NAS Wins Part 2: Plum, Berry, & Wine (Long)

On the weekend, I bombarded you with different options for my  new VC striped skirt.   But in my climate and situation, that skirt is pretty much a summer item. And we all know the NAS is really about fall and winter clothing. 

So without further ado, let's get onto the big wins! 

First, I should let you know that despite several years on YLF and what has sometimes seemed like a ridiculous amount of buying (and editing), my closet is not ready for a full on one-in-one-out approach. I'm still building my wardrobe, which means that, rather than replacing worn, dated, or unloved items, some of my purchases were meant to fill big blank holes. 

This dusty plum Halogen pencil skirt  is one of those. As I looked into my fall/winter closet, I realized that apart from a very dressy capsule item, I did not have a single coloured skirt. Everything was black, plus one taupe skirt that I will probably pass along this year. And this is after several seasons of admiring so many YLF women wearing their coloured skirts! Well, I have loved wearing my cobalt VC tube skirt so much this summer, that I just could not picture going into the winter without a coloured skirt to accompany me. 

Angie wasn't sure the Halogen pencils were the best way for me to spend my $$, because after all, they're always available and always on sale. But they're not always available to me in Canada. And this year's seemed like better quality than last year's. So I ordered two, and this is one. 

At first I wasn't in love with the dusty, greyed tone of the purple. I would have liked something richer or more saturated. But I decided to give it a try, just in case.

Turned out I liked it in the dressing room, and liked it even more once I got it back home. It works well with most of my sweaters, shirts, and jackets, and will be easy to mix in my closet. 

I have long been an admirer of CocoLion's tonal looks. I think they are a way to maintain sophistication while avoiding black. So the outfit in #1 (which you saw in my change room photos) is an attempt to create a tonal look. I dreamed it up when I ordered these items. But you can never be sure that the colours IRL will be similar to those on the website.  Lo and behold -- it works (or at least I think it does, LOL)  and my vision is reality. 

In Pic 1: I am wearing the skirt with the Amber Sun colour block sweater (which is so lightweight it is less a "sweater" than a top, for my climate). This sweater replaces my Gap cable knit sweater in berry, (Pic 3) which is too itchy, hot, and cut too snug under the arms. 

Pic 2: The Amber Sun sweater can also be layered, as the fit is quite generous. It's easy and pleasant to wear.

As you may have noticed, I'm also wearing the Munro Robyn booties in Pic 1. These are not a replacement item but a "first" -- my first coloured booties. And very comfortable they are, too. I love them so much I would like to have them in a neutral, too.  

I took one look at these booties in person and said to Sveta: "I think these match my winter coat."  Here's proof in Pic 4!!   (Note: I am not sure what I will do for tights with outfits like this, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it.) 

Another important purchase for me (and a splurge) was this Tory Burch dress.   (Pics 5/6)  Angie recommended that I give it a try, and I am so glad I did. I had to size up in this one. My usual size was skimpy, too tight on the shoulders and hips, and far too short. This size gave me more ease and the length I preferred. 

This dress will replace my Cassis dress from a few seasons ago (pic 7). That dress has a similar print and colour scheme, but a slightly different neckline and style. It has proved a bit tricky to wear for various reasons, and last year I think I only wore it twice.

The new dress has a different fabrication and will be more cross-seasonal; it's also less fussy. (I was always fussing with neckline and belt of the other dress, plus it attracted static electricity like nobody's business!) 

My mother took one look at the Tory Burch and said, approvingly, "You could wear that dress anywhere!" I think she is right. And since it will be my only dedicated winter dress, I need the versatility. 

Thanks for looking, and I welcome your thoughts. 

This post is also published in the youlookfab forum. You can read and reply to it in either place. All replies will appear in both places.


  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    These are certainly hits! The dress looks like it was made for you, and I predict that you'll wear the colored booties into the ground.

  • Eliza replied 7 years ago

    Winning! YLF. That colored blocked sweater with booties and skirt, as well as jeans is amazing. You also rock the TB dress. Your mother is spot on about its versatility.

    Thanks for sharing. I think I need that color blocked sweater, especially if it isn't itchy.


  • replied 7 years ago

    Love your new colour injections for fall winter. That Tory Burch dress is gorgeous on you in particular.

  • texstyle replied 7 years ago

    Can I say FANTASTIC again? Truly Suz, you scored such a wonderful selection of items from NAS. I can't find fault in any of them. Perfect colors, combinations, flexibility in your wardrobe. Total Home Run!

    Edit: Oh and did I mention how beautiful you look in all of these as well? Stunning.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Oh my goodness Suz - you did incredibly well with your first NAS! I love everything you've chosen and the plum color scheme you have going. All just beautiful :)

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you, all! I had lots of help from Sveta and Angie, plus I had carefully watched several of you and listened to your thoughts about various items as they came in. 

    Eliza, that Amber Sun sweater is not at all itchy. I think it is all man-made fibres. I do not think it is a piece that will last particularly long, but at the sale price it is worth it. 

  • replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you have done such an amazing job selecting these items! You look so beautiful in the soft plums and burgundies. I love this new color capsule for you and I know you will enjoy infusing the hue into your existing wardrobe. I'm so impressed with your NAS purchases because your considered every item so carefully and refused to settle. You can bet I'm taking notes! :)

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    You did SO well at the NAS, Suz. I hereby crown you Queen Cranberry. I am blown away by #1, #2 and #5. Absolutely killer stunning. Fun to see you have fun. xo

  • Linda replied 7 years ago

    Suz, what great choices!  I would have never looked 2x at the Tory Burch dress, but it looks fabulous on you!  I have a Nordstrom seamed pencil skirt in a berry color from about 2 years ago.  At first it was an orphan so I decided to change that by looking for tops and jackets that would work.  Now I wear it constantly.  I love having a colored skirt!  I also love that sweater from Amber Sun, and it looks fabulous with the boyfriend jeans.  Hmm.... I wonder if it would work with my berry skirt? Reading your recent post re the VC rugby striped skirt really struck a chord.  I just bought one in black and the same rugby stripe.  I styled it exactly like you did with the jeans jacket and loved the look, and got tons of compliments!

  • Isis replied 7 years ago

    I just love all your new additions, and all are an upgrade for what they will replace.

    I also enjoyed reading your rationale; I learn a lot from your posts!  The tone-on-tone does, indeed, look sophisticated.   I'm going to have to figure out how to do that myself!

    I am much more a helter-skelter shopper, and admire your methodical careful plan!

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    What great finds!  I got the same Halogen skirt, and it looks so good on you with the colorblock sweater!  And what a fabulous dress!  

  • goldenpig replied 7 years ago

    *faints with plum colored crash helmet*

  • JulieJohn replied 7 years ago

    Queen Cranberry, You Look Fab!

    First the dress - it is stunning on you! Perfect coloring, and I love it with the light-colored pumps, creative. I didn't think I liked that pattern until I saw it on you.

    The colors of all your new items are droolworthy, and I think the boots will add a touch of pizazz and fun to any jeans-and-taupe outfit you care to put together.

  • Mochi replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you have excellent taste--I bought that same skirt and that same sweater. Unlike you, I never had a second's doubt about the skirt color. They're both no-brainers to me. I love your dress, too. These colors are gorgeous on you, maybe even more suited to your lighter hair and eyes than to me. You will wear the heck out of them and look amazing, as usual. 

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Heheh, Mochi, I am THRILLED we are skirt and sweater twins!! Guess what? The skirt should look great with your new taupe jacket. I tried it with mine and liked it. 

    Thanks, JulieJohn. Patterns are interesting. I haven't done a careful study of them at all, but I am gaining a better intuitive sense of which ones will work for me. This type of medium scale pattern with some sharpness to the line seems to work best. 

    Makrame, glad we are twins! 

    I am becoming more and more methodical in my shopping, Isis. It really helps me feel good about my closet. 

    Linda, thank you! It sounds as if we have lots of items in common! And similar colouring, too. 

    Angie, Claire, GP - thank you! Angie, I proudly accept Queen Cranberry as a title. :-)

  • Sveta replied 7 years ago

    I have been waiting for this! The pictures do not do this TB dress justice at all: it is really gorgeous and color scheme of navy and berry is to die for!
    I also like the Amber sweater with a whoite shirt - so crisp and perfect with jeans!
    As I already approved all these goodies in person with accolades I have nothing new to add here :-) but Suz, you are a master of suspense building, aren't you?

  • unfrumped replied 7 years ago

    The skirt is a definite winner as is the color block sweater!
    I hear you on the colors but am also finding that I need to have some "calmer" colors than bright raspberry and fuchsia. I think the plum is medium toned but doesn't read as  the dreaded dusty purple.

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    That is a PLUM of a winter capsule right there! Brava!

  • Missey replied 7 years ago

    The second look is phenomenal!

  • Ingunn replied 7 years ago

    Wow, and wow again! You are stunning in berry colors. Suz, and your picks are all fabulous! The dress is super fab - now I have serious dress envy. Your mother is right, it can go anywhere. I hear you on not having a wardrobe that only needs replacements. I doubt that I ever will get there myself, entirely. Your rejects are well chosen, and the replacements look much more fresh and modern.  I also love your new booties, no, I mean the whole ensemble with skirt and sweater, too! I predict you will be wearing these three pieces over and over the coming season, in this mix or with something else.

  • merwoman replied 7 years ago

    Big Wins!!! Congratulations Queen Cranberry!

  • replied 7 years ago

    Love the rich cranberry tones on you Suz! 1 and 2 are fab! And that dress will be a workhorse. What a great NAS you have had!

  • kellygirl replied 7 years ago

    You are really cultivating a gorgeous wardrobe, Suz. I love all of your replacements and really admire your taste. Each one of these is so much more refined than the replaced item. I loved the existing pieces but these replacements are just SO much better in every way. The silhouettes, the colors, the proportions are just perfect! 

  • Elly replied 7 years ago

    You look great in these Suz. I think the plum and red colors are very flattering on you, and agree that the new items improve on any replacements . . . and colored item firsts are always fun! The dress looks smashing on you and I hope you will find it practical for winter. I also love the sweater on you, which I passed over for me . . . it suits you in a way I haven't seen it on anyone yet.

    Exciting things for fall and continued wardrobe building . . .

  • Vildy replied 7 years ago

    I'm crazy about the color of that skirt - fantastic choice.  And the coat with matching stylish booties just about makes me swoon.

  • rachylou replied 7 years ago

    I love outfit #2 especially. Your replacement dress is a winner, dare I say better than the first.

  • deb replied 7 years ago

    You look wonderful in these berry colors. I love the new dress! It looks much more refined than the old one. Good choice.

  • Marley replied 7 years ago

    Your Ins - and - Outs are right on.  The new pieces look so much more modern on you!  I love this color (the cranberry) - probably because its a great color on me too (I'm wondering if we might be in the same 'color family?')  That dress is just gorgeous Suz - makes me want to go buy it. right. now!  Thanks for sharing.  Its been so much fun to read and see the pics of yours and Sveta's Nordies Experience!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Marley, I think we are similar colouring! That is why I still want you to try the DVF sweater. I'll bet it would work on you. You're right that the blush has slight peachy tones but it reads mostly as very pale pink on me. And works (I hope!) 

    Thanks for the kind compliments, everyone. 

    Elly, I took one look at the sweater in the catalogue and knew instantly it would suit me. It has to do with the colour blocking as well as the colours. The lines are just exactly the right size/ scale. 

    LOL, Mani!! 

  • Laura replied 7 years ago

    Hello, Tori Burch dress twin! Do you just love yours? I am so excited to see it on you! You look amazing in it! The addition of light-colored shoes is a good idea. I can see this dress getting a lot of mileage at social events as well as work -- it could be quite dressy, given the fabrication, or made a little more casual with the addition of boots.

  • Runcarla replied 7 years ago

    What a great capsule, and the colour is so very flattering on you. The booties just slay me. Love everything about them.

  • Lyn D. replied 7 years ago

    Love everything about the new dress Suz!
    I can see the booties with grey tights for the cooler weather.
    I am with you re. itchy sweaters! 
    Funny story- I have a knit dress with a funnel neck that was sooo itchy. I ended up sewing the cut-off pant part of my DDs old tights into the neck :)
    My favourite winter colours here too!

  • Peri replied 7 years ago

    Love...especially the dress!

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    Fabulous buys & I love how you have eased them into your wardrobe. The new dress is fantastic.

    It was helpful to see the new pieces side by side with the ones they are replacing - the new ones are more modern & sophisticated imo.

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    These are homerun looks.  I really liked #1 when it was posted in real time.  But #2, I almost fell off my chair, THAT is YOUR look!  Love, love, love this on you.  It has slouch, it has pattern, it has the divine cranberry color.  This is my favorite look.  The dress is another gorgeous piece and indeed a go anywhere item.  A great feature to have for a dress.  You nailed all of these.  It's also nice to see what goes, I'm learning a lot from my own closet purge.

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Thank you -- and I agree, the new pieces are much better. They're not necessarily more expensive, either - interestingly enough. Well, the dress is, but that was an admitted splurge. 

    And totally worth it! (Waving at dress twin Laura!) I won't wear mine for work (since I work at home) but I will certainly wear it for dressy occasions outside work and I can also make it more casual with boots, as Laura suggests, and even a denim jacket, perhaps! 

    Lyn, oh colour-buddy, that is such a great idea about the funnel neck itchy sweater! I will have to keep that in mind! 

  • Nicola replied 7 years ago

    All hail the Queen! Fabulous finds and especially that delicious dress. I love the neckline, the print...everything about it.

  • DonnaF replied 7 years ago

    Wow!  So wonderful on you.  Your old dress and new one aren't radically different, yet the old one doesn't do you justice at all; it somehow reminds me of your old, longer hairstyle.  Make sense?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Totally makes sense, Donna. Great analogy! 

    The fit is a lot better on the new dress and so is the fabric. I am learning what a difference that makes. 

  • cciele replied 7 years ago

    That color palette is delicious on you Suz! Total win, all of it :)

  • pil replied 7 years ago

    These are gorgeous pieces and such rich colors on you Suz!! That sweater will be super versatile - love it in 1 and 2 - especially with the white shirt. What a stunning dress capsule you have between the cobalt sheath and this fabulous Tory Burch. Are those your gold shoes with the Tory Burch?

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    They are indeed, Pil. The dress has a couple of gold toned buttons at the shoulder, so I just went with that. I don't really wear gold accessories a whole lot (but I like gold equally to silver). I may have to hunt out a gold cuff. 

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Truly stunning -- all of them, Suz!  I, too, am loving 1, 2, 5.  Such color with refinement and depth!  Perfect proportions and fits!

    Hello Bootie twin!

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    Oh.. one more thing.  You are doing so well at keeping variety and fun in your wardrobe while keeping it focused on your real life and real wardrobe needs.  Brava!

  • Jeanie replied 7 years ago

    I adore #1!  Those tonal colors are divine on you!  Loving the colors in the Tory Burch collection this fall....good splurge.  I've gotten the most wear out of my splurge items over the years.  I've been learning a lot from your posts.  Just started my closet purge and trying to find some staples.  It's a lot of work to find the right items.   After reading your posts I can see that you put a lot of time into your new wardrobe.  I commend's really looking great!

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