And just like that … it’s fall. Every, every year, September catches me out. Either I’m not ready for fall, still wearing my sandals and tee shirts when it turns cool. Which can be a big pain especially when one is travelling. I’m thinking of 2019 when we were in Croatia, and upon arriving in Zagreb, I noticed that all of a sudden I was totally out of season. Or I’m too ready. I’ve packed all my warm weather gear away, and I get caught downtown one warm afternoon sweating in a cashmere sweater and boots. I think I’m much more of an October person, actually.
The crisp fall nights have begun here now. Even if the days are still warm. I won’t be hauling out my tweeds and heavy cashmere just yet. But I need to plan some comfortable transition outfits. Easy to wear pieces, which combine my summer wardrobe with my fall. Pieces that will work together, be seasonably appropriate, and will get me through to October when I can do a full closet turnover.
This morning I unpacked a few fall pieces from my storage drawers and closet. Including my old favourite black faux leather pants. These pants are on their last legs. Pun intended. I’m keeping my eye out for a replacement pair. In the meantime, this morning I wore them with my Everlane light cashmere crew-neck sweater, my Birkenstock-style sandals (similar), and an old black and grey camo reversible windbreaker from Theory. I really like this outfit. Especially my leather pants with the sandals. I’ve only ever worn them with loafers or boots. But the sandals are chunky enough to work well with the heavier pants. And this Everlane sweater has done yeoman service since I bought it. So even though I’m in sandals, I still feel seasonably appropriate in this outfit.
I just checked and the cashmere crew from Everlane that I own is no longer available. But the men’s cashmere crew has several colours in stock and the style looks similar to mine. I’ve noticed that a couple of the young YouTubers I follow buy men’s cashmere sweaters. It’s a good idea, I think, especially if you prefer a roomy style.
I spied this sweater, below, when I was digging through my storage drawers. I bought it at J Crew in 2014 and I’ve rarely worn it. Every year I think about donating it. And every year I don’t. I thought I would give it one more chance since the lace applique matches my cargo pants so perfectly. And the loose, but not too loose, fit works well with the pants. Still… that tan colour does me no favours now that my hair is white. It’s time for this sweater to go to a new home, don’t you think?
And I may send these Paul Green boots with it. Bloody heck. They hurt just walking around the yard today. I suppose it might have been a good idea to wear socks in them. Ha.
The third outfit I tried this morning worked… okay. My white Frame straight-leg jeans, the black Everlane sweater, my old Max Mara jacket, and my Stuart Weitzman patent loafers. I love the MM jacket with the sweater. I’m so glad I hung onto this jacket all these years. And so thankful to Emma Hill for reminding me that I owned it. But I found that the neat loafers and the slim-fitting jeans were just a little too… something. The outfit looks good, but is maybe a bit too old school. I can’t put my finger on why this look doesn’t feel like me anymore. It just doesn’t. If you can figure it out, do let me know.
And speaking of old school. My phone decided it was going to stop talking to my little camera remote today. Try as I might I could not get the Bluetooth connection to work again. So I had to resort to a mirror selfie. Not the best photo, but you get the idea, anyway.
You know, I’ve been dreaming of fall outfits for a while now. Since before we left to go to New Brunswick. So I don’t know why I am so disorganized. Maybe the hot, hot weather we had when we were down east made me forget about fall fashion. I don’t know. I just know I have no excuse for waking up one morning this week and suddenly realizing that … just like that… fall had arrived.
Usually by now, I’d have done at least a partial turn of my closet. Packed away my really summery pieces and unpacked selected fall items that I can wear now. I did that this morning, in a kind of way, when I was trying on outfits for this post. Pulled a few fall pieces out, hastily zipped a few summer pieces into garment bags to make room in my closet. I’ll have to go back and reorganize when I do my fall closet turnover. Maybe at the same time I will do a strict edit. Get rid of those pieces I’ve been waffling about for a couple of years. Like that J Crew sweater.
But, you know, just because fall and the actual wearing of fall outfits took me a bit by surprise, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been planning my fall shopping list. Such as it is. I shopped at the mall with my friend Liz last week and didn’t really find anything on my list. Except a belt at Nordstrom. But I came home and ordered this sweater from Everlane. And this sleek black turtleneck from Vince. Now I just need a pair of black knee-high boots and I’ll be all set for the season. The stores were sorely lacking in boot stock on Friday. But hopefully October will resolve that.
Now, I really do have to go. Hubby is still away fishing and Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy await me. I’m planning to watch all five episodes of the 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series before the weekend is over. Sigh. I just wish Mum and I could have watched it together this year. But I will call her in the morning and regale her with all of our best moments. Including her personal favourite of Mrs. Bennet winking at Kitty. Oh… that is a good one.
Let’s hear about your transitional closet, my friends. What not-quite-summer but not-entirely-fall outfits are you cooking up? Do you wear heavier pants with sandals? Or fall sweaters with summery bottoms? How do your outfits straddle the seasonal changeover?
P.S. You can find my “And Just Like That… Fall” Pinterest board here, if you’re interested.
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