Friday, September 28, 2007

What to Wear: Vermont Mum

I love getting requests that are more casual. Party dresses are fun, but it's nice to pick out basics once in a while. Here is Catherine's request:
I wonder if you can help me. I am a stay at home Mum of four boys and I live in Vermont. It is that time of year to clear out the summer clothes and start collecting a nice autumn/winter wardrobe. I need an everyday outfit that is practical yet stylish. I am 5’ 11” and a size 6-8. It has to be trousers {ed: I'm guessing this is the British trousers, meaning general pants}, and I was thinking of a long cardigan/jacket too. Any ideas?
Four boys in Vermont! Seeing as how my only experience with Vermont is watching the movie White Christmas, my sense that it has to do all with skiing, maple syrup and tap dancing may be a bit off. Here's my suggestion:

Sweater - A white basic from Old Navy made a little more stain resistant by the heather pattern.
Jeans - Designer jeans on sale for only $50.
Coat - A nice coat always dresses things up a bit. This is a not unreasonable $168 from Anthropologie.
Boots - Jeans tucked into boots instantly gives you a bit more polished look. This pair from J. Crew is a splurge.
Earrings - Pearl studs from Forever21.
Bag - A big, hard to stain or scratch, corduroy tote.
Truck - Because in my mind all Vermont children come equipped with wholesome wooden toys.

Catherine should be able to keep up with her boys and up with style in this simple outfit.


Jill said...

goodness I love that coat!

Revsmith said...

I am sooooo pleased with this outfit! Thank you very much. Now I can tap dance and drink maple syrup to my heart's content!

Jessica said...

I need to buy some boots, and I want to buy boots that won't be out of style after one season. I can't decide if I should go with a pointier toe, or more of a rounded or square-ish toe. Opinion?

Mamalooper said...

Loving the casual recommendations! Hard to be a stylish yet functional mom.

And thanks for the ones for my SF trip...

MissEm said...

I like a classic softly rounded toe - like on that pair of Anthro boots from the Provence post :)Castro88&

Jen said...

I love that you add different price points to your outfits. A splurge balanced with a great piece that won't break the bank.