Where has winter gone? Yes, I know a bunch of you are in the middle of snow and miserable weather – including my partner Julie. But I live in the South and last winter cold weather was almost non-existent, and so far this year, our weather seems just as mild. While I appreciate the mild weather for the most part, I do realize that we need the cold to limit or control some of the insect population. Also, I know retail depends on changes of the seasons to support new clothing sales. I know last year was a disaster for retailers in the South due to both a warm fall and winter. Hot or cold, it seems mother nature has been a little confused on what season to show us.
Post script from Julie: Speak for yourself Steve – Mother Nature knows exactly what she’s doing in my neck of the woods! We did have a mild fall but she is working overtime the last few weeks! My sweaters, heavy socks and boots are getting very good use!
With the seasons changing, its time to move out the summer clothes and move in my winter clothes. I started with my shoes – goodbye sandals and flipflops – hello boots and closed toe shoes!
Its always a good time to look them over and weed out those that are REALLY out of style and probably have seen better days. So in hopes that I might get to replace a pair or two – I’ve been checking into what’s new and what should be in anyone’s closet. Here’s what I found:
The Block Heel – extremely versatile and very comfortable – hallelujah!!!
The Sneaker – another comfy option – wear it with leggings and an over-sized sweater.
The Classic Pump – no longer just for work – wear it with skinny jeans – who knew?
The Pointy Toe Flat – comfort seems to be “in” this year – plus they make your legs look longer! Wear them with tights and a skirt or your boyfriend jeans and a tunic.
OK – the beautiful fall Colorado weather has left us and will be replaced by frigid cold – tomorrow night will be a low of 20 degrees bottoming out at 7 degrees next Wednesday.
So, I was looking for ideas as to how to stay warm but still look stylish. Went to my favorite website for fashion tips – Stitchfix – it advised to brighten up winter by wearing burgundy, cobalt blue or bright fuschia, and mix and match it with neutrals. They say wearing a cherry color may even be a mood lifter.
Another idea was to try a statement scarf – its versatile, practical and very stylish – wear it around your next or wear it over your outer layer – the more casual way you wear it – the better!
Finally – for that outer layer – consider wearing a vest (super warm, less bulky and very chic) or a puffer coat – they are back in style in again! Look for a cinched waist style and pair it with over the knee boots.
Over the knee boots – can you say “Pretty Woman”? Would love to try on a pair – but not sure I have the nerve! But I’ve got 3 long months to get my courage up! In the meantime, I guess I’ll just be wearing my ankle boots.
Post from Julie:
Just got another Stitchfix update – 5 Ways to Wear Plaid and I can’t wait to give them all a try!
- How to wear Plaid every day
- How to wear Plaid like a professional
- How to Wear plaid on the weekend
- How to wear Plaid low-key
- And my favorite – How to wear Plaid like a rebel
I think I can wear my beloved boots with almost any of these looks! Hope you’ll check out their site and enjoy this article as much as I did!!!! I think I am becoming a little “Plaid Obsessed!” Anyone else feeling the Plaid?
According to Stitchfix – this fall’s top 10 essentials are as follows:
- Chunky Sweaters
- Ankle Boots
- Sleek Leggings
- Fall Dress
- Cozy Ponchos
- Relaxed Moto
- Textured Scarves
- Plaid Button Downs
- Puffer Vests
- Colored Denim
And what did my latest Stitchfix box contain – a beautiful, soft and comfy plaid shirt – great job Tia!
I expect to make great use of it this fall – most especially with a worn pair of jeans and my favorite boots! They suggest to make this more of a 9-5 type piece – that you wear it with a tonal pencil skirt – never would have thought of that – but willing to try it out! For more info – check out Stitchfix and their blogs.
Post from Steve
The hottest new trend for Fall and Winter 2016 is Fringe. Let me give you a little more detail on the type of fringe I’m seeing – it’s the type of fringe you might remember from the past that decorated an old western style jacket. Yes, that leather jacket that was lined with leather fringe on the sleeves, on the back yoke, anywhere they could put it – that’s what I’m talking about…..But take it one step beyond that to other accessories. Purses, boots, pants, all with fringe are the hottest new trend.
And for those of you, not into leather or suede – we’ve seen it in all type of faux -leather and faux suede – enjoy!!
Post by Steve
It’s right around the corner – my favorite time of the year – Football Season! While the weather is still unbearably hot right now, it won’t be long before the season starts to change and we’ll have that cool, crisp air that just symbolizes football.
Going to the game – everyone has their own way to show their patronage to their team. With most people, it starts with a football jersey. Others hold up signs and banners to show support and still others elect to their paint their body in their team’s colors; everyone has their own spin on how to show who they are backing.
Want a unique way to show your loyalty? Jeanette Jervais Designs has an entire collection of customized jewelry to match you team’s colors. What better way to show your spirit……with a little flair!
Post from Steve
Boots…. the new sexy. I am amazed at the trend for women’s boots to be worn year round, but then again, maybe I’m not when I think about it. From a guy’s perspective, a boot stacks almost equal with a stiletto heel when it comes to being perceived as sexy. Both the stiletto and the boot do the same thing, they stretch the woman’s profile, and add height. While many women can’t wear stilettoes, the boot offers the same benefits but yet gives more support which opens up the amount of women that can sport this new trend. Needless to say, the fashion industry has embraced this trend and all you need to do is visit your local mall and observe the number of women wearing boots, both young and old.