Outfit: What Do You Wear With Weather Like This?
Ok, I am going to be that person, and talk about the weather. But really, it has been a strange, strange year weather-wise! This fall, for example, we got snow on October 8, which then lasted for two weeks, taking all of our fall colour with it. Then the temperatures rose and the snow melted tricking us into thinking that it was springtime and we should pull out all the summer clothing again! Except for the fact that the calendar clearly told us it was October. Then, it got cold again, but there was no snow, and no fall leaves left either. So we’ve been living with the bare trees, and the brown grass for the last few weeks. But, now it’s snowing again, and I am sure that winter is here to stay this time. That’s OK though with me because, of course, my main concern when it comes to weather, as boring as it may be, is what to wear.
When the weather is chilly, but it doesn’t really feel like fall time, and it doesn’t really feel like winter time, what do you wear? I was ready to start wearing my more winter appropriate clothing, but I didn’t want to hurry into the season either. So, I have been trying to balance the two seasons, and coming up with combinations like this one I wore last week.
My trench coat kept me warm enough, because as dreary as it looks in these pictures, it wasn’t actually that cold out. And the wool beret and my favourite wool skirt made this outfit look wintry enough (OK, you caught me. I say everything is my favourite. But that’s just because I couldn’t choose a favourite anything if I tried…) Going with such a monochromatic, non-patterned outfit was really a change from the norm for me as well, and allowed me to use some of the accessories I have, that never seem to go with anything, like this scarf and clutch. The scarf added a nice jolt of colour, because, while I absolutely love mint, I have hardly anything in my wardrobe to wear this scarf with, thus, it doesn’t get worn as often as it deserves to be!
The other item I was glad to wear, is this hilarious/amazing vintage clutch. I picked this up in the summer, and this was it’s debut! I found this one in a thrift store, and it is covered with feathers, and then completely wrapped with clear plastic. There is a crack in the plastic on the back, but I don’t mind too much. I can’t really decide if the clutch is cool, or just plain weird, though. What do you think? It is the stupidest thing to carry though, as it is so narrow, it can only hold my phone, a lipstick, and some loose change. My wallet doesn’t even fit in it, but that’s a clutch for you: fun, but not very functional. (Maybe if I just schlepped less stuff around with me . . . )
Anyways, this outfit worked out pretty well for a transitional kind of outfit. I always find the changing seasons a bit difficult to dress for. Now that we have snow again, and the temperatures have dropped, I’ve started pulling out my winter coats, I guess I won’t have to really worry about that until Spring.
How about you- do you find it easy, or difficult to dress for the changing seasons? Does it feel like Winter now where you are? Are you excited about dressing for the upcoming season, or sad to see Fall go? (And, for my readers south of the Equator, just reverse the seasons 🙂 !)
Beret: ? I think my sister gave me this one?
Scarf: Thrifted- my sister gave me this too!
Coat: Hell Bunny
Blouse: From my Mom
Brooch: Also from my Mom
Earrings: Also gifted. (Wow I get a lot of stuff from my family. Thanks, eh!)
Necklace: Also had for years
Tights: What Katie Did Retro Seamed Dot Tights with Dots (ps- I love these, and have worn them several times with nary a run or snag to be seen yet! Definitely a good quality purchase.)
November 22, 2016 @ 3:03 pm
That clutch is so bizarre, I’ve never seen anything like it! Slightly creepy, having the feathers wrapped in plastic. Like a body bag. I think embrace it, and use it every opportunity you get. It will always be a talking point. I think this look has a sweet simplicity to it overall, it’s lovely. We had the first snow on the hills over the weekend. Brr!! It definitely feels as though winter has arrived x
November 23, 2016 @ 12:36 pm
haha- a body bag! Kind of… It is a strange piece for sure, but I like weird vintage things 🙂
And you’ve got snow too? It’s definitely time to break out the winter coats!
November 22, 2016 @ 3:48 pm
I am so in love with your look here! The perfect balance between classy & quirky. And that clutch is amazing. Yay for weird vintage pieces!
November 23, 2016 @ 12:37 pm
Thanks so much Rebecca! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who likes strange and bizarre vintage things 🙂
November 22, 2016 @ 4:56 pm
I’m a sucker for unusual pieces like that clutch. I love it! It is just weird enough for me. ; )
Why be normal?
I like the whole outfit and the pin on the beret.
Two days ago it was 21 C and today it felt like -6 C. I don’t care how long I live here…I HATE winter. I’m currently layering sweaters with “lighter” winter coats. The ones that our friends to the south call winter coats but up here are only good until early December. Soon I will break out the real winter coats, full of static electricity and bulk.
November 23, 2016 @ 12:39 pm
The clutch is rather strange isn’t it? I like it though! When I saw it at the thrift store, I was with a friend, who doesn’t wear vintage, and she did not have the same appreciation for it that I did 🙂
I’m definitely not looking forward to the static coats either 🙁 I’m kind of nervous about this year, because last winter was so mild, I think I have gotten used to it, and I’m not ready for a “regular” Canadian winter again.
November 22, 2016 @ 7:31 pm
Very cute! What a sweet and ladylike look – the white blouse, the pleated skirt, the classic jewelry. Definitely a great transitional look as we move into the colder months.
I do find it hard to dress around this point in the year – it can just be so hard to get inspired when all you want to wear is your bed. 😛 Eventually I get past it, though.
November 23, 2016 @ 12:41 pm
Haha- I think wearing my bed sounds like a good idea some winter days! It is kind of a hard transitional season, having to add layers while trying to not look like a mummy, instead of just taking layers off in the Spring, which is a bit easier I think. Hopefully the awkward stage passes quickly for you this year, and you can get right into dressing for winter, stylishly!
November 23, 2016 @ 3:39 am
The trench and beret look so elegant together – a really classic look, and perfect with your glasses! I love your tights too – seams and spots together have not found their way into my drawer yet, but they must. Soon!
November 23, 2016 @ 12:43 pm
Thanks so much Karen! Seamed stockings are a lot of fun, although getting them straight is a bit difficult at first. And, polka dots are just fun, aren’t they? I would definitely recommend getting a pair of these! And, compared to the average department store pair, they are really good quality.
November 23, 2016 @ 6:26 am
Agreed it’s been difficult knowing how to dress this ‘autumn’ – our started with very summery weather and that really threw the whole country, cos that just never happens here… No snow yet though, thank goodness. Very chic outfit – I’ve been eyeing up that trench coat but I don’t let myself buy black coats cos it just feels so boring, even though I have tonnes of other clothes in black? I guess the problem is I wear coats 80% of the year and putting on something black all the time makes me feel like I’m going to summer’s endless funeral ;D
November 23, 2016 @ 12:47 pm
Black could look a bit funereal if you aren’t careful I agree! That’s partly why I wore the polka dots 🙂 I don’t wear much black myself, which is making this coat a bit tricky to pair things with, but I always feel a bit more elegant whenever I do wear it- I think it’s because of the fuller skirt.
You’ve been having a strange Fall/Autumn too? At least I’m not the only one feeling confused about What on Earth to Wear!!! 😉
November 28, 2016 @ 9:21 am
Fab look! Very French secretary, which I love! And the clutch is really special, all those different colours create such a great texture !
November 28, 2016 @ 10:55 pm
Thanks Christina, I never thought about my outfit as “French secretary” but I love your description 🙂 I don’t have any French heritage, but I’ll take it!
December 6, 2016 @ 3:53 pm
I think maybe the clutch fits the category I term so bad it is good, used when I probably shouldn’t like something but really do. I’d keep it and use it. Though I read Porcelina’s body bag comment and can’t get that out of my head now! Great skirt, I’m after a winter wool skirt like that.
December 6, 2016 @ 4:11 pm
I agree- I think it is so bad it is good too. My friends may disagree. . . but haha, I love it! The skirt was a, very, lucky thrift store find and it is easily becoming my favourite winter staple. It just goes with everything. I would definitely recommend getting one or making one for yourself!
December 15, 2016 @ 10:01 pm
hello there,ciao Nicole…great post! beautiful photos!…and…your outfit is a stunning work of Art!…an applause for your style…cheers!
happy festive season
December 15, 2016 @ 10:03 pm
Thanks so much Aure! And a very Merry Christmas to you too 🙂
May 10, 2017 @ 2:55 am
I love the outfit. The simplicity of the clutch is lovely. I understand sometimes vintage stuff is made of odd things but it’s being recycled and given a new life
May 11, 2017 @ 12:32 pm
That’s my favourite thing about vintage- giving it a new life- and especially when it’s something really odd!