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Which Fall Look Would You Choose?

Three Fall Looks

Happy first week of fall! Whether you’re mourning the end of barbecues or embracing the resurgence of pumpkins (or a little bit of both), cozy fall clothes are always welcome, right? So, today, in partnership with Nordstrom, here are three looks we love (which would you pick?)…

Three Fall Looks

Plaid
Once again, the crisp weather mainstay is everywhere this season. This cozy button-down is the kind of piece you can wear on repeat, with jeans or black pants. It works for everything — from wearing to the office, running errands around town or picking apples.

Three Fall Looks

Dark Florals
Summery florals are taking a moody turn for fall, and we are so here for it. Dark floral dresses work equally well with bare legs now and black tights later. And floral tops, like this pretty number, with its mock neck and smocked sleeves, couldn’t be easier to pull on. They instantly make blue jeans feel 1000 times more romantic, no matter where you’re headed.

Three Fall Looks

Jewel Tones
These rich colors — like emerald green, ruby red and sapphire blue — are the perfect way to liven up your wardrobe (and lift your spirits!) once the weather turns colder. You could wear this dress, with its sweetheart neckline and puffed sleeves, on date nights or parties during the holiday season. Jewel tones work just as well in soft, sweater-y knits and even coats or jackets.

Three Fall Looks

What’s your favorite part of fall? What clothes are you most excited to bust out? Easy stripes and jeans always make a great uniform, too.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Lily Qian for being our model. This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, where shipping and returns are always free. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help keep Cup of Jo running.)

  1. Daniela says...

    I’m excited to bust out my favorite long sleeved shirts, especially any men’s sweaters from thrift shops.

  2. Ashley L says...

    Dark florals. Something new we haven’t seen much of. So beautiful and feminine but in a sexier way. I love them!

    • Emily says...

      Heh. I had a closet full of them in about 1996! <3

  3. Kelly P says...

    All the jewel tones, please!

  4. Laurel says...

    Jewel tones forever!!

  5. jenn says...

    Ugh. It’s 92 degrees here today and for the foreseeable future.

  6. rach says...

    yessss to animal print! im wearing so much cheetah print these days and LOVING it, and starting to feel like it might just be my “thing” :)

  7. rach says...

    100% dark florals are the only way i go when it comes to florals…. plaids/flannels look way to masculine to me/on me…

  8. Ann-Marie says...

    Currently wearing a Madewell plaid (red and navy) oversized dress today, actually! One of the few non-maternity pieces that still fit my 34 week belly. I love all of these (plus cranberry and camel colors for fall), but let’s face it, I’ll probably be wearing sweatpants at home till April.

    • Ana D says...

      Congratulations, Ann-Marie! (That dress sounds awesome, btw.) Wishing you a restful and uneventful next few weeks, and a safe passage for you and the little one(s).

  9. Leah Elsmore says...

    I’m totally feeling jewel tones this year: I’ve been drawn to emerald green, fuchsia, mustard, burgundy and rich rust. I also love pairing them with black, camel, white or my personal favorite neutral leopard print.

    • rach says...

      yessss to animal print! im wearing so much cheetah print these days and LOVING it, and starting to feel like it might just be my “thing” :)

  10. Brooke says...

    I’m at a loss for nicer outfits (parties, dates, dinners) these days, with breastfeeding a 10 month baby, and I’m sick of the sack-like caftans and tunics I wore all throughout pregnancy and postpartum. I keep wearing pants and my “nice” strappy tank, with easy pull-down access or underneath access for baby (my small boobs are helpful in this), but would love some new inspiration, especially dresses! I’d love to see a collection of breastfeeding-friendly dresses, especially ones made for general wear but just happen to have low cut fronts, buttoned-fronts, top/skirt combos, etc… Help a mama out!?

    • Nicole says...

      Yes! I want this too! I am feeling very bored of my postpartum uniform of leggings + tunic.

    • K says...

      Yes, would love to see postpartum/breast-feeding/pumping friendly outfits!!!

    • MN Hazel says...

      Me too! This must be a common feeling, but I hadn’t talked to anyone about it so reading your comments really made me feel like I can laugh about it a little more easily. I’m feeling so frumpy! Need a few versatile fresh nursing/pumping friendly pieces (just a few- I find myself not buying much for myself as I’m so much more conscious of money now that I have the baby).

    • MB says...

      Dresses are harder – Seraphine has some nice maternity/nursing dresses that don’t feel like sacks even 9 months post baby. For tops, I just wear a nursing tank (and no bra) underneath whatever shirt I want to wear, that way I can lift up the shirt without my stomach on display

  11. Cynthia says...

    The green dress is stunning! However, it stops at a size 12. I’ve been wearing dark florals, plaids, and jewel tones for years.

  12. I just bought a dark floral Anthropologie top in a jewel tone, so apparently, I’m rocking Fall!

  13. celeste says...

    I have jewel tones and black floral, not a plaid person. I’m set!

  14. I adore a dark floral, so I have to go with that!

    briana

  15. Sarz says...

    Lily is a vision in that emerald number, but I’m going to echo the others in saying: that slit! It *must* be easier to move around in, though. I have owned quite a few vintage dresses in that length, and none of them ever had slits. It tends to result in a walk not unlike Gwyneth’s infamous stride at the Emmys. Ha!

  16. K says...

    I finished reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn a few days ago and there’s repeated references to how pretty Katie Nolan looks in jade green hats, dresses…so I’d choose the jewel tone trend!

    • Natalie says...

      A Tree Grows in Brooklyn….ahh one of my most beloved books of adolescence. I should re-read as an adult!

    • Heather says...

      This is my favorite comment of all fashion comments ever. That is all.

  17. Ros says...

    That plaid… *swoon*

    I was a queer girl who grew up in the late 90s, and it has shaped my aesthetic.

  18. Nice look but that green dress is georgeous

  19. MaryB says...

    That green dress is gorgeous, and exactly my color … but that slit, though!

    I clicked the link and WHOA!

  20. Claire says...

    love it all!

  21. Stacey says...

    What’s the slit situation like for that green dress? The dress is so pretty, but the slit looks pretty high and I’d be a little afraid I’d flash someone with my lower lady parts…

    • joss says...

      I love that- my lower lady parts and my upper lady parts.

  22. Maywyn says...

    Deep Autumn hued plaid blazer, long darkest green polyester coat (wool allergy),
    Dark floral long sleeve dress with shirring, dark saddle tan boots, and, black turtleneck sweater.

  23. I thought there was going to be a series on climate change this week; I’m really looking forward to that! It’s so so so important. xo

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes it’s coming up!

  24. Kaitlin says...

    Jewel tones. Plaid is for my tartan blanket, and flowers are for my desk, but sapphire, emerald, and gold are for the next three months! (Then, I will wear black and grey until it’s warm enough for sandals again.)

    • Mimi says...

      I love this! You put it all into perfect words :)

    • Mimi says...

      I should add, though I love the looks on others, it’s just not “me” to wear plaid or floral. I think that goes for the “age thing” as well, when dressing. Styles I wore in my 20’s and 30’s just don’t feel right anymore. I want to dress to feel confident and joyful! Give me all that is soft and cozy! If it’s tight or itchy or patterned I know I’m not going to wear it.

    • Katy says...

      Agreed. Age plays a role in what looks appropriate.

  25. Ashley says...

    It’s in the upper 90s with choking humidity here. So bummed…

    • M says...

      Ugh same. I keep checking the 10 day forecast and it just never gets better. Posts like this are making me sad, haha.

    • Claire says...

      here too, in south central Texas, 100 degrees every damn day, relentless sun and heat. I dream of snow.

    • Susan says...

      SAME

    • Karyn says...

      Same. And then I keep thinking about global warming, and the climate emergency that things like fast fashion and consumer capitalism have helped create, and I am … so depressed.

    • RBC says...

      We have snow in the forecast for this weekend in Calgary! Come for a wintery visit… In September! :/

  26. Marti says...

    Wait… is anyone else IN LOVE with those strappy flats? Yes, please!

    • Sarah says...

      Yes! COJ team, may you please share the link?

  27. Jeanne says...

    Her smile is infectious! I have always loved plaid since I was young. Too bad it’s still too warm here for fall clothes. I can’t wait til I can don a sweater.

  28. Turtle says...

    Shoes she’s wearing with the green dress? So perfect. Details, please.

  29. Kathy says...

    Lily looks like such a normal beautiful person! And how cool that she’s a talented illustrator. I would love to read a week of outfits on her!

  30. Sherri says...

    Lily Qian wearing that green dress makes me happy!

  31. Andrea says...

    I love these, and always love your fashion coverage. I’d love to see a piece on how to know what’s age-appropriate at different ages (should I not even worry about it?!). I’m 40 and find myself wondering if something is too young or too old all the time. Maybe it is just internal angst, but maybe someone else wonders too :)

    • Amanda says...

      I don’t think there is such a thing as “age appropriate” anymore. For instance, I saw a college age woman younger than I am (I’m 34) wearing a really cute striped shirt the other day, and then I saw it at Target I was like “oh, the cute shirt!”. I tried it on, and didn’t like it on me. If I HAD liked it on me, I would have bought it in a heartbeat. Anyhow, long story to share my opinion that if YOU like something, you SHOULD wear it! Who cares what anyone else thinks? Life’s too short not to wear the striped shirt :)

    • Danielle says...

      While I agree with Amanda that “age appropriate” doesn’t really seem like such a thing these days as I’ve entered my 40’s I also feel sort of perplexed about my wardrobe. It’s not that I necessarily feel that I’m too old for certain things just that they aren’t “me” anymore. At the same time I’m not always sure what is “me”. I’m older, my body is different, my aesthetic has changed. I would love to see a story about finding a new style later in life.

    • Anonygirl says...

      I agree with what Amanda said. I buy pieces I like (give me all the striped tops forever). Unless something is cropped, I’m willing to give it a shot, at least in the dressing room.

    • Ramona says...

      That’s a great idea, Andrea! In my opinion…’confidence’ is the best thing you can wear. I think if you stay true to yourself, that is your style. I think a current hairstyle and flattering makeup can carry us far. More natural; not too over-the-top. I pass on some trends, but some are just too good! I only buy pieces that I can wear for at least three outfit combinations and choose items that may be worn for different seasons. Classics that can be updated with accessories for many years. Also, the right outfit for the right (vibe) occasion. And the right fit is important. I see older women rocking jeans and ‘younger’ styles all the time and it inspires me! It’s always a bummer when something I’ve chosen didn’t quite work out the way I envisioned but experimenting is fun/daring! Happy shopping! ;)

    • Milou says...

      I agree! To me, age appropriate means what I feel great and confident in. If I feel ridiculous, it’s a no-go, even if my friends or partner say it’s great. I’m 49 and I’ve seen my Mom’s 80 year old friends killing it with things I would never leave the dressing room in. We’re all different and I love that!

    • Ally says...

      Check out @artinthefind on Instagram. I don’t know her age but she offers great sophisticated/casual styling ideas.

    • C says...

      I may be wrong here but I cant remember Ever having heard the term, “age appropriate” directed towards a male.

    • Alice says...

      ANONYGIRL – Cropped I have discovered is actually often the correct length for me (5’4′) with high waists I think it often looks better on a lot of people under 5’6′. Give it a whirl.

    • Court says...

      I teach middle school and I’m 32. I wore the same shirt as my 12 year old student the other day. It was from Target. And we both looked adorable in it.

  32. Jennifer says...

    Just wondering what shoes Lily is wearing in the green dress photo? Looking for something similar! Many thanks!!

    • Lily says...

      The Ivory strappy flats are from Anthropologie!

  33. Jenny says...

    The dress 🥰 She looks so amazing in it.

  34. Anonygirl says...

    Can we get a week of outfits and/or a beauty uniform from Lily? She’s a beauty.

    • Lily says...

      Thank you, you’re too kind! <3

  35. Taylor says...

    okay we need details on the lipstick and hoop earrings STAT

    • Adrienne says...

      And her shoes!

    • joybela says...

      second this!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I’ll ask!

    • Lips are YSL! Rouge Pur Couture No. 13 Le Orange.
      Gold hoops are from &OtherStories. Pearl hoops are from Zara.
      Nordstrom has gorgeous hoops!