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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist

Well, that turned into an unexpectedly long absence. I didn’t intend to take two weeks off, but here I am again! A few things have changed since my last post, two weeks ago. I have moved and am now settled into my new home… I have turned another year older… The leaves are mostly gone now, and it has tried to snow several times… and I’m sure there are other things, but I can’t think of any others. ūüôā

Anyways, here I am today with an outfit post- I have been itching to get some Fall outfit photos for the blog, but seriously every time I try, something goes wrong- mainly the weather not cooperating. For someone whose favourite season is Autumn, it has not been a very good one, so far. We’ve only had a few pleasant days, and many bitterly cold ones. Finally my sister and I were able to go¬†out last weekend (on my birthday) for some outfit photos. As the title suggests, it was very windy the day these were taken. And cold. And raining.¬†And trying to snow. But- we persevered and I finally got my Fall photos- although they are nothing like the cheery photos from last year!

This year, my seasonal “uniform” is this coat, I think. You never get to see my autumnal hued outfit underneath, because it is too cold to not wear a coat. At least I do have a vintage styled coat- and scarves always make everything a bit more cozy, right?

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, cashmere scarf

Actually, this¬†outfit is full of my favourite seasonal¬†“must haves”:

1. Trenchcoat– keeps you warm and dry whatever the weather is trying to do.

2. Scarf– preferably a big, soft and cozy one!

3. Tights– got to keep warm!

4. Cognac coloured leather– warm tones are always nice for this season.

5. Brogues/ Oxfords– something about this style of shoe seems especially appropriate to autumn, doesn’t it?

Some of my other falltime favourites would be: my dresses made of rayon and wool fabrics, anything in mustard yellow, boots, cardigans and a beret.

Any combination of these items and you are sure to have a fairly autumnal themed ensemble ūüôā

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, clarks oxford shoes

Well, I’ll stop rambling now. I hope your Fall (or Spring!) season has been a lovely one wherever you are, and that it has been infinitely better (weather wise) than mine has.

Do you like dressing for Falltime? What are some of your seasonal staples?

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, autumn outift, hell bunny trenchcoat

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, throwing-leaves

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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, cognac leather crossbody purse

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An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, mustard yellow scarf and autumn hued outfit

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, country lane

An Outfit For A Rather Windblown Autumn Day, the artyologist, throwing leaves

Seasons of Change

seasons of change, the artyologist

Fall, as I have mentioned before many times, is probably my favourite season of the year. I enjoy all four seasons for one reason or another, but Fall would be my choice if I was forced to pick one. I love the cool, crisp air and the bright riotous colours of the trees, giving one last grand show before the weather turns cold. I love the golden autumnal hues popping up, not only on¬†the¬†trees, but showing up in my wardrobe too. Though it is a short season sandwiched in between summer and winter, it is a sweet one indeed. And despite the fact that it comes near the end of the year, Fall¬†always feels new to me. And by “new” that I mean that Fall seems to me, to be a fresh start.

Maybe it is because, while you don’t tend to notice the slow evolution¬†of Spring to Summer, or even Winter to Spring, the change of Summer to Fall¬†is¬†quick and seems to happen overnight. Perhaps it is after years of going to school where¬†the¬†summer is holidays¬†and¬†Fall signals the beginning of a new school year. Or it could be¬†because we are entering the last quadrant of the year, and if you are wanting to get things done this year, you’d better do them quick! Or perhaps it is because my birthday falls in October, and so it actually is the start of a new year for me. Maybe it is a combination of all¬†of these. . .

Whatever the reason, Fall always feels like the start of things. And some of¬†the biggest changes in my life have started¬†in Fall time. Going to Bible college. Moving out for the first time. Moving to a new town. Starting selling my artwork at craft shows. . . And now this year, it is moving into my own place. I’ve had roommates before, but this¬†weekend, I am moving out on my own. It’s not far away from where I live now with my family, and it is not as though I am leaving my community or family behind, but it is still a huge life change, and it will be an adjustment.

I’ve been a bit distracted from this blog, and the internet in general, for the past couple of weeks, as I’ve been focusing on this move, and all of the things going on¬†in “real life”. This blog is of course a part of my life, but right now I am feeling the need to focus a bit on things other than it. I had thought of prescheduling a post for this week, but honestly I don’t even have the desire to do that. And also, I don’t have any¬†pictures to share as I’ve been too busy to take any ūüėČ

So, a blogging break is in order this week. I won’t stay away long, and hopefully I will be back next week, where I will be writing to you from my new house. Completely surrounded by towers of boxes, most likely. (haha- who am I kidding! I’ll probably have everything unpacked and put away the first day I’m in. Because I am an organizing nerd!)

So, I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week, and I’ll see you on the other side! (If I survive carrying all of those boxes. . . I am seriously considering becoming¬†a minimalist. . . )

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, apple trees and an old fence, the artyologist

Happy first day of Fall everyone!¬†I’m not going to lie; fall time¬†is one of my favourite seasons, and I don’t particularly rue the end of Summer. Well, I’ll miss the green trees and the flowers in bloom, but I will not¬†miss the heat!

Besides there are plenty of reasons to love fall time. Here are a few which I just thought of now:

  • It is harvest time, which means there are tons of delicious vegetables and fruits to enjoy.
  • The changing colours of the¬†Autumn leaves bring to life that quote, “Autumn is a second Spring, where every leaf is a flower”. This season is the most colourful season, I think.
  • We are no longer¬†baking to death from the heat! (can you tell yet; I don’t like the heat.)
  • You can have a cozy fire burning in your¬†fireplace. Not only does it keep you toasty warm, but it’s rather comforting too.
  • It is tights season, so I can pull out my mustard yellow, sheer polka dot and opaque black tights again!
  • Ok, I’ll join the bandwagon: it’s pumpkin pie season.
  • And, for me personally I love fall time because it’s my birthday ūüôā

Do you enjoy Fall, or do you think of it only as a precursor to the dreaded Winter? What is your favourite thing about this season?

Ps. These photos were taken last month at my uncle’s farm. So, they aren’t technically “Fall” photos, as you can tell by the still-green leaves on the trees, but I think they suit the harvest theme well enough to share today anyways!

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, apples

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, hawthorn

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Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, apple branch

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, wood-and-apples

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, old fence detail

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, hawthorne

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, caragana seeds

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, apple-branches

Photo Journal: Fall Time at the Farm, the artyologist, caragana seeds detail

How to Wear Those “Problem Garments”

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, vintage shirtwaist dress

(OK, I seriously just spent about an hour trying to come up with a better blog title than this, but this is the best I can come up with. And now that it’s 11:00 pm, I’m going to say that’s good enough. And goodnight!)

I had every intention of taking this turquoise shirtwaist dress out of my closet and selling it. But I thought I should do one photo shoot with it before it was gone forever. And then I saw these photos and . . . decided that I will be keeping¬†this dress¬†after all!¬†I found it¬†in a thrift shop two years ago and it fits like a dream. I think it is an original 1950’s dress, although it could have been made later perhaps too, and I believe it is a home-sew, as there is no tag.

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, walking in a wheat field

So, why would I want to get rid of this dress?

Well, I have owned it for a few¬†years, and I have worn it perhaps. . . five¬†times. I never reach for it when I go to get dressed, and almost every time I wear it, I don’t like how I have styled it (which is why it hasn’t¬†appeared on the blog before). It just never seems to work with anything. Since my wardrobe is full of warm neutral tones, a vibrant dress like this one stands out like a sore thumb. Especially since I’m¬†trying to create a more “cohesive wardrobe”.

So how do you reconcile those “problem” garments you have, which don’t seem to go with anything¬†or work¬†with¬†the rest of your closet? Here are some tips I literally just invented right now while looking at these photos (and trying to decipher why this outfit “worked” this time around), but the tips¬†worked for me when¬†I wore this problem dress, so maybe they’ll help you too! ūüėČ

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, vintage turquoise shirtwaist dress

Resist the temptation to over-accessorize.

I think one of the hallmarks of vintage style is the accessories. While modern girls would call a t-shirt, jeans and a scarf an ensemble, vintage girls won’t consider it complete until you’ve got a hat, purse, gloves, stockings, shoes, necklace, earrings, scarf, ring, and parasol. OK, maybe not all of those things at once, but you see what I mean!¬†The problem comes in when you are trying to accessorize a problem garment, and none of your regular accessories¬†match very well. This is when paring down the number of accessories might be¬†a good idea. I always tried to pair this shirtwaist with a matching purse, belt, shoes, hat,¬†jewellery¬†and . . . I discovered that it is just too much. Nothing seemed to “go” and the style of this dress actually¬†works well with a relatively small¬†number of accessories. And¬†I don’t have to worry about¬†looking overdone. My accessories choices for this outfit consisted only of brown laceup shoes, a cognac belt, and (though you can’t even see them in the photos) my pearl earrings. Simple, and definitely not¬†overdone.

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, vintage shirtwaist dress, details

Try sticking with one accent colour, or shades of the same colour.

This time I chose my brown lace up flats and a cognac belt. Keeping the¬†accessories to one neutral colour, and shades within a hue, allows the dress to stand out. The dress¬†is bright and it doesn’t need more colour to go with it. Of course, I could have chosen a bright colour such as fuchsia, which would look amazing with this turquoise colour, but that would not have been very “me”. Choosing brown accessories made this bright outfit not feel like too much of a deviation from my regular style. Conversely, if you are wearing a neutral outfit and are having trouble choosing what to pair with it, try one brighter colour such as mint green or royal blue. The effect is just as striking, and never overdone. And it is very “vintage” in style as well, as in past eras women were very fond of coordinating outfits!

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, jumping for joy

Wear what you love, even if it doesn’t “fit” the rest of your wardrobe.¬†

Part of the reason of why I wanted to get rid of this dress, I fully admit, is because it doesn’t go with the rest of my wardrobe. I would seriously love to have a picture perfect wardrobe, where everything blends seamlessly on a garment rack and you don’t have clashing pieces getting in the way when¬†you want to take an instagram photo. ūüėČ However, I do have a few pieces that “clash” and kind of highjack that plan, because I don’t want to get rid of them. When I think about it logically though, why do all of my clothes need to match? If I love something, why can’t I keep it? Of course I should keep it! Wear what you love, regardless of whether it goes with the rest of your wardrobe. Having a cohesive wardrobe is a great goal, and is one that I am still working towards with my new purchases, but for the garments I already own, there is no reason to get rid of everything. And if I want to take an instagram photo, I can just take the clashing dress out of the closet, can’t I? ūüėČ

Before you give up, take a photo first.

It might seem silly, but when you look at a photo of your outfit, you’ll be able to see what is going wrong with your outfit. Perhaps¬†in real life those pinks look like they go well together, but when you look at a¬†photo, you’ll realize that you should really pair the dress with blue, for a knockout look. Or, maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you see a photo of your outfit, and you see¬†everything that is going right with it! Perhaps you thought¬†that your outfit was¬†really unflattering, but when you saw¬†a photograph, you realized that it actually fit you quite well, and you just needed to step away from the critical three-way mirror! And¬†maybe,¬†like me, you’ll take a photo and realize that it’s not the dress that is the problem, it’s that all of the pairings¬†you tried before were not working because you simply needed to get rid of half of the¬†accessories!

I think that by following these¬†tips, this dress will see more use; I’ve already worn it once since these photos were taken! And I hope they can help you too with your “problem garments”.

Do you have any “problem garments”?¬†How do you decide what¬†to pair with them?¬†Also, I don’t tend to wear very many brights, so what do you wear¬†with bright colours?

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, wheat

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, wheat field and thistles

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How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, vintage shirtwaist

How to Wear Those "Problem Garments", the artyologist, collar detail vintage shirtwaist dress