It’s wise to buy the things you need for a new season early so that you can get the size and colors you want. Several people asked that I model the new fall purchases from the post here. The 100% cotton long sleeve tees and a stroller length raincoat shown below are the new items.
The red Mac coat is here. I am wearing a size medium. It will be the lightweight coat I reach for any time I go out in chilly weather, rain, or shine. I’m confident that I will enjoy it for several years.
The new cotton tees have low crew necklines, making them easy to wear with necklaces and scarves. When the collar bones show, it prevents my face from looking so round. I am wearing a size medium.
The navy tee is here. Similar high waist jeans are here. The bag is perfect for fall. It is here. Similar booties are here.
My lip color is Girls’ Night Classic Red here. My skincare routine is here.
You’ve seen me wear those white jeans all summer. They are here. I am wearing a size six. The navy tee will be perfect to wear with them when I go for a walk. My sixty-fourth birthday is on Sunday, but one of my gifts from Mr. Mickey showed up already. I needed a new pair of walking shoes badly. My favorite brand is New Balance. The leather walking shoes are here. My no-show Active-X high-cut socks are here.
I have already worn and washed the red tee, and it held up beautifully with no shrinking or fading. I washed it in cold water and tumbled it in the dryer on the cool setting for about five minutes to get most of the wrinkles out; then, I hung it on a felted hanger to air dry.
This was my look for running a few errands on Wednesday. A similar canvas tote is here. Similar loafers are here. The watch is here.
If you also plan to wear the tees when the weather turns chilly, you may want to stock up.
I took these photos in a hurry to beat the rain. I use a Sony Alpha a5100 camera’s timer and a tripod to take my photos. Links in my posts may provide a small commission to me at no additional cost to you. I do not do advertising, sponsored posts, or accept gifts in exchange for reviews.
Curious– do you wash your tees in the machine or by hand? I have the continual problem with cotton or modal that the side seams get twisted if they go through the machine, no matter the cycle or spin speed. (Also, the color selection on these is already limited to 4 neutrals only.)
I use my machine to wash garments in cold water in small loads only. If you click on – LONG & 3/4 SLEEVE – at the top of the page on the Talbots website, you will be able to see all the colors, patterns, and styles.
Good morning, Susan. You wear red so well. This may seem like a strange request, but would you explain felt hangers. What are the pros over a wooden or plastic hanger and where can they be purchased. Thank you.
Felted hangers are thin and lightweight. They take up very little space and they keep the garments from slipping off. You can purchase them here.
Happy Birthday-I hope your day is extra special!!
Happy Birthday Susan! All the best for the upcoming year.
Happy Birthday! Celebrate all week long!
Love the red coat
Happy Birthday, Susan! You look absolutely beautiful and healthy. I recently bought a pair of New Balance shoes and they are my new favorite. Have a great weekend.
I have a question about the jacket. Is the material like the old London Fog trench coat (that mixed poly with cotton, I believe)? I see this uses lyocell. As best you can, what is the feel or heft of the jacket?
It has a softer hand than my other trench coats. It is lightweight.
Happy birthday, Susan! May your year be happy and healthy!
Amusing. Sneakers for a present. He used to give you jewelry. Where is the romance??? Just joking. I’d rather get a pair of walking shoes any day. I got my flu shot yesterday. Want to encourage you and your readers, if medically safe, to get one this season.
I asked him not to give me anything, but that is a futile request where he is concerned.
Susan, did you change the buttons on your red coat? I like the look of yours (looks solid dark) instead of the tan marblelized look on the site. Maybe the camera?? I have often changed button on garments.
Thank you for great posts.
I didn’t change the buttons. Perhaps it is the light.
I’ve learned a bitter lesson about waiting to buy something until it is on sale. I’ve missed out on many things that sold out while I was waiting.
New Balance is my favorite brand of walking/trainer shoes. I swap their already good insoles for one with arch support from Red Wing to help my plantar fasciatis heal.
Mr. Mickey is a sweetheart, Susan.
Susan, do you prefer 3/4 length sleeves or full length and then push them up? Also can you answer the “why” you prefer what you do. Thank you for all your helpful tips!
I prefer long sleeves for cold weather and 3/4 length for the rest of the time.
You look stunning in that red coat. Have a wonderful birthday.
Susan have you shared how to wear a denim shirt? If you have please tell me wear to look. If not please consider creating one. Thank you so much!
I’ve shown denim or chambray shirts often on the blog. Here is one post where I shared two ways to style a chambray shirt.
Please consider creating a five day look with the denim shirt. Thanks so much!
Happy Birthday to You! I hope you eat, drink and make merry for the start of another year of surprises. You must be a Winter because that red coat looks fabulous on you. Mr. Mickey gave you a thoughtful gift, but I bet my Canadian dollar that it won’t be the only one, lol! All the best to you and good health too….
Early wishes for a Happy Birthday Susan! As always, a great post today. Now at age 60, I am working the quality classics into my wardrobe and can thank you for that great advice.
I’ve worn Talbot teas for years. I love them ! Talbots has been my to go store for basics. Their clothes are made well some pricey but they have great sales.
Susan, thank you for guiding me into a more confident and comfortable style of dressing! Shopping was always such a challenge….I frequently just threw up my hands and said UNCLE, I give up, OR, I looked like the latest Talbots catalogue You’ve changed all that!!! And, I wanted to say
Those New Balance are the exact ones I wore when I worked in the hospital. They are very comfortable.
Happy birthday a few days early. My dads birthday is the same day. You are looking like you are feeling well, hope your body is getting back to normal after your illness. Of coarse, you look wonderful in your new items but the best part is seeing your glow come back. ❤️
Susan, Love the red coat; it’s a great color and will be a welcome change from the darker colors. Best wishes for a wonderful birthday!
Susan, you look great in red and deep blues! I recently bought a deep pink/rose Colored MAC for the same reasons! Robin
Have an awesome Birthday! I really enjoy your blog. The red coat is just stunning on you.
Happy Birthday, Susan. I bought several of the tees from Talbots. I love them, they are the perfect weight. I wish I had gotten the red. It looks gorgeous on you.
Happy Birthday Susan! On another note, I just ordered the red T-shirt. These are my favorite from Talbots! The link in your post did not show all the colors so I had to go to the Talbots site to find the red T-shirt and then order.
Wonderful post! Love seeing the different ways to wear these classic items. Happy Birthday!!!!
When I went back and looked at the chambray shirt post, it hit me! This is exactly what I would love to see more of – where you take a look and funk it up – more fun, edgy, etc. Please do more posts like this!! Please…
Susan, have a GREAT birthday and continued good health.
Curious. Why do you call your new red coat a “Mac”?
That’s the name of this shape and style of coat. It is also the name Talbots gave it.
I think it also may be short for mackintosh, or a play on that word.
Thank you! I thought about this in the middle of the night. I kept thinking Mackinaw, but I knew that wasn’t right.
The weather changed here very quickly! I’ve caught some great sales on summer tops. I’m just going to put them away for next season.
Love all the looks on you Susan. Happy Birthday!
Happy Happy Birthday! You look great and I love your blog!
I am curious as to why you do not accept gifts in exchange for reviews.
I prefer to buy what suits me and show that on the blog, rather than garments that aren’t right for me and then try to force them to work with my style and my shape.
Happy Birthday Susan! Best wishes for continued health and happiness!
Happy early birthday, Susan! I’m ordering the tees on your recommendation and I’m also eyeing your red coat. You look wonderful in that red. Hopefully, the color will do the same for me. Thank you for all of your suggestions. I’m always learning from you.
Happy birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful day. We are just days apart…Virgo gals!
Happy Birthday, Donna!
Thanks for your post. I enjoy all of them.
Recently I purchased two Talbots tee shirts in petite, which I am, but found them to be too long. Great shirts but now I have to shorten them. Bummer!
Happy Birthday, Susan! Best wishes for everything you desire and dream for on your special day!
I look forward to your posts, but don’t always comment. I hope you know that your inspiration is very much appreciated.
Thank you, Donna. I am always happy to hear from you.
Cue the Happy Birthday song! Hope the weather is lovely by you and that you enjoy the day with Mr. Mickey and your parents.
I purchased the Sheec high socks from your blog and wasn’t sure I would like them because of the seam at the toes. Well, they are wonderful. Wore them all day in a pair of booties and never thought about them till I took them off. Thanks for tipping me off about those socks. My feet stayed nice and cool even in booties. I put them in a bag to wash and tuck them inside of the other one (like they were shipped) and have had no problems finding the match.
I love the new red coat! I purged quite a few things lately so I will keep my eye out for a jacket like that.
Once again Happy Birthday and thanks for the blog.
You look lovely in your red coat . Thank you for the time and effort you put into these blogs for us. I’ve learnt so much over the years. I’m wondering if you still wear jeans with a stretchy waist or have you gone back to the usual waistbands permanently.
I do wear wide smooth waistband jeans with tops made from materials that show the bumps.
Happy Birthday fellow Virgo, my birthday is on Sunday too! This will be one to remember, the one where we were quarantined! Many Happy Returns!
Happy Birthday to you!
Thanks for all the info – great tips and you look beautiful – have a Happy
What is the length of your red tee after laundering? Is it a petite or a regular misses size? Thank you in advance.
I am wearing a misses size medium. The length after laundering armpit to hemline is sixteen and a half inches.
Happy Birthday! It is a delight to read your blogs and learn about you and the area in which you live. Wishing you all the best on your special day.
Wishing you a very Happy birthday and great year ahead!
I enjoy reading your posts and really appreciate that you do not have ads popping up everywhere. I understand that some bloggers need the money but it can be so distracting that I just quit reading their posts. Your taste is impeccable!
Kathy fro. Pgh., Pa.
I love your hair that way. Are you letting it grow back out?
Thank you. I’m not planning to let it get long again, but I am trimming it myself for now.
Susan, I always enjoy your blog. Your look is always classic and beautiful. I wonder where you got the scarf you are wearing.
The scarf is one that I offered on my now closed shopping site. I still have a few of them. I’ll email you a picture of what is still available.
Happy Birthday, Susan. Hope your day is filled with happiness and fun.
I recently purchased these same shirts from Talbots. They wash so well that I’m going back to pick up more!
Happy Birthday. Welcome to the 64 club. I hope you have a wonderful celebration. I love your style and blogs. Thank you.
Happy Birthday, Susan
Enjoy your post and love your style.
Happy Birthday!!!! I love these simple, but elegent looks with jeans and long sleeve t-shirt. One of my problems right now is trying on clothes….the stores aren’t allowing it. Some will allow you to buy and return, but not all. Praying this Covid goes away sooner than later. God bless and wishing you many more happy birthdays. BTW, I’ll be 65 the last day of November so your suggestions are very helpful!!!
Hi Susan!! Hope you have a really wonderful birthday!!!
Hi Susan, loving your new fall style. I have a hair related question. I have grown out my dyed hair to my natural white. No salt and pepper for me here. But am have a problem determining what products are best. Do you have recommendations?
I use this purple shampoo once a week to keep my gray from yellowing. I use the Beautycounter shampoo and conditioner here on the other days.
That shirt looks so cute on you. Is it a little clingy? You don’t seem to have any bulges. Thanks, Evelyn Sandefur
The shirt isn’t clingy because it is cotton knit. I do plan to wear with jackets and vests when the weather turns chilly. I wear the Ultimate style long line bras from Shapeez.com otherwise I would never look so good in my knit tops.
Happy Birthday, Susan! You’ve been through so much this year and have come out looking fantastic. God bless you. Thank you for the recent articles about fall shopping. I’m learning from you and putting it into practice. The long sleeved tees were few and far between in my closet. You’ve shown me how necessary they are to put together an outfit. Because of you I see that, because I’m only 5’3″, I need petite sizes for proper arm length and also not having a tee too long. The perfect length for me is around 24″. Anything much longer than that hangs out under a jacket or sweater at an unflattering length. A comment from one of your followers led me to LL Bean that had the length I needed. They came yesterday and were perfect! And I now know to search for that other length at places like Talbots in petites. My perfect size with them seems to be a PM. Thank you for teaching me that! An outfit looks so much nicer on me and put together. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I am sure Mr. Mickey will see to it that your birthday on Sunday is memorable and special.
Birthday’s are so special, they are truly meant to celebrate in some way. You are a beautiful person,
that shares so much with others, you deserve “the royal treatment.” I am so glad you were born.
On a side note, you look so nice in your new red coat. I love red coats too, and I wear New Balance shoes
Virtual birthday hugs,
Katherine in Arizona
Thank you, Katherine. I appreciate your lovely demeanor and impeccable manners.
Happy 64th Birthday! We are the same age.
Crazy question of the week —
Do you still finger dry your hair???
Descendant of East Tennesseans (wink)
I don’t always dry it that way, but yes, I do.
Your pants are nice and long. How tall are you and do you order a tall pant?
I am 5’6″ tall, so I never order talls.
I love red and that is a great looking fall coat. Happy Birthday to you on Sunday! May that day and this next year be filled with lots of love, joy and good health. (I’ll be 64 in December, whew, where has the time gone?) Thanks for another great post.
Wishing you a wonderful day on Sunday!
Enjoy your birthday! I really enjoy your postings. I am a Talbot’s devotee and appreciate your choices.
Happy Birthday Susan. You are a beautiful 64.
I will be 72 on Monday the day after.
Enjoy your special day…..
Happy Birthday to you, Judy!
Have a great Birthday weekend!! I just ordered the red coat. Can’t wait to read your blog Tuesday to see what you did.
I enjoy your info!! What length would you say your dark blue jeans are? When you sit do you “struggle” with them riding up past your ankle? I struggle with whether or not it’s “permissible”. I’m 5’2″ and don’t like pants dragging on the ground but don’t like them resting too high above my ankle when sitting. Small annoyance considering life in general.
If you are wearing full-length trouser style jeans, they should touch the top of your foot. Wide-leg pants, flares, and palazzo pants should almost touch the floor.
Many happy returns of the day Susan, wishing you good health and happiness. Thank you for being so giving and sharing, a lovely lady you are. Best regards Aussie Bev
Happy Birthday, Susan. Wishing you health and happiness always.
Happy Birthday Susan.
I purchased the Cole Hahn loafers you are wearing and love the look – very timeless. Do you have any recommendations for caring for suede and cleaning it?
Here is a suede and leather protector. Spray lightly six inches from the shoes, but make sure they are clean and dust-free first. It is best to treat your suede and leather before wearing it and often to keep it looking fresh and protect it from water and scuffs.
Happy Birthday dear Susan!
I am waiting a book written by you ,I can
buy where I am ( south Europe )
You are a style Philosoph !
Happy belated birthday Susan! We share the same day (and name) ! Hope you have a happy and healthy year ahead. Love the red jacket!
Thank you! Same to you!
Hi, Susan. I have been reading your posts recently (since covid and retirement struck!) and have found them informative and helpful. I went through similar changes in hair color, now salt and pepper, and skin changes. You have helped me learn to adapt to these changes and appreciate them. I make sure I start each day looking and feeling my best.
Thank you for the encouragement. I look forward to your future posts.
Love your “fall” look. Will be on the lookout for your Mac coat. It looks perfect.
I stumbled across your website when browsing for ways of putting together outfits for mature women from items you already own. I haven’t wanted to go out shopping during the pandemic, but it has allowed me to spend some time decluttering and re-thinking my wardrobe (closet!) I realised I have lots of clothes that I don’t wear much and I wanted to find new ways of putting them together.
Your website is fabulous – so classy, clear and uncluttered – and I love that you share your trips and photos on it.
I hope you don’t mind me saying, but although an ocean separates us, we are similar in so many ways. We are only 3 months apart in age (my 64th birthday is at the end of this year), I am 5ft 7in tall, weigh about 137 pounds, wear mainly trousers, own clothes that I have mostly had for several or many years lots of which are black, am classic in style, cool and blue-toned in complexion and colouring, feel the cold and have a great partner called Michael whom I met later in life (Mr Mickey is sooo lovely). And we usually share a pudding, virtually always chocolate-based! After two demanding careers and bringing up a family, my dream for retirement was travelling, which we have done a lot over the last few years, but of course it has now been put on hold. So now we are doing the same kind of thing as you – day trips to beautiful places nearby to see the autumn (fall!) colours.
I had my colours “done” several years ago and was advised to wear neutrals with brights for accents. My happy colours are red, fuschia, teal and violet. I cannot go near tan, yellow or orange, brown makes me look near death and I have to be very careful with green.
Differences – My legs are mercifully defect-free, so I do wear dresses and skirts. I am more column than inverted triangle and have a smaller bust. I have a long body and an oval face, with fine, poker-straight hair (how I envy your waves!) I own far fewer bags than you and mine are generally very utilitarian, but I love the way yours look and how they add style to any outfit, so will try to find some more for my wardrobe. Most of my clothes I get from charity (thrift) stores, as I am a bit of an “eco-warrior” and I prefer to save my pennies for travelling and eating out. But it does mean that I can sometimes pick up some classic, good-quality pieces for a bargain price. Or occasionally try a fashionable, frivolous item guilt-free. Over the last few months, spurred into action by joining a local sewing group making scrubs for the NHS, I have also started making clothes for myself again, which has been fun and really satisfying.
Your ideas have been gold dust, so relevant for me. You amply demonstrate that lots of black is not actually a bad thing – I lost count of your outfits that start simply with black trousers and a black top and yet each looks classy and distinctive. My scarves are going to be used so much more now. You have shown me that there is no reason why black and navy can’t be worn together. That shoes and bags don’t have to match. The importance of the right colour and weight of jewellery (I have bought myself a multi-hook rack for hanging on my dressing room wall after watching your video). I had of course heard about layering, but you show how it can be done in spades, so I will use my “summer clothes” in other seasons. That you don’t have to have lots of clothes which you only wear for special occasions. And that every day of being alive is a special occasion!
I love that you show photos of clothes that you used to wear and explain why they don’t work for you. Also, similar outfits with maybe only one (crucial) difference – like the Variations on a Theme post. More of those please.
I wish you continued health and happiness, in style!
Thank you for the lovely message. I enjoyed reading about how you use the lessons and tips I’ve shared. Well done!