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To my friends and family, I'm Lyss. Welcome to A With Love, a space where I've weaved together my passion for Mediterranean fashion and food in a way that I hope inspires you in areas of your own life.

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Neutral Statement Pieces for Fall

The change in weather from summer to fall, though entirely routine, never ceases to ignite a sense of newness within me. The mornings are cool but the summer sun refuses a graceful exit, the afternoons bringing an entirely-too-familiar heat wave to remind us its still very much alive and well. With cooler mornings and warmer afternoons here to stay for a bit, layers are key when it comes to dressing for this period of seasonal transition.

I invested in some wardrobe staples this year that I knew would help to alleviate the stress of dressing for two different types of weather on any given day, as we often experience here in New England. This mockneck bodysuit is a fun and easy way to level up your look, its sleeveless style bringing some much-needed relief in the afternoon sun. The longline knit jacket I’ve paired it with really ties the outfit together. It’s an easily removable layer during the day and will undoubtedly be your (very stylish) saving grace after a night of dinner and drinks. As for my denim, I’m typically hard-pressed to give up my coveted white pair at August’s end, but have found that when it comes to a transition piece, style and comfort definitely matter. Herein lies my case for white denim after LDW.

White denim is often associated with the summer months, but this Abercrombie pair here is proof that the concept of wearing white after Labor Day is entirely feasible and appropriate, for many reasons. The length, for one, cuts just above the ankle, the fringe detail even flirting its way into boot-cut territory. The fabric is thicker and therefore heavier than your average pair of white denim, allowing for a greater sense of structure as well as refuge for your legs in the cooler months. For anyone who loves wearing white denim as much as I do knows how difficult it is to find a pair that flatters rather than insults your more insecure areas, with color, fabric, and thickness (or lack thereof) being an often unforgiving combination. So when you find a pair as perfect as this, you snag it! I also adore the ultra high rise fit and wide-leg style of this pair and was surprised how well it fit and flattered my shape. It hugs nicely at the waist and throughout the hips, straightening out at the bottom for a crisp, tailored look.

Keeping with the neutral palette as I always do, I decided on a monochromatic look for the rest of the outfit, piecing together varying shades of butterscotch and cognac, from my mockneck bodysuit, coat and leather crossbody (currently sold out, similar one here), to my heeled sandals. The majority of pieces featured here are from Abercrombie, a brand I grew up viewing so differently than I do now! I’ve been so impressed with the overall quality, styles, and price point of their clothes as of late and highly recommend checking out the site if you haven’t already. The layered necklaces I’m wearing are from James Michelle, a small business I recently discovered that makes beautifully understated, handmade jewelry. They have the most delicate pieces if you’re looking for some unique and dainty additions that are perfect for layering. My favorite piece I own from them is the mini sand dollar necklace in gold. It reminds me of the countless summers spent on Cape Cod with my family at Mayflower Beach.

Photos by Riany Haffey.

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