Plaid Pants and a Trench

 TOP:  GAP  / WINDOW PANE PLAID PANTS:  GAP   [SIMILAR]  / TRENCH: FOREVER 21  [SIMILAR]  / SUNGLASSES: MY MOM'S VINTAGE  [SIMILAR]  / BLACK TOTE: BCBG  [SIMILAR]  / BOOTIES:  NINE WEST   [SIMILAR]  / NAIL POLISH:  ZOYA IN LIVINGSTON

TOP: GAP / WINDOW PANE PLAID PANTS: GAP [SIMILAR] / TRENCH: FOREVER 21 [SIMILAR] / SUNGLASSES: MY MOM'S VINTAGE [SIMILAR] / BLACK TOTE: BCBG [SIMILAR] / BOOTIES: NINE WEST [SIMILAR] / NAIL POLISH: ZOYA IN LIVINGSTON

This is the time of year I switch from breezy white tops to form-fitting black separates and statement outerwear. I like to wear a monochromatic base, especially under an open coat, because it creates a thin column from chest to toe, which is very flattering, no matter your shape. 

Plaid can be difficult to wear, and I find I often feel a little country when I wear it, but after coming across this pair of window pane plaid in a slim pant, I knew it was my version of plaid. True to my taste, I had to toughen it up a bit with the black ankle bootieswide choker, and my mom's retro sunglasses, which I'm pretty sure were 80s knock-offs of Ray-Ban Clubmasters

A trench coat is a classic piece, one that I truly believe looks good on everyone. Whether buttoned and belted, or worn open and flowy as I did, it adds a touch of sophistication and uptown vibe to whatever you throw it over. My boots and bag have surely seen better days, but the leather is starting to wear and crinkle in the best way, and I kind of love it. Plus, pieces that look worn and loved have character, and that's what fashion is in real life. I always try to pair bits of old and new, high end and low end, to represent my eclectic approach to, well, everything. Our clothes reflect our personality, and I'd say this outfit is a pretty good representation of my style this season. 

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.