Yikes my oldest daughter’s school is starting tomorrow. It’s officially back to my our family’s regular routines. My mom is visiting for about ten more days which are going way too fast. Although there are a couple summer days still left, ( which I’ll cherish) fall mode is officially on.

With the school year starting I am fully embracing fall fashion. A huge part of my fall wardrobe is versatile cardigans I can throw on various outfits. They are a true fall must have. Stylish but cozy is what I look for. I am also sharing my latest finds all under $100 below. I think you’ll love this week’s pretty transitional pieces. Now I’ll admit the cardigan you’ll see me wearing is over $100 BUT I had Nordstrom notes which brought it under for me. ( Ooops and yayy at the same time I guess haha)

Find more style posts (under $100) in Pretties Under $100 section.


First off is my finds ALL under $100. You have to check out these leggings. I bought them during Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and first shared them in this post.  I also styled them below with my new cardigan. They are THE most comfortable faux leather leggings ever, and the best part is that the top part is fabric. Love them!!

Aren’t these pumps adorable? I love plaid. Plaid on such a gorgeous classic shoe style is ten times better. 🙂 I love the fringe booties just as much. The color is lovely and fringed booties are so on trend right now.

I wear a lot of tunics over leggings, and vest tunics are a modern version of that look. They are especially fall like in this warm fabric.  I also chose this charming backpack to represent the starting school year. Who says we can’t still use backpacks even if our school years are behind. ( or maybe you are still in school and need a pretty bag 🙂 )



Nic +Zoe is a brand I’ve been watching and purchasing here and there for a while. I choose  styles I like from them that feel contemporary and well-made. This fall must have cardigan is one of those. I know the actual price is more than $100 but ladies as I also wrote above, I promise I played by the rules. I used some saved Nordstrom notes that brought it under $100.   🙂 It’s the softest piece, the colors are gorgeous and very autumn like.

I chose this cardigan as it is that one item that can double as a jacket on dry days. I feel like I’ll get plenty of use out of it well into winter.


A close- up of the rich colors and fuzzy fabric.


Style Tip: This look is a true fall classic for me. You can see me wearing leggings, booties, a cozy cardigan, and fun accessories at least a couple days a week in this season. I try to make my unofficial fall “uniform” more exciting by choosing pieces that feel special.

For instance, for today’s look, I chose faux leather leggings, a cardigan with an eye-catching pattern, buckled booties that stand out in color cream, and statement jewelry. You can also make your everyday casual looks “new for you” by incorporating a variety of fabrics, details or colors.



Cardigan: NIC +ZOE | Leggings: Leith | Shoes: Dolce Vita (some othe DV styles) | Earrings: Kendra Scott | Necklace + Ring: Wantable ( See all my reviews)


How have the last weeks of summer been for you ladies? What fall pieces are you craving lately? I can’t wait to hear your latest experiences.

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Have a wonderful Thursday ladies! XOXO,


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  • Cheryl

    As sad as I am to see summer go, I am looking forward to my fall uniform of leggings, tunics, boots and long cardigans. 🙂 Love the Nic + Zoe, it’s a great brand.

    • Theboxqueen

      That’s the same fall uniform I am looking forward to 🙂 Agree that Nic +Zoe is fab. Hope you are having the best Saturday dear. XOXO, Elif

  • Mai Tran

    My current fall addiction is Zac Zac Posen Women’s Wendy Floral-Jacquard Fit-and-Flare Dress.

    • Theboxqueen

      That’s a really pretty dress. Happy weekend! XOXO, Elif

  • I’m obsessed with cardigans and wear them year round. This one looks so soft and cozy! Love it styled with the leather leggings!

    Doused In Pink

    • Theboxqueen

      I am crazy for cardigans too. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend Jill. XOXO, Elif

  • Jody DesChenes

    don’t worry about me, i’ve been on my own quest for Pretties for the past few months, revamping my entire wardrobe! living on a mountain in CO, a cardi over tee is one of my uniforms! just got a great asymmetrical one from Nordies, another beauty from Golden Tote, not to mention the maybe 10 i already had (: i adore fall but the WORST part of it is…the clothes are so much fun that i think they help chase summer away a bit too soon! i’m staying in sundresses for another month if i can…with a cardi, of course! (:

    • Jody DesChenes

      oh, duh…love the cardigan you are showing – very pretty on you, and love its fuzziness (:

      • Theboxqueen

        Haha fall clothes totally chase away summer clothes way too quickly. The choices and layering is so much fun. I am super excited for fall BUT still hold on to the last few days of warmness here in the NW. Thanks lovely lady and have a great weekend. XOXO, Elif

  • Kelly O’Malley

    You less than $100 group is really cool. Lot of great options. but I am in love with your cardigan! The colors are awesome and will be perfect for fall.

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks Kelly. Glad to hear you liked my picks and I am in love with the cardigan too :-)) Have a wonderful Saturday. XOXO, Elif

  • Love this sweater! I wear cardigans and oversized sweaters all the time. They are like a “signature” piece. Lol. This one looks so very soft and comfy. Adore all of your style posts. Visiting from The SITS Girls Sharefest – I visited all of your shared posts. 😀

    • Theboxqueen

      Welcome to TheBoxQueen! You made my day with your sweet comment. Agree completely that oversized sweaters are so fun for fall. Thanks for saying hi! 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • I have a pair of faux leather leggings and I never know what to wear with them. Thanks for the ideas–and I love that cardigan! beautiful colors for fall 🙂 Hope you are having a great weekend; stopping in from SITS!

    • Theboxqueen

      So happy I was able to give some ideas on faux leather legging pairings. <3 Thanks so much for saying hi! Have a wonderful Saturday. XOXO, Elif

  • I really like the faux leather leggings!

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks! 🙂 XOXO, Elif

  • Talba1

    I also like Nic + Zoe’s clothes. They are great quality and fit. The cardigan looks so warm and comfy.

    • Theboxqueen

      It is super fuzzy and cozy and everything that makes you feel comfortable & warm. 🙂 Nic +Zoe is great, getting more and more of their items lately. Happy weekend lovely! XOXO,Elif

  • Darcy

    Great roundup! I have some similar pieces on my fal lwish list!

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks Darcy. My fall wish list is way too long :-)) Happy weekend!! XOXO, Elif

  • Great pics!!!!!! 🙂 I love faux leather leggings.
    Fridays Fashions link up

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks for saying hi Jaymie. XOXO, Elif

  • As I told you on IG – I’m loving this cardi of yours. Perfectly for urban styling and cozy layering.

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks Lu. It is the perfect layering piece. Happy Saturday dear. XOXO, Elif

  • ADA

    I love your Fall list. Many of those items are must haves for me too. That cardigan is so pretty and cozy and cute styling, Elif.

    • Theboxqueen

      Thanks so much Ada. As always great to hear from you. Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer. XOXO, Elif

  • Tina chmielewski

    I love all your shoes! Have you done a story on must have shoes for fall? Maybe I missed, I’d love to see what you recommend….

  • Sibel Gultekin

    Your cardigan matches the falls colors. It looks worm and comfy. I want to share my experience: I had a similar one after wearing a few months it be came linty and rough.

  • SweepGirl

    So adore that cardigan and the fall colors matched with the black shiny leggings. Great colors and so versitile!