Kate picked out today’s outfit – I want to give credit where credit is due! Sometimes I scroll through Dropbox and I’m not inspired by any of my past ensembles. It helps to have another fashionista’s fresh perspective. Thanks, Kate!
Here I’m wearing a good outfit for transitioning from winter to spring – floaty, bright summer culottes paired with a cool weather top – just the ticket for a day with a cool morning (just throw on a trench or a denim jacket) that segues into a balmy afternoon. Those of us in California are experts at this kind of dressing which works between seasons everywhere else!
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See another way I’ve pattern-mixed with these culottes:
Forest green is an “in” color, right? Now that I’ve said that, try to find interesting forest green apparel! I’ve collected mine over the past year and a half and you can see almost all of it here. The only addition is a wonderful Banana Republic sweater which I absolutely adore.
Forest green goes with practically everything: fuchsia, red (a little Christmas-y, but oh well), white, camel, yellow, cobalt. Check it out, but be prepared to find it hard to find this “chic” color at a practical price.
I couldn’t help myself. I bought this skirt during the summer envisioning it with boots in the colder months — yeah it’s a little ….prairie and boho — but I am such a fan of plaid (maybe the word is sucker). So I decided to wear it as a dress with a shirt underneath.
My work colleagues were…polite. Someone told me they thought I was wearing a gaucho kind of jumpsuit. But here’s the thing – I didn’t really care. I had fun wearing my skirt this way. The lesson is: don’t be afraid to try something new, even bizarre, once in a while, in the name of fashion.
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 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.
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.