shapes of fall at Eileen Fisher

Eileen Fisher long wool linen cardigan
cardigan | dress | boots (similar) | bag

As I mentioned on Instagram on Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending a fall fashion show at the Eileen Fisher store on Robertson Blvd. The silhouettes reflect the same shift toward long-over-long I’ve also noticed in collections from many other designers. The looks are soft and focused on drape and movement. (Afterward I had a “d’oh!” moment when I realized I should have captured some of these looks in videos to really show to best advantage.)

Eileen Fisher soft suede jacket
jacket | scarf | top | jeans | boots

That jacket is a very thin, soft suede. So luxe and elegant! I really like the colors included in this fall collection, especially Passion Flower (a darker version of Marsala), Red Saffron (Bordeaux red) and Surplus (muted olive).

Eileen Fisher alpaca coat
coat | top | pants | bag | shoes

 

Eileen Fisher wool poncho
poncho | top | jeansboots

That poncho looked SO soft and cozy.

Eileen Fisher waxed leggings
coat | shirt | leggings | boots | bag

This coat is very soft and not the stiff boiled wool that I remember.

Eileen Fisher check tunic
sweater | tunic | pants | boots

This sweater is really soft and light. Right before the show, I tried it on in the surplus color and it came home with me. It can be worn pulled forward a bit so the neckline isn’t quite so high as she’s wearing here. The tunic is a great layering piece, and this one has a slimmer fit and not a lot of volume (yes, I bought that one last month, and you’ll see it on the blog soon).

Eileen Fisher fall fashions 2015

There were a couple more outfits shown, but the photos I took weren’t in focus. Those models moved pretty fast! One of the outfits included a midi pencil skirt, which has piqued my interest. I’ve ordered one in Petite and will give it a try.

After the fashion show, a makeup artist from Make Up For Ever was on hand to do some “touch ups” and light makeovers. Knowing she’d done the models’ makeup for the show, I wanted to know what the pretty lipstick was she’d used on both. It was this one: “N47.” She applied some and I loved the color, so picked up a tube on my way home.

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sneaking up on fall (when fall is still a distant dream)

lips | necklace | tee | bag | pants | shoes
lips | necklace | tee | bag | pants | shoes

(No, it’s not quite so green here…that’s a little flight of fancy.)

Today I’m cross-posting with Lisa of Privilege about that dicey season between summer and fall, and transitioning wardrobes. If you haven’t discovered Lisa’s blog yet, you’re in for a real treat! She’s been focusing lately on home decor and her lovely garden, but also tackles style with a discerning eye, and distinctive voice.

Fall has always been my favorite season, and since moving to Los Angeles (from Northern California) 23 years ago, I’ve had to learn to adapt to a climate that treats fall as an afterthought, something to get around to, oh, maybe by Thanksgiving. Fashion websites, magazines and style blogs taunt me come September. It’s become my yearly wail of frustration that I can’t join in the “boots and sweaters” brigade until we’re closing in on the year-end holidays. But I am learning to adapt, and to find ways to work some fall style into my wardrobe even though September and October (and sometimes November) tend to be our warmest months of the year.

Color is one way to approach this conundrum. I look for lightweight pieces in fall-ish colors, like these J.Crew Sunday slim chinos in “hillside green.”

olive chinos
nice mid-rise on these and the fabric is really soft.

The color IRL is a little deeper than it looks online. Better in person, I think. I’ll be able to wear these now, and for the next few months.

Or this linen boatneck tee (a warm weather favorite of mine) in “dark cognac.”

linen jersey tee shirt

 

(A note about these and other linen knits: I always line dry them, never put in the dryer. I’ve found they hold up well when I do this.)

Or I might wear an open silk blouse in place of a jacket. Everlane always has some nice color options, and I especially like this “warm tan” shade to pair with other fall colors.

Accessories can be a way to sneak in some fall style without overheating. In addition to color, certain prints and textures can skew autumnal. Leopard, or snake print, for example:

snake chain shoulder bag

This Michael Michael Kors snake print bag can be worn over one shoulder, or pull the chain through to wear cross-body style. (Here’s a larger tote version.)

For cooler mornings (or over-cooled offices), perhaps a linen scarf in a soft, rusty red…

linen plaid scarf

The large check pattern on this Madewell scarf also channels that fall vibe.

medallion necklace
be still, my heart

And then there’s this gorgeous French Kande cracked agate necklace with a vintage French medallion from the new “Concorde” collection. Wear now with a tee, later with a sweater.

You can see Lisa’s post here.

Do you look forward to fall, or do you hang onto summer as long as you can?

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the 15 piece travel wardrobe

3 week Europe travel wardrobe

Putting together this 3 week, 15 piece travel wardrobe has been a real challenge, not so much for the length of the trip (our longest yet), but for the variety of both weather and activities on the slate. Our first stop, Amsterdam, is likely to be cool and wet, at least for the first few days. Bordeaux has good odds of being sunny and warm. London and Paris are anyone’s guess at this point. I’ve gone back and forth, but ultimately I decided to Go With What Works™ based on past travel wardrobes. Yes, that means lots of black (and some navy).

I am changing a couple of things up, though.

  • Luggage: I still recommend the Lipault spinner bag, but I’m trying out a new carry-on spinner suitcase, one with firmer sides and a bit more capacity. Last year when I compared and chose the Lipault over the Briggs & Riley spinner, the B&R was decidedly a heavier bag, though I loved the design and features. B&R has re-designed the bag (mostly exterior details from what I can determine); it’s now about 1 lb. lighter than the one I wrote about, and only about 1 lb. difference from the Lipault, a reasonable tradeoff for the extra space. Which I may need because…
  • Usually I don’t plan to purchase clothing while traveling to wear on the trip, but rather than pack sandals (a 4th pair of shoes) that I may or may not need once there, I’ll purchase along the way if needed. (I love European footwear, and sandals will always be used back home.)
  • I’m allowing myself to pack a few more pieces than usual.
  • Shopping happens. 😉

As with past wardrobes, I’ve selected mostly simple and lightweight pieces that can dress up or down, and will layer easily as needed. I’ve used scarves for color.

So let’s get to it…here’s the core. I gave myself an allotment of 15 pieces, not including accessories, shoes, underpinnings and outerwear. You can click on each item listed below for links. Some of the pieces here are from past years, so are not currently available; in those instances I’ve tried to link to something similar.

15 piece travel wardrobe

Tops 

Sweaters

Jacket

Bottoms

Shoes

Scarves

*Decided this one was redundant, will look for something along the way in a different color.

I know some don’t like to travel with jeans, but they are my go-to’s at home and I’ve never regretted bringing them. In addition to being easy to style, they can be worn several times in between laundering. Nothing I’ve packed needs to be ironed. Most of the tops can be hand washed and hung to dry. All of these pieces fit into the framework of a “long over lean” silhouette which makes it easy to put outfits together.

 

travel outerwear and bags
That leather jacket looks teal in this photo, but is actually a soft navy.

Outerwear

Bags

What didn’t make the cut:

  • Short sleeved tees. I always pack them, almost never wear them. The lightweight collared shirts are just as comfortable and more versatile, as well as looking just a bit more polished.
  • Skirts or dresses. I’ve found they complicate the equation. Using the concept of “Tabletop Dressing” I can utilize the black pants with one of the dressier tops and jacket if needed.
  • Lots of sweaters. I tend to overpack sweaters, which can be bulky and heavy. Both of these selections can be hand washed if needed.
  • Lots of jewelry. I’ve packed a few earrings, a couple of necklaces and bracelets. I’ve found that a few pieces are all I need.

You can see more of my travel wardrobe suggestions on my SHOP page. I’ll do my best to post outfits daily during our trip. Tomorrow I’ll show you how I pack toiletries, medications and makeup.

When you pack for long trips, do you have a strategy for maximizing your options?
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