Loved Katie’s outfits from her book tour? We’ll show you how to get some of her best looks.
If you followed Katie on social media as she trotted around the country on her Going There book tour, then you know that she packed quite the wardrobe. Her outfits for each of her tour stops were all completely unique while staying in the same general color palette and formality level. From the feathered suit jacket she wore in New York City to the chic black and white polka-dot blouse she wore in Chicago to the knee-length floral skirt she rocked in Philly, Katie’s fashion was on-point while on the road. Like Katie herself, most of these items are one-of-a-kind, but we’ve found some pretty convincing matches so that you can look just as fashionable as Katie on your next book tour…or at your next dinner party.
When she’s not on stage in front of hundreds of people, Katie loves nothing more than to feel comfortable. That’s why we’ve also rounded up a few of her favorite cozy and casual travel essentials — you probably saw some of these on her Instagram as well. They’re perfect for traveling, snuggling up in your hotel room after a long day of signing books and meeting fans, or wearing to meet your team for a casual breakfast before you start prepping for your next event.
Although Katie’s been wearing a lot of sleek black suits when she’s on stage, her backstage attire is much more colorful, with lots of soft sweaters and light-wash jeans. She’s also donned quite a few awesome jackets and vests that we can’t wait to get our hands on. We hope you enjoy these outfits as much as Katie has!
A Casual Warm-Up
Rule number one of touring: don’t wear the high heels until absolutely necessary. We’ve got all the details on this relaxed pre-show look.
To stay comfy during a rehearsal, Katie sported an adorable tentree quarter-zip fleece. It keeps selling out, but you can get the look yourself for under $70, and it’s a piece that you can throw on easily at any time of year.
The Sweater: Option 2
If you can’t get your hands on the tentree sweatshirt, we recommend this one from Everlane that’s just as cozy.
Nothing compliments a cozy quarter-zip quite like a pair of worn-in, slouchy jeans. Katie loves these slouchy boyfriend jeans from J.Crew, and she wore them constantly when she was touring.
Who could forget these fur-lined loafers — they’ll make you feel like you’re like wearing a pair of slippers wherever you go! Made famous by Gucci, Steve Madden makes a very similar-looking pair for a fraction of the price.
Gorgeous in Green
When interviewing Ina Garten in Atlanta, Katie donned one of her favorite dresses in one of her all-time favorite colors. We’ve got three similar styles — and you can get them all!
The Dress: Option 1
If you’re keeping track, you might recognize this little number from Katie’s recent TODAY Show appearance. Sadly the original dress from Lafayette 148 is still sold out, but we’ve come up with a few options for you to make this one your own — like the Have Harmony dress from Lulus.
The Dress: Option 2
If it’s that deep green color that caught your eye, try this wrap dress from Lulus (if you couldn’t tell, green is a bit of a theme lately in Katie’s wardrobe). It’ll still turn heads, and the length and material might be even better for the winter months than the original!
The Dress: Option 3
This forest green shift dress from Nordstrom drapes beautifully, but it also has a tie-waist in case you’re looking for a little bit of shape. It comes in XS-XL, and it’s 40 percent off right now.
Saks Fifth Avenue
While it might not be as long as Katie’s, this Gorjana genuine pearl single strand necklace offers that same delicate touch of elegance to any outfit.
You’d be hard pressed to find a picture of Katie on tour when she wasn’t either holding or wearing her Caddis glasses. She’s got them in just about every color and style, but the matte minor blue pair they made just for her are actually perfect frames for any face.
Katie Takes Manhattan
We love to see Katie being a tourist in her own town. Before her show in Manhattan, Katie sported a colorful and cozy outfit that we can’t wait to copy.
Sh*t That I Knit
Is Katie in Manhattan, or is she in a little coastal town in New England? You wouldn’t know based on this classic fall ensemble. Katie’s sweater is from one of her all-time favorite companies, Sh*t That I Knit, a women-led business known for their bright colored beanies. As you can see here, their Scotia Sweater just as vibrant!
The Sweater: Option 2
We also love this cashmere crew from J.Crew that’s great for color-blocking and layering.
The Vest: Option 1
Has Katie’s puffer vest got you feeling green with envy? We get it — there ain’t no party like a puffer vest party. That’s why we’ve picked out this one from L.L.Bean that’s a more of a fern green but has a funky, asymmetric zipper.
The Vest: Option 2
If you want more of a hunter green we love this other option from L.L.Bean that happens to be a packaway vest for easy traveling.
Fabulous in Feathers
Compliments were flying when Katie wore this fantastic feathered blazer in NYC. Here’s how you can get the look for yourself.
The Blazer: Opton 1
VaVa Voom, Katie has entered the room! Her most statement-making piece on the tour was undoubtably this black feathered blazer. If you want to look as “fly” as Katie, try this black blazer which has the feather detail on the cuffs.
The Blazer: Option 2
This blazer is a little less structured than the one Katie is wearing, but we love the way the belt cinches the waist!
Joy in a Jumpsuit
Move over, overalls: there’s a new onesie in town. If you were all over Katie’s overall looks from this summer, then you’re going to love her winter weather update that she wore while rehearsing.
In our humble opinion, this jumpsuit might actually have one advantage over Katie’s version— it’s got long sleeves!
These Soludos Ibiza classic lace-up sneakers are the chunky kicks of our dreams! That brown backing elevates them from “just a sneaker” to “fashion sneaker.” You’ll never want to take them off.
Philly With Friends
The secret to Katie’s success? Flower power, of course. If you like this winter floral look from her Philly tour stop, we’ve got a dress and skirt that you’ll go gaga over.
Who says florals are only for spring? Katie wore a gorgeous black floral skirt when Savannah Guthrie spoke with her in Philly, and we found this extremely reasonably priced Amazon dress in a very similar print and style.
A Similar Skirt
If you’re more of a skirt gal, this navy floral skirt from Hillhouse Home can be worn in the winter with tights or summer with sandals.
Beauty in Beige
Katie sure knows how to make a muted monochrome outfit pop. And she demonstrated that at her San Francisco tour stop. We have some advice on what to buy so you’ll pop too.
The Sweater: Option 1
This cashmere mock-neck sweater tank from Anthropologie is a pretty close copy of the one Katie wore onstage in San Francisco. If you don’t like it in ivory, fear not: it also comes in a sleek navy.
The Sweater: Option 2
The high neck sweater vest from J. Crew is very similar to Katie’s, including the texture. If you prefer another color, it comes in navy, sky blue, tan, and lavender.
The Pants: Option 1
These are similar to Katie’s pair of ivory trousers, plus a fancy bow waist that gives it some pop!
The Pants: Option 2
For a more of a loungewear option, we also like this pair from Cuyana, that’s french terry but still has the flattering wide leg look.
A Knockout in Navy
She might have been wearing blue, but she was feeling anything but! If you like Katie’s nautical Los Angeles look, try one of these three similar dress styles in dreamy blue hues.
The Dress: Option 1
Katie absolutely rocked this gorgeous navy blue shift dress with white accents. If you’re looking for a similar silhouette and color scheme that’s a little more casual, we love this simple dress from Lulus. Light blue? Don’t mind if we do!
The Dress: Option 2
This option from Something Navy is a bit longer, but has a fun slit at the leg to make it more comfortable. It’s part dress, part sweatshirt and features French terry fabric and pockets!
The Dress: Option 3
To continue the nautical theme, we like this poplin navy dress from Tuckernuck. You can pair it with sneakers for a casual day look or dress it up with heels for an event.
Nothing compliments blue quite like red. We love this pair of pumps from Steve Madden. They’ll give you some lift without killing your feet.
The Power Pantsuit
When it comes to rocking a pantsuit, you have to go big or go home, as Katie did in Chicago. We have three ways to wear the ensemble that says, “I’m all business…but I can definitely party.”
Whether you decide to get a pair of matching trousers or not, a classic black blazer will go with any bottoms you choose and will never go out of style. We love the Regent blazer from J.Crew, and we think you will, too.
The Suit Pants
If you want to avoid having to buy separates, may we suggest a jumpsuit? A tuxedo jumpsuit, to be specific, like this one available at Nordstrom. This black jumpsuit makes a statement, and that statement is, “I’m going there.” Whether you are the boss or you want to be the boss, dressing to impress is one of the keys to success…and that’s the first word we think of when we see this sleek outfit.
The Layered Look
Before her show in D.C, Katie did some sightseeing in this cool-yet-casual ensemble. We’ve got some suggestions for how to pull this one off yourself, including where to buy the sweater Katie wears here.
A trip to the nation’s capitol calls for a neutral outfit. This beige Jenni Kayne cardigan sweater is just that. It’s 100 percent cashmere so it looks and feels like a million bucks, and it’s a perfect over-sized item for traveling.
A trench coat can be a hard thing to pull off, but when you layer it just right, it’s magic.
Love Madewell jeans? So does Katie! These stovepipe jeans are a bestseller for a reason. Get them while you can!
The Nashville Blues
We all had the blues when Katie’s tour finally came to an end in Nashville, so this sweater-trouser combo was only fitting (and perfectly fitting, we should say!)
Bold and bright! That’s how you’re going to feel when you slip on this cozy turtleneck. For a more oversized fit like Katie’s, be sure to size up. It’s a surefire way to have a good outfit day.
While these Eileen Fisher pants aren’t an exact dupe of Katie’s, we know you’ll still want them — they’re 100 percent cotton, ethically made, and have a soft feel that will make you want to smooth your hands over them all day long.
These booties will make any woman look and feel sexy and confident. The thick block heel was built for comfort, and the pointed toe makes it a perfect ankle boot.