I have chosen today’s outfit for several reasons: 1) as a discipline, bloggers should share the “meh” outfit photos as well as the spectacular ones – this one is a little bit “meh”, and 2) my silly glasses purchased as computer reading glasses but also used generally.
Readers, I look a little like an insect in these! While I loved the IDEA of this outfit, it fell short in execution. I was intrigued by the idea of tucking in my lime green cardigan, but I think it ended up looking lumpy combined with the shirt underneath and the baggy culottes. Happily, the stenciled saying “Not My Problem” on the culottes compensated for these other shortcomings!
I feel a bit like I’m riding off to the hunt in this ensemble; I’m sure it is because I’ve opted for black knee high boots with my black culottes. I love midi culottes but in the winter I have challenges finding the right footwear look. Ankle boots – meh, heels – it depends on the heel, flats – never going to happen.
Aside from this dilemma, I love a voluminous black bottom half with an interesting fitted top and this Gaultier vintage top fits the bill. I have always loved Gaultier’s tops and matching skirts and I’ve found a few on deep sale.
Sigh. I am SO loving over-the-knee-boots. There, I’ve admitted it. Now let’s talk about OTK boots for women of a certain age (WOACA according to AllWays in Fashion). This is a tricky trend for us older fashionistas. Here’s why:
Most of us don’t wear skirts far enough above our knees to show that we are wearing OTK boots.
OK, so then OTK boots look great with skinny jeans. Many of us may wear skinny jeans but is that fact enough to justify purchasing a special pair of boots?
I worry that many of the retail website reviews of OTK boots talk about whether such boots fall down (like, you know, OTK socks!) or whether they are too tight for normal calves.
I’m not sure what’s left for WOACA or actually any typical woman over 25 years of age, but they are still SO cute.
It is hard for me to let go of a trend and thinking about how I can adapt it to my wardrobe. I’ve even ordered a few inexpensive pairs (and returned them all). This is, perhaps, a style I’ll leave to the young. But just in case here are some fairly reasonable versions of this fashion trend.
What has happened to the color brown? As I was researching similar items to those in my outfit, I was amazed that so little wonderful brown clothing seems to exist. It’s a great color and goes with practically any other color, but it seems to be … unpopular. Well, I love it and, yes, I love it with bright red.
I am wearing an outfit that could only be pulled together by someone who collects clothes, I think. Every item here was purchased in a different year and not with its companion items in mind. This represents a “eureka” fashion moment for me – when I see how all my clothes fit together for another shining moment – crazy, I know but ahhhhhh.
Jeanne says: First of all, this Golden Tote dress is beautifully made — the fabric is great and the color sublime. But it is too short for someone my age to wear as a dress; hence the legging solution and another reason to wear knee high boots!
Kate says: It was so nice to be in California and wear this dress without tights! But I do love the color of this dress and the cut, which is why I let it shine on it’s own here with a simple pendant necklace and metallic flats. This isn’t a shape I feel 100% comfortable in, but the fitted sleeves help — and I always have the option to belt it!
Jeanne says: I’ve actually bought new brown boots since I took this picture – and it was because I saw how worn my old pair was in these pics. Brown boots are universal and can be work with almost everything. I like brown with khaki and olives and other colors in this vein. But Kate shows us that she can make brown boots look good with almost everything. Her turquoise skirt almost makes us forget she is wearing brown boots, as does her elephant blouse.
Kate says: These boots have been serious workhorses for me — you guys should know, since you’ve seen me wear the same ones for the last 2 years! Would you believe they were also a hand-me-down from Mom?? Brown boots are my go-to with everything, even black. I have a pair of black over-the-knee boots that I wear sometimes, but much less frequently.
Kate says: A bright blazer is a really useful item during winter. Not only is it a nice warm layer, this hot pink blazer brightens up any outfit. In my business casual office, I love to pair more business-y pieces, like this blazer, with more casual pieces, like jeans and a striped tee.
Jeanne says: Gray winter days call for bright, bright colors! Hot pink fills the bill. These little cashmere tops from J.Crew go on sale all the time and they are perfect for practically all climates. I love mine. Kate shows another bright color solution — a hot pink blazer. Keep your eye out for neon colors for your winter wardrobe!
Jeanne says: It would have never occurred to me to put this sweater and skirt together until I saw them near each other and realized how complementary they were. This little skirt has pushed me out of my comfort zone all winter. It doesn’t really match anything, but it works beautifully just the same. And my love for camo is already well known.
I love Kate’s little outfit. I like to see her in short skirts — I can live vicariously though her! I love how the cropped jacket balances out the short skirt. It all looks professional and youthful. She then tones down the “shortness” of the look with tights and knee high boots. Great look!
Kate says: I really liked pairing this tweed/jacquard jacket with my little polka dot tee — a super easy way to mix prints! They work well with my beloved dusty rose skirt, which I made more office-appropriate with black tights and boots. My trick is to always wear a shorter skirt with tall boots — somehow the shorter gap of leg makes a short skirt feel less short!
I really love Mom’s outfit — although I don’t love camo, it’s the perfect mix of masculine/casual and feminine/dressy. I can see why she never thought to put these pieces together, but now it seems such a natural combo! And she masters the half tuck perfectly.
New York Fashion Week is upon us once again and, frankly, it has become an absolute zoo. Sure, bloggers are a part of the scene now but even they are vying to attract the attention of the media so that they can make it onto somebody’s “street scene” coverage. A few style blogs this week chatted about the clothes they would wear to NYFW.
We aren’t immune to a little media attention, but all this Fashion Week coverage got us to thinking what a normal person would wear to a series of fashion shows held in the dead of winter in traffic-clogged NYC. Here is what we came up with.
1. Comfortable shoes. NOT vertiginous heels or high-heeled sandals in the snow. Think about running for a cab or crossing icy plazas. Here are some shoes we would wear — flat, comfortable, built for snow but not the mucklucks everyone has been wearing this winter. Maybe these aren’t the height of fashion, but they look pretty good:
2. A Warm Coat. You wouldn’t want one that was too bulky — so no fur, faux fur or heavy down. You would be whipping it off and on and each show (sort of like going to the mall in winter). And it has to be a dark color so that dirt doesn’t show. Maybe even a cape!
3. Trousers. NOT short skirts or very long skirts. Beautiful trousers would keep any of us warm and stylish. Here are a few:
4. Now that you’ve covered all the practical bases let your colors fly with a fabulous top. Here are a few we love:
Jeanne says: It feels so good to find the perfect cold weather dress; prerequisites include warm fabric (check), flattering shape (check), long enough for older fashionista (check), versatility (check), and good price (check). I love this dress — it can go to a party or to work, serve as a cocktail dress or a jumper. Above all, it feels so good to wear bright florals in the winter time.
Kate didn’t find the perfect cold weather floral print dress, so she adapted one to brighten up her winter wardrobe. I would never have thought of this, but her dress works with chambray and boots and would work equally well with a dressier sweater or jacket for a more dress up occasion. Well, maybe not in 6 degree weather, but well before springtime!
Kate says: This is one of my favorite warmer-weather dresses, and I wanted to try to adapt it for the winter. By keeping my tights light and adding a chambray shirt, I felt warm enough, but also felt very bright and springy! It was a nice change of pace from heavy sweater and black tights.
Mom looks so retro cute, doesn’t she?? She’s showing another key way to winterize a summery dress, by adding a belted cardigan. Her kitten heel d’orsay flats and cat eye glasses add quite a bit of cheek too. I probably would have worried about looking too retro, but I love how Mom just dives right in.