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STYLE GURU STYLE: Perfect Palette

It never ceases to amaze me that there are still bright, crunchy leaves littering the streets of Chicago. We are at the halfway point in November, and there’s still no sign of snow! I don’t know how we were gifted with this rad weather, but I am beyond thankful.

That being said, my personal wardrobe has been thrown for a loop. Usually by this time of year, my parka has been pulled out, along with scarves, gloves, beanies and an extremely excessive amount of sweaters. My winter outfit tends to consist of whatever pieces of clothing will fit under my heavy coat without overheating me on the subway. Style doesn’t exactly fit into the equation when getting dressed for class in -25 degree weather.

However, with this beautifully slow transition into the winter months, I’ve been able to enjoy my fall staples for longer than I imagined. My fall transition wardrobe inspiration lies heavily in alice + olivia’s fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection. alice + olivia designer Stacey Bendet describes the collection as “late ‘60s, early ‘70s boho with a sexy rock and roll vibe.” The color palette of the collection focuses mainly on dark grays and blacks, mixing with burgundy and a ‘70s rust throughout.

My personal take on the collection follows this color scheme, along with the way summer pieces are tweaked for fall weather. For example, patterned shorts will be paired with over the knee boots and a long, fur-lined coat.

In my outfit, I’ve paired a velvet burgundy Topshop skirt with a cropped Frame sweater. These elements, a skirt and crop top, are usually pieces associated with summer. However, with some small tweaking and inspiration from the alice + olivia collection, they form a perfect fall outfit. To add to these pieces (and for a little extra warmth), I’ve layered a BB Dakota leather-trimmed vest. Lastly, I’ve finished off the look with a thin pair of tights (again, for warmth), a red lip and sleek gray Seychelle booties. These uses of gray, black and burgundy mimic the collection’s color palette to create the perfect late fall look.

Get My Look: 1. Any vest. 2. Velvet skirt. 3. Cropped sweater. 4. Booties.