All posts tagged: fall

5 Must-Have Fall Pieces

Today I am sharing with you five pieces that I cannot be without this season. The best part? You can mix and match them all to achieve multiple looks. 1. Quilted Bomber Jacket Blazer, chino pants, woven, repeat. Do you ever get tired of figuring out what to wear because, all season long, you’re putting together the same uniform? Enter the Quilted Jacket. If chosen carefully, this piece can replace a blazer for a slightly sporty, yet equally elevated look. There are many different types of quilted jackets, but I gravitate towards the Bomber. The Quilted Bomber has a silhouette that accentuates your shoulders and makes your waist look trim. You can dress up the jacket like I did above, or wear it more casually with a v-neck tee and denim – you all know I live for a multi-purpose piece of clothing. I love this jacket from Penguin because it’s lightweight, has gray accents that makes the blue pop even more, and is made with little details (like the arm zipper) that gives one …

Easing Into Fall

The weather is playing tricks on us, again! One day you’re mad that you aren’t wearing enough layers, while the next day you’re trying to peel the skin off your body because it’s randomly and overwhelmingly hot. Until we are a few weeks into autumn, figuring out what to wear each day is a mission. Here are my four tips to starting off the fall season with style and comfort in mind, so that you’re ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws your way. 1. Fabric Matters You can never go wrong wearing a sport jacket. If you’re not required to wear a suit for work, make sure to stock up on a few sport jackets that are made of a lighter fabric. Keep the wool away until the temperatures really drop. I like to use a sport coat also as a jacket when there are warm days and cool nights because it is one less piece of clothing to worry about during temperamental weather. It’s as I like to call it, a two-for-one piece. …

Bundle Up

It’s so hard to find a coat that serves the dual purpose of keeping you warm while enhancing your outfit (instead of covering it up), so when I find one I love, I jump at the opportunity to add it to my collection. This quilted navy coat from Frank Stella is custom tailored from Italy. While many coats are oversized and baggy, this fit leaves the perfect amount of room underneath it for your winter sweaters while still fitting snuggly around them. I love that the coat is water resistant because when caught in a random New York City shower, which happens more often than I would like, I don’t walk home feeling drenched. My favorite part of this piece is the suede detailing on the shoulder and elbows, giving a blazer-feel to the jacket.   The best part? It originally retails for $595.00 but if you use code DIDARIO, you will get 50% off and can grab this coat for your collection for $297! Shop the coat here. Stay warm out there!??? 

Varsity Vintage Throwback

It’s the time of year where you can get away with wearing multiple layers without hiding them underneath a big jacket. One of my favorite ways to pull this look off is by building an outfit around a Varsity Jacket. I saw this deep maroon fleece jacket and was instantly drawn to it, as this has been a go-to color of mine over the last few weeks. The varsity jacket is a piece that never goes out of style and is in high demand this fall. The contrasting colors and details around the cuffs and neck give the coat a sporty feel while still paying tribute to the vintage style of the coat. I paired this with a grey fitted baseball tee to make the jacket pop even more and threw on my favorite pair of destructed denim and boots. Remember to play around with layering this fall and experiment with your looks. You can make the same shirt that you have worn 10 times already look completely new when paired with different pieces in your …

Break Out Your Boots 

I love wearing boots during the fall and winter — the seasons to have fun with footwear! I love that you can wear boots in so many different ways. Tuck in your denim loosely into a pair of boots and you have a great look for a night out with friends, or throw on a pair of colored chinos with a woven and roll the pants up once to form a fitted cuff and you have a great dressier option. Boots can be your transitional footwear piece that you can wear with literally anything. One of my favorite pairs of boots this season comes from Florsheim (Find them here) because an Oxford design lends itself to both dressy and casual. The stone wash of the boot gives a rustic feel for the fall and pairs nicely with just about any color pant. I also love the narrow, tailored shape of the boot, as many boots appear clunky. Florsheim carries a variety of boots that are tailored to your foot, which believe it or not, are hard …

Spotlight: Flannels

Nothing feel more fall-like than a comfortable flannel! The problem with flannels is that many of them feel itchy, starchy, or just plain rough. When shopping for this type of shirt, make sure you go for a softer fabric, one that you can picture yourself wearing all day long. Flannels are timeless, but many of them are a bit dull and boring. Make sure you pick some that have pops of bold colors and have patterns with bold thick and thin lines to give a more modern feel to this type of shirt. I like to layer it with a henley underneath it to give the look a more seasonally cozy feel. This is a piece everyone should have in their wardrobe for the upcoming fall and winter months and whether you throw it over a henley, layer it under a jacket or wear it standing alone, the shirt is sure to give you the perfect fall  look!???

Rugged Feel

One of my favorite looks this season is centered around henleys. These shirts are perfect for the fall because they can be worn as a layering piece under a jacket or flannel, or they can be worn solo on a crisp day. Remember that henleys should fit closely to your body as its meant to be a form-fitting shirt. I paired this off-white Henley from J-Crew with a grey distressed pair of denim from Ralph Lauren, one of my favorite pairs of jeans to wear in the cooler months. A flannel wrapped around the waist and black boots from Steve Madden were the perfect touch to complete this look. I like to tuck the bottom of my pants into my boots and crinkle the fabric up a bit to give a more laid back and rugged feel. I wear boots all fall and winter long and have this pair also in brown. I definitely recommend buying a pair or two for the season because you can get so many different looks out of them! Lastly, …

Revamp Your Pants Collection

Pants are one of my favorite items to experiment with in the fall and can make your entire outfit pop. These subtle black and blue plaid dress pants are perfect for swapping out your go-to khakis or chinos and adding in a statement piece to your look. I paired the pants with a bright gingham woven and a dark black cardigan to contrast against the white and blue checkered squares up top, but match nicely with the pants down below. The solid cardigan ties all the colors and patterns of the entire outfit together, which is an important factor in making sure you look remains clean rather than chaotic. Cardigans are also a perfect way in the fall to stay warm in an item that adds to your outfit without putting on a heavy coat just yet!     

Quinoa protein muffins

We’ve been experimenting in the kitchen this weekend and today took on one of my favorite vices: muffins ? Here is a healthy, protein packed recipe that will keep you craving these muffins year round! Note – Each muffin has 11 grams of protein!  *Recipe makes 6 muffins 1 Cup of Quinoa Flour 1 Cup of Almond Milk 2 Scoops of Chocolate Plant Protein  1 TBSP Baking Powder  1 Egg 1 TBSP Pumpkin Spice 1 TBSP Coconut Oil 1 TBSP Vanilla extract Icing: Mix cashew butter in a small bowl with a TSP of 100% maple syrup and a TSP of almond milk. Experiment to get desired texture. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until batter is smooth. Scoop into muffin tray and cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Super easy recipe that delivers healthy fall muffins??   

Varsity Jacket

Looking outside this morning, the dark city sky and misty rain made it unappealing to leave our cozy apartment. However, weekends don’t roll around nearly enough so it was time to take advantage of the day. I decided to throw on this varsity jacket from Zara which happens to be one of my favorite pieces of outerwear because I love the vintage throwback feel to it. I paired the coat with a very simple, white, thinly striped tee from Alternative Apparel because the focal point of the look is the statement jacket. A colorful or boldly patterned tee would detract from the coat and look a bit too “busy.” Brown chinos were the perfect pant to throw with the outfit to contrast with the denim jacket. I also have to admit, I am a sucker for a good beanie. The one I am wearing is completely old school, from my high school days when I worked at Abercrombie but has been very good to me over the years. ? I love throwing beanies on all …