Fall 2015 is shaping up to be wonderful. Brilliant sunshine. And cool enough temperatures to turn my fall fashion inspiration
into reality. And now I’m not just dreaming about the outfits… I’m wearing them.
Remember this shot from Vince.com? Well, it prompted me to unpack my most prized fall acquisition, which has been “seasoning” in my closet for months. Let me explain that comment… when my mum buys a new blouse or coat, and then lets it hang in her closet for a year, unworn, saying it’s “too nice,” as she is wont to do, we always joke that she’s “seasoning” it. Like aging cheese or wine, until it’s ready to eat or drink.
Well, my Vince coat sweater has “seasoned” enough, and it’s ready to come out of the closet. Or the drawer in this case. The great thing is that I actually like my sweater even better than the “inspiration” one the model is wearing above. I’m wearing it here with my stalwart leather pants from two years ago, a black long-sleeved tee from Gap, and my Stuart Weitzman patent loafers with tassels. I love these shoes. Like my sweater, I bought the burgundy Marc Jacobs bag at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale in July. So it’s well seasoned too. The feather brooch is my mum’s, from the sixties. I love that brooches are big again. The gold brooch and earrings brighten up the black and grey palette, don’t you think? This is a perfect shopping, or lunch with friends, outfit.
And then, mixing the cool grey & black with the warm gold inspired me to try my new brown Paul Green boots with my grey sweater.
Turns out that I love grey with brown. And I was excited to see that these grey, Judith and Charles, cropped knit pants from several years ago are just the right shade to go with my new sweater. And they look great with my new booties. Uggh. As of now, I’m going to stop calling low boots “booties” … just typing that feels embarrassing. Booties are for babies, okay?
Okay. So the boots and the cropped grey pants definitely dress-up the original outfit. More appropriate for a lunch that is a bit of an occasion…. like later this month, when our “To Hell With the Bell” group of retired teachers meets at a local restaurant. Talk about a task getting these ladies organized! Between trips to Spain, England, France, Egypt, art exhibits, volunteering, you name it… they are a busy bunch.
So now that we finally have a date for the lunch, I might wear this outfit. My Paul Green boots, grey J&C cropped pants, a cream Elie Tahari ruffled blouse…. and of course, my Vince coat sweater. Which is fast becoming the “completer piece” of the fall season for me. Remember when Stacey and Clinton, of What Not To Wear, used to tell their make-over subjects that they always needed a completer piece to pull an outfit together? Well, I’m a completer piece girl from way back in the seventies. I never went anywhere without a sweater or jacket. You know, I think I like this outfit.
And to make it a bit more lady-like I pinned a vintage brooch at my neck, and grabbed this vintage croc bag.
I bought the bag at the “Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show” a couple of years ago. It’s sweet, isn’t it? I love it. Likewise the brooch.
When I was researching my inspiration post last week, I came across this photo of Tibi founder Amy Smilovic on Matchesfashion.com. I’d never even heard of Tibi. And so I was sidetracked into reading this
interview with Smilovic on the Matchesfashion.com website, and this
one in the The Telegraph.
I like her fashion philosophy of “simple basics in luxurious fabrics,” and so I checked out the Tibi fall collection
on their website. Lots of knit wear and full skirts and pants. The clothes are cosy and luxurious. And somewhat louche, if I can say that, in the sense that the looks are undone and maybe a bit rakish. I thought they were wonderful. Even if they’re not exactly something I could pull off.
And I also loved Smilovic’s outfit pictured above. Grey heathered knit vest, with black and white sweater, black leather pants and sneakers. Hmm. I could have a go at that look. Sort of. Or at least my interpretation of it.
So I tried my leather pants and Vince coat sweater with my ALC striped tee shirt and my sneakers. Dressing my original combination down instead of up, so to speak. I feel great in this look. A cosy fall run-around outfit.
And so I ask myself, is there any outfit idea where I won’t be able to parlay my Vince coat sweater into action? Clearly fall 2015 is going to be the season when Vince completes every outfit I can dream up. And you might even say that…
Like Darcy completes Elizabeth…
Or Bogie completed Bacall…
This year…Vince completes me. At least wardrobe-wise.
Yep. Sigh. You might say that if you were a dreamer, and a silly romantic, and someone who is given to hyperbole. And, of course, I am. All three of those things.
Now I have to go and decide what to pack for our mini-holiday. Due to Hubby’s shoulder surgery, and the fact that he is unable to use his right arm, we’ve had to forgo our favourite camping trip this year. Fall camping is the best. We will miss the crisp nights, the camp fires, the long walks in the fall colours. But we really are in need of some time away. So we’ve booked a cabin on a lake near Algonquin Park for a couple of nights instead. Now… I’ll need jeans, my hiking boots, my fleece sweatshirt, and my Gortex jacket. I guess this is the one outfit that Vince won’t be completing this fall.
And stay tuned for Fall Rotation 2.0 …. Tweed. Hopefully.
Have you found that one piece that completes you this fall? Or at least completes your outfits?