Our summer heat continues apace, folks. At least here in Ottawa. So tank tops and white jeans, sandals and light dresses are still de rigueur. I don’t think I’ve worn a light jacket, even in the evenings, for weeks and weeks. And while I’m struggling to survive the heat, I’m dreaming of the cool. Sigh. Conjuring images of autumn in my head. Partly because I’m not much of a hot weather person. But also because I’ve been doing my fall shopping research in time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
On the days when it’s too darned hot to cycle, or too humid and buggy to walk the trail, I’m on my exercise bike, trolling the web on my i-pad for fall clothes. Here are a few of the images that inspire me this season… well, actually, to be precise, they’re inspiring me to plan for next season.
Like this polished look from Berlin designer Marina Hoermanseder. It’s from her Spring 2016 line… but I’d love a softly draped pair of pants like these for fall.
My friend Liz says that burgundy is big again this year. I love this coat from the Marina Hoermanseder fall line. You can see her entire fall “Look Book” here, if you’re so inclined. I love lots of her pieces… just not sure about the pink plastic breastplate in some of the shots. Might be a titch hot. See what you think.
I’m finding lots of camel in my virtual travels. And black with camel. I love this timeless look below. I can’t tell if the model is wearing a skirt or culottes. But who cares, really. This outfit is polished enough for work, if you have to go to work. And yet casual enough for my non-working life. I’m keeping my eye out for soft, loose sweaters like this camel one. Sweaters that are loose enough to wear on their own (aka not too clingy or form-fitting) and yet light enough to slide under a blazer.
And I love this gorgeous Thornton Bregazzi suit below with the silky Alexander McQueen tie blouse from the Matches Fashion website. The model is Los Angeles based blogger and stylist Jayne Min. Matches Fashion featured her in a story for their “Influencers Edit” series where Min picks her favourite pieces for fall. Honestly, I now rely more on sites like this to inspire me than I do hard copy magazines.
These casual coats look great with sweaters and jeans. I may be on the look out for a new coat this year. Navy or grey…or tweed. These are lovely. And I will need some new basics. So in addition to light sweaters, I’m looking for white tees and a white shirt. And I’d love to find a pair of cropped pants that aren’t jeans.
So earlier this week, suitably inspired, having inventoried my closet, researched and made a general kind of list, I headed off to visit with Liz at Nordstrom. We were “shopping Anniversary” as she said. Looking exclusively at the items that were marked down for the Anniversary Sale to see what might fit with my “needs list.” Or what might strike my fancy.This was not necessarily my fall shop. Here were some of the contenders.
I have to tell you that the pieces from the various lines chosen to be featured in the sale did not hold much appeal for me this year. I was disappointed; last year there were so many wonderful choices. Many of the items listed as part of the Anniversary Sale on the Nordstrom.com website were not available in Canadian stores. Or at least not available in the Ottawa store. Pooh. What’s up with that, do you think?
Still, I didn’t come home entirely empty-handed. I bought a lovely tote bag. And a couple of other things which were sadly not on sale. And which I stashed in my closet right away. They’ll be “seasoning” there for a few weeks before they make an appearance on the blog.
And… News Flash… I discovered a new designer whose line Nordstrom in Ottawa has recently started carrying. Veronica Beard. Have you heard of her? Liz and I both really like her clothes. I checked out the brand website when I came home, and the designer is not a “her” but a “them.” Two Veronicas, sisters-in-law. In their own words, they are trying to “strike a balance between classic and cool.” Designing “iconic staples” which are “effortless and chic.” Ok-ay. They are definitely speaking my language. And more important than the descriptors, I found the jackets well tailored, long enough in the sleeves, and comfortable. And the pants. Well… the pants fit me like a glove. Except… they’re pants. Ha. Here are two looks from the Veronica Beard website that I love.
So I’ll be adding Veronica Beard to my short list of go-to designers. Those brands that fit my style and my lifestyle. And my body…. let’s not forget that little deal breaker. Because there’s nothing worse than loving a pair of pants or a jacket when they don’t love you back. Unrequited fashion love. I’ve known a lot of that in my time. And I suspect you have too.
All of the looks in this post can be found on my Pinterest fall fashion board which you can check out here if you’re interested. I’d show you the things I bought, but like I said, they’re seasoning in my closet. Waiting until it’s a bit closer to fall. When it’s not sooo hot.
Me and Ella… we both think it’s too darned hot.
Right now, as I wrap up this post, I’m sipping a glass of cold white wine and waiting for Hubby to bring supper in from the barbeque. Blogging can be hot work, people.
I’m going to try to put fall shopping out of my mind now for at least a month. Maybe. What are you up to? Not fall shopping, I imagine.
High Heels in the Wilderness is for women like me. Women who love clothes. And books. Who dream of travelling to amazing places. Who want to explore their own lives, and their own potential, now that they aren't twenty (or even forty) anymore.