Pink + Red

This color combo is having a moment.

Image via Vanity Fair

These are all red carpet looks from the Emmys (Vanity Fair wrote about it here), but mass retailers also got into the game for Fall/Winter 2019.

This is from Trina Turk’s Instagram feed, but I can’t find it online. Yet. #Stalking

From the available now files: This Boden sweater is my favorite of the bunch.

This silk blouse – also Boden – is an alternative:

J. Crew adds a few other colors to the mix, but pink and red are front and center:

Coats from – again – Boden and J. Crew, respectively.

And now this.

Georges BB bag, $2140, at Louis Vuitton.

My take on the trend:

Nylon bucket bag with an added Salt strap. This adds a punch of color to any outfit.

Fair Isle Made Modern

Fair Isle patterns really aren’t my thing.

They just harken memories of bad 1980s sweaters like these:

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All 80s sweaters via liketotally80s

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And yet … they’re suddenly everywhere. 

Over the weekend, I saw a cute outfit in a magazine pairing a Fair Isle sweater with an icy blue skirt. Specifically, this Fair Isle sweater from Old Navy:

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This rings in at less than $40.

And then I opened up the latest Boden catalog to see this:

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I like the neon pink color pop.

Here’s another option from J. Crew Factory:

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If you’re not ready to commit to the trend, these accessories are a start:

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Splendid scarf

And even though this Boden Hat & Mittens set with a matching Scarf are technically for tweens, I could still see them being cheery and fun for adults:

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Are you wearing Fair Isle this fall?

A Few Striped Dresses

Yesterday I posted about my disappointment with Stitch Fix #7, where I’d specifically asked for clothes for an upcoming trip to Alaska.

The Fix just really missed the mark, and ultimately everything got sent back before I could chicken out, change my mind and buy something I didn’t really need/want/like.

To be fair I already have more than my share of winter-y clothes that would be right at home in Alaska, with the possible exception of things to wear to dinner, especially on the more formal nights.

Yesterday I also opined that I would have loved to have received a cold weather dress in the Fix.

The one that I had in mind was this striped number from Hanna Andersson:

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Check out the cute back zipper:

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I envision this styled exactly as above: funky glasses, boots, dress.

The main thing I worry about with this brand – known mostly for its kids’ clothing – is that the dress is just too mom-ish (read: frumpy) in real life.

Boden has a cute contender, also featuring exposed zippers:

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It comes in a few striped choices, but I like the solid black the best:

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Again, the Frump Factor is hard to discern online.

This Maison Jules dress is currently on super sale, but it’s probably not realistic for cold nights given the sleeveless style:

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While not striped, this Madewell dark blue dress seems to get what I’m going for:

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Here’s what it looks like on the model:

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Boden Spring Shoe Collection

Oh, man. The shoes in the Boden Spring Collection are proving to be irresistible.

I can’t even make my mind up about which color I’d choose from this tassel point flat:

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Orange and I are definitely having a moment, though.

Same Sophie’s Choice problem with these:

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Red suede heels. Want.

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How pretty would these flowered slingbacks be for a wedding?

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Metallic color block flats:

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And my favorite! These cut out boots:

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I’m not even sure where I’d wear these (they also come in a more subdued navy or chestnut brown), but I strongly think my closet is lonely without them.

 

 

 

Fall Outerwear

The twenty degree drop in the temperature this week prompted me to get out my fall clothes, and experience tells me they’re here to stay.

I’m also thinking about a new jacket to ease the transition.

Bonus points if it’s waterproof, given the soggy conditions as of late.

Here are a few contenders:

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Sources:

  1. J. Crew
  2. Athleta
  3. J. Crew
  4. Banana Republic
  5. MPG Sport via Amazon
  6. Boden
  7. Boden

I ended up ordering #1, which is the J. Crew Downtown Field Jacket.

Hurry! Right now the mossy brown color pictured above is on sale for 30% off, and with an additional $25 coupon I had for being a J. Crew cardmember (Fall Rewards), I got it for $71.

The jacket also comes in navy and black, but those colors currently aren’t on sale.

To keep it cozy, I’m really, really dreaming about one of these White and Warren wraps:

Since they come in over 25 colors, it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite.

Neutral or pop of color?

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I’m thinking that the medium blue one (Stream Heather) will be on my Christmas list!

Style Staples, #2

Any list of Must-Have Wardrobe Essentials includes a crisp white shirt.

I don’t disagree that this is a style staple; I just don’t wear them often.

Why not? Well, frankly, I spill a lot. I refuse to iron. I have PTSD from wearing a thin white blouse as part of a school uniform in high school and freezing through four years of Wisconsin winters.

But when I see a pulled together, stylish person wearing a white shirt, I have to admit it looks pretty classy. It’s also a particularly sophisticated look for Women of A Certain Age, like Diane Keaton – who rocks a white shirt often and does it well.

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If you’re looking to invest, Anne Fontaine is the way to go. The one with the asymmetrical collar is my favorite but comes with a steep price tag ($450!). Still, it is gorgeous and unique:

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Thomas Pink is also a shirt superstar:

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Eddie Bauer isn’t a brand I shop often, but I own this no-wrinkle white shirt and it is a champ (with a favorable price tag of around $50):

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A short sleeve version from Boden that I just love:

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Slightly more casual looks from Banana Republic and C. Wonder, respectively:cn7337403 9700_3402_1

I really wish I could have them all.