Travel Outfits 🧳 : Going Out To Dinner

Travel outfits for Napa and Sonoma. Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age wears a brown velvet jacket and jeans.

One of the things that makes this part of the world a great wine growing region is the climate. Cool-to-cold nights and mornings combined with warm-to-hot days makes for great wine grapes. And it allows me to layer up in the evenings.

More Travel Outfits For Napa & Sonoma

Jacket (c/o) | Top (similar, Plus) | Necklace (similar) | Jeans | Bag (similar) | Shoes

(The crushed velvet jacket is available in several colors. Kettlewell has kindly offered my readers a 15% discount with code FEMMEAW1, plus free shipping and returns on orders over $100. Expires 11/11/19. )

Our first evening in Sonoma we had dinner at the Michelin-starred Farmhouse Inn Restaurant (it was fantastic!!). Ambience is “elegant casual” so I dressed up my jeans with a velvet jacket and pearls. The keshi pearl necklace is one-of-a-kind, purchased earlier this year from Kojima Pearl Company. Here’s one with a similar look. (I wished I’d packed a shell with a higher neckline to better show off that necklace.)

Susan B of une femme d'un certain age wears a leopard tee, duster cardigan, brown pants, YSL Niki bag.

It’s been a little warmer over in Napa, so one evening I opted for a linen top and duster.

Cardigan (similar) | Top (similar) | Pants | Necklace | Bracelet (similar)| Watch | Bag | Shoes

These pants were my Wild Card pick, and have been a nice alternative to jeans.

Susan B. of une femme d'un certain age on a bridge wearing a faux suede jacket and brown pants.

This faux suede jacket is surprisingly light, and has been a good choice for air-conditioned interiors. I’m not crazy about the length of the top here, next time would go with a shorter one.

Jacket | Top (similar, Plus) | Necklace | Bag | Pants | Shoes

I wore these mules most evenings, a bit dressier than sneakers but still comfortable.

“Going out clothes” are one of the perennial gaps in my wardrobe. Even though I can cobble together outfits from my basics, I’d love to have just a few pieces that feel a bit more special, and will be on the lookout for those as I continue to revamp my wardrobe.

We’re still quite some distance from the Sonoma fire, but it’s understandably nerve-wracking for everyone who lives here. We can see the smoke in the distance (and smell it, as of yesterday). I’m keeping the residents and firefighters in my thoughts, and hoping the weather changes soon to help them battle the blazes. We’re hoping the Southern California fires get controlled quickly too, and that everyone stays safe.

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  1. So the velvet jacket looks a little “cocoa” in color. Is that just the light? or is it a softer brown. I think its pretty-how did it wear?

  2. Those cinnamon colors are gorgeous on you! Those cords are fabulous. And those glasses are SO perfect! Good work Red Leopard!

  3. Can you better describe velvet jacket color for me
    Its pretty- wondering if its a cocoa color or dark brown. The light gives it a softer hue
    Also, wonder how it wears. Thanks

  4. Hi Susan, Beautiful velvet jacket, thank you for the discount offer. What size did you get? We are keeping those affected by the fires in our hearts.

  5. That velvet jacket is gorgeous! I am really enjoying your transition to new colors and silhouettes. I liked some of your earlier looks a great deal, but in your latest photos you seem more animated. You have always been beautifully put together, but these days there seems to be an extra spark.

    In an earlier post you asked about what topics readers would like to see. I have been thinking about this, and I would like to see you address times of transition: retirement, becoming an empty nester, going back to work, moving to a new area, etc. How can these lifestyle changes inspire changes in wardrobe, hair, makeup, and overall style? How do changes in style impact other areas of life? Maybe kind of a heavy topic, but I’m interested in your thoughts.

  6. I have to guess that this packing job will get a 10/10 (well, maybe a 9.5/10 because of the too-long top). You’ve looked fabulous in each photo that you have posted!

  7. These are wonderful. You look radiant. Those cords are fabulous. I keep thinking of you as I hear about the fires. Glad you’ve stayed safe.

  8. Love your new color palette! You look lovely in your new colors. I also like it that these are the colors that are flattering on me, so I get lots of great ideas from your outfits.

  9. I think the suede jacket and cinnamon pants are a lovely combination and quite flattering on you. It’s a good example of your color & style evolution with the Red Leopard ladies!

  10. I have that faux suede moto jacket as well. I really wanted to love it, but it is just too short (and I am a petite). ALL of my tops are too long for the jacket. It’s going to the consignment shop.

    1. @TGT, are you sure that jacket doesn’t work with your longer blouses? That’s kind of a style these days, I gather. 🙂 Or, alternatively, you could try that front-tuck look. I’d have a Chico’s salesperson have a look and get their advice before I returned it. It looks like such a great jacket.

  11. Well, you did find enough in your wardrobe to look beautiful for dinner.
    And I learned from another blogger that it is fashion this autumn to wear a top which is slightly longer (just a bit) than your jacket. So you were bang on trend.

  12. Hi Susan,

    I know you have purchased from “ Xirena”- I’ve seen a couple of items I’d like to try but am not too sure of the sizing. Would you suggest going for my usual size or sizing up or down.

    Love your blog- look forward to reading it all the time.

    Thank – you so much.