – the plaid blazer. This classic silhouette and glen plaid pattern is very reminiscent of timeless European styles and is definitely making a comeback this season. This past NYFW, I saw big names like Chriselle Lim, Aimee Song and Eva Chen rocking a similar style outerwear.

How to Style:

The week before heading to New York Fashion Week, I happened to stumble upon this glen plaid blazer at Goodwill and it miraculously fit me perfectly. It was a coveted piece and I knew it would be the perfect thing to wear to New York because it’s such a fall trend right now. Although a blazer is often associated with more formal occasions, I knew I wanted to dress it down, so I opted for this plain white crew neck tee from DSTLD (use the code ‘enclothedcognition’ for 10% off) and these grey, distressed boyfriend jeans from Hollister (similar). As far as accessories, my backpack and belt were thrifted years ago and the boots were from H&M (similar).

Related: How to transition your crop tops for Fall

Related: Fall Wardrobe Staple – Black Ankle Boots

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to styling is adding some juxtaposition. I love this outfit because the structured glen pattern blazer pairs so unexpectedly well with the loose boyfriend denim and cropped tee. This combination is a great fall outfit to wear when you want to look effortlessly put-together.

Also, props to Dennis for taking these amazing photos. I met up with him before the Mochi NYFW presentation and it was such a pleasure working with him. If you are into street style, definitely check out his work. He has really captured some beautiful people and outfits!

Related: Benefits of Shoot with a Professional Photographer

Where to Buy:

Connect with Dennis: Instagram

 

All Things Mochi – SS18 NYFW Presentation

My NYFW Experience

Last week, I traveled to New York City for the day in order to attend the Mochi SS18 NYFW presentation. I was drawn to this brand because the pieces are handcrafted by local artisans using traditional methods of embroidery. I love a company that gives back while being wholesome and transparent. It is amazing to hear All Things Mochi is supporting local talents, creating jobs, and improving the quality of life in some of these countries.

Related: Read about one of my previous NYC trips!

The latest collection is from Mexico and they labeled the event #FiestaDelaMochi and it was exactly that!. As soon as I stepped into the showroom, I was greeted by the sounds of a cheery Mexican song playing in the background and a jovial display of papier-mâché and colorful sombreros strung from the ceiling. Mochi’s founder and designer, Ayah Tabari, was animately bustling around the showroom, shaking hands and answering questions about the collection. Not to mention, they had a lovely staff handing out frozen cocktails, actual cocktails, tacos and Mochi handcrafted bracelets made in Guatemala.

Related: My previous trip to New York Bridal Fashion Week

The Mochi SS18 NYFW collection itself was so beautiful and it immediately made me want to don one and head off to beach despite the autumnal vibes outside of the showroom. Obviously, there was a lot of tasteful embroidery present in each look using a plethora of colors. I loved the repeat of vertical stripes within the outfits as well because they paired so well with the bright hues. Also, a lot of respect for the diversity among the models present!

Related: I would have loved to wear this collection to Bermuda 

I had a lot of fun attending this Mochi SS18 NYFW presentation! Prior to the invite, I never heard of Mochi before, but am so glad it is now on my radar. I think more fashion brands should choose to be more ethically conscious like this one has!

Although my time in NYC was short, it was jam-packed and a lot of fun. In addition to the presentation, I met up with a photographer, some friends and managed to get some New York style thrifting in (yay)! Stay tuned for outfit photos from my #NYFW trip!

 

Benefits of Shooting with a Professional Photographer

 

Long time no see! Well, if you have not noticed already, I have managed to successfully migrate Enclothed Cognition from Blogger to WordPress.org. I have been wanting to make the jump for quite some time now, but to be honest, the prospect of switching platforms seemed exhausting and challenging to me. Nonetheless, I finally put aside a full day to make the transition from blog to self-hosting. I decided to go with the webhosting company, Siteground, because the reviews were really good and to be honest, they were running a decent Labor Day Weekend Sale (LOL). However, this is a topic for a different day..

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shooting with Sophie in Philadelphia and these photos are the result! To be honest, I was a little nervous going because I do not have too much experience shooting with a professional photographer. If you did not know, the majority of my blog photos are shot by me with my trusty self-timer and tripod. However, there is definitely a lot of merit in shooting with another person!

Related: When my boyfriend and I participated in a couple shoot

From this shoot, I learned the benefits of shooting with a photographer. I realize this might be common sense to some of you, but prior to this, I never put much thought into it because I liked being a one-woman show. Yet, shooting with Sophie was a lot of fun! I got to shoot in a location I normally would not be comfortable lugging my tripod to. Plus, nothing beats the crispness and the unique shots you can get when having an actual person behind the camera.

Building a relationship with a photographer can also be a really valuable partnership. For instance, I was able to get high-quality images to utilize on my blog and social media outlets and Sophie is able to gain more exposure for her work. I honestly think one of the setbacks is not working solely on your own time and at your own pace. You do need to count on the photographer to send you the shots in a reasonable timeframe.

RelatedHow I thrifted this silk Armani blouse

That being said, I am definitely going to be more open to meeting up with any willing photographers who want to work together. If you are based in Philly, holla at me! I am also going to New York tomorrow to attend one NYFW presentation and I’ll also be meeting up with another professional photographer. I can’t wait to share with you what I will be wearing! Be sure to follow me on Instagram so you can keep up with my mini Fashion Week adventure!

Connect with Sophie: Instagram/Portfolio

Fall Wardrobe Staple: Black Ankle Boots

 

*Click product to shop it!*

Come fall and winter time, 80% of the time you can find me wearing a pair of black ankle boots. I always gravitate towards these when it is a bit chilly because they seamlessly go with any outfit. Personally, I do prefer boots with a bit of a heel because I am vertically challenged and I’ll take any bit of help to get some extra height. Currently, I have been gravitating more towards boots with an interesting texture or finish – just something to make them stand out from your average black boot. When shopping for a pair, I would look for details that give the shoe more uniqueness. For instance, in the above image, there’s boots with silver hoop hardware, shiny patent leather, faux-snake skin, platform heel, contrasting colored laces, and other embellishments. By opting for a more interesting footwear, you are able to elevate your entire outfit and it automatically makes it more fashion-forward. 
 
In the outfit above, I am wearing a flow asymmetrical black tank top, a silk blouse, cargo pants, and a statement silver necklace from TotalKnockOut. For footwear, I went for these patent leather heeled boots with a silver buckle and pointed toe. I think these add such a different element to my already all-black, monochromatic outfit. I snagged these boots a couple of weeks ago from H&M for only $15. I was actually eyeing them all throughout last year’s F/W season, but never went through and purchased them. It was fate though because I managed to get them on clearance and can now rock them for this upcoming season. Patience is a virtue!
 
 

 

Image Map

Follow