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Autumns often translates as: sweater weather. We all know sweaters are a cozy and comfortable choice when the weather isn't so warm anymore. It is hardly surprising that such a comfortable and practical choice as sweaters continues to remain popular (especially in the holiday season). Can sweaters also make us good look? Yes, they can! Absolutely! It is all about finding the right cut and shade for your skin tone and body shape as well as wearing it correctly. As with every clothing item out there, it is all about finding what works for you. I do believe that it is possible to be stylish, chic and feminine in the colder months. In fact, layering opens up many styling possibilities. 

 Don't worry about a sweater making you look bulkier. There are always ways to work around that. I'm always amazed by what a difference a pair of heels makes. Take this outfit, for an example. It is all about comfort. I'm wearing a thick lilac sweater paired with straight jeans and an oversize coat. This combo is pretty casual, right? However, a pair of high heeled boots changed it around and made it more chic. This sweater is not form fitting or tight, not exactly oversize but it is definitely on the longer side.  Paired with jeans, it can look too plain. That is why pairing it with heeled boots made so much sense. Heels elongate the figure. As for the straight cut jeans, they work wonderfully with heels. I had this pair of jeans for two years now and I wear them all the time. My husband actually bought them for himself, but changed his mind and gave them to me. He likes when I wear jeans, but I prefer dresses and skirts (most of the time anyway). But hey, marriage is all about compromises and I do enjoy wearing jeans occasionally. Jeans are truly a timeless piece and  I like how there are endless ways to wear them. If you're looking for some jeans inspiration, you can have a look at my visual guide for wearing jeans for autumn and winter.  Jeans paired with heeled boots are one of my favourite outfit formulas for autumn and winter. 

Now, this pair of platform boots isn't the most comfortable one but it works just fine for shorter walks. I admit that it was a fast fashion purchase made a few years ago but at least I still have them. As much as I do try to invest into quality shoes, I occasionally do buy a cheap pair of shoes. With years less and less, because as someone who walks a lot, I can definitely see the importance of quality shoes. If you live in Europe, the chances are that you will walk a lot, as a lot of historical city centres are actually closed for traffic and sometimes getting somewhere on foot is not only the fastest and the easiest way but also the only opinion. In most European countries, driving everywhere is not an opinion. That is why comfortable shoes are a must. However,  I actually don't have any regrets about buying this pair. They costed me practically nothing and I got to wear them enough times to make the purchase sustainable (apparently 30 wears is what we should strive for). They're also not terribly uncomfortable, just not suitable for longer walks. 

 What else to say about this outfit? It also features a bag I got from my husband and the grey coat I blogged recently about. Thanks to warm weather we're enjoying in Croatia, I've been wearing this coat over my shoulders most of the time. There is nothing new about this outfit. I haven't actually bought any new clothes (retail or second hand) this autumn (and you know I took the summer slow fashion challenge). I guess that I'm just having too much fun shopping my closet to be tempted to buy anything new. Plus, I'm trying to be more sustainable. Right now, I'm not just dressing from my closet, I'm actually dressing from my suitcase and that's a bit more challenging but I'm managing. I've been forced into a capsule wardrobe, because I only took one suitcase of clothes with me to Croatia. I haven't had the time to travel back to Mostar for more and I doubt I will any time soon. I'm spending my weekends working on paperwork and stuff. Last weekend I did went to Split but only for a day, I had to come back because I had work to do. 
If you want to jazz up your autumn wardrobe a bit, why not try pairing denim blue and lilac. I'm a big fan of purple and blue colour combo. Lilac is a great shade for autumn. Supposedly it works best for fair skin, while my skin type (olive) is better suited for vibrant pinks and fuchsia. However,  I think it sweater works pretty well even with my olive skin. It might be against the colour theory, but I like it.
In fact, if you have a look at my art (my paintings and illustrations), you will notice that I'm especially drawn to purple. I often illustrate purple and blue outfits. Lilac is also a shade I often use in creation of my paintings and drawings. So, clearly it is a colour combo I'm very fond of. It is great being able to recreate it with such a cozy and comfy outfit. I loved wearing this one!
My message of the day: keep those you love close. I lost two family members last week. Two individuals I loved and I will never get to see or talk to again. Nevermore. You never know will you or your loved ones  live to see another day or wake up alive tomorrow. Now is all we have. Every moment is precious. So, make time for quality time with your family and friends.  At the end of the day, that might be the most important thing. Thank you for reading and have a lovely day! 


  1. Every moment is precious😊 You're right 😊 thanks for your sharing...

  2. I'm so sorry Ivana, that's terrible!!
    I can't imagine what it is dressing from a suitcase, I died!!
    I don't know if I can wear high heeled boots anymore because of my sick foot, only 16 december I have an appointment to know that!!
    But you are simple and fancy, less is more you know!!

    1. Thank you so much. I hope you'll fix the problem with your feet and be able to wear high heels again.

  3. Dressing from one's suitcase is having the ultimate capsule wardrobe, and I'm not sure I could do it for longer than a two weeks' holiday or so. By the end, I am craving the maximalism of my extensive wardrobe. I can't imagine how it must be to have only a suitcase full of clothes for the foreseeable future. Oh dear. I'm glad that you thought to bring that lilac jumper with you, as it's such an amazing colour on you. To be honest, I hardly ever wear jumpers, unless we have sub-zero temps. Being menopausal means I don't need a jumper to keep me warm. They only make me sweat if I do wear them. So, the moral of the story ;-) do make the most of your jumpers now! Have a lovely Sunday, my dear. xxx

    1. I will have that in mind and enjoy jumpers while I can.:)

  4. Amica mia.... sei bellissima, veramente bellissima con quel maglione! A beautiful color, I love all the tones of purple. And that color is a shade that we call 'Glicine' (because it's the color of the Wisteria, that we call in that way). <3 You look lovely my dear. Mi dispiace invece tanto, tantissimo, per le tue perdite in famiglia... so quanto è difficile e vorrei abbracciarti forte, molto forte. E' vero, bisogna tenere vicini gli affetti e amarli molto, perchè quando si perdono mancano per sempre :'( Sono sicura che ti guarderanno da lassù... now they are angels, sweetie. I'm near you, with all my heart. Love you angioletto.

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  6. I'm so sorry about your losses Ivana. That's so sad. It's such a reminder how life is so short.
    I do love sweaters and I never think about worrying about looking bigger in them....they are just so comfy and wonderful!

    1. Thank you Jodie. It is indeed a reminder that life is short.:(

  7. You look lovely in lilac! While I'm not living out a suitcase I do so agree with you on shopping my wardrobe - it's more sustainable and it lets you be a little more creative too!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend! We went for our annual family Christmas photo with Santa yesterday, with two kids and a dog it didn't quite go as planned, ha!

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  8. Hi Ivana, love your sweater so much! That's my favorite color.
    Nice high heeled boots.

  9. que guapa vas para el otoño, tus tacones son lo mas, me ha encantado este post

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  11. Love how you styled the blazer with the sweater darling!! It looks super stylish.

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  12. This is perfect Autumn outfit. I love colour of your sweater and how you style it. Thank you for inspiration.

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  13. Quello casual chic è sicuramente lo stile che sento più mio e tu lo hai interpretato alla perfezione!
    Kisses, Paola.


  14. I'm sorry for your loss Ivana. I agree everyday is precious. Beautiful sweater!

  15. I love wearing sweaters so I always look forward to sweater weather. This outfit is a great combination of femininity, comfort and style and it's great that all the components are pieces you already had in your closet. My heartfelt condolences to you for the loss your beloved family members. Life is precious and we really need to make the most of our time with those who we care about.

    1. me too! Sweater weather is the best. Thank you dear. They were both elderly so it was somewhat expected, but it is always hard saying goodbye to those you love.

  16. I'm so sorry for your loss. You're right that every moment is certainly precious!

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    1. thank you. Moments spend with loved ones are certainly precious.

  17. Il lila è un colore che adoro, sta bene praticamente a tutte e abbinato con i jeans secondo me è perfetto!
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  18. I'm so very sorry to read of the losses of two members of your family. Sending you lots of love, Ivana.
    That lilac jumper is a lovely colour on you, a welcome pop of colour at this time of year.
    I only own two polo neck, skinny fitting jumpers and a cardi which is for house use only! xx

    1. thank you, it's very kind of you. Goodbyes to our loved ones are always hard.

  19. Carpe diem! I am so sorry to hear of your family's loss, Ivana. I hope you are doing okay, and am sending you good vibes from Canada!

    I love the lilac sweater - my hair is that colour right now (I dyed it last night). I am a big fan of lilac (or any shade of purple) with blue!

    1. Thank you very much. I'm doing pretty well, both of them were elderly but it is always hard to say goodbye.
      I love lilac too.

  20. These are really pretty shots dear. Also, love the cozy look.
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  21. What a lovely autumn look.
    I adore These soft Colors.
    They suit you perfectly.

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  22. wise words!
    and i looove that sweet sweater! you styled a fab and cool look with it. applause!
    as i live in rural europe :-D and getting old, high heels are not longer an option for daily life - but i do love sweaters - so i have to be extra creative, esp. with my walkyre figure ;-D

  23. I am sorry, Ivana. Your message is so warm. I think you have been so sad.
    Thank you for sharing for your lovely illustrations and casual and elegant outfit!



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