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11:53 am - September Post the 1st: Fall Fashion and the Boot
So, for my first trick post in this month o' requests, let's talk about fall fashions.

First, this year's September issue of Vogue -- you know, the Big One -- is sadly uninspiring. I can't entirely tell if it's the season's clothes or the editorial spreads that have bored me. Even the ads are not quite there for me.

Second, I love fall and I love fall fashion. More clothes = more interest to me. There is so much more play of layers, textures, colors; there is so much more chance to show off. (I live in the muggy subtropics. From late May through all of September, one's clothing decisions are predicated on What Will Allow Me to Not Sweat To Death When I Step Outside. This does not give one a lot of choices.)

Third, I've been refining my own philosophy of clothes-wearing in the past couple of years, and something julia_here said elsewhere resonated with me: I have to be able to move.

My love of straight male dandies -- the way Lord Peter Wimsey dresses, for instance -- is, as Julia_Here suggested, about the way the body (shoulders, often; length of legs; forearms) is revealed through the clothing. Not in an ostentatious way, mind; it's about proportion and propriety as well as decoration. The dandies I love are men who can unbutton their suit jacket and then leap over a wall in pursuit of a baddie.

It's harder to find that in most stylish women's clothes, isn't it? So many of the year's fashion choices are about the still image: the shoes which won't carry one more than a block, the skirt that hobbles one, the sleeves (if one has sleeves) too tight to reach overhead. Justine Picardie's discussion of the pencil skirt in the Telegraph last week is a fine critique of one such trend.

This year's ads for the ready-to-wear clothing line St John feature Kate Winslet, who looks amazing, a sort of languid cross between 50s Kim Novak and late 60s Catherine Deneuve. The only bad thing is that in the linked video, she doesn't look like she can really move at all (despite the knitwear).

This just drives me back to Celine A/W 2011, also known as Clothes for Emma Peel. I can't carry these off -- a little too strict -- but they can inspire.

So, to answer gwynnega's prompt about fall clothes... I will wear straight skirts that nevertheless don't hobble me. I have my riding boots (black as well as brown) ready.

This autumn (when it arrives), I plan to be on the move, and my clothes will have to come with me. :-)

May all of you dream of clothes you love today!

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From:anne_d
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
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Have to say, I have no sense of fashion whatsoever, but I do enjoy your thoughts on the subject.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
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I am not even remotely fashionable in attire -- but I do like to think about it. So I'm glad the thoughts please! :-)

Cheers and a lovely day to you!
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From:anne_d
Date:September 5th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
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I have to be able to move.

For some reason, I'm hearing Cat from Red Dwarf - "I likes my food fashions to move!"
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From:mobile_alh
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:24 pm (UTC)
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All I can say is, St. John knits have come a long way from the boxy double knit suits that my mother treasured as the epitome of working woman style in the 60s.

Mmm...almost time for boots again!
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Hee -- when I think of St John, I think of 80s Dallas matrons with Rather Large Blonde Hair, who bought their St John at Needless Markup. ;-)

Cheers and hurrah for boots and for you. :-)
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From:paratti
Date:September 5th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC)
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Wishes you a stylish yet functional Fall.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
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And a wonderful London autumn to you, L!

[hugs hugs]
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From:wildrider
Date:September 5th, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I adore fashion (not "high fashion," but the real stuff, that people wear!) but have neither the patience nor the figure for it! So here's to happy fashion thoughts!

(For me, the fashion weakness is men in western wear, from Wranglers to suits, there is just nothing more gorgeous!)
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I could write an entire post about men in cowboy boots. :-))

Hugs and cheers to fashion thoughts and to you!
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From:gwynnega
Date:September 5th, 2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Lori! I'm with you on the needing-to-be-able-to-move thing. :-)

Yay boots!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:September 5th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
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AND you wear color extremely well. :-))

Hugs and cheers and thanks, Gwynne!
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From:stateless82
Date:September 6th, 2011 05:41 am (UTC)
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I like fabric that can move, so stiff and/or tight just don't work for me, even if it's pretty look to look at.

And it has to feel good as well. The rare occasions when I try to shop for clothes, half the time just touching the fabric is enough to make me leave it on the rack.



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From:laurawise
Date:September 6th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
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You're smart to think about the fabric itself! I know a lot of T-shirts now are so thin that they don't work for me...

Hurrah for clothes that move, and hurrah for you, S! :-) [hugs]
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:September 6th, 2011 06:34 am (UTC)
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I love walking trousers, of the type that can be quickly converted to shorts. About the only item I plan to buy in the near future.
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From:laurawise
Date:September 6th, 2011 10:41 am (UTC)
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Not only are those practical, but 'utility' clothing is also a big fashion deal right now. You're bang on trend, as they say! :-)

Hugs, Stevie, and cheers!
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From:callmesandy
Date:September 6th, 2011 03:19 pm (UTC)
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I saw part of the september issue on the bus, but didn't buy it because of this even though I was super excited Vogue US actually gave a model of color a single girl edit, sigh.

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From:laurawise
Date:September 6th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
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Yes, that editorial & article was distinctly Not Good.
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From:callmesandy
Date:September 6th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
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I was surprised there was less blowback about it, but my friend's rant was one of the only ones I saw. And it's so bleh because I love Karlie Kloss, generally, but models don't have so much control over that kind of stuff. I hope.

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