I’m feeling a bit fall-ish today, my friends. Which isn’t surprising, I guess, it being the last week of summer, with school starting soon, and all. Since we returned from Fredericton, I’ve not been dreaming about school starting. Instead I’ve been dreaming of fall outfits. Doing my fall shopping research and making lists. And while I’m not exactly turning my closet yet (way too soon for that), I’m thinking of ways to turn my spring and summer clothes into suitable outfits for my fall-ish frame of mind.
These navy and white checked Simone pants by Rag and Bone have been a staple in my summer wardrobe. In May and June I wore them with a white Vince tee, red Earth Brand loafers and either my navy Veronica Beard jacket or my white Theory Eco-Crunch jacket. Then when it was too hot for jackets, I wore them with a black Vince tee and sandals, or my white Eileen Fisher tee and sneakers. I have the same pants in black. They are a style that seems to suit me. Narrow in the leg, and high in the waist. And as Liz suggested when I bought the black pair a couple of years ago, the zipper in the back, sometimes difficult to do up, once fastened, need never be opened. The pants are so stretchy that I just pull them down and up, without unzipping.
So, to spin my checked pants into a fall-ish look, I’ve paired them with my burgundy Paul Green loafers, and this lilac cashmere sweater from Vince. I bought this sweater in 2016, and I still love it. The loafers are from last fall. And I wear them every chance I get. I’m happy with how the lady-like lilac looks with the sturdy-looking, brownish-burgundy shoes. My loafers were apparently specially issued for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale last year. But you can find them here without the studs. That’s an old Anne Marie Chagnon bracelet I’m wearing. The elastic has stretched and I need to take it to a jewellry repair place to have it restrung, so it will fit again. You can find Anne Marie Chagnon bracelets on her website here. I love her work.
I’m looking forward to these next few weeks before we head out on our trip to the Balkans. I’m going to try to wear my spring and summer pieces as much as I can. Paired with sweaters, jackets, and scarves, to make them more fall-ish. And with my loafers. I’m excited to get back into loafers again. Then before too long it will be tweed jacket and boot season. I do hope that tweed jacket season lasts a bit longer this year. Hopefully well into November. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? We missed most of the lovely fall weather when we were in Italy last year. Hubby remembers that there was enough snow for him to be skiing on November 15. Gad. Must not make that happen again by discussing that four letter word… s.n.o.w.
Yep. This last week of summer has me dreaming of fall. And if I’m not quite ready to wear my fall clothes yet, I’m definitely feeling fall-ish. I love fall, as I know do many of you. It’s still warm enough to wear loafers without socks, but cool enough for light sweaters, and jackets. And even ankle boots. The deep burgundies and jewel colours of fall suit me better than summer pastels. My hair doesn’t frizz. My allergies disappear. The trees are beautiful. And it’s apple picking time. Our apple tree is groaning with her load of fruit already. And taking aim at anyone foolhardy enough to venture beneath her branches, or linger too long at our barbeque which is inconveniently positioned directly under several laden branches. Incoming. Ha.
The last day or so, the temperatures have dropped, and it feels as if it’s fall already. In fact, Hubby and I biked this morning in long-sleeve tops and wished we’d worn long pants. It was cool, people. Deliciously cool.
I didn’t always wax so lyrical about the last week of summer, and the advent of fall. Oh, I’ve always loved fall fashion. And I’ve always looked forward to the beginning of the school year. Well, mostly anyway.
This last week of summer can be a difficult week for teachers. It can be a week of no sleep without school nightmares. Of waking up stressed and exhausted because you’ve wrangled all night in your dreams with a huge class of loud, rowdy, unmanageable teenagers, who won’t sit down, and refuse to listen to anything you say. My friend Nancy had a school nightmare last week where she was lost in the school and she couldn’t find her classroom. In my early days of teaching I used to have this one dream regularly: I’d be standing in front of a class, and when I’d turn to write on the board, my class would tiptoe out. Then I’d spend the rest of the dream desperately trying to find them before the principal found out and fired me. Ha. Luckily the actual teaching was less stressful. Kids usually did sit down and listen, and they never, ever tiptoed out on me.
I’m almost finished my wardrobe inventory and my fall fashion research. Next week I will start my fall shopping in earnest. I don’t need much this year. I’ll tell you what’s inspiring me this season, and what I’m shopping for, in my next post.
Until then, my friends, enjoy these last few days of summer. And if you have school age children… happy book-bag packing, and lunch making. That’s if parents still pack book-bags and make lunches these days. Hope all your kids and grand-kids have a wonderful school year. And to all my teacher friends… hope you have a great fall semester. And hope you don’t need the rubber hammer on Monday night. That’s what Hubby used to say he needed so I could sleep get to sleep the night before the first day of school.
Of course he was kidding.
Now tell me, my friends… are you feeling fall-ish yet?
P.S. For those of you who live outside of Canada, our traditional first day of school is the Tuesday after the long Labour Day weekend.
And for those who are interested… some further points about some of the pieces I’m wearing. I couldn’t find my red Earth Brand loafers anywhere on-line. But if you like them, they have them in a different colour here. For interest’s sake I checked to see if my size 8 Simone pant is true to the measurements on the Rag and Bone website. My hips are 40 inches, and the site says I should take a size 6-8. It’s good to know that the measurements they provide are, well, actually useful, if you’re planning on ordering on-line. Since my legs are long, I had a tailor let the pants down an inch and create a false hem. That extra inch was worth the cost of the alterations to me. I think they look much more chic at this length and less like the dreaded pedal-pushers. It seems that Rag and Bone doesn’t carry my checked pants anymore. But I love these red plaid ones just as much. Plus they will be a better colour for fall. And, incidentally, the Simone pant with a yoke in the back and a side closure, like my burgundy plaid ones bought last fall, are sized much differently than the regular Simone pants. Life for on-line shoppers continues to be interesting. 🙂
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