Playfully Preppy + 2 New Parisian Places in Chicago!

Bows & Sequins wearing a suede moto jacket, striped shirt, and Old Navy rockstar jeans with Celine sunglasses, a Gucci cuff from Switch, and an Old Navy leather bag.

When it comes to fall clothing, I’m all about the playfully preppy details. I love taking basic wardrobe staples (like denim, sweaters, and jackets) and mixing them with a few classic prints for a fun pattern pop. The more layers and textures, the merrier! Each little (unexpected) detail helps to complete the outfit.

Bows & Sequins wearing a cream cardigan, an Old Navy navy striped sweater, white jeans, and Gucci aviators with a David Yurman bracelet.

Bows & Sequins working at the Waldorf Astoria with a Gigi New York monogrammed leather notebook.

Print Mixing 101 | When you’re mixing prints, you really can’t go wrong if you stick to the classics… Stripes, leopard print, polka dots, and even camo. It’s all fair game! Preppy with a twist, just the way I like it. Give your outfit some extra personality by having fun with your prints!

Bows & Sequins wearing a burgundy suede jacket, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, and a leather bag with Celine sunglasses.

When it comes to striped tops, you can never have too many. I picked up both of these oh-so-soft striped sweaters at Old Navy before I left for Europe and they’ve each been on repeat for the last few weeks. They’re both lightweight and make getting dressed during this fall transition a breeze!

Bows & Sequins at the Maison Marcel french bakery in Chicago.

Speaking of Paris, I’ve been frequenting two new French spots in Chicago and I’m absolutely in love with both of them!

Maison Marcel is up in Lakeview and is one of the cuter cafes in Chicago, hands down! The decor inside is so open and airy, it’s the perfect spot to park with your laptop or a good book. Their croissants are probably the best I’ve had outside of France and their food menu is great, too! All of their toasts and juices are 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

Bows & Sequins wearing white Old Navy jeans with Kate Spade leopard loafers and a navy tote at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

Petit Margeaux, inside the Waldorf, is just a few blocks from my apartment and has the *best* iced vanilla latte (with almond milk, of course)! There’s plenty of seating inside and a cute little patio with cushioned chairs and umbrellas… Such a great place to get some work done in the morning or a sunny afternoon!

Bows & Sequins wearing a cream cardigan with a David Yurman bracelet and Coach stainless steel watch at Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins wearing an Old Navy cardigan, navy striped sweater, and white jeans with Gucci aviators.

Both of these outfits are casual and comfortable, but still feel put together for a day spent working outside of my apartment! You never know how coffee shops will be, though, so layers are key. Whether it’s a moto jacket or this long open-front cardigan, come prepared.

PS: Remember this camel cardigan that we’ve all raved about?! It’s back! This year, I bought it in grey and black. Obsessed! And it’s not the least bit itchy since it’s made of cotton (#machinewashable)… win, win.

Bows & Sequins wearing a Gucci cuff from Switch at Masion Marcel French Bakery in Chicago.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins sharing fall outfit inspiration: Celine sunglasses, a burgundy suede moto jacket, striped shirt, and an Old Navy leather bag with a leopard scarf.

The Must-Have Piece: Suede Moto Jacket | I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… You’ve got to add a suede moto jacket to your closet! I have a few in my closet, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful burgundy color when I saw it. It’s the perfect compliment for all of the neutrals and navy I wear! Plus, it’s under $60 and also comes in a chic cognac color.

Bows & Sequins at the Maison Marcel french bakery in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins wearing Celine sunglasses, an Old Navy suede moto jacket, striped shirt, and a Gucci cuff from Switch with Bare Minerals matte liquid lipstick in Devious.

Chicago fashion blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a suede moto jacket, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, and Celine sunglasses with a leather bag and leopard scarf.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins sharing fall outfit inspiration: a burgundy suede moto jacket, striped shirt, and an Old Navy leather bag with a leopard scarf.

Get the Looks…

Outfit #1
Old Navy Burgundy Moto Jacket
Old Navy Lightweight Striped Sweater
Old Navy Rockstar Jeans
Dune London Leather Slides (similar here & here!)
Old Navy Crossbody Bag
Old Navy Leopard Scarf
Celine Sunglasses
Gucci Leather Bit Cuff (via Switch!)
Bare Minerals Lipstick in Devious

Outfit #2
Old Navy Open-Front Cardigan
Old Navy Striped Sweater
Old Navy White Denim
Kate Spade Leopard Loafers
Kate Spade Blue Handbag (old; similar here & here!)
Gucci Aviators
Coach Stainless Steel Watch (old; similar here for less!)
David Yurman Bracelet (via Switch!)

Chicago-based fashion-focused blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a cream cardigan, navy striped sweater, white jeans, and Kate Spade leopard loafers with Gucci aviators and a navy tote.

Bows & Sequins wearing a cream cardigan with a David Yurman bracelet and Coach stainless steel watch at Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins wearing a burgundy suede jacket, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, and a leather bag.

Bows & Sequins wearing Gucci aviators, Old Navy cardigan, navy striped sweater, and white jeans with a David Yurman bracelet and Coach watch.

Bows & Sequins working at the Waldorf Astoria with a Gigi New York monogrammed leather notebook.

Chicago fashion and lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins wearing Gucci aviators, an Old Navy cardigan, navy striped sweater, and white denim with a David Yurman bracelet.

Chicago fashion and lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a burgundy suede moto jacket, Old Navy striped shirt, and Celine sunglasses at Maison Marcel french bakery.

Bows & Sequins at the Maison Marcel french bakery in Chicago.

Fashion blogger Bows & Sequins sharing fall outfit inspiration: Celine sunglasses, a burgundy suede moto jacket, striped shirt, Bare Minerals matte liquid lipstick in Devious, and an Old Navy leather bag with a leopard scarf.

Bows & Sequins, a Chicago-based fashion-focused blogger, wearing an Old Navy cardigan, striped sweater, white jeans, and Kate Spade leopard loafers with a navy tote, David Yurman bracelet, Gucci aviators, and a Coach watch.

Chicago fashion blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a suede moto jacket, Old Navy striped shirt, and Celine sunglasses with a leather bag and leopard scarf.

Bows & Sequins working on a Macbook at Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago with a Gigi New York monogrammed leather notebook.

Lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins wearing Gucci aviators, an Old Navy cardigan, striped sweater, white jeans, Kate Spade leopard loafers, and navy tote at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago.

Bows & Sequins wearing an Old Navy cardigan, striped sweater, white jeans, and Kate Spade leopard loafers with a navy tote, David Yurman bracelet and a Coach stainless steel watch.

Bows & Sequins working on a Macbook at Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago with a Gigi New York monogrammed leather notebook.

Jessica Sturdy of Bows & Sequins, a Chicago-based fashion-focused blog, wearing Celine sunglasses, a burgundy suede moto jacket, striped shirt, Old Navy Rockstar jeans, and a leather bag with a leopard printed scarf with Bare Minerals matte lipstick in Devious.

Chicago blogger Bows & Sequins wearing Old Navy white jeans, Kate Spade leopard loafers, a navy striped sweater, and a cardigan with a navy Kate Spade tote.

Bows & Sequins at the Maison Marcel french bakery in Chicago, wearing an Old Navy striped shirt and Bare Minerals matte liquid lipstick in Devious.

Chicago lifestyle blogger Bows & Sequins wearing a burgandy moto jacket and striped shirt from Old Navy with Celine sunglasses and Bare Minerals matte lipstick in Devious.

Bows & Sequins working at Petit Margeaux at the Waldorf Astoria in Chicago, wearing an Old Navy cardigan and striped navy sweater.

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9 Comments

  1. 9.20.17
    Rach commented:

    Love your suede moto jacket! The burgundy color is perfect for Fall! I went to Maison Marcel last weekend and it is the cutest place! Now I need to check out Petit Margeaux!

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  2. 9.21.17
    Natali commented:

    Both places sound lovely and the food looks delicious and French. 🙂
    You are looking adorable in both of these casual-chic outfits! 🙂

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  3. 9.21.17
    Georgiana Quaint commented:

    The bordeau jacket is a lovely piece!

    What is the latest winter fashion trend (again)? link

  4. 9.21.17
    Kate commented:

    I’m in love with that burgundy moto jacket. It’s soooooo freaking cute. As always, great styling
    Kate || KATE KOUTURES

  5. 9.21.17
    Lori S H commented:

    Loving that ruby lipstick!

  6. 9.22.17
    Peppermint Dolly commented:

    Love the suede jacket, great colour!

    Rebecca
    xx
    http://www.peppermintdolly.com

  7. 9.23.17
    Brianna Rooney commented:

    your old navy posts are always SOO good! Some of my favorite fall pieces came right from your posts!