How Do You Want to Look This Fall?

How Do You Want to Look This Fall?

I know many of you are dealing with blistering heat so fall temps may feel like a long way off. Our temperatures will reach 107 by mid-week which I find unbearable. I know it’s hard to think about fall clothes when it’s almost too hot to wear anything, but it might be time.

The truth is the racks are filling with fall merchandise and some of the best things arrive early. Many of the unique ones aren’t restocked throughout the season so if you have a specific look you want, now’s a good time to think about it.

I don’t want to dress the same way year after year. I get bored with things and want to experiment. I’m thinking about how I want to look and what I’ll need to add to my wardrobe, to get that look. My style recipe has begun to feel pedestrian and by that, I mean unimaginative.

Although “classic” has always a part of my look, I want to put things together in a more creative way. I want to make more of a statement with my appearance and be more visible. I want to tweak my classics and combine them with more flair to change them from the way everyone else wears them.

I’m constantly inspired by the colors, shapes, and fashions around me. When I find myself discounting a look immediately, I realize I’m limiting myself. I need to be more open to options so I can experiment.

Don’t get me wrong. Finding and sticking to a style uniform makes getting dressed easier. It can also put you on the fast track to boredom.

Here are some questions I’ve been asking myself.

Do I feel uplifted by the colors I’ve been choosing?

Are my clothes fun to wear?

Do I reach for the same uninspiring things over and over, leaving my more creative things for “later”?

The answers to these questions have me doing a lot of online virtual shopping. I’m going over what I do have and what I need.

Are you feeling inspired to switch things up this fall?

Thanks for reading and have a great day.

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  1. Janet
    August 15, 2019 / 3:43 am

    Your words could have come from my mouth! That’s how I feel.
    I so get bored with the same things and need to rejuvenate my look from time to time.
    Splitting my wardrobe between the two homes I just moved into has forced me to be more creative with what I have available at each home which was unexpected fun!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:33 am

      That is fun! It makes you be more creative which reminds you of what you own. I’m so ready for a change.

      • robin sheldon
        August 20, 2019 / 7:33 am

        Me too!! Love the oversized white shirt with ruffled scarf. Notice you pulled your hair back to create balance. Cute shoes too. Do you have a source for the shirt?

        • August 20, 2019 / 6:22 pm

          It’s called the Artist’s Smock… hence my tongue in cheek stying:) You can find it here.

  2. August 15, 2019 / 4:09 am


    I think you have been spying on me this summer!🤔
    Yes, I too am feeling and little blah with my wardrobe choices.
    Talbot’s shorts and tops over and over again. Yes, I love them and they look good but I need to step up my act.
    EXCUSE: It’s been so darn HOT 🥵!
    Ready for some fall fashionS!

    Rosemary xoxord 🥰

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:30 am

      Great minds think alike Rosemary 😉 The heat makes it so much harder and we won’t cool off until early November😫

  3. Yvonne
    August 15, 2019 / 4:29 am

    Me too! My summer wardrobe is much more interesting (colours, silhouettes and accessories) but now I need to find some new inspiration for fall/winter. I’ve worn a lot of black and grey the last few winters and leggings with tall boots and long sweaters became my go to casual look but now it’s time to switch that out. Bring on the inspiration Jennifer 🙂

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:29 am

      I did a lot of gray last fall so I’m on the hunt for a brighter option. It worked but got dreary in the gray weather.

  4. Deborah Broughton
    August 15, 2019 / 4:39 am

    I too have been thinking and searching for some new items for fall. I have ordered quite a bit and returned quite a lot. Yesterday here in Alabama the temp was 97 and muggy! I am so ready for fall!
    I wear neutrals often but seem to be buying more colored tops.
    Travelling to Montana over labor day ….so trying to figure out what to pack!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:28 am

      I here you. Muggy is the worst. We loved Montana! Enjoy.

  5. Sondra
    August 15, 2019 / 4:49 am

    I’m a classic girl through and through but I DO love color…..LOTS of different colors and that’s how I keep my classic look from becoming boring. I hardly EVER wear black and white. Just too boring for me. If I do, I change it up by adding a colorful cardigan, blazer or scarf but not in the same manor as you did today. That would look ridiculous on my short 5’2” frame. I’m always looking for ways to make myself look taller so I either do a full tuck or a front tuck with tops.

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:27 am

      Bravo doing the tuck Sondra. Too many women forget how lengthening it is!

      • Jackie
        August 16, 2019 / 10:21 am

        Tell us about ‘the tuck’ again! And how to do it when you have a tummy!

        • August 18, 2019 / 9:45 am

          I will do a post on the tuck. I find them very valuable.

  6. Pamela
    August 15, 2019 / 4:52 am

    You look absolutely radiant in the above outfit! I love how it makes you look tall, slim and so very stylish. Love your hair styled in that manner also. No one could miss noticing you walking down the street!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:25 am

      Thanks Pamela. This outfit is from a while ago which highlights to me how bored I’ve become with my look. It was a great reminder of why clothes matter.

  7. Laurie Sandall
    August 15, 2019 / 4:59 am

    Great points! Love your look in the post’s photo!

  8. August 15, 2019 / 5:43 am

    I love to mix it up and be more creative… especially during a season with such great colors! Your outfit is super cute… love the shoes!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:23 am

      Thanks Pam. This was from a while ago and I need to get some of that zing back.

  9. Suzanne Campbell
    August 15, 2019 / 5:57 am

    Hi Jennifer—
    I welcome your thoughts and ideas. Love the white shirt! Please share where you found it!! The look is great and can be changed with accessories! Keep stylin’…

  10. Monica
    August 15, 2019 / 6:05 am

    I love to change things up too with new looks. Looking for some inspiration. You always look great!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:22 am

      Thanks Monica. Vacation wardrobes always get stale for me so it’s time to change things up.

  11. Marcia
    August 15, 2019 / 6:13 am

    I went out of my comfort zone. Just purchased for fall 2 pairs of colored jeans, a pretty maroon and a pretty forest green….I’ve seen in 2 stores that colored jeans are back in So I bought them now….also found 2 pattern blouses that match the jeans colors….

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:21 am

      That sounds like a score. Bravo. I’m wanting some more colored jeans too. I wear jeans so often I need more variety.

  12. Eve
    August 15, 2019 / 6:23 am

    Your poets look? I love it but this type of shoe will be needed for a short person like me to pull that look off and I’m reduced to wearing low heels or flats these days. I just found out I lost inches from 5’4″ to 5’2 & 1/2. I heard about that happening but didn’t think it would happen to me. I miss heels since I got older but I’m still here on this side with the daisies so it’s all good.LOL

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:19 am

      I love your attitude Eve ❤️❤️ I’ve shrunk too but my feet don’t tolerate heels very much anymore.

  13. Janet
    August 15, 2019 / 6:32 am

    You usually tell where you get some of your outfit pieces and I LOVE the blouse with the bow scarf! Share if you can!

  14. Eileen
    August 15, 2019 / 6:42 am

    I’m always looking for inspiration, hopefully you’ll find some for us. Living around people wearing practical clothes in the heat, gets boring, shorts and tees, shorts and tees, I feel like I’m in fourth grade again, wearing what my mom found on sale for me…. hurry up fall!

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:17 am

      Lol, you nailed it Eileen.

  15. Laura
    August 15, 2019 / 6:48 am

    I have mostly neutrals in my wardrobe, but I am bored with my clothes and am trying to step out of my comfort zone lately by adding color with scarves and combining separates in new ways. I’ve also recently bought some things that are new styles for me. I love your shoes! Can you tell us where they’re from?

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:13 am

      These are several years old from Nordstrom. I think they’re pretty fun but stopped wearing them. Time to get them out!

  16. August 15, 2019 / 7:26 am

    I also own a lot of classic and practical clothes and add fun/creative with scarves and such. Once in a blue moon I’ll find one new piece that is fun and different. Last year is was a velvet tunic that I wore with leggings. Totally new look for me and I got a lot of compliments. In theory, this should give confidence to keep experimenting. But it’s hard to stretch

    I am about to leave my corporate 8-5 job to start my own business as a professional organizer. It’s sometimes very physical and I’ll get dirty working in a garage or cramped storage area, sorting piles on the floor. Basically it’s been jeans and cotton shirts. A new work uniform! I was thinking that now I can also get more creative! But I’m also taking a big drop in income. I skipped the Nordstrom anniversary sale.

    I decided to

    + try thrift stores regularly. First find: an amazing unique jacket for $7 that was probably never worn.

    + What sparks joy? (Use Marie Kondo organizing principles!)

    + Stick to sale racks at small boutiques. I’ll be hitting the sidewalk sales starting today in Healdsburg. Check out Yasuko. (Lots of Japanese influenced pieces made from vintage kimonos.)

    It’s fun to try new things and re-cultivate one’s style. Slowly and purposefully.

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:04 am

      Wow, would I’d we love to check out Yasuko! It sounds amazing. Good luck with your new venture. It’s really needed 😉 I love how you’re going about finding your new look.

  17. Rose Brock
    August 15, 2019 / 7:44 am

    All very great ideas! I want to change things up for fall also. I’ve been looking online and Pinterest to get ideas. Trying to find petite clothing in my town is very difficult. Sometimes I turn to juniors which always keeps me wondering if what I picked out is too young. But I love all the inspiration from you all.

    • August 15, 2019 / 8:01 am

      You can’t assume “juniors” looks too young for you just because of the department it came from. If you choose wisely you can put together a sophisticated look from there too.

  18. Joanna
    August 15, 2019 / 8:33 am

    I find summer outfits boring because it’s too hot to layer. Although, I did see a women wearing a tee shirt with a scarf tied around her shoulders. It looked very European.

    Are you going to do a F/W trend post? Keep us in the know?

  19. Mary Ann Wendland
    August 15, 2019 / 8:48 am

    I think that this outfit is amazing! And, summer is a constant for me here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. I would love to see a post about late summer, really high temperature styles. Most of the country is going to be sizzling for at least another month. Help us to get through this with some style, please!

    • August 15, 2019 / 7:12 pm

      You will see those posts from me Mary Ann. We will be hovering near the 100’s well into October, possibly even November.

  20. Terry
    August 15, 2019 / 9:51 am

    I LOVE this outfit on you.

    • August 15, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      Thanks Terry. It was fun!

  21. anonymous
    August 15, 2019 / 10:35 am

    I would have to disagree with others’ opinions of your outfit. The scarf by itself is beautiful, as is the shirt; but to my eye, together they’re just too ruffly, voluminous and frou-frou to pair together. I can’t stop seeing Little Lord Fauntleroy!

    • August 15, 2019 / 7:10 pm

      I see Little Fauntleroy too! That’s the look I was going for.

  22. Kay
    August 15, 2019 / 1:55 pm

    You look so cute with that bow!

    • August 15, 2019 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks :). It’s a change for me

  23. Janet Williams
    August 15, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    Please bring on some colour for my dreary Canadian winters! So far I’ve bought a royal blue sweater, red/black check shirt and blue/white checked tunic with red accessories.

    • August 15, 2019 / 7:08 pm

      Those will cheer things up

  24. Diana
    August 15, 2019 / 6:34 pm

    We’ve had an unusually cool summer in the MT foothills this summer, so I’ve been practicing for fall quite a bit!

  25. MRSBEN2
    August 15, 2019 / 8:08 pm

    Can relate to “I’m going over what I do have and what I need” as feel much the same as you do; beginning with the formula of changing my hairstyle and have been scouting what the Europeans will be wearing this Fall as they are normally a good year or two ahead of us in North America. As a result and briefly ; I’ve decided to resurrect some of my ‘classic’ wool ‘n blend blazers and suit jackets (I’ve been hoarding … ☺) to replace the blah and conventional Fall season outerwear that is the norm for the climate I live in (Canada). I plan to pair them with a couple of trending separates/accessories and will be basically introducing only a few new colors with focus more on mixing fabrics, patterns ‘n textures to attain the change from mundane to hopefully a new statement in classic styling. (I should mention that I’m a self-confessed fabric junkie so am going to enjoy it.)
    With anticipation to seeing your journey of transformation Jennifer and welcoming your tips. -Brenda-

    P.S.: Envy all those who are complaining about the heat as our summer was sooooo short that if you had blinked you might have missed it …. lol! That is how bad it was weather wise.

  26. Joyce
    August 15, 2019 / 11:55 pm

    Moving to the hill country of Texas, means many days of cool humid days, rain, nothing like ive lived in for42 years!, looking forwa=d to long sleves and maybe a shawl or vest! So not heavy coats and boots..wearing a lovely velvet without burying it under a coat! Or a snart blazer and no overcoat yeah!

  27. Mumbai
    August 17, 2019 / 2:57 am

    it’s fun and interesting to replenish your wardrobe but not with this blue scarf. That’s really not YOU.
    I think with a black bow it would be better.

    • August 18, 2019 / 9:43 am

      In fact, I love this scarf and wear it often

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