Fashion and Fun after Fifty

Archive for the ‘Fall Fashion’ Category

How to Wear Layers for Unpredictable Fall Weather

Today’s guest post was written by Cathy Habas, and the timing is perfect, especially after my post on Wednesday featuring this Fall Fashion outfit from Chadwicks of Boston.

photo shoot at Glasgow Park

After a sweltering and often uncomfortable summer, fall brings welcome change. But fall can be unpredictable. The days are hot and the nights are cold. An unexpected breeze can bring on quite a chill. And if you live in a mountainous region, the differences in temperature become even more apparent depending on your altitude.

So if you have a long day ahead of you, you might find yourself in need of a warm outfit for the chilly morning and a summery outfit for the heat of the day. Factor in windy conditions, and you’ll need to bundle up even more.

keeping warm with a mug of hot cocoa

Don’t worry! There’s no need to change clothes in the middle of the day. With some smart layering of clothes, being comfortable is as simple as taking off or putting on a jacket. Let’s take a look at some ways to wear layers while still looking professional or trendy this fall.

But first and foremost, don’t forget to check the weather forecast! Take a look at the highs and lows, as well as the wind chill factor.

Start With Leggings and Socks

Choose some medium-weight leggings to keep the chill off your legs. Stay away from sheer tights, which wind will cut through like a knife, and from thermal leggings, which will turn you into a bucket of sweat. (In a pinch, you can always nip to the bathroom and take off your leggings if they are just too much.) Dark colors are always in style in the fall, like black, grey, brown, dark blue, maroon, olive or marigold.

If your toes tend to get cold, wear some socks over your leggings! You can even incorporate them into the outfit by having the sock cuff peek over the edge of your boots.

Add a Dress

The foundation of your layered outfit will be a dress. It’s a good idea to stick with a simple design and to not choose a busy pattern. Each layer of clothing that you add to your outfit will add a new color, texture, pattern and design. Unless all of your other layers are plain and you need some pizazz, keep the dress nice and simple, like a blank canvas. White dresses are perfect for layering, so don’t let that old “no white after Labor Day” saying lead you astray.

Loose-fitting dresses are preferable over body-con dresses so that you can let your body breathe a little when the weather warms up in the middle of the day.

what to wear in the fall

Try to stay away from dresses with cut-outs, little to no back coverage, deep necklines and too much shoulder exposure. It’s not that you’re trying to be overly modest, but rather a cool fall breeze will find every inch of bare skin (yes, even under a jacket!) and chill them to the bone. Take our word for it and leave the beach dresses in the closet.

Something cute and simple like the Ariana Mesh Shift Dress is perfect, but in the end, don’t overthink it. Choose whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident!

Add Something to Cover Your Shoulders and Arms

Some people like to wear long-sleeved shirts under dresses, but I find this to be a little stifling. After all, if you get too warm, you cannot remove the shirt very easily. However, wearing a long-sleeved shirt over your dress works out much better and makes it look like you’re simply wearing a skirt.

But I prefer to choose a jacket, cardigan or sweater for this layer. If you’re quite concerned about the cold, add a vest first for an additional layer of warmth.

Jackets that fall to your waist line are ideal so that the skirt of your dress has plenty of room to poof, twirl and flow. It’s also wise to choose a button-down instead of a pullover, so that you have the option of keeping it open when you feel warm, or buttoning up against the cold.

It’s even better if your jacket or cardigan has pockets! Sometimes wearing gloves is overkill, but that doesn’t mean your hands won’t get cold.


Add a Scarf

Choose your favorite scarf to keep your neck and chest extra warm. Scarves add a wonderful layer of protection on a windy day. Don’t opt for the mega-warm, knitted variety just yet. Silk scarves are okay, but Pashminas are even better. There are dozens of ways to tie them, so they can look like a work of art while also serving a practical purpose.

Final Touches

Consider wearing a beanie or other head-hugging hat, and don’t forget to pick out your favorite boots! Pick out your purse, add a couple chunky rings or earrings, and you’re all set. The scarf and jacket can be removed or added throughout the day as needed, and you should be able to always strike a balance between being too hot or too cold.

Coordinating all of these layers into an outfit that doesn’t look mish-mashed is part of the fun. But don’t be afraid to be bold! So neon green isn’t really a fall color; wear your favorite scarf anyway! Your clothes are an expression of yourself and should instill confidence in you. They are also one of the first things people will notice about you, so stay true to yourself for a great first impression.

Cathy Habas Cathy Habas is a Louisville-based freelance writer specializing in fashion, health and home improvement. She received her degree in English from Indiana University Southeast in 2014. Learn more about Cathy and get in touch with her at

Wrapped in Style and Warmth with Chadwicks of Boston

Yes, summer is officially over and even with a warm snap last week, the Autumn winds are blowing and there is a definite crispness in the air.  I finally cleared my closet of the summer shorts and tanks and pulled out the long sleeve dresses, sweaters, wraps and wool skirts.

A few weeks ago when I got home from church, hubby and I took a Sunday afternoon drive and chose to cruise through Glasgow Park as we are planning on walking the trails there on Saturday mornings.  There were several walkers, joggers, and parents with kids in strollers on this bright and beautiful day.   Glasgow Park is a great place to go if you are looking to add a little exercise to your weekend routine or just get some fresh air with the family or to walk the dog.

  Wrapped in Warmth

Obviously,  I was not dressed for any serious walking, however, I did walk over to the pond to see the Geese gather and take in the warmth of the sunshine on my faceWearing this Blue Wool Midi A-Line Skirt from Chadwicks of Boston and Multi Color Shawl kept me comfy cozy and cute – what do you think?

Chadwick's of Boston

Some of you may remember getting the Chadwicks of Boston catalogs in the mail and if you were anything like me, you would go through each page, “dog-earring” the ones with items that you wanted to order.  This Blue Wool Midi A-Line Skirt was one of them as it is perfect for  church and work and when the snow flakes begin to fall, I will be wearing my boots with it.  I love the front kick pleat which makes it easier to maneuver when walking in the snow.

Affordable Fashion from Chadwick's of Boston

The American Shawl is a great cover-up because oftentimes I find wearing a heavy sweater uncomfortable especially by the end of the day.  Wearing a shawl keeps my arms warm when walking outside and then I can shed it once inside the car or in the office when a “personal summer” hits – and you know what I mean #menopause

Chadwicks of Boston has been around for a while but their clothing is still modern and affordable.  Ordering online at Chadwicks of Boston is easy and they have styles and sizes from Tall to Petite as well as Plus Sizes all at affordable prices to fit most budgets.

photo shoot at Glasgow Park

Check out the Wool Shop at Chadwicks of Boston to find this Midi A-Line Skirt which is also available in a New Camel color and the American Fringe Shawl is a one size fits all versatile and affordably priced garment.

Chadwicks of Boston  Wool Midi A-Line Skirt: Wool skirt with a slight A-line silhouette and a modern front inverted pleat that adds a unique touch. Front and back darts create a great shape. Hidden back zipper.

  • Wool/polyester/other
  • Polyester lining
  • Dry clean
  • Imported
  • Lengths: (M) 31″; (P) 28″

Disclosure:  I am participating in a compensated campaign with this brand.  The styling and the written words are my own.

Are You Ready For Fall Fashions? | Covered Perfectly Review & Giveaway #spon

Hello friends, I hope all is well in your world.

Are you ready for the latest fall fashions?  If you are anything like me you have more than enough clothes in your closet so the last thing you need to do is spend money on seasonal fads.

I mean let’s be real, I love to shop but there are just certain styles that are timeless, ones that will never go out of style no matter what the latest is in a given season.

Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion

For me, it’s anything with a black and white combination or anything with a Houndstooth print, so with this top I have the best of both worlds. When given the opportunity to choose two items to review from Covered Perfectly, after the Cascading Vest this was definitely my second choice.

Not only do I love the classic Houndstooth print but the top with it’s 3/4 sleeves fits my body perfectly, is true to size and washes well. The Simple Comfort Patterned top also comes in two other animal prints in sizes small to extra large.

Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion For this outfit, I chose to wear it with a simple black pencil skirt, but I can also wear it with a pair of jeans on the weekend or with my red skirt later on in the year.

Classic Fall Fashion

Don’t forget the Covered Perfectly Rafflecopter Giveaway is open until August 2nd, so if you haven’t yet entered for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate, click here to do so.  You can also take advantage of getting a 20% discount on your total order when you use the code “DD20”.

Houndstooth Classic Fall Fashion

So what fall fashion trend are you most looking forward to, or are you sticking with the classics?

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!



This is a sponsored post, for more information please read my Disclosure Statement located in the top tab.