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Comfy Fall Look: Leggings, Chunky Sweater, Flats and A Top Knot

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03 Oct Comfy Fall Look: Leggings, Chunky Sweater, Flats and A Top Knot

by ATFDC Contributor Kelsi Zimmerman

Want to get the Fall look that will have you so comfortable that you will WANT to get up on the crisp Fall mornings, while still giving off the trendiest vibe? Of course the top knot, chunky sweater, leggings and flats look. This look is perfect for casual wear and for those of you whose jobs do not enforce a strict dress code. I am here to provide you with the perfect approaches and local retailers to get this trendy and comfy Fall 2012 look.

photo credit – Polyvore / martenoir

We’ll start from the top- so for those of you who are active “pinners” on Pinterest, I’m sure you know of the infamous sock bun. Well regardless of whether or not you feel comfortable with putting a tube sock on your head- bun are very in this season, and easy! Start with a pony tail at the very top of your head, with a firm pony in tact, using a comb, pick a few loose pieces out from your hair line, front and back of your head. Now, use the comb to tease the inner section of your pony tail, spray with hairspray (I prefer Freeze and Shine Hold Spray By Paul Mitchell).

Freeze and Shine by Paul Mitchell

Wrap the smooth, outside hair around the teased center, twist and wrap into a “coil” fashion to a top knot on top of your head. Hold the bun and wrap an elastic twice around the bun. Take your comb to pick at the bun to make a fuller spritz with hairspray and you are good to go! You can find the amazing Freeze and Shine Hold Spray at a local Paul Mitchell salon in the DC area like, Viola Salon located at 1139 8th Street, NW.

Next, to conquer the big chunky sweater look, know what is best for your build. If you have a longer torso- go with a sweater is open in the center. Are you shorter with aa smaller bust line? Go with a longer, hip length sweater that is off the shoulder. In true fall 2012 fashion- Aztec print is a “go” for chunky sweaters, or colors such as honey gold, french roast, olympian blue or ultramarine green. First stop on the search for the best, coziest sweater? My suggestion is the area’s Goodwill, like the one located at 2200 South Dakota Ave, NE. Put your creative sense to use while being cost effective. If you are in the mood to search and keep an eye out for any sweat you can visualize yourself wearing with your perfect pair of bold earrings, go for it! I have had some of my best finds at this location!

The Goodwill search isn’t exactly for you? That’s okay! Check out Violet Boutique‘s Aztec sweater! Located at 2439 18th Street NW.

Violet Boutique Sweater

Forecast Boutique, located at 218 7th Street Southeast has a very large selection of this season’s coziest sweaters in all of the trendiest colors and shapes!

Sweaters at Forecast Boutique

The perfect compliment to your chunky sweater? Leggings of course! Think mixtures of textures- like pairing these faux leather patch leggings from Urban Outfitters located in Chinatown at 737 7th Street NW.

Leather Leggings

And to complete this look with the most comfortable yet stylin’ shoes? My personal favorite, cheetah print flats. Like these cheetah loafers found at Aldo in Georgetown at 3237 M Street NW.

Aldo Cheetah Loafers


A 21 year old Maryland Native and Senior Fashion Merchandising major at Stevenson University fashion has consumed Kelsi’s life from a young age and continues to as she travels to experience the fashion scenes from various cities across the world. Kelsi is thrilled to be back in the DMV and help bring to light the rising fashion scene right here in DC.