The outfit above is chic – there is no doubt about it in my mind. But at some point stuff gets ridiculously expensive. This week, I saw a gorgeous Chanel boucle suit at a consignment store…in my size…for almost $2,000. Holy mother of god. That is a lot of money for one second-hand outfit. The shop lady kindly informed me that they have layaway – ha! Luckily, the timeless Chanel designs have filtered down to the level where ordinary people like you and me can enjoy clothes that look kinda sorta the same.
The day after I left the consignment store, a friend at work randomly gave me a Chanel-esque wool boucle suit that no longer fits her. So I ended up with a similar outfit for free! Sure, it’s no Chanel, but it is a quality suit made in Canada.
Once I got to work, I traded my winter boots for heels, removed my gloves and scarf, and viola: ready for the office. Except I realize now that my bow was askew. :-)
A co-worker said to me, “You biked in that?!” Really, wool boucle and tweed are excellent for bicycling because the fabric has some give, never wrinkles, and is super cozy for fall and winter. I’m going on the record now to say that a wool boucle skirt suit – in addition to being timelessly chic – is the best outfit for cold-weather cycling. Who’s with me? :-)
On my ride home from work yesterday evening, I ran into my friends Janet and Dan on the Lakefront Trail. I love unexpectedly seeing friendly faces in Chicago; it always brightens my day and makes the city seem more and more like home.
As you can see, Dan and Janet have WorkCycle Omas, which they bought after visiting Amsterdam a few years ago.
Janet had on a new helmet by Yakkay, called the Luzern Faux, that she bought locally from Heritage Bikes. The Yakkay helmet can be mixed and matched with different style covers and this is one option (it also comes in white). So stylish!
BRRRRR! The October warm-up is over and real Chicago fall has arrived with morning and evening temps in the 30′s F, which is basically as cold as winter in my native North Carolina. This is my 6th fall in Chicago, but the reality of the first chill still surprises me.
Yesterday I wore a wool dress, tights, and my new Chloe trench from Paris (love!) for my entire bike commute. I thought I would get overheated, but nope.
The street lights were on by 5:30 p.m.
I felt kinda like a baby, complaining of my frozen fingers and toes when I arrived home, but even Ted the Cat, with his massive fur coat, has taken to snuggling under blankets.
So here’s to staying warm with the start of cold weather bicycling in Chicago!
Today I feel like indulging in some flights of fancy. The result is my dream outfit. This is by no means a shopping guide, simply an expression of my aesthetic at the moment. This lushly beautiful Stella McCartney dress is waaaaaay too rich for my blood. But there are some attainable luxuries, such as striking nail polish and a romantic hair style. Also, I am in love with this Bloom Theory camera strap and will have to figure out how to make my own out of whatever scraps I can find at JoAnn’s. :-)
I could easily ride a bike in this outfit, especially a lovely upright Velorbis, while enjoying the final remaining days of tights-free weather.
My mother, who hates thunder storms,
Holds up each summer day and shakes
It out suspiciously, lest swarms
Of grape-dark clouds are lurking there;
But when the August weather breaks
And rains begin, and brittle frost
Sharpens the bird-abandoned air,
Her worried summer look is lost,
And I her son, though summer-born
And summer-loving, none the less
Am easier when the leaves are gone
Too often summer days appear
Emblems of perfect happiness
I can’t confront: I must await
A time less bold, less rich, less clear:
An autumn more appropriate.
Welcome to October! It’s hard to believe that September is already over and fall is seriously here. The weather in Chicago is cooling down substantially and in response I pulled out the (sometimes fingerless) gloves, cashmere, and jeans.
This is a typical fall outfit, although for now the sweater comes off at a stop light early in the ride.
I’m happy for the change in seasons – in fact, October is my favorite month! How are you handling the transition?
The crisp fall weather has officially arrived in Chicago (see here) and this week I wore gloves and a light scarf for the first time (see here). Fall is my favorite season and I love dressing for it. Lately I’ve been thinking of boots, burnt orange, brown leather, dark denim, and – yes – sweaters emblazoned with foxes. A spritz of my favorite fall scent, Burberry Brit, and I’m ready to go. Since I was talking about alien baby folding bikes recently, I added a Strida to the mix: quite possibly the most alien of them all.