Carmel Topping

Casual Friday · Office Appropriate Outfits - Fall

Continuing with my current theme of outfits-I-wore-awhile-back, here’s one from the last time we were in Carmel, Indiana.


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Scarf – J. Crew (similar) | Jeans – American Eagle Outfitters (same)  | Boots – Sam Edelman c/o Shopbop (same)

Downtown Carmel, also known as the Arts District, has so many great places to take pictures that we had a difficult time deciding. On the plus side, this means that I can have a mission every time we go to visit. Take pictures in a new place! Although, I think the next time we’ll be there it will be so I can run the Caribbean Christmas Half Marathon.



In the meantime, let’s talk about this outfit. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking about it. It’s just jeans, a sweater, a scarf and boots. Just hand me a Starbucks cup and I’ll be about as basic as can be, right? But you know, there’s a reason it’s such a great formula that it’s become a stereotype – it works. It works for fall weather. It works for fall events. It just works.

And not every outfit has to be ground-breaking, am I right? Sometimes they just need to be functional but still a little bit cute. I think in this case it’s the scarf that put that finishing touch on an outfit that would otherwise just be blah.

I really like this particular scarf because it has the interest of a blanket scarf without being totally overwhelming. And sometimes you just don’t want to be overwhelmed by your accessories. You just want to be whelmed. 

6 replies on “Carmel Topping

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Sooo true story: when I saw the little photo in my daily Bloglovin preview in my email, I thought you were standing next to a real person, not a statue. So there’s that. Hahaha. Admittedly I’m not exactly on the cutting edge of fashion, so maybe that’s why I like a non-ground breaking outfit so much, but I really like this! The scarf in particular is faaaaantastic, even if it just “whelming” (somewhat unrelated side note: I was about to complain about why “whelming” isn’t a word, but then a red squiggly line didn’t appear underneath it, so then I wondered if it really IS a word. I went to Google, as one does, and apparently, it’s an archaic verb meaning “engulfing, submerging, burying, or flowing or heaping up abundantly.” Which, with that kind of definition, makes “overwhelm” seem a little redundant, though upon further investigation, it looks like “whelm” relates more to things just being submerged rather than fully submerged (water coming up to the side of the boat, but not filling it, for example), thus making overwhelmed a less redundant. Anyway, there’s your word history lesson of the day. Further reading can be found here:, though admittedly if you’re not utterly fascinated by language like I am, it may not be as interesting to you as it was to me 😛 ).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      That’s actually interesting information since my only other exposure to the word “whelmed” comes from the movie “10 Things I Hate About You” where the conversation goes as follows:

      “Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
      Bianca: I think you can in Europe.”

  2. Anne

    Aw, it’s too bad you didn’t have Chewie in the pictures with you so you could both have dogs! Your new friend’s outfit is just a wee bit dated 😉 That reminds me of the downtown in my hometown – they added some statues like that in the 80’s that are so obviously 80’s.

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