Pre-Fall Fashion

We as a people constantly change and so should “the rules.” I believe there should be no rules to fashion. Trends and styles are quite subjective though taste and an editing eye is essential. The great success of fashion is the ability to self express. There are no limits to who we can become and/or celebrate through our clothing. Why limit and bound ourselves to rules?

I stopped living and breathing by the words of fashion critics, directors, and editors years ago. I grew confidence in my likes and dislikes as well as my ability to filter expert advice.

One of my favorite fashion rules to break is matching complimentary colors. Unconventional pairings are so foreign to the eye that it just works! Black and brown is unique to me because each color is often used as a foundational color. We either match our outfits with black tones or brown tones. Black better suits warmer colors while brown better suits cool colors. Bringing black and brown together creates a juxtaposition that my eye loves!

The other fashion rule I proudly break is wearing white, or its variants, after Labor Day. Once I realized how good white looked against my skin I refused to limit its wear to five months! I love a white coat in the winter and my go to Fall outerwear piece is this cream faux shearling vest. It keeps me warm yet allows me to show off my outfit. A win/win!

Down with the rules! Tying an ensemble together is more important than following rules. I wanted to emphasize the brown belt so I paired it with brown booties. In this way, the accessory don’t appear to be accidental or an afterthought.

Breaking the rules created this subtly eye-catching ensemble that is perfect for the cooling temperatures.

Details: Cold Shoulder Striped Dress (Forever 21) // Faux Shearling Vest + Belt (H&M) // Brown Booties (Mix No. 6) // Hoops (Hair Store)

  • Nikky September 13, 2017 at 7:05 pm


  • Kyia September 13, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Such a fab outfit!!❤️

    • Sydney Nichelle September 15, 2017 at 1:06 am


  • CAS September 14, 2017 at 1:52 am

    I totally agree with you on breaking fashion rules. White most definitely stands out which I love to do. Great post. Love that striped dress.

    • Sydney Nichelle September 15, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Thank you!

  • Renuka September 14, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Very nice fall outfit idea, love how you used different textures together to create this interesting look. And truly said, fashion is a self expression.

    • Sydney Nichelle September 15, 2017 at 1:06 am

      Thank you! It truly is!

  • Eloise September 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Loving the pre fall fashion… great look!

    • Sydney Nichelle September 17, 2017 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you!!

  • Nadia September 18, 2017 at 4:53 am

    I love how it’s simple yet stands out! Doesn’t require too many accessories or new items! Seems very put together!

    • Sydney Nichelle September 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Thank you Nadia!

  • Polly September 21, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Love this outfit – you look fabulous!

    • Sydney Nichelle September 22, 2017 at 2:23 am

      Thank you!!

  • Louann Kristy October 9, 2017 at 3:06 am

    I love how you paired the dress with the coat ! 🙂

    • Sydney Nichelle October 9, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Thank you! <3