This week an unpleasant reality hit me – my new work space is located in an office cold spot (high 60s Farenheit / 20 Celsius). The good news is that this was the last week of summer so my warm weather clothes should be moving to the back of my closet soon. The bad news is, I live in Houston, Texas where Mother Nature is in no hurry to drop the outdoor thermostat (we’re still seeing afternoon highs in the low 90s Farenheit / 32 Celsius). This development could definitely affect wardrobe planning moving forward, but I’m coping with shawls and this lovely embroidered wrap that my mother and father in law brought me back from India a few years ago. In the meantime, let’s see how Alla and I did with our last chance for summer 2018 fashion trends (click the picture below to watch our video on the Closet Reboot YouTube channel).
Monday I couldn’t wait to wear my new Steve Madden semi booties. These were our attempt to check off the summer booties trend box even though they aren’t really booties. I was a little worried that they might be uncomfortable – I had to exchange the first pair I got for a half size larger. But Zappos makes exchanges super easy and the larger size was actually really comfortable. I loved the outfit Alla helped me choose to wear with
them. I got these winter white from Etcetera several years ago, but I haven’t been able to wear them in a while since they have been a bit big on me. They were still a little roomy, but I’m still feeling a little bloated so I didn’t mind. Alla felt the Harper necklace from Premier Designs wasn’t quite enough to break up the solid colors on top and bottom so we added this scarf for a little contrast – I was really happy with how the necklace and scarf worked together to add a little interest to the outfit. I thought my Brohman purse worked well with the shoes as well.
Tuesday I went with the pastel look – sort of since we did break it up a bit with this black t-shirt from White House Black Market. Still, I was happy to wear these light pink pants from Banana Republic since everyone has mainly been reaching for my darker pink ones from White House Black Market. The matching pink blazer on the other hand has made it into several weekly planning sessions. But I digress. I also love this cardigan which got a lot of wear last summer, but my guest stylists and fashionistas haven’t reached for it as often this summer. I also went with black pumps so not sure this outfit really qualifies for the pastel look, but I enjoyed it all the same.
I loved Alla’s pick for Wednesday. We wanted to use my “fruit punch” bell sleeved blouse from Michael Kors (as Dionne dubbed it See Weekly Wardrobe Planning Hits and Misses Volume 1 Week 9) to check off the “crayon colors” trend. I loved that Alla paired it with this green skirt and the “jungle love” necklace mom gave me for my birthday (see Weekly Wardrobe Planning Hits and Misses Volume 1 Week 2). I thought this was a really fun look and although I wore the necklace around my neck to work and The Mommie Series Fall Edition, I thought it looked cute around my waist too (as Jamie Bisel styled it in Week 6). My new Ivanka Trump nude pumps rounded out the outfit along with more subdued complimentary jewelry. I also had my Indian wrap to keep me warm in my frigid cube which worked quite well with the colors in the skirt.
Thursday I got one last wear in for my pink and orange floral dress. This is one trend I’m really hoping sticks around for another season – I’ve really enjoyed both the florals I’ve rented and the ones I own this summer. We also got the crayon color trend in with my bright orange-red cardigan from J. Crew, my Michael Kors sandals, and my Coach bag. My Kendra Scott dark pink necklace and earrings completed the look. This dress was perfect when I wore it earlier this summer for a graduation where it was not only hot outside during picture time, but inside where the ceremony took place. At work, I found that even with the cardigan, I was still really cold – hence the first picture in this post where luckily I came prepared with both a spare shawl and my Indian wrap.
Friday I pulled out the outfit Natalie King styled for me last week since I had the previous Friday off. I was worried it wasn’t going to fit, but the Banana Republic gray jeans ended up working just fine with this Floral Pink Lace Up Top by Scotch and Soda blouse from my Rent the Runway Unlimited shipment. Originally, Natalie wanted to style this with my white Vince Camuto jacket, but we ended up using that one in a different outfit that week so she went with this black one from Brooks Brothers. Since the white jacket had to go to the cleaners, I stuck with the black one last week, but really, I think both work well. We walked to lunch outside so I even got to wear the blouse without the jacket for part of the day. We went minimal on jewelry since this blouse had so much going on. These aren’t my best colors, but I’ve always loved the way pink and gray work together.
Saturday I used Alla’s “fun” outfit to film Sunday Night Wardrobe Planning with Christiane Waldron (founder of Jenetiqa Skincare and a former guest fashionista – See Wardrobe Planning Hits and Misses Volume 1 Week 3) and also had a little fun re-purposing the white top with my 15 year old son’s recently outgrown Gap jeans. I’m not even sure what possessed me to try them on, but I’m glad I did! They seem to fit better than most of my other blue denim jeans and they are the dark color that Natalie King was looking for two weeks ago (See Wardrobe Planning Hits and Misses Volume 1 Week 13). I also got to wear one of my Montreal necklaces from Solo Creations.
Sunday the boys and I had brunch with Mom and my cousins at The Houstonian. This was my first time to do Sunday brunch at The Houstonian so I went for the buffet and it was pretty good. I spent the rest of Sunday lounging in this extremely comfortable go to maxi dress by Papillon that I picked up a couple of summers ago at my mom’s favorite boutique It’s All About You. This dress has worn really well and bonus: it’s machine washable and drips drys easily with no wrinkles – I love low maintenance clothes! I am a little self conscious about my bra showing under maxi-dresses though so I learned this great trick of layering a simple white t-shirt underneath. My denim jacket was perfect to keep me comfortable in the slightly chilly ballroom where brunch was served and once again, I slipped on my Crown Vintage blue denim slides which seem to get more comfortable every time I wear them.
All in all a great last week of summer clothes which brings us to this week. Yes, we are post Labor Day, but what the heck does that even mean anymore when we’re wearing suede in the summer and white in the winter and in Houston we still have highs in the 90s Fahrenheit (32 Celcious) anyway. Find out in this week’s Sunday Night Wardrobe Planning video with Christiane on the Closet Reboot YouTube channel (click on the picture below) and in the meantime, let me know your thoughts on transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall when it’s still hot outside.