Eternally Fall Wreath by way of Litchfield County, CT

While my front door says everything about my exuberance for the season, my seasonal picks are all about how I choose to express my October style.

“The joy of dressing is an art.” —John Galliano

The “shoulder seasons,” spring and fall, beg for experimentation. Neither decisively hot nor cold, the absence of absolutes invites creativity and the experience of living in “the -in – between.” In that way, they are accurate reflections of our personal change journeys. We may welcome the freedom that comes with that transitional space, or get, well, “freaked out” about it.

These beautiful shades of amber, melon, and rust, complemented by my awesome Marc Jacobs booties will be perfect for a mid-October day.

I can “change things up” by pairing my $10 (Yes, ten dollars via a Winston-Salem consignment shop) Sanctuary windowpane slacks with my Pedro Garcia spikes and an outrageous necklace – all consignment shop finds. Full disclosure: This footwear works well for crossing one’s legs at dinner. Thereafter, I’ll be switching into my black Marc Jacobs booties.

Clearly, the aforementioned booties are a staple in this month’s whimsical roundup. Kind of crazy how the leather lining echoes the scarf’s explosive beauty. And the embossed bag? While it is “on trend” for 2019, it is a perfect expression of my style. If you look closely, you can see the vein of grayed-off blue that makes this piece strikingly-unique.

I love mixing patterns – as evidenced by the backdrop of my home! This Nanette Lepore jacket paired with straight – legged gray jeans will look fabulous with my Eileen Fisher scarf, Anthro booties (swooning over the tiny polka dots), consignment shop brass earrings, and my vintage Whiting and Davis snake bracelet. Isn’t it cool how the floral design of the earrings echoes the pattern of the brocade?

Style Sense from your Style Coach:

  • Follow your heart. Take your inspiration from the changing natural beauty that surrounds you. Don’t be afraid of a color, cut, or pattern you haven’t tried before. You can dabble, even if you don’t commit!
  • Experiment. Still ambivalent? Send a pic to your trusted sister or your style-savvy BFF and ask them to weigh in. But ultimately? Trust your gut, not theirs.
  • Embrace October style for what it is. Allow yourself a glorious flirtation with fall, an invitation to be in the in-between. And on that note, keep your perspective:

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.”

–   Elizabeth Lawrence

5 thoughts on “October: A Glorious Flirtation

  1. I’m in love with your sense of style, JeanneMarie💜 This is my favorite season, especially the colors. I’ve been defined as an “autumn” in terms of my best color palette and am drawn to burnt orange and rusts.

    Those shoes are killer fun looking, though I couldn’t walk in them. Glad to know you use them for show😊

    Great post!


  2. Miss Jean,
    Love everything you have done here, especially the Garcia spikes, outrageous necklace and croc bag!! The colors and textures are my favorite!! I am so ready for fall….you are my inspiration!

    PS too funny….the other pointy black booties with blue lining I think I recognize! I have them too!…(Donald Pliner)


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