Monday, September 23, 2013

what to wear

It's fall and I've made the part-time switch from bare feet to shoes, which means I have blisters on the backs of my feet today.  Well, they might have also come from a particularly rigorous weekend of fence-building with my dad (the literal, not metaphorical kind).  Seriously, my garden fence is 80% completed right now.  I'll post photos tomorrow, because the very thought of walking that far to take the photos makes my skin ache.  I also have to post a photo montage of all the fascinating fungi growing in my yard.  Stay tuned.

Back to fall.  I accept that we're in the season for pumpkins and wool sweaters.  I've even got "apple picking" on this week's agenda.  As I transition into my fall wardrobe, I'm finding a serious lack of decent casual.  I have skirts and dresses aplenty, so I can head to church or a wedding.  I have abundant amounts of grubby clothes for painting and digging and window washing.  But I can't seem to find that in-between kind of outfit--you know, to wear bowling, say, or out to dinner with friends

I definitely need one new pair of jeans, but then what?  What would you recommend I find to wear this fall? 

Spill it, reader.  Your expert fashion advice.  Suggest 4-5 anchor pieces for my wardrobe so I can look stylish at book club or brunch.  And stores!  Tell me where to look because you know how much I hate to shop and how lazy I am. 

19 comments:

  1. I just bought a cardigan. I guess they're in this year? And I'll hold on to my flip flops until at least November ;-)

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  2. I haven't shopped for myself in a year, so I'm of no use whatsoever. Sorry about that. Although, a cute jacket is always a good purchase.
    Can't wait to see all the photos you have planned!

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  3. I don't shop, and barefoot is always the footwear of choice. I nice button down shirt works or a knit sweater type top will transition well. check the jcpennys website and see if anything catches your eye, or another online retailer.

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  4. Well, hopefully Jen will chime in here --it looks like many of your readers, such as myself, are not great in the fashion area :-)

    I tend to wear 3/4 length dressier t-shrts with a necklace or lanyard for teaching or dinner with friends.

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    1. You! Aren't your our collective fashion expert? :-)

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    2. Cassi, I was thinking the same thing (and you & I dress alike).

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  5. I love my j crew classic shirt I splurged on last year in green check. It looks classic yet comfy. My friend found one that looked exactly the same for a lot less at old navy last year. I roll up the sleeves.

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  6. Argh. Blogger just ate my comment....

    I just spent a few hours at Marshalls, having gone to Target yesterday with the girl and absolutely NOTHING excites me this season. Looks like I'll be sticking with Levi's and black t-shirts. Thankfully, that look has worked for me since the early 90's, so I have no idea why I think I might switch it up.

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  7. Well, as you and I discussed earlier this spring, what you wear for those mid-range casual events depends partly on your taste and also partly on where you live.

    In general, I think you can't go wrong with a nice pair of jeans. What you do with them will depend on the event. Bowling is going to be more casual and active than a girls' night out. For the former, I'd go with a dressier t-shirt (Lands End, L.L. Bean, the Gap or J. Crew). For the latter, I'd go with a nice sweater or top and then nicer shoes (ballet flats, heels, or boots).

    There's always the option of nicer pants, probably in black. I have some that are wool, some that are chinos, and a new pair that's in a ponte knit. Once I start with black pants, the options are endless: Worn with a classic white blouse. Worn with a cardigan. Worn with a blazer. Always accessorized with a great necklace or a colorful scarf.

    My third type of go-to outfit is a simple dress worn with tights/leggings and boots. Add a blazer or cardigan for warmth. You've had success with Title Nine before, so I'd suggest looking there, as well as Athleta. I also have the same ponte knit sheath dress from Lands End in two (and soon to be three) colors. It's sleeveless, so I wear a cardigan on top. Add tights, boots, and a colorful scarf and I'm ready for a lot of different types of events - meeting for work, teacher conference, dinner out, etc.

    Is that a good start for you?

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  8. good golly, I am NOT getting into THIS discussion :)

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  9. I like yoga pants and tennis shoes...never was a fashionista ;(

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  10. Gah! Blogger--why did you change your comment box in such an unexpected and stupid way? I keep signing myself out instead of publishing! Anyway, the "sporty hippy" dresses (as I like to call them) such as those by Prana or Horny Toad are perfect for those casual/dressy occasions. Zappos is my source for these, which reminds me, I want to see what they have new for fall.

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  11. You aren't on Pinterest, are you? If you were, I could easily show you some outfit ideas.

    Also, if you want to do some minimal research while drinking your coffee in the morning, there are a few style bloggers who you might find interesting / helpful. Or, just flip through the current catalogs and pay attention to the outfits you like. Think about why you like them and where you might wear them. That might help guide you too.

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  12. Try Ann Taylor Loft for some good transition pieces. I like their lighter weight sweaters or tops with a cute scarf. They also have some cute 3/4 sleeve casual dresses to wear with flats.

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  13. I hope this doesn't post twice (I agree with Patience on the comment box). I am in the same boat as you. Lots of dress/work clothes and lots of grubby, but the in between is difficult. I did purchase a couple of knit dresses from Athleta that I dress down with leggins and up with scarves and shoes/boots. Nice boots can take anything up a notch. We are headed to Germany so I also purchased a pair of slim fitting, black ankle pants and couple of nice t-shirts and long cardigans to cover the unsightly lumpy parts.

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  14. Jen on the Edge has much better advice than I could give to you.

    I have a variety of nice v-neck tees that I can wear with capris or skirts for work or meetings; when I get home, I strip off the skirt and slip into yoga pants. I'm still wearing my Birkenstocks to and from work & church (same place) but I slip them off as soon as I get to where I'm going. It will be a cold day in... well, Spokane!... before I wear "real shoes" again.

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Spill it, reader.