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Oct 23, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Black Gray and Chocolate Brown for Fall

So this Fall darker browns are a trending color and I decided it's time for me to dust off my brown corduroy jacket I've had in my closet for many years. This used to be my "go-to" fall jacket years ago but have not worn it in the recent years. Thought about donating it many times but I always change my mind because it is somewhat unique and I'm known to hoard things 😊. 

I really wanted to pair it with some black jeans because I'm always so quick to reach for blue jeans out of habit. So I created a black, brown and gray outfit. But wanted to say, as I am analyzing these pictures I'm not 100% happy with this outfit. I think straight leg jeans would have been a better fit because of the lapels of the jacket if that makes any sense...I just think these lapels and skinny jeans visually throw off the proportions and they make my shoulders appear wider than what they are.... I did have my son snap a photo of me wearing straight leg pants and I'm sharing that one at the end of the post and I've used that photo in the logo above.

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Rainclouds were hanging low on this day, so we didn't have good lighting...

As I'm sure you can imagine, I don't have a link to this jacket, but you can always check ThredUp or Poshmark. It's by the Relativity brand. Otherwise I did find a similar style jacket at Macy's and it's currently 30% off (as I type this) and comes in the 3 colors shown below - Deep Cherrywood, Dark Chocolate and Ashwood Brown, as well as a in blue. The  styling on these jackets is definitely more up to date!


Since I had to cuff the jeans and therefore showing a gray color on the cuff I decided to pair the jeans with a gray sweater. This one is by GAP, another oldie from my closet. While looking for a similar sweater to link, I did find this pretty cashmere sweater at GAP and it also comes in a beautiful camel color which always seems to be a popular color. Cashmere is always higher priced and unfortunately excluded from any discounts. They do make great and useful gifts though!

My skinny jeans are by Free People. Mine are a true black and I don't have a link to this exact pair, but I did find these jeans at Macy's in an off black color which is also trending this year.  You may also want to check out Old Navy as they have a great variety of black jeans. I'd love this slim straight pair.

These ankle boots I've shown you before in a few previous posts. They are by Miz Mooz and of buttery soft leather. Mine came from Nordstrom from a few years ago when they were on a clearance sale. I did find the exact pair at Zappos (also available in Black and Ocean).

I accessorized with a longer necklace - my preferred lengths for when I wear a crew neck or other high necklines. This is part of a multi strand necklace by Lucky Brand (old) with a coin type charm. Similar necklaces can be found on Amazon.

I thought I'd try the jacket with straight leg pants and had my son snap this photo yesterday... (Since I don't have black straight leg jeans I substituted with black straight ponte knit pants. I had to fold them under once for a better fit with the boots. I do think straight leg jeans look better than skinny with this jacket...but no idea why the shoes appear brighter than they actually are...maybe it's these booties that throw off everything LOL. 

So what are you thoughts? Does this jacket still deserve a spot in my closet or is it time to give it up?? I do have two other corduroy type jackets in different colors, so will see if I can get those styled better. It's funny how before doing these posts I'd just throw on a jacket and go on with my day without giving it much thought....

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Joanne said...

I just bought my first cashmere sweater last winter (in that camel color) and just LOVE it!

Ellibelle said...

Cashmere is so soft! I love mine as well - but wish I had a camel colored one too!

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Ellie, this is such a great color combination for fall. And that jacket is adorable! The whole outfit has a bit of throw back vibe which is totally cool!


the 4 M's said...

It's a great color combo on you so keep that jacket =)
I like it!

Jennifer said...

I really love your jacket!

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Jayne said...

LOVE your outfit and that jacket is fab. Gorgeous autumnal colours.

Have a fab week ahead! :)

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Shelbee!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Mireille. Think I'll be keeping it a little while longer! I'm tempted to get the new style I've linked but there's nothing wrong with this one I already have :)

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Jennifer!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Jayne!

Kim Carberry said...

I love your jacket. It really does seem perfect for Autumn. What a great outfit x

The Faithful Homeschool said...

Looks great! I'm always looking for fresh ideas for fashion over 40 (sometimes it is hard to remember I'm not in my 20s or 30s anymore!!!)

Michele Morin said...

I enjoy combination of neutrals for fall!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I love black and brown together in fall. That is a great jacket, it's good you held on to it. I can be too quick to donate things! Thank you for the style inspo. I just got a new caramel sweater and I might pair it with some black jeans!

Amy Johnson said...

Oh, lucky you to hang on to that jacket! These are really trending right now! I was thinking of getting one, and then I thought "What for? I can't go anywhere because of Covid?" Brown shoes made a big comeback too!

Mica said...

I really like that jacket and the retro vibe of it! I think it looks good with both jeans too! :)

Hope that you are having a good week! :)

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