Chic Fall Style: How to Mix & Match Brands

vince camuto, cleobella, stella and dot, j.crew dress

I seldom wear one designer from head to toe–too obvious and too precious. Mixing things up is an art form. That can mean wearing expensive designer items with something from Target or wearing something old with something new. I’m always trying to inspire you to work with what you’ve got.

jcrew dress

In the spirit of that goal, I’m showing you an outfit with FOUR brands involved. Isn’t that pretty standard these days! The Panel Dress is from J.Crew. I bought it for the Fashion Forward Conference Runway through an ebates program and got 6% cash back on the purchase. All you have to do is sign up (free) and then shop. In a few weeks, you’ll get a rebate check in the mail. I’ve gotten more than $300 in checks so far. The boots are from Vince Camuto (also an ebates retailer). I had been hunting for a good over the knee boot, but these caught my eye instead. The thick heel is perfect for those days where I will be on my feet for hours and hours.

vince camuto boots

Now let’s talk accessories. I took a break from statement necklaces because I wanted it to be all about this bag. A few weeks ago I met Angela O’Brien the designer of the line. She let me borrow this leather Estelle bag for this photo shoot (that’s right ladies I had to give it back). The bag has a python-embossed panel and super trendy studs ($343). The bags are exquisite and made in Bali. You have to check them out! And the Stella & Dot Soiree Trio Ring ($49) added all the sparkle I needed.

cleobella clutch


stella dot soiree ring

There you have it. Four great pieces that could stand alone–but together they are greater than the sum of the parts. I try to build my wardrobe piece by piece.

Win it! One lucky reader is going to win the Cleobella Mexicana Clutch in Royal. This handcrafted leather wallet features contrast peek-a-boo lining at the cutout pattern. Whipstitched edges. Magnetic-snap closure at tab. Lined interior features 2 zip pockets, 8 bill slots, ID slot, and 6 card slots. Value $161!

cleobella clutch 2

Do you like to mix it up? I hope you’ll share what you’ve been wearing on Monday Mingle. Monday Mingle is a fashionable collaboration between me, Jill from Glamamom and Kristin from BonBonRoseGirls. Each week we post about our personal style and then invite our friends to join in the fun. Today I am hosting and sharing this fabulous prize.

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Momtrends was not paid for this post. As always, we get a lot of free clothing to style. But no one paid me to put any of this together. You must be 18 and a US resident to win. Everyone who enters will be added to the Momtrends monthly newsletter. Giveaway ends on 9/30/13.

  • Happinessatmidlife

    What a great dress on you. I liked how you kept this outfit so clean to daw attention to such a gorgeous clutch!


    • momtrends

      That was the idea! Glad it worked.

  • Such a lovely look, Nicole! That dress is really amazing and looks so ready for fall with your boots! Too bad that snake-print clutch isn’t part of the giveaway ; ) Fingers crossed for that beautiful Cleobella one though!!

    • momtrends

      I know. I was a sad, sad, lady when I packed it up for the return!

  • Pam@over50feeling40

    I don’t think I ever wear head to toe the same brand…good comments! This dress is incredible on you…such a great fit! Thanks for hosting the blog hop!

  • Your outfit demonstrates why I love Fall so much!! Love this dress and boots! And won’t I love to win this pretty clutch! Such a fabulous fall color! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    Style-Delights Blog

    • momtrends

      Fall is in the air. Love getting the boots out.

  • Tia Harmon

    Love that dress! I’ve gotta start using ebates again…

  • I loved that dress on you!

    • momtrends

      Thanks K. And I love getting cash back!

  • Christina

    That ring you’re wearing is gorgeous! I love Stella & Dot.

  • I love the dress and the boots. Gorgeous!

  • Carly

    Oh I love the mod feel of this shift dress! GORG on is everything. Boots are fab too!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Carly. The dress is so comfortable. Great for travel.

  • Glamamom®

    Love gray for fall! You look amaze

    • momtrends

      Thanks Jill. I really adore all the fall hues.

  • Love the whole outfit, especially the boots and the bag! Thank you for hosting the link up.

    • momtrends

      Happy to host and love seeing all the stylish ladies link up!

  • Tanvi

    Love the look. The boots are to die for.

  • momtrends

    Remember back in the day when head to to was cool? Glad that’s over.

  • momtrends

    I know! and only $49!

  • I love gray. There’s something so cozy about it! And that clutch is KILLER!

  • Love the boots! I need a replacement pair for my well-worn faves. The giveaway clutch reminds me of Mexican cut paper banners… so cute.

    • momtrends

      The clutch is so great. I will be sad to see it go…

  • momtrends

    Thanks Tanvi–they are made for walking 🙂

  • It’s very rare that I am head to toe in a single brand, though there may be an occasion when everything is from TJMaxx. And sometimes when I buy things from the same store with the intention of pairing them together, I forget!

    • momtrends

      TJMaxx is a good example. That’s a great place to get inspiration because you HAVE to mix brands there.

  • AvgGirlsGuide

    such a good dress, and adore it with these accessories!

  • ADA

    What a Great Fall Dress. Love the Boots & Clutch too. Also that ring is awesome. How do I win the Blue Clutch?

    My pleasure linking up with you ladies. Check out how I styled Shorts for Fall. =) Thanks.

  • Ann Wood

    Beautiful mix and I love the boots in particular. I think mixing items for differing sources and times makes for the most interesting outfits. You have great style!

    blue hue wonderland

    • momtrends

      You are right…much more interesting.

  • Your resourcefulness is as impressive as your outfit. Love the dress on you and I’m so happy thicker heels are back in style. Those Camuto boots have a very classic cut to them which means you’ll be able to wear them for several years without looking “dated”. The Cleobella clutches are exquisite! Thanks for bringing them to our attention 🙂


    • momtrends

      Thank goodness thick heels are back!

      • Vina

        Do you know if the boots are still available? They are lovely.

  • ariane

    tks for hosting

    Your dress is pretty, casual, classy and comfortable, perfect for fall


  • Stillblondeafteralltheseyears

    Would love to have your boots but I have a pair too similar (but yours are cuter! So Mod). Would love the cleobella clutch as well. Thanks for the linkup and giveaway!

    • momtrends

      Of course! Aren’t fall boots the best!

  • thriftychicmom

    That whole outfit is fabulous,but oh my that clutch I LOVE it!

    • momtrends

      I know. Someone is going to feel very lucky!

  • momtrends

    Thanks Alyson. Can’t wait to see what you are wearing!

  • Amiyrah

    I so hope I win that clutch. It looks fabulous, as do you!

  • Vince Camuto makes great boots! I have some beige suede ones from eons ago that I need to locate…

    Love the clutches! The ones with organizational pockets are definitely the best.

    • momtrends

      Find those boots!

  • I loove your dress and yes! I want that clutch! It must be so hard to part with!

    • momtrends

      It was, but at least I have photos 🙂

  • DL Stinedurf

    The color blocking on that dress is crazy flattering!
    Debbie 🙂

  • Mz Savvy Style

    I love mixing things up! Wearing one brand/designer from head to toe can be boring. Mixing it up makes me feel creative! I’m wearing 5-6 different brands in my post today. LOVING this dress on you! So flattering!

    • momtrends

      I’m headed to your post now!

  • Alison Lumbatis

    So chic! I love the ankle boots with this dress. You look beautiful!

  • Alicia @MommyDelicious

    I love that dress! It’s so fitting and sexy on you! Woot!

    • momtrends

      Thanks Alicia.

  • momtrends

    Thanks so much!

  • momtrends

    Nothing like a well-placed black panel 🙂

  • momtrends

    I think this dress really works with a variety of shoes, making it a great investment.