ROAD TRIPS are part of Chicago's DNA, and fall is one of the best times to explore neighboring cities by car. The air is cool. The leaves are changing. The roads are...still under construction.
On a whim, I paid a visit to my friend Grant in South Bend, Indiana. It was my first time visiting the city that Notre Dame calls home. Since I was in an exploring mood, I wanted to wear something that would keep me warm outside but still give off all the fall travel vibes. So naturally I turned to knits.
REMEMBER how last week I told you that I bought half of an amazing Canadian clothing store called Simons? Well this phenomenal Heritage Shawl Collar sweater is one of the best things I brought home with me. Anyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with shawl collars already, so add in a toggle button and I'm gone. Dead. See you next year.
The weight is perfect for fall weather, and the gorgeous neutral gray mix on top allows me to have some fall fun on the bottom. Which is where these amazing rust-red, skinny-fit chinos from H&M come in.
I'm seeing shades of red everywhere this fall. From outerwear to undershirts, red is one of this season's statement colors. And I'm totally excited for it. That's why these chinos are perfect for this season. When paired with a neutral top, the pop of red sticks out from the crowd without overtly demanding attention.
Now I could stop there, and the ensemble would already be perfect for fall. But I wanted to give off a bit more of a playful, traveling feeling, and my boat shoes (while great for tying in the brown of the toggle button and skinny belt) weren't going as far as I wanted.
That's why I added this stunning Kasuri scarf from Sri Threads to my side. If you haven't heard of the Kasuri process, you're not alone! Thanks to the amazing folks at MEYVN here in Chicago, I learned that Kasuri is a form of weaving where the yarn is tied by hand into patterns before the fabric is dyed. The ties don't allow the dyes to penetrate, so they create these amazing, intricate patterns. It's a piece of art and craftsmanship, and I feel lucky to get to shown one off.
My style challenge for you today, dear readers? Don't be afraid to make a statement with a shade of red this fall. But if you do, make sure it really pops by keeping the rest of your ensemble neutral (or, if you're adventurous, by adding a coordinating autumn color like deep yellow).
And the next time you find yourself on a fall road trip through Indiana, be sure to stop off in South Bend. With its thriving creative community led by friends of mine like Grant and a gorgeous river walk with Ivy-lined walls, you'll experience the best that fall in the midwest has to offer.
A special thanks to Grant for the photo assist on this post.