Those Winter Blues

March 8, 2014

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Southern winters aren’t bad as far as I’m concerned.  Having grown up with a lot of snow, I like the cooler temperatures without the hassle of shoveling.  Plus, any opportunity to layer makes me happy.

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On this particular day it all started with a pair of wide leg pants thrifted in Portland.  On top of the striped t-shirt, I added a cashmere cowl and wool armlets, plus a leather belt, all thrifted and upcycled.  I’ve had the beret for so long I can’t remember where it came from.  The boots were a splurge in NY a number of years ago.

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The pièce de résistance was this handwoven Irish Donegal tweed cape.  When I was in Denver, Judith took me to Buffalo Exchange, among other places, and this was one of the amazing things I found there.

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So there you have it.  Another day, another outfit.  Works for me.

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But you know, this would look good with a little leather moto jacket or a vintage 3/4 sleeve swing coat in red.  I’m also envisioning any number of other layers, like a white bouclé maxi coat (with the sleeves pushed up) or a black and white silk kimono with colorful embroidery worn as a coat.  The possibilities are endless.

Yeah, southern winters suit me just fine.  XXOO

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48 Responses to Those Winter Blues

  1. Connie* on March 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    This is really a perfect outfit in so many ways. So classic. I’m all about wide leg pants these days. You look just beautiful.

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      I love wide leg pants, despite the fact that they’re not “on trend” right now. Glad to know I’m not alone.

  2. joni on March 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Jean,
    what a great purchase from Buffalo Exchange. I’ve been selling my clothes there for a while and then moved on to my husband’s closet. I’ve accumulated quite a store credit by now! I love that they have a good selection for men too and when school clothes shopping times come again for my son I think he’ll enjoy the no mall approach. I know I will.
    Have a great Sunday!

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      I’ve had great luck there, in Atlanta, Denver, and in Portland. I give my store credits to Alex too. Aren’t we nice mommies? :-)

  3. PinkCheetahVintage on March 8, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Nice! I am going to have to start working on a winter wardrobe. Layers!!

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      I want to know the secret of summertime layering!! Any suggestions?

  4. Curtise on March 9, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Yes, cool but not snowed/iced in, that sounds fine (much like our winter this year).
    And you layer to perfection, love the combination of textures, tweed, stripes, black, blue, and the flowing elegant silhouette. Yes, you do this look expertly, Jean, it’s your signature style, I think! Great ideas for changing it up too, looking forward to seeing those on the blog in the future. xxx

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      I love this kind of winter. Too bad I can’t say the same about the summers. Maybe I should come your way, although I think you had a pretty hot summer last year? Oh well, we survive.

  5. Pam@over50feeling40 on March 9, 2014 at 7:42 am

    This color blue is beautiful and I love the way you styled it Jean…I haven’t been to our Buffalo Exchange in a while…might have to do that during Spring Break!! You look lovely!

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Pam!! This shade of blue is one of my favorite colors. XXOO

  6. pao on March 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    You and Judith looking wonderful in electric blues these days. Each layer is a treasure, a pleasure for the eyes, and I imagine to the touch too. Like looking at a painting, art really, you can get lost in all the nuances. My, my, you’ve got me going so poetic this early in the morning, Jean.

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      You couldn’t have given me a nicer compliment!! Wow. I appreciate that because I have mad admiration for your artistic sensibility and eye. Thanks, Pao!..XXOO

  7. Suzanne on March 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Yeah I’ll take your southern winter any day.

    Love the beret and the whole Parisian chic vibe of this look.


    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      Parisian chic? I’ll take it!! Now it I could just sit in the cafés drinking in all the style and élan, I’d really be happy. :-)

  8. Rosalind on March 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Seems like you live in the perfect climate then as you are the queen of layering. Truly, it’s such a great signature look on you.

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:27 pm

      Yes, but the problem is that the southern winter lasts about four months. Then we’re blessed with a blazing sun and intense humidity. Guess that’s the time to travel.

  9. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on March 9, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Great layering! I agree about Southern winters, I look forward to wearing sweaters and boots, then opening the windows : > Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you look lovely.

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      And you’re south of me!! How do you survive, looking so great? I love your H&M skirt, BTW, but I couldn’t figure out how to leave a comment. Things have changed on your blog recently. I tried to figure it out, to no avail. XXOO

  10. Jennifer on March 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I love this blue on you!! The cape is a stunning piece. Great find!!

    • Jean on March 9, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      This piece ranks high in the list of great finds, I agree. Thank you!!

  11. Natalia on March 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Come to Seattle! Never too cold, no snow (once a year or so), beautiful mild summers. :)
    You look so elegant and sophisticated, and yet at the same time very artistically effortless. I agree with Curtise – it’s your signature style. I just love your layering – you are the best! :)

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:37 am

      I love the Pacific Northwest! I have family in Portland, and maybe someday…!

  12. Dawn @ AlterEgoFashionista on March 10, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I love the opportunity to layer things up, as well, but this hasn’t been the winter for it in northern Arizona, at all. Love the sweater, the cowl, the beret, and especially the armlets! Topping it off with that fabulous Irish cape makes me giddy! You look drop-dead gorgeous!!!

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you!! One of these days I want to get to the Southwest to explore the whole design/style aesthetic. I’m currently very drawn to it. I love how your work and wardrobe reflect that. XXOO

  13. sandra on March 10, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Beautiful jewel blue cape, I do like the drama of a cape! they feel very glamorous, I love your layered looks, you layer so beautifully and always look so wonderful x x x

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Capes are the best!! I agree they have drama and flair, plus they always fit!! :-)

  14. Forest City Fashionista on March 10, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I could picture every one of those other layering options as you described them, and they all sounded wonderful. That is a marvelous cape – such a gorgeous colour combination! I do wish we had Buffalo Exchange here in Canada. You are very good at layering so it looks chic and not bulky (which is my problem).

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Someday you should do a US tour and hit the cities that have Buffalo Exchange! That way you can see the country (plus Judith and me) and get great deals on clothes. Whaddya say?

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Re the bulk factor: If you notice, a lot of my layering is on my extremities or lower half. That way I get the illusion of balance. I try to avoid a lot of layering where I’m thickest. It helps. :-)

  15. Ambika Sudhakaran on March 10, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Jean, I am asunnyellowindow on Instagram and we have been catching up there. Love your feed, the glimpses of your home and your use of color and textiles. I have a request for you… can we do a hometour of yours in pictures so that I can share it with my readers? Pls do reply to the email given above. Looking fwd!

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:49 am

      First of all, I just visited your blog!!! I am madly in love with it, and the inspiration you provide is sheer joy. In addition to thrifting/upcycling clothes, my other passion is decor as you’ve glimpsed on Instagram. I would be excited to share some of that and will email you soon. Thank you so much for stopping by!! I’ll be a regular visitor to your blog from here on. XXOO

      • Ambika Sudhakaran on March 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

        Great to know that Jean! I’d love to share some pics of your upcycled clothes as well, especially the work you have done on denim jackets. Lets chat on email once you ready up the pictures!

        • Jean on March 13, 2014 at 7:11 am

          Sounds like a plan.

  16. The Style Crone on March 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Ahhhh, the blue cape! It’s perfect for you, and with your many creative additions, your ensemble is perfection. Your armlet inventory must be a wonder to behold. I’m loving the black with white armlets paired with the striped tee.

    The kimono idea is intriguing! As usual, you have me visualizing the possibilities in my own closet. One of the many perks of blogging!

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 11:17 am

      I have several kimonos, each one very different from the next. I really want to start wearing them as maxi coats, just haven’t yet. I think I need to put them in a prominent spot in my closet.

  17. Jan Graham-McMillen on March 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Darling! It may be just another day, but with you, it’s never JUST another outfit. Thanks for showing all the layers … or the appropriate ones, anyway! Lovely you, as always.

    • Jean on March 11, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      You made me smile, thank you!! :-)

  18. Olga on March 12, 2014 at 1:54 am

    It is never enough to have just one look at your outfits, Jean! They need closer inspection because of all the layers and details. As always, very creative, very artistic and very beautiful!

    • Jean on March 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

      I appreciate your comment! Thank you so much. I just read your post about shoes…amazing! I love learning about fashion history and was delighted with your choices and pictures.

  19. Mary Murnane on March 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    What a fabulous look! The pop of blue, drape of the elegant wide-leg trousers, the chic beret – love it all!

    • Jean on March 13, 2014 at 7:38 am

      Like you apparently, I have a thing for coats. :-) Unfortunately it’s rarely cold enough here to wear many of them. This cape isn’t too heavy so at least I can enjoy it for a short while. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Jean on March 13, 2014 at 7:41 am

        P.s. When I tried to click on your site from the address under your name, it wouldn’t come up. I had to google you and find you that way. Glad I did, though.

  20. Rose on March 13, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Thank you so much for your lovely birthday greetings. And back at ya!! No special plans for my Big Day yet, other than a lovely friend joining me late afternoon, and Gorgeous Husband will be looking desparately to book a restaurant, seeing as he left it too late to book our first choice!

    You’re looking lovely, as always! Here’s to getting better and better as time goes on.

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from

    • Jean on March 17, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      Hope you had a great day! Joey and I went to an amazing Indian spot for lunch and then later on about 8 or so friends came over for cake. We laughed a lot and had a wonderful time. XXXOOO

  21. Feda on March 17, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    I LOVE the hat as always and the tweed cape is magnificent! Great find! I’ve yet to go into the wide legged pant zone. It looks amazing on you!

    I would love to spend a winter down south! I love layers but I hate snow so it seems perfect!


    • Jean on March 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      I think the trick with wide leg pants is to make sure they’re not bulky through the waist and just below. That way there’s a slim spot, sort of. Because I’m short-waisted, I like a low slung belt too.

  22. Veshoevius on March 19, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I love the colour of this coat – you do layering in such a chic and original way! I like your use of contrasting stripes. I love layering too but by the end of winter I’m howling to wear less clothing. It’s gradually getting warmer here so thankfully I’m getting to shed some layers (but it’s still plenty cold to continue layering to some degree).

  23. Designer Suits on July 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    That’s awesome..

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