It’s still in the 90s most days in Arizona, but that doesn’t stop me from craving Autumn. So I on color and texture to get that feel!
For the color part, I am wearing a cotton printed-plaid maxi-skirt. It’s nearly a full circle, so I tried to hold the skirt up in order to make it more visible. It’s a favorite from Marshall’s (similar plaids but in bolder colors, or similar colors in print), and is actually a standard misses XL. (Elastic waist full circle skirts are really forgiving…)
For shoes, I went with Born Issa Cork Wedges in Black. Sandals, but solid ones. They appear to be just about gone, but grab them if you can find them; super comfortable and easy to walk in.
As far as the tops go, this first picture makes it hard to see, but that was where I went for texture. The tank is from Kohls and is tiered (similar), so that even though the cardi over the top is the same color there is some interest in person.
The necklace is a natural stone-bead chain – nothing fancy, but very earthy. I think some of the beads are even wood. That lends the grounded feel and ties the colors in the skirt in.
Regardless, the idea for me was to make it feel like fall, and I think this outfit was successful in that respect. Some wooden bangle bracelets would have been a nice touch.
In the last day or so I’ve come across 2 articles that I think every woman needs to read:
Allison at Wardrobe Oxygen reminds us all to “Lighten Up… It’s Only Clothes” and I think that is a really important point. If you wear a color that isn’t optimal for you, no one will be injured. If you wear a mini-skirt after 40, the space station won’t crash back to earth. Clothing is supposed to be fun, and that means sometimes we try things that DON’T work out the way we had hoped. So what? Relax. If you are happy, then the outfit is fine.
Angie at You Look Fab talks about the styles seen at Spring 2013 Fashion Week. While I don’t tend to follow those things TOO closely, it’s useful to keep up on what is coming at the high end so that you know how much wear you are likely to get out of new pieces. For example, she notes that color blocking is still all the rage, which means a new color-blocked piece will see lots of wear without looking dated. The same goes for leather, sheers and structured handbags or clutches. All are likely to be wearable without looking dated for at least another year, so go ahead and invest in a more expensive piece that you love. At the same time, maxi-length skirts are becoming less popular, so now is NOT the time to buy an expensive piece. You can still wear what you have, but the focus should be on other hemlines OR on hemming the pieces you love.
I realize that to some extent these two articles contradict each other – lighten up but don’t look dated are slightly conflicting messages. But if you truly love a dated piece, you can work it into a current outfit by surrounding it with items that are more up-to-date. However if your outfit looks catwalk perfect but you hate it, it won’t look good. So take each with a grain of salt, but give them both a read!