getting ahead of myself…

Eileen Fisher wool cardigan

I’d hoped to have an outfit featuring a vest this week, but the one I’d ordered ran larger than expected, so I’ve returned it for a smaller size, and will feature it soon. Instead (channeling the Seinfeld Soup Nazi), “Cardigan For You!”

OK, so in all honesty, it’s still been too warm to wear this lightweight wool cardigan. But I did want to show it to you because I have a feeling this color (“Passion Flower”) will sell out. It’s a very wearable russet red, an interesting take on the Marsala that was Pantone’s color of the year. The cut is one that Eileen Fisher has offered in the past and that has been one of my favorites. It has much more shape and structure than the boxy styles that have been predominant in recent seasons and curves in nicely at the waist. I think it’s a very polished looking piece. Just for fun, I styled it with a little bit of a 70’s vibe (earth tones, skinny scarf and bootcut jeans). The scarf is a few years old, originally from Ann Taylor. The jeans, shoes and bag are all from last year.

sunglasses | earrings (similar) | scarf (similar) | cardigantank | bracelet 1 | bracelet 2 (similar) | bag (similar) | jeans | shoes (similar)

Balenciaga bag, Eileen Fisher cardigan

I find this color skews warm or cool depending on what it’s paired with, and is soft enough that it doesn’t look harsh when worn with black (as I find many reds do). Once the weather finally cools down, this cardigan will be in frequent rotation!

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on my radar: printed scarves from Bindya

printed scarf

I love the way a printed scarf adds such visual punch to an outfit. While I’ve had a few lighter weight silk printed scarves in rotation the last few months, almost all of my cooler weather scarf options are solid colors. I’ve been eyeing the Bindya New York scarves at Halsbrook for a while now, and when the folks at Halsbook asked if I’d like to review one, I jumped at the opportunity.

The designer, Bindya Lulla has been making scarves and pashminas for over 10 years and gets inspiration from her trips to India and Paris. The prints are lively, and incorporate both vivid and softer colors in interesting pattern mixes.

The scarf I selected is the “Marie” in teal and cream paisley. I’ve always loved paisley prints, and the colors in this one are so gorgeous, and work beautifully in my wardrobe. The silk/cashmere fabric is very lightweight and soft, and large enough to work as a wrap too.

Bindya New York scarves

I like that little touch of green on the border, which you can emphasize or not depending on how you arrange the scarf.

paisley scarf

Look at this stunning print!! I can hardly wait for the weather to cool off enough to wear this again. Prints like this one are also a great way to tie together other colors within an outfit. (I included a couple of Bindya scarves in my most recent travel wardrobe set.)

scarf tie

Scarf was provided by Halsbook for review. If you haven’t perused their online boutique before, you really should have a look. They have curated a collection of elegant basics as well as unique designs and accessories I haven’t seen anywhere else, and all of it eminently wearable. 

Do you wear printed scarves? What types of prints do you prefer?

More Bindya New York scarves and other Halsbrook picks:

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Paris in the fall: travel wardrobe

12-piece travel wardrobe europe

If you have travel planned to Paris or elsewhere this fall…I envy you!! :-) It’s a lovely time of year to travel. The weather is cooler and the crowds thinner.

I’ve received a few requests for fall travel wardrobe suggestions. The wardrobe I’ve put together above would work for fall or spring, or for travel to cities with mild winters. I’ve based this wardrobe on a 12-piece capsule, but you can always add more pieces if your luggage permits. Though I still stand by my strategy of dark pants and skirts, I’ve tried to incorporate a few lighter tops. I’ve selected simple pieces that can dress up or down, and for most venues “smart casual” will be as dressed up as you’ll need to be.

paris travel wardrobe


In my experience, weather in Paris in early to mid-autumn can still be quite warm some days, alternating with chilly and wet (sometimes within a few hours). The later in the season, of course, the cooler and wetter it’s likely to be.

The top eleven pieces are the core of the wardrobe. All of the tops should go with all of the bottoms, and be able to layer if needed. I’d suggest avoiding anything heavy or bulky, and pile on more layers if needed for warmth. Starting at the top:

Sweaters: I’ve included one lightweight merino sweater and one cashmere cardigan. While I love my longer no-close cardigans at home, I find the best sweaters to travel with are pullovers or cardigans that button or zip closed.

Shown: pullover | cardigan
Options: cashmere v-neck | cashmere cardigan | merino wool tunic | merino wool cardigan (women’s) |
merino wool ballet neck (available in women’s) 

Jacket: I prefer lightweight softer or knit jackets for travel, but something in a tropical weight wool should also be workable. I find that black or navy will dress up best, but something in a seasonal color can work too if you prefer.

Shown: jacket
Options: tuxedo style | knit button-front (available in women’s) | long silk blazer |
classic one-button style (available in petite, tall) | knit tweed (available in petites, women’s, women’s petites)

Tops and Tees: While I’ve included one cotton striped tee in this collection, I generally stick to silk and linen and modal for my travel tops, as these fabrics are easier to layer and will line dry faster if hand washed. The set includes a silk tee, linen tee, and silk blouse (available in petite and tall).

Shown: striped | silk | linen | blouse
Options: 3/4 sleeve tee (available in women’s) | mandarin color silk blouse (several colors) |  long-sleeved silk tee |
linen striped tee | navy silk blouse (wear with black for a sophisticated evening look)

Pants and Skirts: comfort is imperative, and washability is a plus. Were I traveling in early fall, I’d definitely bring a pair of slim knit ankle pants (women’s here). On warmer days, even that little bit of exposed skin at the ankle helps keep me cooler. Some prefer to leave their jeans at home, but except for very warm conditions, I always pack a pair (slim leg, dark wash) as I find them easy to style, comfortable and appropriate. If denim feels too casual for you, a jean style in navy stretch twill is another option. Even though retailers are pushing flares and bootcuts like crazy this season, I don’t find them the best travel option, both because the hem length is footwear-specific and because those wider legs can get heavy when wet. I usually pack a full length slim knit pant that can be dressed up for evening. If you bring a skirt, a style that’s easy to walk in helps take it from day to evening.

Shown: ankle pants | jeans | knit pants | skirt

Paris October travel wardrobe


The Wild Card(s): I include one or two “wild card” tops to incorporate some color and pattern. I stick to pieces that will coordinate with my core items, but that are also lightweight and layer-able.

Shown: plaid shirt
Options: snake print | plaid button front | plaid silk tee | silk dot tee | plaid tunic (women’s) | leopard print blouse

Scarves and Bag(s): The great thing about traveling in cooler months is that scarves also become a viable choice to add color and/or pattern to your travel wardrobe. If you’re going to add a pop of color, this is one of the best ways to do it. For fall you can still get by with lighter weight scarves; I like silk/cashmere blends for weight, drape and softness. As far as bags go, I prefer a simple mid-sized style that closes securely and can either be carried or worn cross-body. Black or brown will maximize the day-to-evening potential. You’ll want to be mindful of the bag’s weight too…even a cross-body bag can cause neck and shoulder pain after a few hours if too heavy. If you have a more formal occasion on the agenda, you may want to pack a small evening bag with a strap.

Shown: red scarf | floral scarf | bag
Options: alpaca & silk ombré | solid eyelash scarf | lightweight nylon bag | croc-embossed satchel | iconic print

Outerwear: depending on how early or late in the season you’ll be traveling, you may want to leave the heavy overcoat at home, and instead bring a lighter water-resistant trench or other shell, and layer up underneath for warmth. Whatever you choose, don’t forget an umbrella!

Shown: trench
Options: the gold standard | classic trench in women’s | packable |  single-breasted (available in petites, several colors)

Footwear: without a doubt, this is the most important part of your travel wardrobe, and should be chosen carefully. Ankle boots with a low heel have become my #1 pick for cooler weather travel. Weatherproof a plus. For fall or spring, I’d also pack a pair of lighter walking shoes. Ballet flats are a classic, but you’ll want to find a style with some support and padding. In Paris especially, you may spend several hours on your feet and log several miles daily, so a comfortable and sturdy shoe is your best friend. I’ve included a fancier shoe above, but unless you have a dressy event on the schedule, ankle boots and flats should be fine. For more ideas, check out my travel footwear suggestions from earlier this year.

Shown: boots | pumps | ballet flat
Options: weatherproof chelsea boots | wedge ballet flat | walking loafer | oxfords | mary-janes

Secret Weapons: I always pack a couple of silk tanks or camisoles to wear as a base layer underneath my tops on warmer days. For cooler days when I want bulk-free warmth, I go with an Adea long-sleeved top as a base layer (I size up one or two sizes).

Do you have travel planned this fall? Where are you going?


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