I promised to devote a separate post to each of the 10 casual Autumn formulas I wrote about earlier about this month. With formula #1 down, it’s on to formula #2:

Skinny jeans + long sleeved T + scarf + tall boots

Tucking jeans or pants into tall boots is extremely practical for winter weather. Really, there is no substitute for this footwear formula if you’re out braving the elements and commuting on foot. Living in rainy Seattle, I tuck jeans into boots frequently and it happens to be one of my very favourite looks of all time. I feel stylish, sleek, comfortable and pulled together for the rain, ice and snow. And above all my feet are warm and dry.

Here are the components of this formula in more detail:

  • Jeans: You’ll need slim cut, casual pants or jeans that are super tapered on the lower leg to make tucking an easy operation. If jeans are not your thing, you’ll achieve the same look with Ponte de Roma knit pants, micro-check pants, or denim leggings. Choose any wash of jeans and don’t forget that black-black and grey jeans are good options too. Because extra-skinny jeans are ideal for this look, you might like to reserve certain pants and jeans solely for the purpose of tucking into boots.
  • Long sleeved T: A good quality, solid layering T is a super backdrop for a patterned scarf. But you don’t need to stick to basic T styling either. Think banded tunic styles with dolman sleeves, empire cuts and wrap styles as more interesting alternatives. Button down shirts and cru, turtle and V-neck knitwear will also work. You can also switch the solid and pattern mix around by wearing a patterned top and solid scarf. Honestly, any type of top with a scarf that works is good. As an extra Autumn topper, think trench coat, cropped coat, leather, pleather, corduroy, plaid, military jacket, or one of the new look longer length cardigans.
  • Scarf: Versatile pashmina wrap-style scarves are my top pick because they look great both indoors and outdoors. Silky scarves are just as fab, but not quite as casual. I’m not particularly fond of neckerchiefs because they cut your long lean line, but they can work if you have a long neck. Scarves are best when tied vertically (like this, this and this).
  • Tall boots: Choose knee-high and mid-calf boots that are either flat, wedged or low heeled. The world is your oyster when it comes to the aesthetic of the boots. From riding boots and slouch styles, to biker boots, cowboy looks, fleece lined snow boots and anything else that tickles your fancy. Wellington boots and 20 eyelet Doc Martens are superb too.
  • Handbag: A flat tote is the obvious choice, but if you need both hands free to attend to little ones, a cross body bag is the solution.
  • Accessories: Attend to your specs first and your watch second, because they’re the most important accessories on your body. There’s no need to wear a necklace because this look is all about the statement scarf, but earrings add a nice touch. If you like hats, then newsboy caps, berets, slouchy beanies, riding caps and felt cloches are all super choices.

And now some examples. The first is a fun and bright interpretation, while the second is edgy and urban. No modern-classic interpretations today! Remember that this is a formula, so you can substitute the items in the visuals for those that that are more to your taste. Note that you can click on the pictures to find details about individual items in Polyvore.

Fun & Bright:

MOTG: Fun & Bright

Edgy & Urban:

MOTG: Edgy & Urban

Forum member Tanya recently challenged herself to wear a different casual Autumn formula each day, covering eight of the formulas in one week. She looks KILLER in every outfit and I can’t possibly pick a favourite. Tanya’s chic, casual, everyday style is a true inspiration for us all so be sure to take a look.

Mums on the go and gals on the go, I’d love to hear your suggestions on how to improve this formula. Also, if you post your interpretation of this formula on your own blog, link to my post and we will list you below when we see the trackback.