WIW: Parsley made me do it

Okay. I can't really blame her. The sweater was already in my shopping cart. But when I saw Parsley model it with white jeans after Labour Day, I knew it had to be mine. The sale arrived. Complete with free shipping. I pounced. What can I say? Dark red and I go way, way back to some of my very favourite childhood outfits. And anyway, I returned that cashmere cocoon cardigan....

Here's my shameless copy. 

Meeting my poetry group tonight .The weather turned just today. And it's supposed to go down to 7 tonight! I'll be walking, so just in case, I also brought along a dark red, white, and light blue scarf that I happen to own. In tartan!! 

In light of the fashionable footwear thoughts today, do you think the Report booties date this too much? They are SOOOO comfy. But they have a pretty short season in my world -- late spring and early fall, really. When it's warm enough not to wear hose/ socks tights but not too warm for jeans. 

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  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Oh, I remember Parsley looking amazing in this sweater! Nice job, Suz. Excellent steal! Looks wonderful on you. And to me, those booties still look great. Love it.

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    That scarf makes the look!

  • replied 6 years ago

    Oh suz - I LOVE it with the scarf (as you knew I would ) - it adds the perfect chic punch of finish for fall.  This dark red is perfect for you - and with the light chambray shirt.  Reports ?  They don't date anything ,nor are they dated. I think this boot style is pretty classic now.  You and I share the same climate issues - and I appreciate being able to wear footwear for a few weeks a year that doesn't require socks or leg coverage !  My version of that is a classic pointy toe pump . I think this looks bang-on.  Did I mention I love that scarf?

  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    I love this outfit, especially with the scarf. In our neck of the woods it's still too warm for boots of any kind.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thank you! 

    Pssst.....that scarf is one of those super cheapo street merchant type pashima thingies....I cut the fringes off it. I had been wearing it pretty exclusively for skating outings until last winter when I spontaneously added it to my "fashion" scarf collection, LOL. 

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    Such a great choice - love it! I wasn't in love with the cocoon cardigan so I'm glad you "traded" it for something that looks fantastic on you. And a great scarf too. I still really love those boots - even more knowing how comfortable you are in them.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    JAileen, it was too warm here until 3 hours ago -- no kidding! We had a massive storm last night that blew in a cold front that is now beginning to settle. 

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I have that sweater in my cart and am waiting for another sale!  Did you end up getting the XS or the XXS?

  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    The color combo totally has my heart. :) deep red loves you.

  • Staysfit replied 6 years ago

    It looks fab! I love the scarf! Sometime between my morning run when it was 68 degrees F, and when I finished work today, the temperature fell 11 degrees. It's supposed to be 45 tonight. Fall has arrived here also.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    Oh, you shameless copycat! ;) I liked the outfit on Parsley, and I still like it on you, too! Why mess with a good thing, right?

  • Gracie replied 6 years ago

    What a great addition to your wardrobe – that color is killer and one of my favorite colors too. Love the outfit with the scarf specially. I don't see how the Reports would be dating an outfit at all... is it because you've had them for awhile?  They look pretty current to me.

  • replied 6 years ago

    What colour is your belt here?  This ensemble would also look great with a darker boot - navy, cognac, wine, metallic  etc...so many possibilities! 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, all! 

    The belt is leopard print. My favourite neutral other than ... red. Or...um...blue....or ....taupe....  :)

    Is tartan a neutral?

    Gracie, the Reports are an Isabel Marant Dicker copycat. So, you know. Rounded toe, western vibe. But, as I said, they are super comfy. 

    Firecracker, my thoughts exactly. 

    Staysfit, we will shiver together. 

    Thanks, Columbine. 

    AviaMariah -- I went with the XS. It is my "normal" J. Crew size. I sometimes order a S in their more fitted styles like the Tippi merino because I want a slightly more fluid fit. This one is very oversized in XS but the sleeves are right on me so I think it is the correct size overall. I'm normally a 0 or 2 in most US sizes, 0 in a J. Crew shirt, and again, usually XS in sweaters there but sometimes S for fluidity. 

    Oh  -- and I am 5'4". With zero bust but a square (not broad) shoulder line. 

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    A fabulous outfit (I love white and red)! It looks wonderful with the chambray shirt and leopard belt. The booties do not look dated at all.

    Is the wool sweater itchy at all?

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    Great rendition!
    I hope the boots are fine--they look good to me, maybe classic is a bad word, should say still trending, and I would hate to think that they are ready for the toss-pile.  I guess I think of them as versatile and with some longevity, where they are perfect neutral supporting cast to the hem roll and other elements.

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    Holy crikey Suz this is amazing! I LOVE it! Well done on the shameless copy ;)  Are you kidding me on those Reports looking dated? I think they ramp it all up! You really look fab. Love it all. Great sweater. Really great.

    (signed your west-coast-style cousin ;) )

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    So good Suz! LOVE this color palette on you, I can see why it's beloved. The Reports look just fine, I've still been wearing mine and plan to continue doing so ^^ Fabulous scarf, and it plays really fun with the leo print. I totally adore the addition of taupe to this color palette by the way. It feels instantly richer (as if it needed to be!).

  • TraceyLiz65 replied 6 years ago

    Great look, love it!  The scarf really makes the look... If my temps weren't so hot, I would so be wanting to do my own version of this!  For now living Fall through my YLF community..

  • Alana in Canada replied 6 years ago

    I am looking for a deep red cardigan just like this--well, I was. I have all but given up.

  • shedev replied 6 years ago

    great look Suz. I don't think the reports are dated, but you can pair them with really current stuff if you are concerned.

    Tartan is a neutral in my world.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    These are so your colors. The light blue plus rich cranberry - something about it reminds me of Maine. 

  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    Really love the burgundy cardigan! Of course, that's not surprising coming from me, but you wear it so well.

    The shoes don't look dated at all to me, and I feel like the combination with the rolled-up jeans makes them look especially modern.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Your poetry group was treated to a different sort of expression of beauty tonight. Lovely.

  • MsLuna replied 6 years ago

    That red and denim together is sooooo nice Suz! Looking fabulous for that poetry group!

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    Woohoo! Don't you look fabulous- I am unworthy!
    But nonetheless, I'm completely honored to have inspired you in any way.
    I love your scarf with it, and the booties, and well, the whole thing!
    Is this the XXS? It fits you perfectly.

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Oh my Suz! You and Parsley both are such inspirations! Lovely colors on you! I especially love the light booties with this. I am not sure if it is dated ... But I would keep them if they were comfy :)

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! Boy, is it ever nice to come home to kind compliments. I read a lot of dark poems tonight! (With reason...my poetry friends are going through tough times...) 

    Marcy, this is the XS. I decided I would rather have it oversized than too small. I am bigger than YLF mythology portrays me, I think! Hardly an Amazon, but not a true petite, either. Anyway, this size seems to work, and thank you for the inspiration! 

    Joy, I think you should come to our poetry group with that beautiful turn for language! And thank you. 

    Aubergine, you would look great in this red!  

    And thanks, Ms. KK. 

    Una, I hear you about the colour combo feeling "Maine" like. I agree. Maybe that's why I like it. I spent a lot of childhood summers in Maine. 

    Shedev, I am glad we are agreed on the neutrality of tartan. Now we can both proceed to wear it whenever and with whatever we like! :) 

    Alana, don't give up yet. The season is young. And you often see red in the stores closer to the holidays, too. 

    Tracy, I think you are right about the scarf. Normally I like to leave them off but this time it did add something. 

    Aida, thank you, and if you are still wearing your Reports, I can breathe a sigh of relief and continue to wear mine. They really are sort of shockingly comfortable! And thanks for your kind words. Yay for the taupe love. 

    Jackie, high five! 

    Unfrumped, thank you. Glad you think the booties are okay. 

    Karie, thanks -- the sweater does not itch but then I am not wearing it right against my skin. I don't think it will be itchy because it's double knit. 

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Thanks, Neel!! I am keeping. It's not many booties you can just pop on your feet, not having worn them for months, and then hike five miles in without a hitch. 

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Suz I can see why you love this color. It is truly a wow color on you! You look fantastic - I really like the scarf with this too.

    If you will pardon a shoes muse, regarding the booties, they do not look dated to me at all, and you see new versions of this to this day. What they don't do (nor need to in this case) is bring the outfit from borderline to current. As I see it, shoes don't always have to do the main work, but rather can be supporting players, when you have a great outfit like this one.

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    I love this color, also. But, It is wool (sad face). 

  • Gigi replied 6 years ago

    Suz, this is the perfect shade of red for you! And it pairs so perfectly with the denim shirt.

    I think the booties still look good. :) I like what Shevia said: they don't bring the outfit from borderline to current; I feel like they are kind of neutral regarding the currentness of the outfit. 

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    Love the colour, and the scarf is so Fab the way you have draped it :)

  • Ingunn replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeuos mix, Suz, and so very you. I love the booties too (maybe because they look a bit like mine). The dark red is definitely your color! Yes, I think tartan could classify as a neutral, or at least a core classic. 

  • Asingh replied 6 years ago

    Suz, YLF!

    PS: I was looking for inspiration to wear booties (my first) with pants/skinnies, and your outfit has provided me just that.

  • Ornella replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous, both outfits from both ladies. Your chambray shirt bridges the crisp, summery jeans and cozy cardigan beautifully. The booties and the scarf seal the perfect Autumn outfit.

  • Joana replied 6 years ago

    I love this color combination. I do this combination sans white in burgundy pants, blue top, and taupe accessories - it works so well :)

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Such a beautiful color on you, Suz -- I see why you had to follow Parsley's lead. It's a great outfit, and the booties look totally current to me.

  • Mona replied 6 years ago

    Well, then we should thank Parsley, shouldn't we? You look lovely in this new sweater. The booties, handbag and your hair all match which perfects this outfit. BIG LOVE!

  • Elizabeth P replied 6 years ago

    I love this colour combination, and you've executed it perfectly.  I had missed Parsley's post, so it was a treat to pop over to that to see how she'd styled it as well.

    So, I'm curious as to why you might think the booties are dated.  They look like perfect little booties to me, what could be dated about them?  What am I missing?  Or is it just that you've had them for a while so perhaps they don't feel "fresh"?

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Elizabeth -- this style is 3 years old now, and is a knock-off of the Isabel Marant Dicker. The toe is quite rounded and the relatively wide vamp gives a sort of "flower pot" effect on the foot. I think the current styles tend to be sleeker, a little less "western" influenced, and either pointy or almond toed. 

    But, having said that, this bootie is without question one of the most comfortable I've ever had, especially at that heel height, and having worn them last night for a long walk, there is no way in creation I'm giving them up yet! 

    I do feel a bit guilty that they don't get a lot of wear. It's because they're really a warm weather bootie. You can wear them with socks or hose, but they're best with bare feet (believe it or not) -- and if you wear with socks or hose, you really need wide leg pants because the shape of the boot means you can't pull the legs over. I guess I could tuck INTO the bootie with super skinnies, but I don't care for that look on me at all. 

    Anyway, in our climate this pretty much relegates them to May-early June and September. Feels a bit indulgent to have booties that are good for only 10 weeks a year, but hey. I already own them. :) 

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    I am in love with the color of that sweater on you!  

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    That Marcy is such a gorgeous stylish inspiration. And so are you, Suz. I LOVE the white with the burgundy. Looks so fresh. Of course, you had me with the white jeans. You look mega fab. Report booties look plenty current. 

    That cardi is getting lots of love with my clients. A true winner and nice way to wear cards for Fall. Loving the ice view especially with the high-low hemline. xo

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    White, chambray and dark red.  Brilliant for transitioning into Fall!  I wish I could pull out my cardigans.  It's mid-90s here.  Still.

    The color looks great on you, I think you will get a ton of wear from it.  Both at home casually and for smarter occasions.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    Cute cute cute! What more can I say? I can't quite copy but I can be inspired by this outfit.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    I can do this!  My cardi isn't quite as luxurious, and skews a bit more purple, but I have all the other elements.  Perhaps on Monday!

    P.S.  I didn't have time to read the whole thread, but I have noted catalog models wearing layered socks (often two pairs) peeking out of booties.  I made a mental note of it, but don't have pics to show.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    On second thought.... check this out.


  • lyn67 replied 6 years ago

    It's  such a great copycat! Loved it on Parsley, love it on you! Great cardi!!!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    And this (a little more youthful).  http://www.runnwayfashion.com/.....s-and.html

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