So, great "cold front," right? As a transplanted northerner, it amazes me that a meteorologist can say the words "cold front" in regard to temperatures in the 60s and 70s with a completely straight face. COLD? How about a "not deathly hot anymore" front? That's a lot closer to the truth. Semantics aside, I'm just happy I can shut the air conditioning off and open the windows for a few hours in the morning and evening.
The cooler temperatures have seen me digging around in my closet, thinking about seasonal wardrobe transitions. As much as I love the fall/winter fashion season, it's not all about the new stuff I want to buy. When this time of year rolls around, I start thinking about all of my "old" favorites, pieces I can't wait to pull out of the dark recesses of my closet and rotate back into daily wear. Here are a few of my favorite things.
Cropped vintage leather jacket
One of the first things I bought when I moved to Texas, at a consignment shop in Austin just off South Congress. We were visiting our friends from Alaska who relocated about the same time we moved to Houston, and I just had to have it. It was $80, we were broke, but I bought it anyway. I have definitely gotten my $80 worth.
Sure, you can wear scarves all year here -- and I do, particularly when I'm going in and out of air-conditioned buildings in the summer -- but the really weighty pieces don't factor into my wardrobe until November or December. I have a hand-knitted purple scarf, a gift from an ex-girlfriend of an uncle, which has lasted a lot longer than their relationship.
Anne Klein riding boots
I bought these just before the holidays in December 2010, before a trip to Paris. I was at Macy's in the Galleria and it looked like a bomb went off; their big holiday sales had resulted in total mayhem. I found four single boots that I liked, and carried them around with me until I found their mates. The Anne Kleins were priced right (on sale for under $100) and I stomped around Paris in style. These are my favorite shoes to wear when I visit Upstate New York in the winter. I wear them over jeans on the plane, and I don't have to pack another pair of shoes; these look great with skirts and pants.
Chanel No. 5
No. 5 is just one of many of my perfumes that are too much for summer. (Although No. 5 Eau Premier is light enough, when applied sparingly, in summer months.) Other scents I can't wait to pull out: Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir and the new London Blackberry and Bay, Burberry Brit, Le Labo Gaic 10 and Poivre 23, and every vetiver in my collection. I also love Parfumerie Generale Bois Blond, which is as great in fall as it is in summer, with its warm notes of hay and tobacco.
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Seriously. Socks. It seems almost ridiculous to me that I look forward to wearing socks this much, but I do. I miss wearing socks! Tights are also fun in winter, with skirts and the aforementioned riding boots, natch. I am looking forward to pairing some of my new shoes with tights as well, particularly these red, double-strap Mary Janes.
Dark nail polish -- In summer I love bright colors and soft, light neutrals, but in winter I get to break out the burgundy, the forest green, the dark grays. They look dramatic when the summer tan begins to fade.
My ratty SUNY Geneseo hooded sweatshirt -- I don't watch football on Sunday, but I do sit in a room in which football is being watched while I read, do my nails, work or bake bread. This sweatshirt is my Sunday favorite.