minimalist fashion: outfit ideas

One thing I get asked a LOT about is how my minimal wardrobe ACTUALLY works. What kinds of outfits do I put together? How do I make things work for multiple situations?

The reality is that I live a VERY casual lifestyle. I know that's not the case for everyone, which is why it's important to build a wardrobe that works for YOU and your life, and not just one that is full of "staples" that Pinterest says you need. Pinterest and women's magazines tell me I need a classic black pencil skirt and white button-down. I would never wear either of those pieces because I'm never in a situation that requires them. I'm a stay-at-home mom who runs a business on the internet. No client meetings, nothing of the sort, so I can get away with really casual clothes basically all of the time.

That being said, I still love to mix things up and really like to feel put together. I pretty much have two go-to formulas for making that happen: lots of layers, and statement jewelry. Throwing a swingy vest over a basic tee, for me, elevates the outfit from ho-hum to "I actually thought about this look." Layering on a chunky necklace (my favorites are from Noonday Collection!) instantly makes me feel pulled together.

I'm a jeans-and-tee girl through and through, but that doesn't mean I wear the same thing everyday, or that my outfits are boring. At least, they don't feel boring to me!

Here are eight outfits I'm currently loving for this fall. They work for running errands, going to church, meeting friends for coffee, playing at the park. These are super quick, no-makeup, snapped-on-my-iphone-in-my-messy-bedroom shots. Hashtag real life :)

OUTFIT #1: dark skinny jeans, black ruffle tank, military vest, chunky necklace

OUTFIT #2: dark skinny jeans, drapey tee, oversize sweater, long necklace

OUTFIT #3: dark skinny jeans, lace hem top extender, loose sweater

OUTFIT #4: black maxi dress, grey tee knotted over top, chunky necklace (this is probably my MOST worn outfit. The dress feels like pajamas, and the tee overtop makes it more practical for chasing around a baby and more modest for wearing to church, since the dress is pretty low-cut on its own.)

OUTFIT #5: dark skinny jeans, lace hem top extender, plain black tee, open cardigan

OUTFIT #6: black maxi dress, chambray tee over top, tooled leather belt (I love this look because it turns this loose top into more of a peplum shape, which I love!)

OUTFIT #7: dark skinny jeans, striped tee, military vest, long layered necklace

OUTFIT #8: black maxi dress, loose sweater layered over top, braided belt

What are your go-to outfits for fall (or any season?) Do you get inspired seeing how others put together pieces in their wardrobe? If there's interest, I might do more of these in the future! Let me know :) XO!