I am obsessed with this outfit. I keep reaching for the basics in my closet– I think I’m craving simple outfits that feel good with minimal effort. This has become one of my go-to formulas for getting dressed lately. A white top (like a white tee, sweatshirt, or crisp blouse), comfortable jeans, and a pair of flats. It’s so simple… and yet it just works. Especially for this stage of life! And, as you know, my first stop for my classic fall outfit pieces is always J. Crew, who is the partner on this post.

A classic fall outfit featuring demi-boot crop jeans and a ruffle collared shirt


I feel like this has major back-to-school vibes, never mind the fact that I’m a mom now and much closer to getting my kid ready for school than going myself 😉 One of the very first things that caught my eye from J. Crew’s new arrivals was this ruffle collared button up. I love the big collar. The ruffles. The slight puff sleeve. Prepare to see a lot of it this fall… I have a feeling I won’t be able to resist wearing it. (I did find that it runs a little short so if you have a longer torso you may want to go up one size.)

A classic fall outfit from J. Crew

The demi-boot crop jeans remain my favorite silhouette. I keep raving about it. Literally the perfect style if you want to break the skinny-jean habit but you don’t know where to start. It’s the perfect “middle ground” silhouette. Slimming through the knees with a hint of a flare at the hemline. The wash of these are just perfect, too!

Carly Riordan wearing a J. Crew cable knit cardigan

Talk about the cardigan of my dreams! Oversized and cozy and very old-school.

Leopard mary-jane shoes from J. Crew

I have loved Mary-Janes for my entire life. (You can fact-check me by asking my mom how many stores we went to one summer looking for red Mary-Janes I wanted for my elementary school uniform… I had a vision, okay?) These leopard print ones are fun and bold, while also still working as a neutral. I was thinking how cute they will be with a little black dress for date night. If you want something a little more classic, you can get the same style in black.

New Jersey blogger Carly Riordan wearing a classic fall outfit from j. crew

What do you think of this classic fall outfit formula?! I’m ready to implement it into my everyday outfits from now until Christmas!

Sweater (c/o) // Shirt (c/o) // Jeans (c/o) // Mary-Janes // Earrings (c/o) // Tote (c/o)

Thank you J. Crew for sponsoring this post!


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Hi Carly! How tall are you? I love where these jeans hit on you but they look a little shorter on the model, so I’m trying to gauge if I should go regular or tall length (I’m 5’7″) to achieve the length you have going on here. TY!


Love that outfit.. except for the unfinished hem on the jeans, anyway. How did companies convince people that it was cool for them to cheap out on finishing a hem? Bet that guy got a bonus… Anyway, the silhouette is nice, and love the cardigan with it!