My Fall Wardrobe is Back in Black

 BLACK SWEATER:  [SIMILAR]  / SILVER CHAIN CHOKER:  [SIMILAR]  / MIRACULOUS MEDAL:  [SIMILAR]  / OPAL RING: MY GRANDMA'S  [SIMILAR]  / PONTE LEGGING:  INGRID AND ISABEL MATERNITY  / BOOTIES:  MARC FISHER LTD  / BAG:  REBECCA MINKOFF MOTO SATCHEL

BLACK SWEATER: [SIMILAR] / SILVER CHAIN CHOKER: [SIMILAR] / MIRACULOUS MEDAL: [SIMILAR] / OPAL RING: MY GRANDMA'S [SIMILAR] / PONTE LEGGING: INGRID AND ISABEL MATERNITY / BOOTIES: MARC FISHER LTD / BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF MOTO SATCHEL

One thing I cannot compromise as a mother is my style. I've heard many women express that they don't feel like themselves after having kids, and that sometimes goes in hand with forfeiting their personal style for things that are quote "more practical". 

I truly do not know what is more practical than an all-black ensemble (doesn't show stains), flat boots (for running after kiddos), and leggings that look like real pants (hello stretch)! With just a few personal touches of silver jewelry, I threw this whole outfit on in just a few minutes.

FALL WARDROBE / BACK IN BLACK / ALL BLACK EVERYTHING / MATERNITY STYLE / PREGNANCY STYLE / THIRD TRIMESTER / NEW YORK STYLE / FALL FASHION / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Since I am also pregnant and due in December, I've tried to stick to mostly non-maternity clothes except for bottoms, because I want the flexibility to wear these pieces again next Fall. My strategy has been to size up (this sweater tunic is an XL) and look for fabrics that are forgiving with a bit of stretch or loose enough to drape over my belly. I love the tiered bell sleeve of this sweater because it adds a femininity to the look that would otherwise be lacking. Ruffles and bell sleeves are everywhere this season and I think it's a fun trend to try because it really looks good on everyone. Also, when all I want to wear is leggings as pants, I always opt for a thick fabric like these ponte ones from Target, and a tunic length to strategically cover my bottom half.

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The reason behind wearing all-black, other than the fact that my love for it is deeply tied to my New York roots, is that you can shop for less expensive items that look more expensive simply because they are black. Next time you're in the store, hold up two of the same items -- one in a color, and one in black. Do you notice a difference? Black material hides imperfections, seams, and creates a flawless silhouette on our figures. Sometimes I find that bright colors can be difficult to match with other items in my closet, or they simply feel too bold to wear often (hence the reason so many of us have a bright shirt that often goes unworn). 

FALL WARDROBE / BACK IN BLACK / ALL BLACK EVERYTHING / MATERNITY STYLE / PREGNANCY STYLE / THIRD TRIMESTER / NEW YORK STYLE / FALL FASHION / MARC FISHER LTD. / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

Comfort and simplicity are always key to whatever I wear. And these booties-- these Marc Fisher booties! They are a much less expensive version of the Acne Jensen ones I have had my eye on for a long time. They are made of the most buttery leather and have the perfect height heel that make them comfortable to wear and still polished.

FALL WARDROBE / BACK IN BLACK / ALL BLACK EVERYTHING / MATERNITY STYLE / PREGNANCY STYLE / THIRD TRIMESTER / NEW YORK STYLE / FALL FASHION / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM
FALL WARDROBE / BACK IN BLACK / ALL BLACK EVERYTHING / MATERNITY STYLE / PREGNANCY STYLE / THIRD TRIMESTER / NEW YORK STYLE / FALL FASHION / NICOLEMCARUSO.COM

This look could easily be switched up with any pop of color in the accessories department. Think: maroon embroidered velvet slides, a bright blue bag, or printed scarf. What's your go-to outfit in your Fall wardrobe?

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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.