I am not a fashionista. I pay no attention to which famous designer might be adorning my clothing labels, although I do enjoy a good episode of Project Runway.
I am equally comfortable shopping at White House Black Market and Target.
My tastes run toward the simply classic or the simply comfortable in shades of black, white, gray, and navy blue. Jeans are my best friends, and I have some that can be dressy or casual.
So when someone compliments me on something I’m wearing, it’s a cause for celebration. When more than one person compliments me on the same piece of clothing, I look to the sky to see if the planets have aligned in some mysterious way. And when complete strangers chase me down in parking lots to ask me where I got my jacket, I head back into the grocery store and buy several lottery tickets because surely my lucky star is on the rise.
In honor of these crisp, fall mornings standing in the pouring rain on a field dotted with puddles so deep you could lose a small child in them, all to watch your sons play soccer, I am going to share with you my all-time favorite fall fashions. They have earned their spot here by receiving multiple compliments from not only my friends, but from complete strangers.
From Splendid Avenue:
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I need garments that are not just water-resistant, but waterproof. It’s harder than you think to find something that is waterproof, not bulky (because then I feel like I can’t move and that just brings up an old claustrophobic issue), and stylish, so I didn’t even bother looking. Luckily, my friend Monika has done the looking for me and has found the most awesome products to keep me outfitted during the rainy season.
Behold my favorite Ilse Jacobsen Full-Length Rain Coat and Tall, Black Rubber Boots!
Waterproof, stylish, breathable, and comfortable…these items have it all. I own the basic black, but they come in a variety of colors.
The boots come in varying heights as well to suit all your waterproof needs.
They are both fantastic for rain and snow, but I recommend layering underneath the Rain Coat for extra warmth as needed.
Go to Monika’s website for the Rain Coat and Rubber Boots, but stay for the myriad of items she sells, all with a Scandinavian flavor. Clothing, jewelry, home décor, kitchenware…it’s all there.
As it says on Splendid Avenue: “Unique items. Great designs. High quality. Not many. Just the best.”
From Victoria’s Secret:
It’s a classic button-down shirt in simple colors (white, black, navy) with an elegant series of ruffles in the back.
I know what you’re saying: “Of course she likes it. It’s so basic!” Well, yes, but I also get complimented on this shirt all the time.
“That shirt is so flattering on you!”
“Excuse me, miss? I just have to ask…where did you get that shirt? I love it!”
Classic never goes out of style, and those ruffles just made classic a little more interesting.
My friend Amy sells CAbi through this site. She’s fantastic, and so are these clothes. It’s an unusual set-up. If you’ve never heard of CAbi, you can’t buy it in stores. It’s more like a Tupperware party, where you go to someone’s house and place your order. If you’re not comfortable with that kind of shopping, I completely understand. I am that way too.
But the clothes! For some of you working moms, you are going to be in heaven. It is high-quality, stylish, and formal enough for the office. If you’re like me, though, a stay-at-home mom who only has to get out of her pajamas when the dishwasher repairman is scheduled to arrive, is it worth it?
Yes. One of my all-time favorite items is called the Slouch Tee. I’m wearing it right now while I slouch around on my computer and I’ll still have it on when I go slouch around on my couch to watch The New Adventures of Old Christine on syndication. And I get compliments on it!
Their merchandise is seasonal, so you probable can’t even get the Slouch Tee anymore, but don’t worry: there are plenty of new items to enchant you!
You can order directly from CAbi: no party necessary!
If you have a Fall Fashion to share, please do!