Casual fall outfit with a colorful tee - une femme d'un certain âge

Wrapping up September & a look ahead

We’re finally beginning to get some cooler weather, especially in the mornings & evenings, and not a moment too soon for me! I’m utterly bored with my warm weather wardrobe, and have been leaning into colorful tees to add interest & nudge myself out of the style doldrums.

When it’s cool enough to add a lightweight cardigan or jacket, I do a little happy dance. 😜

Susan B. wears an ivory cotton-cashmere cardigan, blue tee, tan chinos and gold loafers.

I purchased those gold loafers at the beginning of summer. They were spendy, but have turned out to be a good investment, as I wear them often. Here’s a budget-friendly pair with a similar look. These relaxed chinos have also been a good purchase. I wear them several times per week and they wash well.

Coming up…

Next week, we’ll be hosting the family gathering for the break-fast at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, provided we can all stay negative for Covid. There’s a lot of it still circulating in our area, and many people we know have been infected recently. We’ve been cautious: still masking up indoors in public spaces, and only eating out if outdoor seating is available. We received our “new & improved” boosters earlier this week, and have experienced no side effects.

We’ll be taking a short road trip in October to celebrate le Monsieur’s birthday. I’ll share details and what I’m packing as we get closer. We’re still noodling some overseas travel for next year, but need to see how some health issues of a family member sort out.

This Monday at 10am PT / 1pm ET, I’ll be going LIVE on Instagram with Manina of Red Leopard to talk about an exciting event we’ll be doing in a few weeks! It’s going to be lots of fun, and I hope you’ll join us.

Color wheel for seasonal color analysis: warm and cool color seasons.

This week’s sales

J.Crew50% off select fall tops & sweaters, code SHOPNOW

Talbot’s – Fall Event, 30% off purchase

J.Jill 30% off full-priced pants

Ann Taylor25% off full-priced tops & sweaters

Black UKsave 10% on seasonal palette scarves with code SUSAN10

Sole Blisssave 15% on shoes for wide feet & bunions with code FEMME15

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  1. Diane B
    September 30, 2022 / 6:03 am

    I love your cardigan in the first picture, just looks like a hug to wear. Thanks for the update on the Monday instagram, I hope you will post it on this site as well if I am not back in time to watch. Excited to see where the news takes you. Anything with colours and style etc. gets my attention. Best of luck with your business.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 30, 2022 / 8:46 am

      Thanks very much, Diane. I will post it afterward.

  2. Karen
    September 30, 2022 / 7:46 am

    I love the t-shirt color on you. The shoes are bold and I think they are cool on you but I fear that on me (size 11-12) they would be gaudy.
    I am trying to get my pants/skirts game on and just got a pair of tights to try out for winterizing my fall skirt game. I like the pants!
    You finish your outfits with accessories every time and that shows. I do not have a flair for accessories, they seem to take extra time to think about. I am going to try to do more with scarves this winter – scarf season.
    Is this outfit “coastal grandma”? I think it works. Diane Keaton is gorgeous in every movie she’s in and she definitely has a casual messy but rich look that everyone wants.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 30, 2022 / 8:46 am

      Thanks, Karen. It’s my version of “coastal grandmother.” 😉

  3. Cath
    September 30, 2022 / 9:04 am

    I cannot believe that September is almost over! The exterior painting of our house has taken over our time… lots of garden prep such as trimming plants away from the house, and pots pulled back. Rather chaotic, but will be good to have the windows clear to see the fall colours. Quite the transformation.

    Thanksgiving ( Canadian) is coming up and we look forward to guests sharing our good fortune around our table. I am sorting out my closet to reflect the cooler temperatures, and starting to enjoy wearing some new fall additions in soft autumn colours that work well for me.
    I have found your blog extremely helpful as I sort through clothes for consignment and/or storage .

    We have often been away travelling in fall, so this year we are staying put, waiting for our March trip to the Caribbean, and opening up clothing bins to find my tropical goodies to wear.

    I definitely want to enjoy your chat with Manina coming up on Monday. I also hope you make it available on this site, as Instagram has been difficult for me to access for some reason.

  4. Rhoda
    September 30, 2022 / 9:43 am

    Sorry to be a bother, but could you give me the brand name of the shoes? My iPad won’t let me click on. Well I can click on and then I get the “cannot connect “ banner. It happens a lot. If it wouldn’t be too much trouble to list the brand in your comments?
    Thanks, so much.
    I had my colors done back in the early 80s. I still have the little color folder and still use it occasionally.
    I really enjoy your blogs.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 30, 2022 / 9:45 am

      The shoes are from Clergerie. If you have an ad blocker enabled, it may be preventing connection with the links.

  5. Jill
    October 1, 2022 / 6:16 am

    I am so fascinated by your color journey. I think the aqua and cream look gorgeous with your hair. Do you think you will lean into the blues and greens on top now that your hair is no longer colored? I would really love to see a post about choosing the BEST colors with gray hair. You look really pretty and ready for fall!

    • Susan Blakey
      October 1, 2022 / 6:21 am

      Thanks so much, Jill! Yes, I am going to be writing about this soon.

  6. Helen
    October 1, 2022 / 8:35 am

    Hi Susan- please may I ask a favor? I have been analyzed by Red Leopard ( after your recommendation) and Manina advised I am a “ burnished winter”. In my pallet it seems generally the colour brown will not work and I agree with this. However sometimes a chocolate brown may work if the correct shade. I see “Frank and Eileen” have just brought out “Wicklow” pants in chocolate which look beautiful. However, I’m hesitant. Would you mind if I asked you to take a look please and let me know your thoughts. I’d be very grateful. Many thanks. Helen

    • Susan Blakey
      October 1, 2022 / 9:07 am

      Hi Helen, are you referring to the “Chocolate mineral wash?” If so, based on how they appear on my monitor, I think they’re too soft & light for a Winter.

      • Helen
        October 1, 2022 / 2:55 pm

        I am indeed referring to these Susan. Thank – you so much. I respect your advice and will not purchase.

        Enjoy the weekend.

  7. Berenice Wolpin
    October 1, 2022 / 12:10 pm

    Susan, that color t shirt is fabulous on you, and those shoes are gorgeous! Wondering how you find them for walking, running errands, etc? I’ve loved this brand since I spent a year at university in France (more decades ago than I like to believe!) I also want to note that for US customers at least, the site frequently has Clergerie shoes at a deep discount. The sizes are hit and miss and I imagine the styles are not all current season, but it’s a good source and sometimes one can get very lucky.

    • Susan Blakey
      October 1, 2022 / 12:13 pm

      Hi Bernice, thanks! They’re quite comfortable for walking, errands, etc. In fact, I’ll be taking them along on our upcoming road trip. Yes, Clergerie sizing can be all over the map. I got lucky with these and my “usual” size was a good fit.

  8. Berenice Wolpin
    October 1, 2022 / 12:18 pm

    Thanks, Susan. I actually meant that doesn’t always have all the sizes in a given style, but if one is lucky, they can be a great bargain. I read the reviews on that t shirt and multiple people say it is so thin that it had holes after a few wearings. I imagine that has not been your experience?

    • Susan Blakey
      October 1, 2022 / 12:33 pm

      I’ve only worn it a few times, and always tuck in front so it’s not rubbing on my jeans button.

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