Autumn Is Coming…

Ready for fall, even if the weather isn't. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

In the imaginary world of Game Of Thrones, seasons can last for years. In our world, it sometimes just feels that way, especially when there are some new fall clothes waiting in the wings.

Wearing: earringssunglasses (similar) | jacket | necklace (similar) |
top (similar) | jeans (similar) | bag | bracelet (similar) | shoes

According to a Sales Associate at my local J.Crew, this sweater jacket has been flying out the door, so I wanted to show it to you while it was still available. We took these photos a couple of weeks ago, before the recent heatwave. When sweater weather returns, I’ll be ready!

Checking my messages. Wearing J.Crew sweater blazer, Longchamp bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I really like this jacket! It’s lightweight, and a nice neutral color that “plays well with others.” It lands squarely in my Softly Structured sweet spot. The sunglasses are from Missoni, purchased in Rome. I’ve been test-driving this bag to see if it would be good for travel this fall. It’s lightweight and holds quite a bit.

Fall outfit featuring J.Crew sweater jacket and Longchamp bag. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The horn necklace is a few years old. It’s a nice looking piece, but extremely fragile. Seems like every time it bumps against anything, one of those links breaks. You can’t see it, but there are a couple of safety pins holding it together in back.

What are you most looking forward to wearing this fall?

Photos by Tannaz Photography. Instagram here.

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34 Comments

  1. Carol
    September 8, 2017 / 3:07 am

    Love that sweater,Susan!!! What size did you take in it?

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks, Carol! I’m wearing the XS.

  2. karen h
    September 8, 2017 / 3:41 am

    here on the east coast fall seems to have rolled in already. we are forecasted for a high of 65 today
    and thanks for the call out on the jcrew sweater/jacket…off to check it out

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:37 pm

      That sounds like lovely weather! Enjoy!

  3. Susan D.
    September 8, 2017 / 4:25 am

    I just hope to be able to wear fall and winter clothing this year. We had virtually NO WINTER last year and my favorite items went unworn due to very warm temperatures.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Our winter was pretty mild too, but then it stayed mostly cool all spring. Holding a good thought for you!

  4. plutrell
    September 8, 2017 / 4:32 am

    I love this sweater jacket…looks great. I am like Susan D, I still have items I did not wear last year because it was a warm season. I really hope we have a colder fall & winter because I am ready! I would wear your exact look…and probably will.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Pam! This jacket is pretty lightweight; it might work well for your winter.

  5. Kristien
    September 8, 2017 / 5:03 am

    Love your jacket and the colors. I would have put a deep burgundy T with your jacket since that is one of my favorite combinations. Fall is my best month for clothes. Those are my colors and I love to dress in comfortable, warm outfits. In the Northeast, autumn is gorgeous and all too short. So I embrace it and enjoy every day.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks, Kristien! Most of my tops are either black or white, and I’m hoping to add more variety to the mix. Enjoy your fall!

  6. September 8, 2017 / 6:25 am

    You are so lucky to be able to wear those warm autumn colors so well. I have to stick to navy. And navy. And plaid. I’m still on the fence about the sweater jacket–will it pill and lose shape are what I wonder about the most. For now I’ll stick to my collection of J. Crew blazers.
    But the bag. I’m telling you, those leather Longchamp bags are great for travel and everyday use. You can fit everything but the kitchen sink in them. I know some aren’t fans because of the lack of compartmentalization–but if you go to Amazon you can find handbag organizers for less than twenty bucks that work like a charm.
    Really nice outfit in this post.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:43 pm

      Hi Catherine, the jacket is a bit more structured than a cardigan, so I’m hoping it holds shape well. Will have to let you know about that and if it pills after I’ve had a chance to wear it a bit more. With temperatures still in the low-80’s, haven’t had the opportunity.

      I have one of those bag organizers and they are Da Bomb. Love em.

  7. helen639
    September 8, 2017 / 6:53 am

    I love this! You’ve got me longing for fall Susan!

    Helen

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Helen!

  8. Marguerite Krenek
    September 8, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I’ve been eyeing that Lonchamp bag for a while. Have you formed an opinion? Is the one in your beautiful photo shoot red or more of a burgundy color? Was 59 degrees this morning in Austin! Now if only it would stay that way.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks, Marguerite! I’m leaning toward yes. It’s such a pretty bag and really workable. The color I have is more of a burgundy, called “Lacquer Red.”

  9. Kathleen Ludgate
    September 8, 2017 / 7:47 am

    Fall has not started in the Northwest. It is still hot and very smoky from all the fires. I wish it would hurry, because fall is my favorite season. I can hardly wait to wear sweaters ( without a coat) and walk in the crisp air.

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      The fires are really bad this year, here too. I really hope our rainy season arrives a little early to clear the air.

  10. September 8, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I’m really looking forward to cooler temps. This summer has been a beast. Great sweater Susan! I’ll have to check that out. It looks like a great combo of casual and elegant. I’m looking forward to wearing scarves and boots!

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer! This heat has really been crazy, and I don’t think it’s over yet. Usually doesn’t start cooling down much here until late October.

  11. Ainsivalavie
    September 8, 2017 / 11:13 am

    I LOVE my leather Longchamp bag for travel and to echo Catherine…absolutely ferret out one of those interior organizer thing-ies and use it. On Amazon I also saw a piece that fits in the bottom of the bag if you want it to have a flat bottom..I can fit the purse organizer plus an iPhone and an IPad ( not a mini) AND a small water bottle and micro umbrella with room to spare. The strap is long enough to cross body ( over a parka!!) Just a word of warning, if you are not using the strap remove it and tuck it into the bag. ( do this with any purse) You see the way you have it in the top photo? Wearing it like that I caught the strap on a hand rail and came very close to falling down some subway stairs… Also a good way for a passing purse snatcher to grab your beautiful bag..
    Waiting for Black Friday to get a good deal on another one…

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      Thanks, Ainsivalavie, and good reminder about the strap. Usually when I’m out-and-about while traveling I’m wearing cross-body.

  12. September 8, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    Love the look! Try as I might, I cannot wear that style of show. My narrow foot just doesn’t like them!

    • Susan B
      September 8, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Thanks, Kathy! I imagine they might be tricky for someone with narrow feet.

  13. April
    September 10, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I have the gray nylon version of the Longchamp bag. (Purchase in US in 2016). Very happy with the bag and use it at home durning the weekends carrying by handles leaving the long strap on the bag.
    However I don’t like the bag for travel as the long strap is not adjustable. Whenever I put it cross-body it hangs low and heavy and bounces on my leg as I walk. Not attractive.
    I still find a knapsack is the most useful travel bag for all day on the go site seeing, museums etc.

    • Pamela
      September 14, 2017 / 12:51 am

      Too easy for sneak thieves to raid. I warned my DIL not to wear hers when she was in Paris but she didn’t believe me and lost her laptop as a result. She felt nothing. But it was gone when she took the backpack off. Lots of girls wear theirs on the front in Paris, if you feel strongly about day backpacks. For me a cross body bag is the best – it doesn’t have to be Longchanps. I have a super LV messenger bag which is very secure and is adjustable. And much smarter than a backpack. You kind of brand yourself as a tourist if you wear a backpack – and this draws sneak thieves’ attention. Save the backpack for water bottles and fold up umbrellas etc when walking in the countryside. Best wishes, Pamela

  14. September 11, 2017 / 8:39 am

    What I dearly love are the forest-green trousers. That colour seems to be making a comeback, making lagatta a happy kitten. I’d love a coat that colour, or a burgundy that isn’t too muddy.

    I love the jacket, but beige is not among my colours. Grey.

  15. September 13, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    Yes, Yael, I saw the charcoal. That would be my pic, though also Parisian leadpipe grey. I had hair the same colour as yours; it is greyer now, but the silver with black undertones remain, as does the skin. Odd nobody else mentioned the trousers – I love that deep green. Your blog looks luscious! Look at this very “alternative” Museum of Jewish Montreal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Jewish_Montreal which also features “kosherish” food, both Ashkenazic and Sephardic. https://www.facebook.com/museedumontrealjuif I’m not Jewish by the way.

    • September 13, 2017 / 5:19 pm

      Thank you! I love the look of that museum, there is a contemporary Jewish museum in San Francisco that I love! My grey hairs started to multiply this year, and I’m so excited for more silver and gray clothing. My mother went silver around the face first and I’m hoping that’s what happens for me too – it’s like a silver halo!

  16. Deborah
    September 14, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Thank you for recommending the sweater jacket. I ordered it and love it; I will definitely take it on my trip to France in a week. Love your blog! Xo

    • Susan B
      September 14, 2017 / 5:54 pm

      So glad you like it! Have a wonderful trip!

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