I really debated not doing this series at all, despite several requests last Spring for me to follow up with Fall items. My reasons were that I have at present only about five tops and three pairs of pants...and I'm not sure how long I'll be able to continue to wear the pants. Really how far could I possibly stretch a small and hopefully temporary, wardrobe?
Then I was reading The Listening Valley by D.E. Stevenson and one of the characters was a French girl who arrived with one suitcase and a handful of things in it. She always looked 'smart' as it was put in the book, and managed with just a change of scarves or a sweater added to look as though she had a whole new outfit.
That put me in mind of an article from one of the vintage magazines about a French student in an American college who always managed to look chic...but when her dorm companions peeked in her closet they discovered she owned a pair of jeans, a sweater and the skirt, blouse and jacket she'd worn out that evening!
Well so what if my wardrobe is limited? I still have to dress this fall and I might as well have a bit of fun seeing how well I can do it, right?
And then I started playing about on Pinterest Saturday evening, which is my major Pinning time and I saw an outfit that I really, really liked. It proved to be an inspiration to me and the next thing I knew I was scanning the fashion files of Angela and Karla and a few others that I follow on Pinterest and finding more and more possibilities to use what I have to create a fall wardrobe.
So essentially I started with this photo:
I loved the red and camel and immediately thought of a silk scarf I have and a red purse I'd noted I'd not carried in a long while. I don't have boots...and while this is styled with jeans I opted for black pants, but jeans could work just as well. I didn't bother with jewelry after I picked up some red glass earrings and discovered that the 'red' was actually paint which had peeled. ( They are now a lovely pair of frosted glass earrings! Just a little rehab required to get them to that state.) I'll likely use some really chic looking gold hoops with a gold drop on the end for earrings with this outfit. And possibly my cream enameled bangle with the black pinstripe. I started with this look:
A taupe 3/4 sleeve cardigan and a cream/ light coffee colored tee shirt, black pants, a red purse and the scarf I mentioned which has black, gold, red, taupe and cream. I was really pleased with the overall look.
As I was pulling out the scarf to style the first outfit, I realized that my collection of vintage scarves and wraps and such was going to stand me in good stead for Fall. Using those same two pieces above as my base, I came up with this as a second outfit:
I used the black pants (or I could use black jeans for a more casual look) and a vintage alligator purse in a rich dark brown. The scarf here has a hunt scene in taupe, maroon, mustard and an olive gray color. The purse was Mama's a long time ago. In an old book on good grooming written by a French woman, the reader is urged to use alligator only as a casual purse, never as a dressy one...but it does appear dressy anyway, doesn't it?
Here are the pants styled with the Robin Egg top and a gray and steel toned necklace. I'd wear this to church I think and likely would use black bag and shoes with it.
Now that is a portion of my small wardrobe. I have three or four more tops to share and will style them in various ways as well, many inspired by Pinterest photos which I'll also share.