I have many things to say about this outfit. First, it is a perfect Indian Summer look – one last time to drag out the sandals and go forth without a jacket or sweater. Second – I love camo and pink together – who knew? This is a good reminder to try unusual colors together.
Camo, like animal print, is almost a neutral these days. Finally, these sandal wedges from Banana Republic have been my favorite new shoes this past summer – so comfortable and just a little sexy. Good to wear all summer and then again for fancy dress up in the winter.
The funny thing about Northern California weather is that we freeze all summer and then it gets hot in September and October. So while everyone else is admiring fall clothes, we have left behind even cotton jackets until Thanksgiving.
This blue and white striped dress is almost too warm right now, but it is a perfect transitional dress. And it could even go all winter with a chic sweater coat or a jacket. It checks all my boxes – long enough (check), covers my upper arms (check),has a forgiving pattern (check), AND it is a little sassy (check). Don’t forget Zara when you’re looking for wearable, multi-seasonal dresses!
Tweed is having a moment. Maybe it is because we are thinking autumn leaves, chilly days and football games.
There is no question that tweed is a quintessential fall/winter fabric and it does have a distinctive print of its own. Traditionally tweed is defined as a “coarsewoolclothinavarietyofweavesandcolors,eitherhand-spun andhandwoveninScotlandorreproduced,oftenbymachine,elsewhere”.
Tweed has had a certain pipe-smoking, traditional reputation, but it is coming back – part of the move back to beautifully fitted wide legged pants. Look at these gorgeous examples!
Midi length tunics are definitely a trend this year and I decided to use my various button up dresses to test out the look. Readers, this is lots of fun! I already have way too many midi sweater coats and I love them all. But this is a way to extend an existing wardrobe – and it works especially well between seasons. Try it out if you dare!
I’m trying very hard to pare down my wardrobe (more about that soon) but there are definitely a few things I want for fall and winter.
Red Pumps: I always want to have red suede heels for my winter wardrobe. One can only wear black, brown and navy for so long – a little vibrant color is a necessity! My search for red pumps used to be easy – high heels, a few trendy details and I was happy. Unfortunately I can no longer wear heels over 3″ — any shoes have to be comfortable on my older, bonier feet. Plus there is the issue of finding the RIGHT red, not too maroon nor too orange.
Then there is my search for an “interesting” but well-priced sweater, probably a pullover but could be a cardigan. There are so many sweaters around and they, by and large, are boring. I want something *interesting*! Let’s see – what would I call interesting? Maybe fringe but not hanging off the bottom of the sweater, a bright and interesting pattern, a highly unusual sweater that I’ll find on sale because nobody else wants it!
I deliberately saved this outfit to wear AFTER Labor Day to support the concept that we CAN wear summer white in early fall. Maybe the shoes aren’t going to work for you in cooler climes, but the rest of this outfit will.
The most wondrous part of this ensemble is my new kimono which would look equally smashing with a black turtleneck and black trousers – or even a wintry sweater dress, right? It is always a good idea to seek out pieces like this – perfect and floaty for summer and just as fabulous in fall and winter.
What a great film, right? I thought this was an apt title for today’s blog post for several reasons that I’ll explain in the coming paragraphs.
First of all, Kate and I will truly be lost in translation over the next few weeks since we’ll be busy trying to understand the native tongue in Norway. My husband and I have been planning to go for a number of months and now it’s turned out that Kate can join us for a week of our visit. We are going to TRULY go on vacation and put the blog on hiatus until we return. You can still follow us both on Instagram while we’re away: janj913gmailcom and kabrobinson. We’ll be back after September 28th.
Now onto the other “lost in translation” topic. Friends, I have two topics where I JUST DON’T GET IT anymore.
New York Fashion Week – I am just so over the hype around this. We’ve been buried in interesting “street style” and reviews of fashion shows….or even just pics of fashion shows. I can never remember any trends or fabulous dresses I’ve seen. In fact, none of this couture fashion makes an impression until I see it on an actual person – in Bazaar or on some celebrity blog. It’s depressing, but it simply feels like a week of celebrity photo ops and I don’t care! “Lost in translation” to me!
Secondly, why must bloggers instantly start writing about fall/winter fashion in the third week of August? Aren’t we all still wearing summer clothes and maybe even anticipating a weekend at the beach? I just don’t get it. For those of us who show readers “what we wore”, it makes no sense at all. I say, live your blogger life where your readers are: still figuring out how to dress for hot weather.
Hmmm, maybe all this simply indicates that I NEED a vacation, but I don’t think so. At the same time, by the time I return the London/Paris shows will be over and some bloggers will be wearing fall/winter clothes that the weather actually requires. See you then!
I am a walking Zara Sale ad today! These culottes were SO cheap – why didn’t anyone want them? Same for the belt. I KNEW Zara would bring out a frayed denim shirt if I were just patient – and here it is!
I am a real culottes fan, even in the years when they weren’t in style. What’s the difference between a culotte and wide leg cropped pants, I ask you?
Back to Zara – you may think Zara is too hip/young/whatever for you. I say check them out. It’s a great spot for buying into a trend without a huge investment.
I know I’m skating on the edge of summer dressing and, yikes, it’s Labor Day weekend! But maxi skirts are so flattering and useful that I cannot resist!
Wherever you are, there will be some more HOT days – we used to call them Indian Summer days – and you will be looking for an outfit that keeps you warm in the early morning and cools you off midday. Hello, maxi skirt! You can trade in sandals for ballet slippers or even open toed booties and you will look fashionable and seasonally appropriate.