If you’re anything like me, you’ve got most of your summer clothes, a handful of sweaters, a few sandals, a few boots and all kinds of tees stuffing your closet right now. The weather is bouncing between warm and cool, and everyday is a guessing game. This is when I love to move my vests to the forefront. They work for cool mornings/evenings, give outfits a more fall-like look, and they can be worn right into colder months. Following are some really fantastic vests available right now:
7 fall Vests to wear now (and Later)
Layfayette 148 New York Vest, $448
Anthropologie Temescal Fring Vest, $198
JOA Brushed Plaid Vest, $129
Iris & Ink Shearling Vest, $595
Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, $275
OAK Wool-blend Vest, $470
Some of these picks are casual and some more dressy. If you’re a trend-follower, the fringe and folk print vests are for you. I also really like the longer lines on a few of these and can see them looking sleek over slim pants or skinnies. While I always try to keep the price-points at less than $500, the Iris & Ink shearling vest crept past that mark. Sorry! (I could not find a cuter real shearling vest.)
Hope you’ll dig out a vest from your closet and put it into rotation. We can’t ignore the turning leaves for much longer.
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Tagged Fashion, Fringe, knits, Leather vests, plaid, Shearling, Transitional dressing, Vest, Wool
Elie Saab Fall 2013
We’re getting to that point in the year, when time starts to pass at lightning speed. You’ll probably have more kids’ school concerts, after-work parties and holiday open houses to go to, than in all the other months combined. Which is kind of great, right?! You’ll get to blow-off some steam, socialize and procrastinate on finding gifts a bit longer. It also means having something casual-but-dressy to wear, which is why I’m throwing these fancy sweatshirts sweaters at you. Dress ‘em up, or dress ‘em down and they look good every which way.
Joie Fall 2013
Rebecca Taylor (also in Black)
J. Crew Cashmere Top
Chanel Fall 2013
These embellished sweatshirts are equally as happy with skirts, as they are with dress pants. Then on the weekend, pair one up with jeans. The crewneck keeps you covered (and warm), while the slouchiness and print make it interesting. Got a trip coming up? It could be worn on the plane, out for dinner that night and then again for ice skating with your kids, etc. Anyway, you get it. It’s a multi-tasker.
Other well-timed reads for November:
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Tagged chanel, dressy casual, Elie Saab, Embellished, Fashion, J.Crew, joie, Rebecca Taylor, sweater, Sweatshirt
What is that saying about the lazy days of summer? The last few weeks have been full of good moments, lots of scurrying around, celebrations and one chill, relaxing day at the ballpark. That might have been my first official lazy summer day. Watching the Rockies play the Giants this past Saturday, in perfect 80 degree weather with a Blue Moon in my cup holder and my family by my side. Yup, I think that qualifies.
Peonies in my garden | still juicing | wet dog | at the Rockies game w/ Daniel
Along with everything else, June had mostly been about settling in our new dog, Jackson. We adopted him a month ago. He is part Labrador, part Schnauzer, and 100% puppy. At 6 months, he’s exuberant, goofy, chewy and needs tons of love and training. He also loves water, so he runs through sprinklers whenever he can. So much fun to watch. We’re training him through Humane Society classes and he’s doing well; it just takes time and lots of patience. We even installed a baby gate (again). I thought we were done with baby things, but apparently not quite yet.
dress: Lela Rose | shoes: Me too | belt: Nordstrom | bracelet: Deepa Gurnani | earrings: Anthropologie
In mid-June, we had the chance to help my in-laws celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary in Dallas. They had a beautiful party filled with the warmth of friends and family, great food and music, and a gorgeous venue. Everyone had a good time and we all danced until the last song played. Here’s to fifty years and counting!
It’s always fun/fretful to figure out what to wear for a party. I ended up liking my outfit, which I’ll admit took me over a month to pull together. One of the fun things about cocktail parties is to see how each woman reflects her style for that event. It’s great to see the bold and beautiful choices that a room full of 40+ women make. I got the sense that everyone was very much at ease.
Hopefully, you’ve had a few lazy days to enjoy in June. Or maybe a whole day is too much to ask for. A few lazy hours? Sometimes, that’s all we can manage. There’s always July…
Looking to the lovely West Coast for inspiration today. The steady beat of sunshine, rock-n-roll cool and creative chic outfits that Californians put together, make terrific warm weather influences for the rest of us.
A House In The Hills
The Maya Kay
There’s an undertone of ease to these looks, which I am always drawn too. Pops of color and accessories really elevate these looks from anything ordinary. The addition of a white blazer on Elsal of Wander Uptown, takes her short + T-shirt combo to the next level. And did you notice the light-wash jeans on The Maya Kay?! It’s a 180 degree departure from the over-dyed indigo jeans that have ruled for the past few years. The light color feels right at home during the warm months with an ocean breeze on your skin. If you didn’t want to lighten up your jean color (a bad-idea for some of us — like me), maybe a jean jacket is better. They’re back too.
I no longer wear short-shorts (eek), but would happily swap-out the shorts for a skirt or cropped pant in these outfits. It’s all about doing what works best for your body and re-imagining your closet in new ways. We probably don’t need as many new clothes as we think we do, just new ways to pair our current clothes.
See more flat-out fabulous outfits from these LA fashion bloggers on Chictopia:
We’ve finally got warm weather in Boulder and Denver, so we’re catching up to the rest of you. Enjoy the day!
All photos via Chictopia.com
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Tagged 40+ style, California chic, Fashion, LA fashion, LA style, Mens fashion, Pops of color, printed pant, Shorts, Spring 2013, Street Style, style, white blazer
Miroslava Duma in Jason Wu
J. Crew LemLem scarf
Miroslava Duma neon sunnies (street style NYC)
Lemon Verbena Gimlet recipe
Miroslava Duma (photo: WDUGT street style) via The Covetable
Sephora Smoothing Body Scrub in Lemon Verbena
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Tagged cocktails, Fashion, J.Crew, lemon verbena, Miroslava Duma, Neon, scarf, Sephora, style, Trend