tumbling in autumn (tribal)


Autumn is sort-of slowly tumbling in here in Chicago. The mornings are cool and breezy, while our afternoons are still on the warm side. I knew I was going to be in trouble when I spotted this fleece moto jacket at Gap a month ago. Yes, you sure did read that right. Fleece. Moto. Jacket. I thought to myself:

1) Where will I NOT wear a fleece moto jacket (nowhere. I’ll wear this bad boy to everything all throughout fall)

2) Will I ever take it off? (Unlikely)

September 1 hit and I busted out this jacket…and have yet to not wear it on my morning walks to work. I love that it’s also structured enough to be worn at work as a “blazer.”


Okay, you get that I love it. I’ll move on to the rest of this outfit. I found this great tribal dress at Marshall’s for $5 on clearance. Wha? Yes. I added my ever faithful leggings and turquoise shoes and started my autumn party off right.


I love an asymmetrical hemline, as you guys know. Here I am looking for leaves to fall so I can jump in them. Sadly, it’s a bit too soon in the season for that.


Dress: Marshall’s ($5 marked down from approx $30)

Jacket: Gap ($40 marked down from $70)

Leggings: Old Navy ($10)

Shoes (flats): Dolce Vita ($20 marked down from $100)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I’ve been loving Marshall’s lately! I still have yet to figure out their clearance system, but it seems like this is a good time of year to look for their sales and clearances, as it’s a change of season.  As you can see, this dress could easily transition from a  summer dress to a fall/winter dress, solely by adding layers.  You don’t have to shy away from the last of the end of season sales just because there are seemingly “summer” clothes on sale. Post Labor Day, it seems as though the sales will be slowing down a bit soon.  If you’re still looking for transition pieces, now is a good time to check out the tail end of the sales!

2) Sweatshirts have taken on a life of their own lately.  There are a lot of “dressy” sweatshirts hitting the racks these days and I am loving it. Most of the dressy sweatshirts still won’t be appropriate for my workplace, but the fleece moto jacket from Gap is definitely work appropriate. You can make fleece/sweatshirt work appropriate by looking for pieces that are very structured.  For me, this is a dream realized!  Seriously, someone will likely need to have an intervention with me about that jacket/blazer…

Gap has so many great pieces for fall, including this jacket.  You can check them out here:


Also, here’s a good article about other types of dressy sweatshirts:


Readers, how are you preparing for fall fashion? Any pieces that you are loving? What are people’s thoughts on sweatshirts at work?

TGIF, readers! Thanks for stopping by!

35 replies to “tumbling in autumn (tribal)

  1. What a fun outfit! The Gap just called me and said, “use the coupon we sent you to purchase the navy version of the jacket”! Also, I agree about Marshalls having an odd markdown system. I can never really figure them out – which is why I always end up at TJ Maxx.

    1. Haha! I got the same call from my sister when they sent a coupon for any full priced item to my sister…who know I was eyeing that jacket. I love both colors 😉 if you get it, show us how you wear it! And yes, I have no idea how they do their pricing there. When I’m there during a good clearance, it’s amazing. Other times, the prices are still good, but not crazy bargains.

  2. As usual you look stunning my dear. Love tribal, I wish I got more tribal this summer. I love that you are from Chicago, only a mere 3.5 hours from where I live in boring Appleton, WI recently moved from Green Bay. Great style! I wish we had a Marshals nearby, unfortunately my only good sales outlet has been Khols where I obsess over Jennifer Lopez’s classic work pieces, Vera Wangs chic clothing styles or Lauren Condrad’s feminine blouses….or my other favorite thrifting around. Oh and your hair! Adorable I love your tussled bob.


    1. thanks, girl! I went to school in Wisconsin- it holds a warm place in my heart 😉 the funny thing is, there’s like no Kohl’s near me and I don’t have a car, so I miss all the amazing Vera Wang and Lauren Conrad! I guess you can’t have it all, right? 😉 And thank you! My stylist helps me because I’m a mess otherwise!! xo 🙂

  3. The dress is great 🙂 What a find! I’m praying for Fall to start here but it’s gonna be in the 90s well into next week. BOO! I’ve been on Pinterest scouring fashion boards, trying to get ideas for layering. I’m SO ready for cooler weather!

    xo Ashley

  4. And you’ve done it again! Great outfit and I see what you mean with that jacket. You are going to get so much wear out of that, it really is a very versatile piece. Well done once again. X

    1. Yes- we’re totally Midwest neighbors! I love Wisconsin!! I lived in Madison during my undergrad 🙂 I wish the mornings and afternoons stayed consistent, especially now that it’s fall. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this heat wave is the last one!

  5. That Jacket is everything…..oh my. The tribal I love such a good transition for fall and of course your shoe choice is wonderful. All an All I am in love with this outfit.

    1. Thank you!! I seriously love fleece in any form. Wait until I bust out my fleece lined tights…they are so bulky and amazing! I’ll post about them if it ever cools down here! Of course, now that I typed that, I’m sure I cursed us into having a freezing winter!

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