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Who else is shopping this weekend?  It turns out, I’m not the only one who likes to “catch and release” at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Nordstrom’s fair return policy means you can buy things and take them back later (within reason  — I have a friend who was scolded for trying to “rent clothes” for returning a worn jacket.) This means you can score your sizes at the beginning of the sale, go home and think about it or try everything on with outfits, and then make up your mind later. Works great for me since I live out of town.
 
Julie and Jennie are both in Seattle, looking for boots.  They have great taste and know what they like, so check them out.  Julie got three, plans to return two and order her favorite (Frye Jane) in two colors:
 
 Julie’s Boots

Julie got: Frye 'Jane' Tall Boot, in taupe and in black

Sam Edelman — beautiful, and this over-the-knee look would be amazing on Julie who is Very Tall . . . but return because of heel height? 

Sam Edelman 'Sutton' Over the Knee Boot

Steven by Steve Madden (is  this a BP [teen] Brand?) .  . . Julie probably will return: These hit right at knee bend for me. The leather quality isn’t great–I think these are single-season boots. But I love the 21″ shaft with a flat heel for under $200.. . .

Steven by Steve Madden 'Sabra' Over the Knee Boot, taupe

 Jennie’s Boots

here’s what Jennie picked . . . she’s got a similar boot vibe as Julie, but under-the-knee as opposed to the taller ones.  This makes sense for Jennie, who is a petiter kind of gal. 

Jennie got: "lovely and comfortable" Via Spiga 'Cristie' Riding Boot

Jennie says "the bomb - super comfy even with the heel. " -- Børn Crown 'Yolanda' Mid Calf Boot

Jennie says "not so comfy and while cute, less versatile so goes back." -- Charles by Charles David 'Regiment' Lace-Up Boot

What does Jennie wear her boots with?

I wear the skinny jeans and i wear skirts a lot of the time. I probably wouldn’t wear tall boots with “trousers” but then I don’t generally wear nice work trousers and when I do I have some ankle boots with a heel i wear.  Even if you don’t think you look good in skinny jeans, remember that you don’t have to wear them skin-tight and then, once tucked in, the boot adds the “visual weight” that the boot cut or straight leg would have. [If you aren’t too] hippy – i bet you could wear it well! That said, my friend who also won’t wear skinny jeans just wears the boots under jeans and they look fine, especially the type that have buckle detail around the ankle.

Anyone else?

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It was last fall, when laurgs or someone was freaking out saying “can I REALLY mix brown and black?” when I panicked, ran upstairs and hurriedly put together outfits and take pictures, and begged you all to  mix dark neutrals. Seriously. I am working on my big “Basic Black is Overrated” post, but it’s becoming quite the dissertation and will take time.  So consider this a quick reminder.  Brown and gray are not opposites that clash.   Go mix up your dark neutrals. Trust me.

Meanwhile, I notice that someone found this blog by searching for “older women in skirts and boots.” WTF, people. Older Women compared to whom? Okay, I will admit I freaked out momentarily today that my niece was turning 25, only to realize she was actually turning 26.  Insert “old lady losing my memory” joke here.  But I hate age jokes.  It’s just another trap of sabotaging ourselves.  Ha ha, let’s joke about how we can give up because we don’t matter anymore.  Don’t tell me I’m old.  Don’t complain that you are old. Especially if you are younger than me.  I am finally getting with it for the first time in my life.  I wouldn’t trade my age for anything.

But seriously, is this the older women in skirts and boots blog?

And for the festishists, or Older Women, or whoever you are: From my Skirts and Boots photo shoot. In the third picture, I am accidentally falling over trying to pose:

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Brown knit Maggie London dress, orange textured tights, brown shoes, gold chain necklace

. . . .in the cold November rain

~Axl Rose

pjd writes:

Hey, Robin. We need some winter posts. Casual cute weekend coats to wear in winter, for one thing. Shoes. Are you still wearing all those high heels or have you switched to boots and tights for winter? Boots. If one doesn’t like all those buckles and things on their boots, what are the options? What about colors for your wardrobe? Have you changed in the winter? Summer’s formula was a pretty top and a nice pair of shoes with dress pants. What is winter’s formula? Thank you.

Thanks for asking, pjd!  I agree with Axl Rose, who I know you hate, but it is so true: It’s hard to hold a candle in the cold November Rain.  This means it is freezing and wet out there, so who really wants to wear anything but their jammies? Much less care about whether we look GOOD?

Well, I care.  I’m on “max conserve” these days, which means spending no money.  So I need to get creative with winterizing the wardrobe I already have.   Lots of mixed dark neutrals, vivid color where I can fit them in.  Not so many light colors, although I like the look of “blush” or nude/pink with charcoal gray.  I’ll start with shoes today:

Long skirt, boots, jacket

Long skirts with boots.  I’m wearing some of the same long dresses I wore in summer, now with knee-high boots.  Underneath, comfy warm tights or even black silk long underwear.  I think I’m going to experiment with silk long underwear tops under short-sleeved dresses. Has anyone done this successfully?

Cute tights.  I’m wearing my knee-length skirts with cute tights and boots (in the rain) or other heels (if it’s dry).  I used to boycott all nylons and tights (what Malcolm calls “Tatching Socks,” because they attach at the top), I hated them so much I never wore skirts in the winter.  Finally one day, I had to find something to wear for a funeral right after I had a baby, and a black skirt was my only somber/postpartum option.  And maternity tights were pretty comfortable!  So hey, maybe I just need tights that FIT BETTER.   Good quality tights are stretchy and come in all sizes.  They should not give you a stomachache.  Or an anywhere-elseache.  They should be snug but not dig in. They should be nice and warm.

Don’t restrict yourself to “black goes with black, brown goes with brown” rules for tights.  There are lots of ways to color-coordinate your tights: Monochrome, color-contrast, or texture.  Mix dark neutrals! Brown tights with a black skirt can work if you also do brown/black mixed on top.  I like to wear dramatic tights for work, but I don’t like to show off a lot of leg when I do that. 

Sofft glossy croc-print, $108

Slacks and sturdy heels.

I park my car a five minute walk in the rain from the front door of my office.  I’ve got a few pairs of sturdy, walkable heels that aren’t too delicate.  Resilient patent leather or vinyl, nothing strappy or suede, solid heels.  Sofft and Circa Joan & David are both good for this. I wear thick taupe or black knee-high nylons, a bit thinner than a full trouser sock.

Open-toe tortoiseshell pump over black socks. I think it is a confident "I love my shoes" look. I also like how it echos the print-over-black of the top. These are Semantiks tweed trousers and an Eddie Bauer jean jacket.

Open-toed shoes with socks.  Yes, I went there.  I love my Cole Haan Air Carmas too much to put them away until spring.  I will admit it looks goofy at first, but it is a Style with its own class and tradition; you can see it in old 1940’s photos of open-toed shoes with seamed stockings.   They key is to look like you’re doing it on purpose: “Yep, see my socks?” not “eek, don’t look at my socks.” No nude hose, and contrast is good. 

Boots and Pants. I haven’t mastered this yet.  I probably need mid-heel ankle boots. I just can’t get over them though, they look so lame in the store, all stumpy like that.  I don’t like the way tall boots bump against the pant leg.  I fear pants with boots will make me look like a bad real estate agent.  But I need to work on this, because the top of my socks are starting to get wet. 

Also, I really don’t like tucked boots into pants (Meg asked about this).  If you’ve got any kind of hips, the bottom of the pant leg needs to somewhat balance out the top to avoid an “ice cream cone” effect.   Like skinny jeans, this look works best on very young or very narrow women. Which is good, because it’s the skinny jeans that tuck in, anyway. So how about “if you already rock skinny jeans, go ahead and tuck them into the boots” for a rule?

As far as boot embellishment.  Try stuff on and post examples, and see what works.  Post ideas if you can and we’ll talk about it.  Some buckles look silly until you walk around in them and get used to the idea.  I used to hate ALL embellishment on shoes, but “plain” isn’t necessary better.  But there are lots of great “plain” options — both boots in my pictures (Brown Cole Haan and Black Aerosole) just have hidden zippers.

Circa Joan & David, wine patent buckle pump, $48 at 6pm.com

Sweater dress, print tights, black boots

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A Hazy Shade of Iroko

abootsDresses, jackets and boots: Here we go! It is October and that is what I’m wearing.  (Edited to add real photos! Whee!)

The dress is long on me (well below-knee, top of boots) which isn’t my favorite.  I was all set to wear my BCBG above-the-knee brown knit, but I looked in the mirror and it was WAY too Go-Go- Dancer for Medicaid Audit Defense which is what I’m doing today.  I needed to tone it down so I went with this Jones New York which coincidentally I bought for Deathmama’s wedding reception.

The jacket is one of my favorites: Nordstrom Point of View Semantiks from 2008. I got it at the November Half-yearly Women and Children’s Sale last year. I desperately wanted the matching pants but they were sold out by then. The jacket is great as a separate, though.  The texture makes it versatile to wear with dresses or other pants.  A nice heavy texture contrast helps, so it looks like “coordinating jacket on over this cute outfit” not “sloppy mismatched suit.”

This I vetoed. The orange fishnet-weave work with other brown dresses, but this length I didn't like.  Plus, the unlined knit skirt clings to the tights and I couldn't find my slip. Easier to just switch dresses since I was running late.

This I vetoed. The orange fishnet-weave work with other brown dresses, but this length I didn't like. Plus, the unlined knit skirt clings to the tights and I couldn't find my slip. Easier to just switch dresses since I was running late.

The boots are F-bombing Fabulous.   They are Cole Haan Air Joanna, yes they are regularly $498 but I paid like half that.  (Really, Honey, I did!)  Does this mean I can wear them forever, Lord?

So everything is brown (Aubergine, Iroko, Sandstone, see below).  My old-school sensibility is to “match browns,” but I took a risk with these mis-matched monochrome and I have to say I’m loving it. It helps to have different textures (jersey, tweed, leather).  The color dynamic seems like a natural emanation of the nature of the materials, not just a tacky lack of coordination.   Works for me!

Jacket: "Splash Pool" Semantiks 2008. Aubergine (burgundy-brown) dress, black camisole, gold daisy diamond necklace.

Jacket: "Splash Pool" Semantiks 2008. Aubergine (burgundy-brown) dress, black camisole, gold daisy diamond necklace.

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Colors: All brown, but definitely not “matching” browns!
aubergine

Aubergine: RGB 59, 9, 16

Iroko, RGB 67, 49, 32

Iroko, RGB 67, 49, 32

Sandstone, RGB 121, 106, 93

Sandstone, RGB 121, 106, 93

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TGIF! Fall shoe search dilemma!

My new jeans (models legs are longer than mine, as indicated)

My new jeans (models legs are longer than mine, as indicated)

I’m determined to be happy about fall.  This time of year tends to make me all, “August die she must/ The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.” But I just can’t go there right now.  So I will say: I’m really happy with my jeans and cords.  I got these at the NAS and they totally fit me.  I am getting them hemmed as we speak — $13 a pair at my local drycleaners. 

Clarks Showstopper, $90. Not bad?

Clarks Showstopper, $90. Not bad?


Question is: What shoes do I wear with casual but very cute jeans and cords? I don’t want clunky-funky.  I don’t want athletic unless I’m actually working out .  I don’t want the teen-department Pumas with pink laces (like the ones I got at Payless Shoes Source last fall). They need to be walkable, minimal heel with good support.  They need to be waterproof: no clogs or mules, and I’m skeptical about Maryjanes.  Is it too much for them to also be killer cute? Even maybe a little sexy? These jeans deserve it.

Chinese Laundry, $70 at Piperlime

Chinese Laundry, $70 at Piperlime

 

Frye Shortie boots, $318. Is it just me who finds the top of a cowboy boot unbearably sexy? Is that because you usually only see it when a cowboy takes his boots off?

Frye Shortie boots, $318. Is it just me who finds the top of a cowboy boot unbearably sexy? Is that because you usually only see it when a cowboy takes his boots off?

Example of what I dont want: Grandpa Shoes

Example of what I don't want: Grandpa Shoes


Flatiron, by Blowfish, $60.  Just kidding.

Flatiron, by Blowfish, $60. Just kidding.

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Thriftastic Day

by deathmama

Today was another thrifty shopping day with my good friend L. I was trying to apply what I learned at Nordstrom with Robin this week, and also wanting to scope out pieces for my “fabulous” wardrobe. Today also happened to be the Western Sale at the Goodwill in Marysville. I have never seen so many boots in my life! Or so many western gear for that matter. It was like Disneyland for L who was looking for Burning Man costume ideas. Wow. They apparently do this every year for two days. Do not miss it next year if you love leathery horsey things. Anyway.

If you remember, I tried on a fur coat at my last thrift adventure and I had been thinking about that particular look ever since. Right away, I hit the jackpot when I spotted this:

"rave" is probably a juniors brand isn't it. who cares? i look fab.

"rave" is probably a juniors brand isn't it. who cares? i look fab.

It was $9.97 so I couldn’t pass it up. I will be wearing this in the fall when I have my wild girls night outs with my fab girl posse since I’m pretty sure my husband will not allow me to wear it in public in his presence. As L tried on her cartful of costume possibilities, I was fooling around with the things in her cart for a while.

if i played quidditch this is what i would look like

if i played quidditch this is what i would look like

the double hat look is kind of cool, no? no? ok.

the double hat look is kind of cool, no? no? ok.

how about the three amigos? no? fine!

how about the three amigos? no? fine!

Then I got serious and went hanger to hanger in the long sleeve shirt section for about an hour. I found it! A black Carole Little cardigan sort of thing, very light weight jersey and no buttons or zippers. My hoodie alternative. Ta-da! It was $4.99.

hooray, it works!

hooray, it works!

I’ll try this out and if I truly love this look I can always go back to Anthropologie for the fancier $$$ ones. Awesome awesome finds for me. I also got some Western themed toys for my boy and myself. And I wanted to get this for Robin but I wasn’t sure what her size was so I had to put it back.

i know robin can ROCK this

i know robin can ROCK this

P.S. I purposefully left out the things L bought (and she bought a lot!!) because she is going to do her own post about it on her blog. Also, I asked her to guest post here after she returns from Burning Man for the fashion she sees there.

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For most of my life,  Vogue magazine was completely unaccessable and irrelevant to me. The fashions were ridiculous and the prices obscene. It seems to have no applicability to real life (like deathmama recently explored in Reality vs Not Reality.

But I started to challenge myself with it, and I became pleasantly surprised.  The writing is legit.  The ads are gorgeous.  And the styles — while I may not see much to wear to the Tacoma Mall or on a trip to the pediatrician’s office — the styles are absolute.  If there’s a Platonic Form of contemporary Western Women’s Fashion, it is in Vogue.  Or, since I am an Existentialist, Vogue both creates and reflects the essence of Style. Vogue has all the designers and new trends, together in looks and layouts that can be as informative as they are cryptic.  To me, anyway.

But still – Vogue is weird. I took some pages from the July issue (by the time I got around to this, August was already on the stands).  It was fun so maybe I’ll do more of it.  The red writing on the left is my immediate, cynical reaction to a Vogue fashion spread.  The green on the right are my more thoughtful and open-minded imaginings as to what I can learn from this.

It’s ridiculous, but I’m not giving up.  There are moments I look at Vogue and can almost taste the greatness. Someday I might have it for breakfast.

vogue

 

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