WIW in the frigid chill...and exciting season spanning news about VC skirts!

Well, exciting to me, anyway, LOL. 

But first, what I wore last week at my training workshops. 

Recall -- I was living from a suitcase. First, Sveta's place and our NAS adventures. Then a visit with my mother and brother. Followed by two days of nonstop business meetings and meals with colleagues. Followed by home, more than a week later. 

Day 1: This taupe silk hi-low Cassis top (courtesy of the generous and lovely Celia) has won a lot of love this summer. Since it is lightweight silk and we've had a cool summer, it has been perfect for visits to air conditioned restaurants, etc. I wore it with my eminently packable VC navy tube skirt, sandals, a cuff, and a necklace....and FROZE HALF TO DEATH!!! 

I did add my white denim jacket for a while, but it wasn't enough to cut the chill. 

I am unused to air conditioning. No wonder all you lovelies complain about it. What species of insanity says it has to be below 18C inside when it is hot outside? OY!!!

Luckily, I had been shopping for autumn clothes and I still had them with me! So, out of my capacious bag, I pulled my new Amber Sun sweater and my Munro booties for Day 2 -- and remained toasty warm and super comfortable. Also, I got a HUGE compliment on the booties from my 20-something male co-worker who told me they are "hot." There you go. I didn't tell them that Munro is famous for making comfort shoes for old ladies. ;-) 
I also got a ton of compliments from my female co-workers who were excited because my specs matched my outfit. 

Next up: my amazing discovery today that will allow me to wear my VC skirts for longer into the autumn (and earlier in the spring). Last year when I tried them, I could not walk in tights while wearing them -- they just bunched -- and so did all the slips I tried. Ugh. 

Well...I tried this again today with both sheer and opaque hose from Hue -- and it worked!!! I don't know if it is because the hose were by a different brand or because the skirts have since been washed, or what the difference is. But it worked. The opaque hose led to a small but manageable amount of bunching, but with sheer hose I was able to move around just fine. Yippee!! I am so delighted. These skirts are by far the most fun and comfy items in my wardrobe outside of BF jeans right now, and to be able to extend their wear a bit longer is a dream come true. They still won't be full winter skirts, simply because the fabrication is quite light -- but I figure I'll be able to get a full month of wear more from them at either end of the season (mid fall and early spring). 

You can guess where all this is going, right? Now I wish I'd bought MORE of these skirts at the sale price!! 

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  • replied 7 years ago

    Suz, I agree, it's insane having a/c set so low when it's baking hot outside. You looked fab in the Cassis top though even though you froze! It has a lovely drape and I really love your square pendant. I'm so glad you discovered you can wear hose with the VC skirts. It has made me consider getting some fabric to make a similar type of skirt. Pics #2 and #3 work well. I do like those plum tones on you and your co-worker is right the Munro's are great.

  • Makrame replied 7 years ago

    You look great in both of these outfits (and it's great to be able to put those wonderful NAS finds to work right away).

    I am glad to hear about the VC skirts - I was not looking forward to packing them away for the colder months; glad to know they can still be worn with tights, especially since they are so great for travel.

  • Thistle replied 7 years ago

    Both outfits are lovely. I am really enjoying the style some comfort shoe makers have been injecting into their lines!

    I hear ya on the AC! I wear sweaters at work all summer long, and DH and I have come to an agreement on AC at home. I still need a sweatshirt there too. Other than workout wear and going to the park wear, I am starting to suspect m summer needs are nonexistent!

  • lyn* replied 7 years ago

    Oh, Suz, you look lovely as always - I'm so glad you managed to find a way to make the tights work! :) 

    And don't worry, they will go on sale again (sometime) (eventually) (I hope).

  • Beth Ann replied 7 years ago

    You wore the Munro booties.......in August?  Now, I often find American A/C OTT, but I won't be able to wear them until we're in the 50'sF at least!  But I run hot, so there you go.  The outfit is quite amazing.  No wonder you received compliments.  I'm glad to see them with black tights.  I wonder about a mushroom colored tight, or, of course, a color just a touch deeper than the bootie.  I'll let you know if I find something!

    Thanks for sharing!  You have learned so much in the last year!

  • Suz replied 7 years ago

    Beth Ann, I swear the temperature was about 50F in that room -- and I was sitting still for most of the day, which made me colder. I must have drunk about 40 cups of tea the first day, trying to warm up. 

    I'm hoping I'll be able to find other tights, too - I just pulled these on to see if it would work at all - know what I mean? So glad I could walk without my skirt crawling up my legs! 

  • cobaltblue replied 7 years ago

    Oh, number #1! Have I been allocated a crash helmet? Sorry to hear you froze that day. :( Please don't hold hard feelings against this lovely combination!

    Love the sweater looks in 2/3. I wish I had tried some NAS sweaters but had online shopping paralysis. Great news about the tights!

  • rae replied 7 years ago

    Fab news! Keep an eye on the sales; the tubes usually make it to sale around here.

  • Lori replied 7 years ago

    Love the outfits and shoes. Cute and comfy.

  • Caro in Oz replied 7 years ago

    I LOVE trans-seasonal clothes :)

  • shevia replied 7 years ago

    Really what is the idea with freezing cold a/c in the middle of summer? Drives me bananas! Anyway, you look great all three ways and that is excellent news about the skirt - I wonder if it is the tights or the material but now you know it is possible.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 7 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And how fortuitous that you had your new sweater and booties with you to help combat the frigid air conditioning in style.

    What??? The tube skirts work with Hue (my fave brand of hose) hose and tights??? This is FANTASTIC news!!! I wish I had more than one. May have to stalk them at The Bay or eBay.

  • Freckles replied 7 years ago

    Suz so sorry you were so cold, sigh.  You always hit it out of the ballpark but on an extended trip when what you planned for a work function didn't work is incredible.  Delving into your bags and putting together such an stylishmixthis stylish mix really is quite the feat.  I'm so glad you found hose that work for this fabrication of skirt and that it enables you to wear them longer.

  • Firecracker replied 7 years ago

    You look all kinds of awesome in these outfits! I especially love the taupe and black with the sandals--too bad it was winter inside!!
    You are wishing you'd bought more, and I'm wondering if I should have bought ONE. I don't think it's as much my cup of tea as yours, though. You, Sveta, and Beth Ann are really rocking those tube skirts. (Others, too--just mentioned the first YLFers with them that came to mind.)

  • ManidipaM replied 7 years ago

    You look so good in that first outfit, especially with the blue pendant adding a gleam of soft colour, that I am particularly irritated to hear about the AC.

    Though I swear the ones here in the tropics are worse---last office I worked at, we had permission to call the building super and complain if indoor temperature dropped below 11 degrees Celsius...while outside temperatures were in the mid-40s plus 98% humidity. One really had a choice of dressing for work or the rest of one's life... But 18 is quite bad enough actually. Most hotels keep to that as well here---which means often my first order of business on checking in is to turn it OFF. And bundle the baby up as though going to the hills (colloquialism for the Himalayan hill stations around here, derived from classic British understatement).

    Great news about the skirts, though. Here's hoping they go on sale and at a handy time, like when you can get them! Do these ever appear at the Rack? Or are they too popular?

  • replied 7 years ago

    You look great and I totally commiserate with the arctic a/c. I am happy that ou found some tights that work with the skirts!

  • nancylee replied 7 years ago

    Nicely done, Suz!  And boo to frigid AC.  It does make summer dressing a challenge.  

    I'm loving these outfits:  that Cassis top is smashing on you, as is the new Amber Sun sweater.  And best of all is the discovery of Hue tights working so well under the VC midi.  I remember we had this discussion at the end of last summer as we each attempted (using our own methods!) to extend the VC midi life span through fall....with varying success.  I'm going to go right out and buy me some Hue tights!  Thanks so much for sharing your discovery.

    And thanks, too, for using one of my all-time favorite words:  capacious
    It always makes me happy to see it in circulation! :)

  • Karie replied 7 years ago

    Suz, you really do rock those VC skirts! And that's good to know about the Hue hose, that's my brand. 

    I'm also on team Wear Right Away and team Hates Frigid AC. At least you got to wear your fabulous new purchases. YLF!

  • Angie replied 7 years ago

    We are always learning, aren't we Suz. I'm glad you stumbled upon the new hose solution for your skirts. That's brilliant. You look just gorgeous, and do your Queen Taupe and Queen Cranberry titles proud. And yes - those skirts are like pajamas. xo

    (Don't get me started on frigid a/c).

  • merwoman replied 7 years ago

    Nodding in agreement with the co-worker - you may have felt cold  but you sure look hot! Love the amber sun sweater!!

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