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Transitional Style Tips with Lauren Mazzei

As the weather begins to change, so should your wardrobe. It’s time to take stock of your closet, bring forward the chunky knits and get ready to master the art of layering all over again. We tapped one of our favorite local fashion bloggers, Lauren Mazzei, for advice on dressing during one of the trickiest times of year.

Since we last collaborated with Mazzei back in 2016, let’s just say she’s been busy. Mazzei is now five years into her eponymous fashion and lifestyle blog (formerly Auburn Robes), working full-time in the Digital Marketing department at Tiffany & Co. and recently relocated from Hudson County to across the river in NYC. 

Just like everything else, her style has also evolved over time. She admits to investing in more staples that she can wear both in and outside of the office—her go-to places to shop include Zara, Nordstrom, Revolve, Shopbop, ASOS and Rent the Runway. In between posting the ultimate cool girl outfits to her Instagram page (@laurenmazzei) and keeping readers up-to-date on her website, Mazzei shared with me a few tips and tricks on transitioning from summer to fall with items you may already have at home. 

1. Befriend a pair of boots

A shoe trend that comes around every autumn is the boot—whether it’s of the ankle or over-the-knee variety. Whatever you choose, Mazzei recommends picking a style with a small heel that’ll give the illusion of longer legs. You can rock a pair of suede platforms with jeans or even shorts with tall riding boots—for those days that start out cool and turn to sweltering. Don’t be afraid to splurge here, it’s a versatile investment that’ll carry you from year to year. When they get worn out, Mazzei suggests having the soles replaced instead of buying a new pair. 

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2. Add a leather jacket

A leather jacket can change the entire mood of an outfit, and there’s no other item I can think of that’s more fall-appropriate. It can be worn during all times of the day, on any occasion, thrown over a dress with a summery print or paired with a silky top for a night out. “A lot of people even wear it underneath a heavier jacket because it makes for a cool layering piece that looks really edgy.” Mazzei insists there’s no need to break the bank either, as she opts for faux leather since it’s inexpensive and ethically conscious. 

3. Double down on denim

Now is the time to dig out the deeply saturated indigos, all-black washes and trendy two-tones. As a classic style essential, jeans can just as easily be dressed up for work or down with a vintage tee. When it comes to the silhouette, Mazzei says: “Be open to trying different cuts. I usually go for a boyfriend cut or skinny jeans, but I’ve also been into bell bottoms lately. It’s something different and I find them to be really flattering on the body.”

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4. Go heavy on fabric

Remember that cable knit sweater in your closet that’s been calling your name? Now is as good as time as any to bring forth the chunky knits and embrace the cozy, cool weather vibes. Heavy sweaters are the perfect layering piece as a cardigan over a dress, tucked into a skirt or as the anchor underneath a printed jacket. Mazzei finds herself abiding by a more neutral color palette year-round, but sticks to autumnal-inspired tans, blacks, grays and browns in the fall. She also recommends a royal color scheme for those who want something a bit bolder—think deep purples, blues or greens.

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5. Break out the blazers

Blazers aren’t just for the boardroom anymore. They’re considered one of the trendiest pieces of clothing, often seen on celebs like Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski. Today, there are tons of different styles to choose from including slouchy and oversized to ones with strong shoulders and corseted waists. Mazzei swears by them as the perfect week-to-weekend item with the ability to instantly pull any look together. For fall, search for something less structured and with a plaid print or neutral color story. It’ll go with just about anything from biker shorts to a midi skirt.

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