There's more than one way to piece together a solid Fall outfit, and today's perfect-outfit equation has to be one of our seasonal favorites. Meet the vest/dress/oxford pump trio. It encapsulates everything we love about layering, academia-chic influences (think colorful Fair Isle prints and crisp collars), and a slick borrowed-from-the-boys component (read: the lace-up oxford heel). We couldn't resist this combination, much in part to its schoolgirl-inspired appeal. Sure, we've already sung the praises of the varsity-jacket comeback, but now it's time to zero in on what makes this vest-over-dress styling just so preppy, and appropriately autumnal. The colors (we've gone ahead and chosen cool blues, olive greens, browns, and wine-tinted reds) basically scream Fall, the collar provides a more polished take on daytime dressing, and the lace-up oxford style is just sexy enough to take you from the office to the bar. As a whole, it's a classic look with a whole lot of layering versatility. And to get you started, we've got three different, albeit equally stylish, renditions below.
Shop looks, from left to right: Croft & Barrow Solid Sweater Vest ($22, originally $40), Carven Printed Silk-Satin Dress ($960), Brooks Brothers Burnished Wingtip Platform Oxfords ($268); L.L.Bean Double L Cotton Sweater Vest ($20, originally $35), A.P.C. Claudine Collar Dress ($575), Rochas Colorblock Peep Toe Oxford Wedge ($1,075); J.Crew Boys' Lambswool Fair Isle Vest ($45, originally $58), Vlas Blomme Collared Shirt Dress ($669), Marc Jacobs Pointy Toe Oxfords ($795)