I'm the Brunch Connoisseur of My Friend Circle—11 Outfits I'd Wear Out

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Brunch season doesn't stop just because summer is over. While we're still tapering off that seasonal heat at this very moment, I've already mentally jumped ahead to the crisp air of fall. Quite frankly, it's my favorite brunching weather of all. Without the beating sun, sweltering temperatures, and influx of muggy humidity, I'm free to put my best fashion foot forward. Ahead of actual winter chills, there's nothing that sounds better than a little fresh air as I eat French toast and drink Bloody Marys with my crew of friends on a Sunday morning.

Lucky for you, I'm well versed in this kind of thing. As the resident brunch expert of my friend group, I've learned the ins and outs of what to and what not to wear when it's time to down a stack of pancakes and plates of eggs. Whether you're heading to a diner or an exclusive spot, the key is to be comfortable and stylish. With either a fancy midi skirt and T-shirt, an effortless two-piece set, a dress, or vintage-inspired blue jeans, you'll be good to go. Below, find my thoroughly endorsed brunch outfits for fall.

1. OVERSIZE BLAZER + KNIT MINIDRESS

If it's still slightly warm where you are, a knitted minidress and an oversize blazer make for the perfect combination. Add patent-leather Mary Janes for a French-girl twist.

SHOP THE LOOK:

& Other Stories Oversized Wool Blazer ($219)

Wednesday's Girl Sweater Dress ($42)

Carel Kina Patent-Leather Pumps ($436)

2. COLORFUL KNIT SET

When you're pushing back plates of pancakes, nothing beats the comfort of a cozy knitted set. Opt for a vibrant color for extra pizzazz.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Who What Wear Collection Nico Cropped Tank ($85)

Who What Wear Collection Isla Ribbed Pants ($125)

New Balance Made in USA 990v5 Sneakers ($175)

3. PLEATED DRESS + LEATHER BLAZER

If it's a five-star brunch spot, a chic pleated dress works every time. Throw on a cropped leather blazer for an extra hint of sophistication.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Alohas Donna Dress ($152)

Eloquii Leather Wrap Blazer ($135)

Coperni Mini Swipe Bag ($458)

4. WHITE TANK + PLAID MIDI SKIRT + PLATFORM MARY JANES

Equal parts trendy and elevated, this look will get you all the compliments. The platform Mary Janes prevent this from feeling too sweet.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Treasure & Bond Ribbed Racerback Tank ($19)

Mango Checked Pleated Skirt ($80)

Jeffrey Campbell Reine Platform Mary Jane Pump ($175)

5. GRAPHIC PRINTED SET + COLORFUL HEELS

When you're looking to turn up the sartorial heat, a graphic matching set will do the trick.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Source Unknown Shrunken Pixel Button Cardigan ($62)

Source Unknown Pixel Flare Leggings ($62)

Zara Leather Slingback Heels ($119)

6. MAXI SWEATERDRESS + BALLET FLATS

Sometimes, you just want to chill with your food baby in peace. In that case, I can't recommend a roomy, long sweaterdress any more. For a look that feels more intentional, style it with square-toe ballet flats and narrow sunglasses.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Mango Knitted Dress With Openings ($60)

Mango Bow Leather Ballerina Flats ($60)

Laura Lombardi Isa Necklace ($145)

7. CARGO PANTS + MICRO-CARDIGAN

The opened cardigan, or "micro-cardigan" as I'm calling it now, is at fever pitch, so take advantage of its trendiness and style it with cool cargo pants for your next brunch outing.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Song of Style Elyse Cardigan in Tonal Mixed Rib ($188)

Zara Cargo Pants ($70)

8. LIGHT COLORED BLAZER + LEGGINGS + TALL BOOTS

Don't be deceived by the dressiness of the blazer and boots—this outfit still manages to incorporate leggings which is a holy grail piece when comfort is key.

SHOP THE LOOK:

H&M Double-Breasted Jacket ($35)

Who What Wear Collection Atlas Seamed Long-Sleeve Top ($125)

& Other Stories Stirrup Leggings ($99)

Senso Zandar I Knee-High Boots ($299)

9. PRINTED PANTS + COLORFUL KNIT

Match the vibrancy of your mimosas with this saturated palette of color. Don't forget to add a fun pair of statement earrings of your choice.

SHOP THE LOOK:

H&M Ribbed Modal Tank Top ($10)

Hosbjerg Hosbjerg Vilma Liquid Pants ($130)

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Mansur Gavriel Candy Leather Shoulder Bag ($495)

10. PLEATED PANTS SET

In my book, this is about as ideal of an outfit as far as brunch looks go. It's not tight at all yet still utterly luxe-looking.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Who What Wear Collection Frances Collared Shirt ($125)

Who What Wear Collection Carmen Relaxed Pull-On Pants ($135)

Bp. Oval Sunglasses ($15)

11. STATEMENT FAUX FUR COAT + JEANS + LOAFERS

Cold weather be damned, this coat and jeans pairing will have you ready for any reservation.

SHOP THE LOOK:

Urban Outfitters Uo Amber Faux Fur Trim Coat ($139)

Levi's Red Label High Waist Loose Taper Ankle Jeans ($120)

Linea Paolo Metz Loafer ($130)

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