If fall style after 50 had an official color no doubt it would be orange. And if fall had an official temperature, no doubt dressing for it would be so much easier! However, Autumn is mercurial: some days warm, some days cool.
Today in my sweet home Chicago it is breezy and a little brisk with a high of 61 degrees. However, come Wednesday the temps will rise to 78°. Admittedly this makes dressing for the season a bit challenging. Hence the concept of fall transition! It’s a time when our minds start thinking of the delicious jewel tones that fall brings but our bodies aren’t sure if we need to wear a sweater or a t-shirt. I guess it’s to be expected. After all darlings, Mother Nature is a woman, so it’s only natural that she keeps us guessing. 🙂
Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite outfits. It’s not quite as classic, in terms of styling, as some of my favorite looks, and yet, it has earned a spot on my best-dressed list. I think it’s because the color and the pattern are quite artistic and I’ve always had a soft spot for creativity.
This beautiful tangerine and ivory dress is by Alexander McQueen. I love the vibrancy of the colors; it’s almost as if I can’t help but smile as soon as I don this fancy frock.
The bracelet is Hermes and some of you have probably read the story countless times, but for those who have not, my ultimate concierge gave me a Hermes bracelet every time I received a cancer-free CAT scan after my battle against cancer began more than a decade ago.
For 10+ years, since my diagnosis and surgery, I have endured a multitude of CAT scans. My husband has accompanied me to every appointment.
Each visit to the CAT scan floor, followed by an elevator ride to the 7th floor for an appointment with my surgeon for the results, for me, was and is a terrifying experience. After passing with flying colors the first CAT scan of now more than twenty, my husband decided we should celebrate. That day he picked out my first Hermes bracelet. He put it on my wrist and said, “This bracelet has meaning. It is a full circle with no breaks. We are forever together on your journey.”
This began a custom. After each successful CAT scan, he would march me over to the Hermes shop, choose a bracelet with my input, at times, and then take me out for lunch to celebrate my survival or as he would say, “our survival.”
I am emotionally attached to my jewelry collection of Hermes bracelets, wearing one almost every day or night. Each one is weighted with intense emotional feelings. Love. Survival. Hope. Gratitude.
The shoes are Valentino, and as many of you know, I still have quite a passion for high heels. I’ve had many of my readers comment that at our age we should wear more comfortable shoes but I can assure you I am very comfortable in my high heels. And, as I often say when it comes to style, I believe it’s essential that you do you! If sneakers are your thing more power to you and if you are still wearing stilettos well after 50, then kudos to you as well.
As I said in my Facebook LIVE last week, fashion may be about clothes and accessories but STYLE is about who you are on the inside and the way that you present that to the outside world. No one — and I mean no one — can dictate your style. The rules to embracing fall style after 50 are simple… wear what works for you.
The earrings are Van Cleef. Is there a story behind them? There’s always a story, darlings but I’ll save that one for another day.
I am lucky to have some beautiful pieces by talented designers but let me assure you that you can feel gorgeous and select styles that look wonderful on you at any price point. Need help? Let’s talk! I’d love to hear about your sense of style, and if you have fashion struggles, I’d love to help also. After all, that’s what girlfriends are for.
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