It's fall, y'all! Bring on the weekends! Take some time off from the workday suits and stilettos, and celebrate your time off with clothes that are laid back, cozy and stylish — all at the same time.
Here's some inspiration for those off-duty days ahead:
—Fisherman sweater. The pullover of the season is the fisherman-style knit that has long been known in fashion lingo as the "Aran" sweater — a type of cable knit traditionally worn by fishermen on the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland. The chunky knit sweater never seems to go out of style, and is the perfect way to top off distressed denim jeans. This season it's a hit in classic cream or icy pastels. Take it up another notch and wear it with a slit midi skirt.
—Patterned sweater vest. Another cozy way to wear your sweaters this fall, it's the quintessential third piece — in short and long lengths to layer over T-shirts and leggings or jeans. The graphic patterned knits offer new ways to punch up your weekend separates and give them a new lease on life.
—Fringed poncho. Who doesn't love a poncho? Throw it on over your everyday jeans and sweaters, and it will make your outfit look more pulled together and special. Try one in velvet this fall, and it will take you right into the holiday season.
—Biker jacket. Stash your denim jacket until next spring, and rough up your wardrobe with a little moto chic. Whether it's leather or pleather, this jacket is a winner in classic black, but it really gets the cool factor in pastel pink.
—Slouchy trousers. Wide legs are back and the weekend is the perfect time to wear these relaxed pants in a simple tweed or check pattern. Pair them with sneakers and an oversized coat and you've got comfort at its best.
—Printed shirt. Checks, plaids or stripes, short or long, take your pick. Then mix and match these patterned shirts with cropped flared jeans or leather leggings, slip into some menswear-style loafers and get out from behind that desk.
—Easy culotte. If you're searching for an alternative to leggings and jeans, the culotte may be for you. The split skirt can be dressed up or down with tights and boots, jackets and sweaters. Midi lengths work well with all kinds of boots for fall.
—Blanket scarf. One of the best accessories you can add to your fall and winter wardrobe, this oversized scarf, in a soft patterned or solid cashmere or mohair, will warm up any outfit worn over a jacket or on its own over a T-shirt or sweater.
—Overalls. Your day off is the perfect time to go out and play in something fun like a pair of overalls layered with a turtleneck and your favorite pair of sneakers or ankle boots. Saturdays will never be the same.
—Jumpsuit. Another one-piece wonder that will give you the ease you crave, without all the fussy layering. If it's chilly outside, simply toss on a blanket scarf or biker jacket. Now that's the kind of weekend style that we can all jump up and down about!
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