Jeanne says: Who looks cutest today, I wonder? My outfit is transitional — a cozier take on my summer pencil skirt. I bought this wonderful ombre sweater deeply on sale at The Loft and it goes beautifully with my Target skirt; how inexpensive can a great ensemble be? The pattern mixing qualities of this outfit are just one part of this whole ensemble, but they work pretty well.
Kate’s outfit (and her hair) is marvelous and much bolder than mine. I’m not sure I would have put these two patterns together, but they really work, don’t they? And she just looks so confident and chic (what every mom wants, right?). I really like the nude pumps with this outfit too; I think black would have been too much — the nude is perfect with this complex combo.
Kate says: This was one of those outfits that I questioned as soon as I put it on — but then went with it anyway! And somehow, it seems to work. I think it helps that the base color in the top matches the color flecks in the pants. And when you’re mixing patterns this boldly, you need to keep your accessories simple, which is what I tried to do here with a basic gold link necklace and nude pumps. I’ve had this top and pants for a good while now — pattern mixing is a great way to get new combos out of old clothes!
I’m so excited we finally get to see Mom’s new haircolor in its full glory! Is it possible that her platinum white ‘do makes her outfits even sassier? I am loving this ombre sweater with her mirror print skirt — such perfect color matching and a great way to fall-ify a summery skirt. Mom’s pattern mixing a more subtle than mine, but she always does a great job of working her gingham shirt in with other patterns — it’s almost a neutral for her!
Jeanne says: This dress is about four years old — back when Talbots (in my opinion) still had some great apparel items. I never saw it on anyone else and, with its fit and flare design, it is still stylish today! And it is certainly not a typical denim dress — most are styled as shirtdresses! The belt is a perfect match and I’ll wear it with with other navy items in my closet.
Kate’s little skirt is another great chambray item — versatile enough to wear in warm weather just as she has styled it, but also potentially darling with black tights and a turtleneck in winter. And I could go on about the picture of her below; doesn’t she look great? Fabulous haircut, stylin’ wardrobe, and great necklace.
Kate says: I’m excited to be sharing some of my items from mid-summer to early fall. This chambray skirt was one of the things at the Loft this summer that I had my eye one — and a great reminder to always try on couple different sizes. This is an XS (which I never wear), and I almost gave up in my hunt because they didn’t have my usual size! I love it paired with my new embroidered top from Golden Tote, a fun new subscription-box type service where you can pick a few items and they send you a few surprises as well.
I LOVE this dress on Mom. Such a classic, flattering shape, but the denim material adds some personality. But it’s also not like so many other denim dresses which are either shirtdresses (as Mom points out) or in a country-western style. And what a great belt! I would have loved to see some bright color worked in there — I’ll keep my eye out for that next time
We’ve been perusing the Urban Outfitters sale which started Monday and ends at midnight on Thursday. You might not think that we are typical UO customers — seeing as we are both pretty middle of the road stylistas and don’t exactly track with the UO bohemian vibe. Well, OK, maybe Jeanne’s hi-lo tee from last week is an exception, but in general you know what we mean, right?
But guess what? There are a lot of cool non-boho items available on the Urban Outfitters website and you should check them out!
Jeanne says: I was ON this sale almost the minute it started. I look to UO for interesting tees, long cardigan sweaters, even shoes and boots sometimes; I find their items can just add a little interest to a more traditional outfit. Here are a few of the items I’ve ordered and how I plan to use them:
I envision this little dress with a short or long-sleeved tee underneath or even a button down OR worn with leggings or even skinny jeans:
I got one of the last pairs of these great loafers – $69.99 reduced from $150. They will look so cute with boyfriend jeans:
I’m always looking for another fabulous vegan leather jacket and this could be THE one!
This may be a one season wonder, but I want some plaid in my life and I can work this with a black cami underneath. Maybe not what UO had in mind, but it’ll work for me!
Kate says: I haven’t shopped at Urban Outfitters in years — except for a few random items — but I was pleased to find some cute stuff in this sale.
I love the print on this racerback tank, and would totally stock up on this for next summer:
This cardigan jacket is a nice twist on the usual sweater jacket. This is a great steal for fall at $49:
Finally, I know it’s not exactly romper season, but this is the first romper I’ve come across that I could actually see myself wearing, so I HAD to include it:
Jeanne says: A sentimental look back to summer with our tropical prints. You’ve seen my trousers before, but the Topshop blouse is new and I love its drapey back — very feminine, I think. I’m about to put away the sandals and the tropical print pants to prepare for cooler temps, but I’ll probably keep wearing the top with skinny pants of one kind or another!
I love this outfit on Kate. I don’t think we’ve seen this dress before or since this photo, but it is very cute. Kate is also showing a great transitional look — light summer dress with a darker blazer over it. She could even pair this dress with dark tights and low booties and it would be perfect.
Kate says: This is a great example of how a black blazer can dress up a very simple cotton dress. For summer, this is a good way to get more distance out of your wardrobe, and for fall, it’s one of my go-to strategies for warming up my summery clothes. This dress isn’t one of my favorites, but now that I realize it’s a polynesian print, I might try to wear it more!
I love how much Mom has worn these floral joggers — they are the type of item I’d probably get stuck on when trying to put together new and exciting outfits. Here they are the star of the outfit, for sure. I am also noticing that she has a penchant for high-low tops… but she makes them look so chic! I can’t wait to see her layer them under sweaters and jackets for fall.
Jeanne says: I bought this intense cobalt blue maxi dress at the end of the summer because I could see it with a tee underneath as the weather got cooler. Now, of course, I just want to move on to my winter wardrobe! The important point is that cobalt blue is a spectacular color that looks good on everyone, regardless of hair or skin color. I cannot think of any color that doesn’t complement cobalt. So if you don’t have any cobalt in your wardrobe, look for something now to brighten up your cold weather clothes!
Kate’s cobalt tee changes the whole look of her little skirt. We’ve seen that skirt before in different ensembles, but here you can see how the cobalt blue makes her skirt seem like a more intense color. This is another advantage of cobalt blue. Although we can’t see it here, I am also sure that the cobalt blue makes Kate’s blue eyes even more blue. This tee and skirt ensemble is one of Kate’s go to looks and it works as well here as it does every other times she puts these easy to wear items together!
Kate says: This is a new combination for me, but I loved the way my cobalt tee and magenta skirt played against each other. In person, I think this worked better — the colors were even more vibrant and the fluid fabrics of the top and skirt went together nicely. Mom is right: you can wear anything with cobalt. It’s one of the best basic colors you can include in your wardrobe.
I love Mom’s maxi dress. It’s the perfect combination of bright vibrant color and a nice fluid style with a defined waist — the kind of maxi dress I’m always looking for! She’s made it very Grecian here with the her chain belt, but the addition of the blue leopard scarf is a fun one. I can’t wait to see how she styles this for fall — maybe with a leather jacket or collared shirt underneath?
I think what will be most obvious here is how long it takes me to adopt trends! Most of these trends have been around since last year, but I have finally started to love the look and want to incorporate them into my wardrobe!
One of my challenges during the fall and winter is that I get really bored of my clothes — I think you guys know how I feel! So this fall I want to add some items to my wardrobe that will make interesting layers and keep me entertained.
Another blazer: I get a lot of wear out of my blazers in the fall and winter, so I think it’s time to add another to my collection. Right now, I’m into blazers with leather details, like these options, but I’m also considering a camel blazer.
D’Orsay flats: I know, I’m way behind the times on this one. But it took me a while to like the way these look, to be honest! Now I’d like to find some affordable and comfortable black d’Orsay flats to add some interest to my black flats game.
Wintery lace top: I have a few lace blouses that I can wear through the fall, but I’d also like to find a more wintery lace top — in a nice autumnal color, and maybe that I could layer OVER things.
Plaid scarf: Another item that was very trendy at the end of last winter was the Zara plaid scarf and all its knockoffs… now I’d like to add one of those knockoffs to my scarf collection:
Fun sweaters: Cardigans and pullovers really are the workhorses of my fall and winter wardrobe, but I end up SO tired of them. So I’m looking to breathe a little life back into my sweaters with some new additions, like these J.Crew Factory options:
Did we miss any big trends you guys are shopping for? Let us know!
Jeanne says: My black top was so popular at Urban Outfitters that it sold out — it is actually a dress that I’m wearing as a top. It has a single French quote written down the middle of the back. It goes wonderfully with my black and white striped pants — an old Zara design. Yes, the pants probably remind you of a circus but I still love them. Black and white striping is such a universal fashion theme — so easy to style, so crisp and clean. One of my favorites!
Not only is Kate wearing this cute black and striped dress, but she is taking all the beauty shots with her new seated pose! Anyway, what a cute, easy summer dress. Kate funks it up with the unexpected cognac oxfords — truly, black and white go with everything. And as Kate proves, black and white stripes complement any jewelry color or design.
Kate says: This dress is a recent purchase from Old Navy, and I really love it. It’s got that perfect full skirt that’s not super full, so it’s really flattering, and I love the half sleeve length. It’s a nice fall version of my navy and red striped dress. For late summer/early fall, it was a no brainer to pair these black and white stripes with a fun turquoise necklace and oxfords. When it gets cooler, I’ll try layering a collared shirt underneath and adding booties or tall boots.
This outfit is very Mom — those striped pants are wild, and somehow her extreme high-low top seems to tone them down! I do love this top — I wish we could get a photo of the back with the script down the middle! She shows how black and white stripes can really hold their own with great accessories.
Jeanne says: Boy, I love this lemon tee shirt, but I don’t wear it as much as I should. Doesn’t it make you smile? But I love my black maxi skirt — every black maxi skirt — even more. Every top goes with it; it can be dressed up or down; it can go demurely to a picnic or confidently to the opera; and it works almost any season. If you don’t have one, buy one right now.
Kate pairs her maxi skirt with a very feminine blouse and it works perfectly. She looks professional — yes, black maxi skirts work on the job too — and chic with her gold sandals. Kate actually wears her maxis more often than I do and combines them in very interesting ways. And who hasn’t taken a black maxi skirt, pulled it up over the bust line and belted it? (no? Well I have!) Truly this is an incredibly versatile piece of apparel.
Kate says: I think Mom and I are both showing here how easy it is to pair a fun print top with a black maxi skirt. Mom’s version is a little more casual; mine is a little more dressy. But as Mom points out — this shows the versatility of a black maxi skirt!
Sometimes I struggle with what to wear with my black maxi skirt — you need to add an injection of personality to keep things from being boring, but we all know not ALL tops work with a maxi skirt. So I think being able to tuck things in — whether a full tuck or a half tuck like Mom — helps a lot. And of course color and pattern!
It’s that time again! I, of course, have already purchased most of my picks, while Kate is still eyeing some of hers. She is so patient and thrifty. But today is my day and here are my five favorite items for fall.
1) Long black vest: I have been looking for a chic but inexpensive black vest to wear with tees as well as dressier tops. My favorite affordable version has been this vest from Ann Taylor (left). But I found a great alternative at Choies. Although my version is sold out, here is another possibility from Halogen:
2) Silver or Patent Loafers – I love the look of the clunkier loafers that are showing up this year. I can see them with boyfriend or skinny jeans – even with midi culottes. Here are a few I’ve been eyeing:
3. More neoprene! OK, so I love my neon green neoprene pencil skirt with the ruffle and I’ll probably wear that all winter. Now I want more. Both my purchases are from Asos. The first is a wonderful and feminine dress. And the second? Midi culottes. I love , love, love both of these.
4. Green stuff! Yes, I want some green in my wardrobe — a rich emerald green. I cannot afford the gorgeous designer apparel, so I’m settling for green accessories — mainly these great pumps from Madewell:
5. Some updates for my sweater collection: I don’t actually believe in collecting sweaters, but I’m ready to move away from the J.Crew Tippi sweater a bit. Here are a few I am thinking about. I have to have something cropped!
So those are my selections. Sure, there are lots of other items I lust after — sleeveless trench! One more moto jacket! The perfect black pump! More culottes! But those will have to wait for sale season!
Jeanne says: Yes, I know this is me wearing yet another pair of camo pants — I simply can’t help it. Anyway, camo is so subtle that it almost counts as a solid, right? I thought I’d combine it with this hot pink top to get some colorblocking and I think it worked! This was a dress down day for me, but I think that’s really all you can do with camo!
Kate looks very professional here and her colorblocking is using two adjacent shades on the color wheel — blue and green — a wonderful combination. The top and skirt together actually look like a little dress especially accented with the nude belt and pumps. This is an example of another colorblocking idea — using separates in different colors to create the look of a dress — I love it!
Kate says: When Mom offered to buy me this short-sleeved sweatshirt, I was skeptical — how the heck do you wear a short-sleeve sweatshirt?! But I really love it belted like I’m wearing it here, and also layered over a collared shirt. This outfit felt a little mod, which was fun. Green and blue are one of my favorite color combos, and it’s easy to color block with colors that are so close to each other.
I love Mom’s bright pink blouse paired with her green camo jeans, which are essentially a neutral at this point! But the bright pop of color takes these jeans to a new level — very chic! And this is an easy outfit formula — subtle printed pants + solid colored top. The rhinestone necklace and silver sandals are no brainers add-ons.