Things I Can't Wait to Wear: Fall/Winter 2012 Edition

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.


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.

Honorable mention

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.

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