As winter drags on, here in Alberta and it can go on and one…all the way until April, we get lots of wear out of our fall/winter wardrobe. Wearing the same ol’ sweater and jeans- gets old.
Switch it up! Try different combinations of items in your closet. This cozy duster length cardigan is like wearing a blanket- it’s so soft, it’s like wrapping yourself in a hug. It’s quite bulky so under pieces need to be more streamlined- a tshirt turtleneck tucked into high waisted skinny jeans, to not bulk you up unnecessarily. I’m 5’4 and curvy I need to focus on highlighting my smaller parts (waist) in order to create shape and balance.
Let’s talk boots! Weather here is nuts- there’s 3 ft tall windrows, ice in every sidewalk, dirt everywhere from the sanders; it’s a sloppy mess. Save your clothes by busting out your tall boots- leather, that are water proof. Not only does only does it make a basic outfit look more chic, but it’s functionally a better choice. These are classic knee height boots and best with skinny jeans tucked it.
Quick side note on skinny jeans…yes, I hear they have been “cancelled” by GenZ which is fine for them. When you are in your teens or 20’s wearing oversized jeans with flares or Mom jeans; it looks fresh and fun.
When your over 40-proceed with caution. Since I am an actual Mom, hunted vintage shops for oversized men’s 501’s in my teens and have worn flares in the 70’s and again in the 90’s/00’s- I’ve done the trends to death. Not saying I won’t dip my toe in the trend but it will be used sparingly. Trends you have done once or twice in a lifetime can have the opposite effect, instead of looking youthful- fresh and fun, it can age you and looks like your stuck in the wrong decade. This look strikes a nice balance between modern and classic, and most of a look pulled together and chic.
As the temperature dips, I need to be warm but still look cute! I love a lightweight flannel, cotton tights and boots. Pairing a masculine piece, like the plaid shirt, with feminine looks, like a faux leather mini n’ just slightly over the knee boots, create a balanced look that not overly frilly or manly.
Fall fashion is my fave, when it’s crisp but you can still have bare legs is the best. I threw together this OOTD for your consideration. Why does it work? By juxtaposing pretty and rough it will boost the style factor of your outfit. I love these tough chick boots with a sweet swingy skirt and cashmere vneck and denim vest, add a pop of color with a sangria colored bag, lip, nails and earrings. Cozy, cute and casual!
Vest- #talulah #aritzia
Bag and earrings- #h&m
Polish- # loreal
Feeling feisty? These feline pumps with heel metal corset details pushes the MEOW factor for this basic jeans n’ tee combo. This a great way to transition on a moderate weather day- if temps get lower, throw on a lightweight wrap cardi/coat that ties at waist in light pink to be on trend. Love this loose fitting white and black graphic tee from Zara and my ultra comfy Rachel Roy jeans. Can’t wait to wear this!
#Transitioning from summer to fall can be tricky- “I am roasting! No, wait I am freezing!”. But with a few transitional outfits you can weather the storm. Depending on your climate, you may start to wear transition pieces as early ad the end of August- like me in Canada or you may get away until mid-end of September when it becomes fall in seasonal climates. Even if it stays warm in September, I am craving darker colors, darker hair, rich nail colors and bold lip colors!
This outfit is for those days that are still hot but you wish to look season appropriate.
Top and Fedora- #Ardene
Highwaisted Shorts- #Target
Nail Polish- #wetnwild
Look cool going to and from the pool in this not so basic black shorts and white crop top. They look great with a pop of color coral/orange bikini and sandals. Contrast the coral with hints of turquoise in the jewelry really help to pop the outfit.