My Fall Uniform

photo of me by Katie Donnelly

photo of me by Katie Donnelly

My Fall Uniform has changed a little from 2019 and previous years. I am hanging out at home more than ever and staying safe. I swapped my larger Cuyana bag for a much smaller one and I wear a mask when leaving the house also this fleece has become a new favorite. My style has gone a little more casual these days.

my fall uniform everyday parisian

I do still love to dress up in jeans and a sweater. I live in Chicago and the weather turns colder around the end of October early November and we are in it for a good six months. I invest in new sweaters every year and it is easy to get tired of them after six months so I try to do my best to look for new ones and add colors.


The place I have bought the most sweaters over the last three years is Sézane. Their sweaters run around $100-$120 and have held up well. I recently purchased a black version of my pink Gaspard sweater. This is a classic French girl sweater and comes in a variety of colors. They add new colors often. Other Sézane sweaters include:

sezane sweaters everyday parisian

My Sophie sweater from JCrew has been a quarantine staple. I wear it around the house on colder days. The arms are a bit shorter. Something to keep in mind.

my fall uniform everyday parisian

I invested in this JCrew blazer. I recently read a WSJ article that said blazers were hot at Paris fashion week so expect them to be around for a while.

jcrew blazer everyday parisian


I have been wearing my Madewell sneakers out as much as possible before I change over to boots. These are comfortable walking shoes for running errands and walks around the neighborhood. I wear them in Paris for walking miles. You need to wear no show socks with them to avoid blisters. Once it gets colder, I will be back in my trusted Blondo boots. If you have the budget, these are a great investment for $100. I have owned mine for years and they are waterproof, stylish and comfortable for walking in Paris. You will be glad you bought them! ( I wear a size 8/8.5 for reference)


For jeans, I wear these 9” rise from Madewell (size 27) along with these Hudson jeans. I haven’t bought a pair of jeans this year. If you invest in good quality ones, you can keep them for a while. I hang dry never put them in the dryer.


I invested in the Sézane Johnson coat and I just picked it up from the cleaners for year two. I love it and it kept me warm all Fall and a lot of Winter with layers underneath.

my fall uniform everyday parisian

This raincoat from Madewell is a new addition. I ordered it and it should arrive this week. I can’t find my Barbour coat after the move. I own this JCrew raincoat but I wanted something warmer for cold fall rainy days.

madewell raincoat for fall

This $30 amazon fleece has been worn on repeat since arriving a few weeks ago. I ordered a size small and there are pockets inside so you can put your phone and keys if you don’t want to carry a bag.

everyday parisian my fall uniform

Layering Pieces

I typically wear my Madewell pocket t-shirts with jeans and sweaters or a layering tank underneath.


cuyana camera bag everyday parisian

I switched from my much larger top zip tote from Cuyana to the Camera bag. I need to be handsfree for hand sanitizer/masks. I use my phone as my wallet with Apple Pay and leave my computer at home so I don’t need as much when I am out and about.

my fall uniform everyday parisian

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  1. I just discovered your site and I am a fan! I was interested in the Sezane coat. It is difficult to tell the fit from your photo and the photos on the website. It says straight cut. Is it fitted at all? Could the sleeves be shortened if necessary?

    • Hi Kimberly,

      Thank you so much! Are you interested in the same one I have? It is a little fitted, I wouldn’t say it is boxy. I still felt sophisticated wearing it. I honestly wear it with just about everything from walking Henri to going out for a date night. It keeps me warm just until it gets freezing in Chicago. It’s a great Fall/Winter coat. You can shorten the sleeves if necessary.

      Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂