September 7, 2022
I’m taking a break in the “6 Scarves, 12 Months” so that I’m not late with today’s new season!
When she was out walking around the city on Labor Day weekend, she saw all sorts of people who had to bundle up at short notice – the day was VERY cool…
She kept seeing people wearing what she thought were simple crewneck sweaters in all kinds of colors… until she got near a woman at a cross-walk, and saw that she was actually wearing a sweatshirt!
Hmm… she realized that a clean, unwrinkled sweatshirt doesn’t have to look like you’re cleaning the garage. And they’re pretty easy to take care of too!
Now, to choose a color:
She isn’t opposed to wearing white jeans in cold weather, so long as the streets aren’t splashy and sloppy!
Matching a cotton turtleneck to new cords would give our heroine a base for every other sweater, cardigan or jacket in her wardrobe:
She loves the idea of matching new sneakers to her new sweatshirt – what an easy way to look like you got dressed on purpose!
Of course, there’s no reason she couldn’t just stick to her traditional favorites, and update some classics in her wardrobe!
She can’t wait for lovely autumn days…
The White Dew season indicates that while the days may still be warm, the nights are pleasantly cool. Sounds good!
p.s. Four years ago, I experimented with a possible Project 333 Wardrobe, using 20 garments and 13 accessories…
These combos look great. Clever way to be prepared for the change of season without making your wardrobe feel like a hot mess. I really liked that mixed plaid shirt in black and red. The look back post is also helpful, will go back once I’m able to bear the thought of warmer clothes. We’ll have to wait for that here in Barcelona… Sigh… But as 7 of 9 would say: we will adapt!
I’m loving the challenge BTW! How’s the dress holding in terms of care and washing?
Cheers and blessings!
Beth T says
I’m not ready to embrace long sleeved tops yet. Daytime temperatures in the UK are around 20C. However, I am putting a cardigan on first thing as it is a bit chilly. Having rained this morning, it is now sunny.
When wearing a two or more colour plaid shirt, I often like to wear a top that picks out one of the minor colours rather than the obvious one. It might be an interesting post to take a plaid shirt and create different wardrobes based on each of the colours in it.
Sandy b says
Beth t, I have thought of the very same thing. I have a Bean flannel in neutrals navy, grey and brown and use it as a sort of reference. A more colorful plaid would work as well. It doesn’t have to be flannel, either. Great minds think alike, eh? Also, hope you are on the mend!
Beth T says
Yes I am on the mend, thanks. It’s good to be home.
So glad you’re home Beth and getting better!! Been holding good thoughts for you every day!!
Lovely photos. I can’t wait for corduroy weather! And plaid flannel shirts! Though I suspect by next month I’ll at least be able to wear them like toppers – open over a solid top. Like Beth T, our day started off cool-ish here, but by afternoon the library was sweltering. Definitely fall in the air though! Have a great day ladies.
Black, red, white and cobalt are the colours of my autumn/winter wardrobe. I would swop the grey trousers for blue jeans and the grey top for another white one as grey really doesn’t look good on me. I do have a couple of pairs of white jeans which are useful at this time of year but do get put away when winter hits. I have to admit I really dislike plaid shirts and corduroy as far too boyish looking and the wrong look for my style. Just my opinion of course and easy enough to substitute for something else.
My favorite is a long corduroy skirt! Still wearing that perfect-for-fall fabric but adds more feminine feel.
Amy in Indy says
I love the fall-ishness of plaid. I wear plaid primarily in skirts and scarves though. Plaid shirts are just kind of overwhelming on my short, busty figure.
This three-top approach is interesting. I’m thinking about how to apply it to clothes I own, since I don’t wear turtlenecks (too constricting) or sweatshirts (look like a potato sack on me). Maybe a thin V-neck under a thin sweater, with a knitted cardigan or princess-seamed fleece jacket over.
They are beautiful photos. I really like the colours of the clothes and accessories you have chosen today. The coloured shoes really bring the outfit groups together. I would be happy to wear all of these clothes.
Lesley C says
Such a practical leisure capsule to pull in one’s favourite colours. I will soon be storing my winter pieces which include a black and white plaid shirt and my burgundy cords in favour of my summer capsule. Janis has influenced me to incorporate some black linen this summer. Can’t wait!
Sally in St Paul says
I love the colorful sneakers in several of these outfit ideas, and matching them to the top is a really fun color formula. Navy/white/blue and grey/red are competing for my favorite today. To say that the weather here is VERY far from any of these outfits being appropriate is an understatement, but time flies and it’ll be plaid flannel season before we know it.
Hello! This is random, but I wondered if anyone here used to read The French Touch? I found it through this blog. I just wondered whatever happened to the author.
Janny, sorry, I don’t remember but others may. Was it a book or a blog?
Beth I am glad you’re home! Here’s to a complete return to health.
I remember that look back post. I was easing into the concept of project 333. I thought I would never be able to narrow it down to 20 items of clothing – that was for the crazy people 😜 but I took on the challenge. The first rounds were more like 33 – 35 clothes and unlimited accessories but now this fall I’m at 16 items of clothing and 17 accessories. It taught me a lot about what I thought I would wear, versus what I actually love to wear. Either that or I’ve become one of the crazy people 😁
Sweatshirts, hmmm – easier to launder than a cashmere or merino pullover sweater. Good idea.
I really like these Japanese seasons. They are perfectly and poetically describing the weather and atmosphere as the year progresses.
On another note: after reading your website for about a year, I finally put your packing advice into practice for a long weekend away. (I don’t travel much.) Four items in black, four items in light neutrals (ranging from stone to white to a pearly super pale pink), and then two ruby red items. Added two summery scarves in white and red, a few pieces of jewellery, nude sandals, and black ankle boots. And I was done. It was so quick and easy. Then a blue dress with a bright pattern caught my eye, but since it went well with the neutrals and the red, it was fine.
Of course, I didn’t wear everything I packed, but getting dressed was simple.
Thanks for simplifying things!