After a long, hot, grueling summer, fall is finally here and I truly cannot wait to dive in head first. The weather gets cooler, the colors get richer, and the clothes get cozier. So I’ve put together a clothing haul of some pieces I’ve been stockpiling for fall. Most of them are from Torrid because those of you who know me or who follow my instagram know that I am such a Torrid fan. AND while I have included the full retail prices, y’all know me and I can tell you that I did not pay full price for any of these items. Being a Torrid Insider has certain perks and rewards which has helped me keep up with new styles without breaking the bank. So if you’re ready to fall in love with Torrid be sure to keep an eye out for sales, sign up for coupons, and ask an associate how you can benefit from their insider program.
Now then, I’ll get out of your way so you can get into this haul! Enjoy!
1. Combat Boots. This pair of boots is probably one of my favorite pieces of clothing right now. Looking at them initially I thought they’d be clunky and awkward but once I put them on I realized the error of my ways. Mea culpa. These boots are deceptively comfortable with better support than almost any other pair of shoes in my arsenal. There was no need to break them in–they were an instant hit. My inner 90’s babe is over the moon about finally being able to rock thick socks and combat boots over tights with a swing dress or skirt. Torrid Metal Heel Combat Boots $69.90
2. Peasant Dress. Crepe or gauze dresses in my experience typically go one of two ways for me: (1) They’re lightweight and amazing year round or (2) they’re unreliable and prone to shrinkage, awkward pulling, and/or clinging. But this dress has a lining which ensures opacity and gives the light material a solid, much-needed foundation. The hem hits just above my knee and the cut of the material skims away from the body while maintaining a flattering silouhette. The empire waist is topped with a tie detail at the bust line and the split sleeves end with a small flair. This is such a fun staple piece I actually have a similar dress in my closet already. Similar, but not the same. It will pair easily with some tights, booties, maybe a fun vest and a hat this fall. Torrid Black Gauze Lace Up Skater Dress $68.90
3. Wrap Skirt. The color of this skirt is what initially caught my eye; I’m a sucker for a kind of burnt, Sedona orange. It’s a subtle high-low, faux wrap skirt with ruffle detail along the hemline. The material itself is a really light cotton so I actually sized up in this skirt to ensure a flowy fit. However, after having spent time in this skirt, I’ll probably have the waist taken in an inch or two. I can see this skirt with my lace up suede boots, a denim button-up shirt knotted over a tank top and a cute hat for the fall or with some ankle strap sandals, a crop top and a wide brim sun hat for the warmer months. Torrid Ruffleed Challis Wrap Skirt $54.90
4. Velvet Cami. This adorable velvet cami with lace detail along the neckline was a surprise favorite. The shape flares out some from the body which makes it an easy top to pair with some dark wash jeans and an edgy jacket (maybe faux leather or a camo anorak<–also having a moment in fashion) or knotted at the waist with a distressed jean jacket and a maxi skirt. It’s just one of those easy, staple pieces that is taken to the next level because of the texture. Torrid Lace Trim Velvet Cami $38.90
5. Graphic Tees. There is something always so effortlessly cool about the right graphic tee. For me, the right graphic tee is something specific, yet seemingly subtle. I lean more towards a tshirt with a cool phrase from a favorite show or an historical or literary quote rather than a picture of the cast or person in question. Just personal preference. This tshirt was a gift from my mother who understands my unfathomably deep love for both Stars Hollow and caffeine. It’s the perfect tee to tuck into skirts with tights, boots, and maybe a light sweater or jacket. In the summer, it’s great with maxi skirts or leggings, Keds, and an open chambray shirt. Because this item was a gift, I do not have any pricing information for you, but my mother is a devoted bargain shopper like myself and likely got this for a great price online or in one of her local stores back home on the west coast. *TIP: I also tend to cut the sleeves off my tees because there are few things more obnoxious than rolled up sleeves inside of sweaters or jackets.
6. Statement Boots/Booties. This pair of crushed velvet booties with gold embroidery take me in so many different directions all at once, I almost got a little lost when I first found them. My inner babble was something along the lines of: “Are they witchy? Are they Bowie? Are they too specific to be worn on the regular? F*ck it, I’m getting them.” And here we are. I haven’t worn them yet so I can’t tell you exactly how successful styling them has been. However, I can see them with a mini length LBD, opaque tights, an edgy jacket or lacy, cropped kimono with a wide brimmed hat and some delicate layered necklaces in the same antique gold hue. Maybe lots of rings. Something along the lines of dark, mysterious bohemian. On a lighter side I’d pair them with cuffed jeans, a basic white tee and a faux leather jacket for an easy threw-this-on look. Either way, these booties are on trend in the embroidery department but unique in that while other booties are covered in bright florals, these are a little more polished and unexpected. Torrid Lurex Embroidered Ankle Booties $58.90
7. Chunky Scarf. Scarves are hands down one of the most underrated accessories, in my experience. They’re multi-purpose and gorgeous and if there’s anything my clothing has to be to stick around, it’s these two things. Scarves elevate an outfit whether it’s a long, skinny scarf doubled up with a low-hanging knot for more of an accessory function or a cozy blanket scarf which literally serves as an awesome blanket/cover up/wrap while out on random adventures. And when it’s freezing cold outside and the wind is biting, one of my absolute favorite pleasures in this life is to tuck down into my scarf. This particular scarf is actually one of my bargain finds from last season at Marshall’s so I don’t have the original tag information for you but I can tell you, my unwillingness to pay full price for just about anything makes it a pretty safe bet that this was a good deal. This scarf is actually incredibly long and thick (it’s doubled up in the photo to show just the pattern). It’s not wide enough to be a blanket scarf, though part of me wishes it were. The chunky yarn makes this one of the warmest scarves I own and the amazing Native American style print is right in line with my latest obsession: dreamy, New Mexico vibes.
8. Workout Gear. Now that the weather is finally resembling something bearable here in the south, I cannot wait to get back outside and back into fitness. Finding the right clothes to provide both support and motivation can sometimes be a challenge, especially as a plus size woman. Torrid has absolutely nailed it in this area. I have yet to find sports bras and leggings that are comparable, though it’s not been for lack of trying. I’m not typically a matchy-matchy type of dresser but this black and green tie dye is so amazing I wanted it in whatever I could get it in. I sized up in both the top and the bottoms in this set, though it wasn’t exactly on purpose. They were out of my size in the top and the only other options were to size up or way up. The benefit of having this extra room is that this top actually has full enough coverage to double as a crop top. So that’s exactly how I wear it with maxi skirts when I’m just out and about. The leggings I sized up in because I tend to carry weight in my hips and thighs. Plus, with something as form fitting as this, the extra material up one size really serves to improve comfort and opacity without compromising on fit. So it’s a win-win. Torrid Active- Tie Dye Print Strappy Back Sports Bra $38.90 and Torrid Active- Tye Dye Print Leggings $54.90
9. Lightweight Duster or Kimono. I wanted to like this. I so, so wanted to like this. The colors are deep, fall, jewel tones and I’m in love with velvet burnout in just about anything. But something about this particular piece gave me pause even before I ordered it. I was on the fence about it for several days both before I purchased it and after it arrived. Overall, this kimono just wasn’t right for me and I’ll be returning it. Some statement pieces can be loud and big at the same time while others make the best impression with a little less. I think the combination of the very specific pattern paired with the dramatic length was just too overwhelming for what I’m looking for. If this had been a bargain find, I’d probably crop it, give it some vents on the sides, and add some eyelash lace trim. However, for something already costing $$$ I don’t want to have to cut off nearly half of it just to go back in and add more material to make it wearable. Torrid Insider Burnout Velvet Kimono $98.90
10. Statement Purse. Now this last item I have to share with y’all is actually a little outside my box while still being totally up my alley, if that makes sense. I am a shameless book-a-holic. Shameless. I love books. And I love when my favorite books or pop culture fandoms bleed into my fashion. So I’ve been on the hunt for a fun bookish bag for a while. Nothing too showy, just something subtle and clever. So when I found this Beauty and the Beast book purse on a random trip to Torrid I was a little torn. It’s not the subtle, muted look I was going for but it was such a fun, unique bag I couldn’t leave it behind. I can’t wait to use it this fall for all of the low-key, off-duty Disney vibes. Torrid Beauty and the Beast Book Clutch $36.90
So that’s what we’re working with for right now. Some fun new pieces mixed in with some staple pieces all of which will get some great use as we move into the fall season. I hope you enjoyed this haul. Be sure to like and comment below and don’t forget to subscribe so you stay in the loop with the rest of the Miles To Go tribe. Thanks again for stopping by!