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While it was almost 100 degrees outside, I received five fall catalogs in the last few days with pictures of cuddly sweaters, wool jackets, layered looks and leggings. Ugh! Who can think of fall when it is so hot!!

Makeup? I don’t know about you, but mine melts off before I even get out the door. And that is with the air conditioning on. This is where your bright lip colors come in handy. A stroke of powder on your lids, touch of mascara on your lashes and a tinted lip balm or plum lipstick. You are good to go!

Monday I wore a white pencil skirt (similar to this one from Old Navy) and a hot pink and white sleeveless top. I don’t go sleeveless often, but since I don’t work in an office and I am running in and out all day, a jacket isn’t practical. White, you say. Gasp! It’s after Labor Day. Everyone knows that you can’t wear white after Labor Day or before Memorial Day.

nordstrom_white_jeansWrong. Wear clothing that is appropriate for what you are doing and the weather. When there is three feet of snow on the ground, wearing white isn’t practical, unless you enjoy doing laundry. So grab those white shorts, white jeans and white skirts and get those final wears out of them this week. Before long the temperature will drop and you can cuddle up in wool.

Until then, enjoy leafing through the various catalogs. Chico’s catalog for September 2013 shows 23 items of clothing with animal print! Hmm, I wonder if animal print will be in vogue this season? Coldwater Creek (right next door at Coral Ridge) didn’t show any animal print. But they show a lot of skirts.

chadwicks_leather&jeansChadwicks is bringing JG Hook back into the fashion scene. ┬áTheir clothes tend to be traditional and work appropriate. But they aren’t afraid to take on red! They also have two-piece suiting, which is very helpful for top heavy or bottom heavy women. Only two animal prints in the entire catalog. But Chadwicks has a great leather blazer. I showcased this jacket at my Fall 2012 gathering. They carry it in five colors and besides regular Misses sizes, they also carry it in Petite, Tall and Women. It’s a $99.99 jacket, but there is a coupon for 20% off. Too bad you can’t get free shipping!

landsend_animal_shoesLand’s End comes in with four animal prints (three in shoes!). And, as usual, they carry great timeless sweaters sets, cable knit sweaters and the requisite down coats.

Overall, the one thing I am noticing about this fall’s catalog is color. This year they have gone beyond olive green and boring beige to bring vibrant pinks, purples, red, bright greens and blues. No falling asleep on the job!


WONDERING WOMAN: Can I wear white pants after Labor Day?

ANSWER:Labor Day is headed our way and many fashionistas have plans to box up their white pants, skirts, shoes and purses because they know the rule. Yes, THAT rule. The one that says no white after Labor Day. The history of this rule is usually attributed to separation of the classes. The wealthy elite could afford a separate wardrobe to deal with the heat, while the commoners were stuck wearing the same dark clothes they wore the rest of the year.

The well-dressed woman selects clothing based on her body shape and the activity. This year Labor Day is September 5 and if the heat index is over 100 degrees on September 6, I’m probably going to be grabbing clothing that is light weight and light colored to keep me cool. That may mean a white skirt. I probably won’t be wearing white shoes, mostly because I don’t believe white shoes are the best choice for a white skirt (think neutral to extend the length of your leg). And a plain white purse would never be a choice for me no matter what the temperature!

Conversely, if it’s raining on November 26 in the Midwest, I am probably NOT going to grab my white pants–even if the fabric weight is the same as my black jeans. The main reason is that on a rainy November day there are likely to be mud puddles and I don’t want mud to be splashed on my white/off-white pants or any other light-colored clothing.

If you have a good reason to wear white after Labor Day, then be a rebel and go for it.

May you always look great!

Pat Roland, CTIC

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