Fall is my favourite season. I know it’s the same for many of you as well. Wood fires, falling leaves, crisp sunny days. Sweater weather for a while. And then, hopefully, for at least a couple of weeks between the humidity of early September and the rain and snow of November, there will be a window of sartorial opportunity when we can wear fall blazers and tweed jackets as outerwear. Yah. The fall blazer window. When it’s cool enough to require a jacket, and still warm enough for the jacket to be a blazer.
This is the time of year when I really, really love to get dressed. I feel most at home, most like myself, in jeans, and blazers, and boots. And in the last couple of years… sneakers.
To take advantage of this brief season, when I went out and about in Kemptville earlier in the week, I wore my old Alfred Sung blazer. This houndstooth jacket was purchased as part of a suit back in the late eighties. The shoulders were designed to allow room for the large shoulder pads that were in style back then. So despite the fact that I had a tailor remove them and put in small pads instead, this jacket still makes me look like a linebacker. Sort of. I could have had the tailor cut down the shoulders and reshape them, but I didn’t really want to spend the money for such a major overhaul. Besides, I wanted to preserve its menswear-inspired look.
Never mind. Linebacker-ish or not … I love this jacket. It’s lightweight, soft, and goes with everything. Including my new Levi’s 511 jeans, this green cashmere polo sweater from Everlane, a white, short-sleeve Vince tee, and my Stan Smith Adidas. A reader commented when I first featured my old jacket on the blog that it looked dated. And maybe to some it does. But checks and plaids are back in style, as are sharper shoulders, and over-sized jackets. So I prefer to think of it as a vintage piece which takes advantage of the circular nature of fashion. But maybe I’m just deluding myself because I can’t quite bear to get rid of this old friend.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve been practising how to take photos out in public. Not in my backyard or on my deck. When I was in Kemptville, I tried affixing my gorilla tripod to benches and railings to take street photos. I’m still learning as you can see, above, from the relative size of my feet and my head, not to mention my foreshortened legs.
Yesterday when the weather dawned sunny and crisp, a totally perfect fall blazer window of a day, I pulled another old friend out of the closet. My dark green tweed Max Mara blazer. I love this old jacket with faded jeans. And since I was off to run a couple of errands and then visit with my friend Carmen for a hair cut, I pulled on my Levi’s again with my Everlane white pocket tee, and Stan Smith sneakers. Then I threw my forest green Prada wool crew neck sweater around my shoulders. This is the first time I have worn the “sweater as scarf” thing out in public. I think Carmen was a bit bemused. But no one turned a hair at Best Buy or at the wine store.
These new Levi’s look great with sneakers and a jacket, don’t they? Just the right leg length and width. A bit loose, but not overwhelmingly so. And the wash of the jeans is perfect with the dark green jacket. Even if I do say so myself. And I do. Ha. By the way that’s my new Jolie Hobo shoulder bag from Fossil. It’s dark cognac, with few to no doo-dads. I hate too much frippery on bags. It also comes with a longer strap for wearing cross-body.
Tomorrow Hubby and I are off for a day in the country. We’re driving down to the Westport and Big Rideau Lake area. We’re going on tour before all the leaves are gone, and we plan to stop for lunch. In a restaurant. This is a big occasion. Hubby never goes anywhere for lunch except when we are travelling and visiting new cities. Well, unless we are heading somewhere for a hike or a bike ride and take a picnic or stop at a chip wagon. I always envy the IG posts of my friend Frances when she and her husband stroll around Vancouver and stop for lunch. Hubby is not much of a dining out person, and definitely NOT a “let’s stroll downtown Ottawa and go for lunch” guy. In fact, there are few activities he would rather do less.
Still, I think he is trying to make the best of our not travelling situation. And I’m happy with that. And since we will not be biking or hiking and the weather is supposed to be blazer friendly, this is what I plan to wear. My old Adrienne Vittadini camel blazer, my black Liverpool Glider skinny jeans (black here, and blue here.) Stuart Weitzman ankle boots, a light, stretchy black turtleneck from Vince, a grey and black animal print scarf from Michael Kors, and my new bag from Fossil.
I can’t rave enough about my new black stretchy turtleneck from Vince. I’ve worn it a few times. Under a jacket like I’m doing today. Under a coat sweater. Or slipped under a hoodie or a crew neck sweater. It’s the perfect underpinning, in my opinion. Slippy enough that you don’t have to drag the sweater or jacket on over it. Stretchy enough to fit snugly and not create extra bulk. Short enough to not have to be tucked in. And long enough in the sleeves.
I wanted to show you a closer look at the turtleneck in the shot below. Please know that I bought it to wear under things; I do NOT intend to wear this sweater with nothing on over it! I’m wearing a size large. So while it’s stretchy, it’s not overly clingy. It also comes in tan, which is not a good colour for me. But if it came in another colour, one I could wear, I’d buy it. Perfect turtlenecks are hard to find.
So that’s what I’ve been wearing this week, my friends. Taking advantage of the fall blazer window, to wear my fall blazers as outerwear. And now that I have my outfit for tomorrow sorted… all I have left to do is hope that it doesn’t rain.
In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve made several new purchases these past few weeks. That Everlane polo sweater, the Vince turtleneck, my new jeans, and the Fossil bag. There are still a couple of items on my wish list that I’ve yet to talk to you about. And that will make six new purchases for fall. Four more than I discussed in my fall small haul post a while ago. That’s a lot for me. Especially considering my admonitions about slow fashion, and my efforts to shop less, and shop my closet first.
But maybe I can offset all that shopping with the fact that every fall blazer I own is old. They all pass the “thirty wears test,” and then some. You know, the question that Livia Firth who made the documentary The True Cost says we should all ask before we buy something new: “Will I wear it thirty times.” In fact the newest fall blazer in my closet is the Max Mara, bought in 1998. That must buy me some credibility in the slow fashion world. Don’t you think?
Now it’s your turn, my friends. Do you have any pieces that you can’t wait to wear in the fall? But for which the wearable window is brief?
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