Fashionistas and clothes-wearing friends, thank you for visiting for this Ageless Style 10.2022: Dressing for Autumn Activities. It’s the third Thursday which means the Ageless Style gang is back together again. October’s theme – what would you wear to an autumn event. Whether it be taking the (grand)kids to a pumpkin patch, apple picking or a hayride. Outings to admire the changing leaves. Football games. Carnivals and wine fests.
I haven’t joined the Ageless Style ladies for their monthly series since July when the gals and I put together summer white looks. Really had fun with that prompt but shortly afterward, my mama took a turn for the worse. For weeks, getting dressed for the day became something I did on autopilot. Although once I began substitute teaching, picking out something to wear to school was a fun diversion.
Ageless Style Link Up
The Ageless Style linkup is hosted by a stylish group of fashion bloggers and me. Not sure how I fit in exactly. Maybe comic relief?? Just thankful these sweet fashionistas have extended me the grace to participate with them when LIFE allows.
Before we get to this month’s edition, hope you will check out some of my past Ageless Style posts – my favorite sweatshirts, here. Then there was this wrap look. And we kicked off the year sharing something in that particular shade of blue called periwinkle. See my French terry veri peri sweatshirt, here. Oh, and my summer white looks…I even came up with 2!!
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AGELESS STYLE 10.2022
Is there a seasonal (or other) activity you look forward to doing every year that your significant other or BFF or entire family just dreads? For PC and me, that would be the kind of annual (Covid, you know?) trek to La Union maze and pumpkin patch. To me what’s not to love: acres of corn, pumpkins, cotton, sunflowers; fun food like funnel cakes and hot dogs; pony rides and giant slides. I love the colors, the beautiful views of the Franklin Mountains from the pumpkin fields. The delight of my youngest grandgirls traipsing through the pumpkin patch to pick out their perfect squash.
But in PC’s defense, it is usually unseasonably hot at the pumpkin patch. And dry and dusty (this year we had a week of rain before our visit). There are lots of people. And it’s hot, dry and dusty. Lines for food. And lines to ride the rides. Lines to get on the trailers to go out to the fields where the pumpkins are growing. Plus, it’s hot, dry and dusty.
Lauren and her family always go with us to the pumpkin patch. Or maybe we go with them?? And last year, Brennyn and her family were in town in time to go. We had hoped to all go again this year but that week of rain fell during Brennyn’s visit and made it impossible.
We always try to take family pictures at the pumpkin patch. Another reason PC might be reluctant to go. He’s not real keen on taking photos or having photos taken. Oh, and it’s hot, dry and dusty.
Last year, and again this year, we were all in similar colors and tones. But in 2021, Lauren and I decided – for some reason – to wear dresses. We corrected that error in judgement this year. Remember, it’s hot, dry and dusty.
My pumpkin patch outfit last year featured a chambray shirtdress, Target squash-colored cardi and
cowboy cowgirl boots from Cavender’s.
Anticipating those hot, dry and dusty conditions, Lauren and I chose to wore blue jeans this year. And wisely so. Although it was hot, dry or dusty, we were much more comfortable in jeans. So, yay for us.
One of the pieces on the shopping list for Alison Lumbatis’s Fall 2022 Capsule Wardrobe is a schoolboy sweater-blazer. For the capsule wardrobe, Alison styled an olive sweater-blazer but suggested that any neutral blazer or cardigan could be substituted for that item. Among the other options Alison shared was this soft-brushed oversized blazer from Old Navy. And that was what I purchased and then wore for the first time to the pumpkin patch.
I paired the blazer with a pumpkin-colored peasant top I bought at Target several years ago. And some curvy straight-leg jeans from Loft Outlet, also a few years old. Added my L’Artiste booties that PC gifted me a year ago Christmas. And an old beaded cross necklace I picked up at a craft fair somewhere, sometime.
I haven’t worn the top often and now I remember why. The fabric is a bit stiff and the peplum tends to blouse out right at my stomach. Kind of like a baby doll top. This grandma needs no poofing or bunching or blousing anywhere…but especially across my hips and stomach. Or breasts. Or thighs. Or nose.
Wearing the blazer seemed to hold the poufiness down a bit.
Somehow, so did slinging the blazer over my shoulder!!
And helping lil bit Cami Jean ride a rubber tire pony seemed to keep the blousiness at bay, too.
Was also a little worried about wearing my nice booties but they are very comfortable. And they held up beautifully to the abuse the pumpkin patch offered.
All in all, this outfit worked out perfectly for our annual (kinda – Covid) autumn outing. When we arrived, it was cool and overcast so I needed the blazer. But when the sun came out, it was a little too warm to wear it. As we headed home, though, the clouds were building again as the sun began to set. Have ordered a mock turtleneck top in ‘autumn glaze’ to try with this blazer instead of the top I am wearing here. Stay tuned, maybe I will share photos of it with the jacket to see which we like better.
Does your family have favorite activities you like to do every autumn? Do you have a ‘uniform’ or set outfit you wear for those activities? Are they photo ops for your family like our jaunt to the pumpkin patch is for us?
As we were moving in line toward the ticket booth, we met up with an extended family whose members were all wearing bright yellow tee shirts. Like neon yellow. They looked so cute. Not just that…that bright yellow was so easy to see that there wasn’t a chance of any of their family getting separated from the group.
Hope you will join me in visiting the blogs of my Ageless Style friends and then add a link to your latest style post below.
Amy ~ Amy’s Creative Pursuits
Bo ~ Bo’s Bodacious Blog
Cathy ~ My Side of 50
Joanne ~ My Slice of Life
Jodie ~ Jodie’s Touch of Style
Marsha~ Marsha in the Middle
Mireille ~ Chez Mireille Fashion Travel Mom
Rosemary ~ Distinctly Southern Style
Whatever you’re up to this season, I hope it brings you smiles. Thank you for stopping by to spend a few minutes of your day with me…in the pumpkin patch.
Hugs and kisses,