Fall makes me feel better ‘bout fashion

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Not too long ago I had the good fortunate to interview famed dress designer, Vicky Tiel.

Don’t recognize the name? Think Julia Roberts’ red dress in “Pretty Woman,” and (as my daughter would say “Bam!”) now you know her.

I was a little nervous, not because of her celebrity status, but because I knew I wouldn’t be dressed properly.

I’ve confessed it before, and not that one can tell most days, but I do love fashion.

More importantly, I love cold-weather fashion.

I am so much better dressed in the winter.

All those Pinterest pinboards, with the cute cardigans, skinny jeans and coordinating scarves and purses, delight me to no end. And the boots –gasp! I adore boots.

When I was little, I had this green overcoat, that looking back, made me look like the Pillsbury Doughboy on St. Patrick’s Day. But, I loved that coat. I can still remember how soft the outside felt and how smooth and warm the inside was.

And looking at the weather report, it seems that by Friday, we’ll all be pulling out those big coats. If you’re headed out to the game, remember – the Weather Channel says the low is set for 39 degrees.

A little colder than what my grandmother would call “sweater weather,” and I’m thrilled!

I can’t wait for that cool, crisp Saturday, but I digress.

When we went school shopping in August, my Mia found a coat – a mini-model leather biker jacket. I balked at the $40 price tag; however, her mathematically-gifted sister pointed out that at 30 percent off, it was basically a steal. When Mia slid it over her shoulders, she was in love.

It just goes to show that how we dress says so much about what we’re feeling that day.

Paired with knee-high black boots, my girl is rockin’ it on the schoolyard, and I can tell that every time she wears her “uniform” she feels confident.

But for me, here lately, I’ve hated to get dressed in the mornings. Nothing seems to fit right. I can’t find the perfect match, and so on.

I see things on other people, and I’m like, “Wow. That looks fabulous.” When I try to replicate it at home, it just doesn’t work. Which brings me back to my love of winter, and more specifically, winter clothes. There’s just something right (for me) about slacks, a turtleneck or dress shirt and a denim jacket. And finally, thanks to Mother Nature, my fashion problems are soon to be over.

I’m not much of an accessory person. I love scarves and a nice set of earrings, but outside of that, you probably won’t find it in my jewelry case.

I am thinking of expanding the closet and making room for some new cardigans. Or maybe I need a biker jacket and a pair of knee-high boots. Who knows.