J. Crew Factory Fall Favorites

Did November sneak up on anyone else? Halloween was such a distraction that when I finally woke up from my candy coma on Friday, the reality that the holiday season is upon us took me by surprise. The sunny weather we are still experiencing in the Bay Area isn’t helping matters. I’m still living in the cropped jeans and short sleeved transitional fall outfits I talked about here. I did however pick up a few things recently at the J Crew Factory to help get my wardrobe holiday and winter ready.

I love sharing my J Crew Factory finds with you because it is one spot shopping to find affordable pieces in classic styles that mix and match well. I only post items that I own or personally tried on and loved (there are just as many pieces that look cute, but miss the mark once I put them on). The nearest J Crew Factory store is a quick 20 minute drive from where I live, but I tend to shop online more frequently because they often have a larger selection of sizes and styles. I’m always amazed by the amount of items I am able add to my cart for under $100. I’m planning to wear my most recent finds for Thanksgiving dinner, holiday family photos, substitute teaching and running errands around town. Follow me on instagram to check out how I am wearing many of my new items on my #OOTD.

  1. Open-front cardigan in extra soft yarn The description doesn’t lie when it says this cardigan is made from extra soft yarn. It feels delicious next to your skin and doesn’t itch one bit. I have yet to see it pill. I’ve been wearing this with slacks, jeans and the leopard print midi skirt I grabbed. It runs large. I am typically a size small and bought this in as XS. Runs Big
  2. Tissue turtleneck This lightweight layering piece comes in 8 different solid colors and 5 different prints including leopard, striped and plaid. I’m planning to wear this layered infinite ways. I bought both a solid and striped version. The striped turtle neck will be fun to layer with leopard or underneath a denim button-shirt and open front cardigan for a little pop of pattern underneath an outfit made up of solids. Turtlenecks can be tough to wear if you have a larger chest. Since I am a 32DD I like to wear long pendant necklaces or open cardigans to give the illusion of a v-neck. TTS
  3. Tortoise bow barrette Hair accessories are huge right now. I’ve been wearing my hair half up with this barrette, but it would also look great pinned to one side with a deep part. If you have thick hair this barrette would not be sufficient to hold all of your hair in a low pony or a twist.
  4. Plaid cape-scarf in black natural check OMG. I can’t properly express how much I LOVE this cape-scarf. I can envision it worn so many different ways. Keep it simple and wear with all black, layer over camel or burgundy for fall or pair it with a rich red or emerald green for a festive holiday look. Can’t you just see yourself sitting by the fire or searching for the perfect tree wrapped in this? It would look equally great layered over a tissue weight top or heavy sweater. One Size Fits All
  5. Pleated midi skirt in leopard This skirt immediately caught my eye when I spotted it on the mannequin in the store. It was paired with the cardigan and tissue turtle neck linked above. I immediately thought it was an incredibly smart look for work or church. I can also picture it paired with a silk cami, leather jacket and heeled booties for a night out or a fitted cashmere sweater and heels for a holiday dinner party. TTS
  6. Leather belt A classic leather belt is a must for every closet. This 1″ width is perfect to wear with casual pants, denim or cinched around the waist of a dress or long cardigan. It is available in brown or black leather and leopard print. Don’t be intimidated to wear a leopard print belt with patterned clothing. The print looks fantastic paired with florals, plaids, stripes, etc… and give your outfit a little added interest. TTS
  7. Calf hair d’Orsay flats in leopard I bought these flats several years ago to replace another pair of leopard print flats that had the calf hair rub off in several different spots. I have been pleasantly surprised that the calf hair on these flats has stayed put and they still look brand new after many years of wear and tear. TTS

Here are a couple other items I wanted to mention:

These button front skinny jeans were a great fit for my pear shaped figure. Typically, J Crew denim gaps at my waist or hugs my thighs too tightly, but these did neither. I haven’t figured out if button front jeans are a trend that will stick around and I would prefer to spend under $50, rather than invest in a button front pair of expensive designer jeans that I may not still dig in a few years.

I also grabbed this leopard print cardigan. The slim fit is flattering and a little dressier than a slouchier, chunky style. It is perfect for the office with a pair of slacks or a pencil skirt, pair it with faux leather leggings at Thanksgiving for a pulled together look that was still forgiving enough for an extra helping of mashed potatoes and stuffing, or wear it with jeans for a casual everyday look.

Fall leopard print cardigan outfit

I purchased a similar calf hair clutch a couple years ago and it has been my go-to bag for a night out. I’ve been amazed how easily leopard print pairs with almost everything. If you are in the market for clutch to use for social events during the holiday season that won’t break the bank and looks current, this one is a great option.

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  1. Katy

    November 7, 2019 at 6:15 am

    So many cutie pieces. Does the cape scarf give enough movement in the arms?

    1. Parker

      November 7, 2019 at 8:55 am

      I think it offers good movement for running errands, and hanging out around the house, even sitting at a desk typing. I would not cook or load the dishwasher wearing it because the ends might get in the way. It stays put nicely and doesn’t fall off my shoulders (and I have pretty narrow shoulders). The armholes sit right below my elbows. Hope that helps!

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