The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

The Fall Winter 2018 colors – Are any of them YOUR colors

What are your colors? Do any of them fit the fall colors Pantone is suggesting will be popular this fall and winter?

Check them out here: https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/fashion-color-trend-report/fashion-color-trend-report-new-york-fall-winter-2018

 

Images courtesy Pantone

There is no need to race out and get the latest colors. If they are your colors they will already be in your wardrobe. Now is the time to use those colors that fit both your palette and the latest trends to look great.

The colors above are the fall colors that also fit my palette.

Here is an outfit that challenges the style I usually wear and incorporates some of the fall colors. How will you incorporate the colors for your fall outfit?

Trail Style

Trail Style

Even on the Pacific Crest Trail which stretches from Canada to Mexico you will find a wide variety of personalities and styles. It added a little interest to my recent hundred mile walk on the trail to observe trail styles.

There are 4 categories of hikers on the trail:

  • Dayhikers
  • Thruers
  • Section hikers
  • Lashers

Their gear and outfits tell a lot about them.

Throughers are attempting the whole trail either north or southbound. You can usually tell them by their stick thin yet muscular figures (eating enough calories to walk 20-40 miles a day is a tough job) and smaller packs. Most of these folks wear low hikers, running shoes or (hard for me to believe) sandals.  Attire and personal hygiene varies greatly. There are the folks who embrace the trail and leave behind the razors and combs (which is my personal trail style). This year I saw a fair number of long hair and long bearded men and one woman who had chosen to leave the razor behind – she had the most bold style with a lovely shade of purple hair and long leg hair that had a marvelous striped pattern.

Then there are the people who are nattily attired in their lightweight camping shirts, hats and pants that screen them from the sun and bugs. Most carry a packable down coat for the times when it is cold. And they can probably leave their bug juice and sunscreen home.  I admire these people and may even try out their style one year. When I see them they look freshly laundered and groomed no matter how deep in the woods they are.

Section hikers (like myself) and lashers (long ass section hikers) tend to dress like the throughers only the beards and hair are shorter.

There is a catergory in the section hikers who are brand new hikers. You can tell them because none of their equipment is dirty or worn yet and they may be traveling slower than I am! There were a lot of these folks doing the timber ridge trail this year. Welcome! May your packs get a lot of use!

Dayhikers also have varied attire. There are the spandex suited running crowd carrying no packs and timing themselves on their 50 plus mile runs. (I will never be in this group).

There are more camp shirts and pants and there is the general tourist crowd wearing cotton shirts and jogging shoes.As they are Freshly showered and shaved and have a cold beer waiting for them at the end, I envy them.

Here is what I saw that was different on the trail:

  • Neon sleeping bags – I only saw two and that may be because they had chosen to sleep under the stars and were quite noticeable in the meadow as we hiked by. I can see this would be a big advantage in a snowstorm or other weather event. It would be much easier to find you and your bag. I found some similar bags here at Moosejaw. Neon green sleeping bags
  • Purple hiking boots 

I found these  at hiking boots .com purple hiking boots

  •  Retro style – back to the camp shirts and zip off cargo pants for hiking. This long sleeved women’s shirt with pockets also has built in sun shade to protect you from the sun.

 

I found it here at REI.com sunscreen camp shirts and found some zip off cargo pants with insect repellent built in here cargo pants with insect repellant

Last bit of eye catching trail style was the mother of the bride dress we saw while inadvertently semi crashing a bridal reception at Timber Line Lodge.

It was similar to this dress

only sleeveless and with silver instead of black detail worn by an elegant woman with a glorious head of silver hair.  image from https://www.ebay.com/i/273013350286?chn=ps

What is your trail style?

The rainiest on record

The rainiest on record

Yellow raincoat helped me beat the rain

Here in the Pacific Northwest we had the wettest wet season ever. 22.97 inches of rain between December and February. The old record was 22.27 inches set in 1998. Did it bother me? Shockingly no. I have always thought I had seasonal affective disorder or SAD. I have always lived in areas with shorter days in the winter – Northern Michigan and the Pacific Northwest. Winters are tough on me. But this year was different. I credit it to two things:

  1. Improved nutrition  including Vitamin D supplements that resulted in more energy.
  2. Giving myself permission to take time for myself to explore new things.

Every weekend day when I woke up with rain outside my window I rejoiced because it meant I would not feel guilty staying inside and working on my pattern making and sewing. I ignored the state of cleanliness of my house and did the grocery shopping another day. I didn’t work on my usual job any of the weekend days.I went downtown with a friend and had lunch at the market. Then we poked our heads into all the stores we couldn’t afford and admired their beautiful clothing.  I gave myself permission to feed my mental health and I survived. In fact I was surprised to hear we had set a record.because I didn’t even notice the rain.

Maybe my yellow raincoat helped too.

What have you done for yourself lately to feed your mental health?

 

My scarf is my  security blanket

My scarf is my security blanket

Yet another epiphany this morning. (It’s funny how when you give yourself time and space to think and think about what you think that your realize how many wild ideas are rolling through your head). This morning I realized my scarves are acting as a security blanket this winter. They make me feel protected and warm.  They hide my holiday bulging middle, they add color, they bring attention upward and finally they hide the fact that I don’t have nearly enough necklaces. They help hide the fact that too many of my jackets end at an unflattering length or have gotten a little small. They are a blessing and a curse because I am using them as a crutch.

Maybe instead I can see them as a tool to get me through a rough patch of becoming aware of what works and what doesn’t. An aid to looking and feeling better. And in this part of the country they are useful for staying warm as well. I am lucky this crutch is available to me and fits the climate. I just need to start thinking about how to fix the wardrobe deficiencies they are hiding before spring comes.

Do you have a favorite wardrobe crutch you use to get you through a rough patch? I would love to hear about it.

 

Success!

Success!

 

I may still need to work on my photography and pay more attention to the background but the outfit was a success. We were lucky enough to be invited to a party that asked us to wear cocktail attire! This is a real score in the grunge capital of Seattle and I jumped on it. In the past my idea of cocktail attire was to pull out my square shaped black velvet sleeveless maxi dress and my worn down black velvet flats, throw on a scarf and call it good. Black was not my color and I never got compliments except from my husband who knows his job.

Our first party was across the street (and attire was described as come as you are). I was overjoyed that the first words I heard were: “Thank god! People in clothes!”. She of course meant dressed up clothes – no one was naked and I thought everyone looked pretty good for Seattle.

The person who greeted me (who looked fabulous in her gold dress that brought out her beautiful hair) then said “There is a woman who knows her colors. Look at how that teal matches her eyes” That made me glow because ever since our trip to Turkey I had been working hard to add the right colors to my style.

At the second official cocktail attire party a sweet young make up artist came up and told me I looked fabulous. Fortunately the dress distracted her from my cover girl makeup job.

The evening was great. I truly believe finding clothes that I felt comfortable and confident in made all the difference in my conversations and interactions with the other guests. I met new and interesting people and heard great stories. We danced, ate and toasted in a wonderful New Year.

What was your successful New Year’s eve outfit? Please share your unique style with me.