My autumn wardrobe, edited

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I’m back in the city for a few days—to take the dog to the vet, get my roots done, see some friends, stuff like that. And also to retrieve warmer clothes, as I’m planning to stay out in Sag Harbor through October and maybe beyond. Closet space is limited in my tiny bedroom out there, so I brought the bare minimum of summer clothes with me, and plan to do the same with fall pieces. I actually think I’m happier when I have fewer options in that respect. Like everyone else, comfort is a priority for me these days, so I’ll start out by packing a couple of oversize cashmere sweaters like this one, and this cheaper one too.

This is a sweatshirt that reads like a sweater and is therefore perfect for right now. I also like the deep V-neck.

I like silk blouses when it gets cooler, because they’re so good for layering (and I don’t dry clean them often; instead, I steam them and then let them air out). This one comes in about a kajillion colorways, but I like this snappy striped one.

A couple of long-sleeved tees like this roomy striped one will definitely be making it into the suitcase.

I like that these jeans have a higher waist and also a bit of stretch, and I’m a fan of the cropped length.

These stretch jersey pants are at the top of my must-buy list—they look like a nice trouser/sweatpant hybrid. They also come in grey (and are available in more sizes in that color). I’m also interested in these slightly cheaper Lululemon pants.

Plaid jackets are everywhere this season, and I plan on wearing one that I purchased on my trip to L.A. right before the world shut down. I also quite like this one.

When it comes to hoodies, I’m all about Uniqlo these days. This one is super, super soft (and runs a bit small, so you might want to size up).

I’ll be bringing sneakers with me too, of course, and own so many I couldn’t possibly justify the purchase of another pair. But if I could, I’d go for these, because the color combination is just aces.

These clogs are just $98—far cheaper than the No. 6  ones I typically go for—and they add a nice bit of height.

And I will definitely be bringing my worn-in Blundstone Chelsea boots, because they’re so damn walkable. I also like these because they’ve got a bit of a platform sole.

There’s not a lot of color here, I know, so I might throw in a bright scarf like this one.

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32 Thoughts on My autumn wardrobe, edited
    Tricia
    10 Sep 2020
    9:29am

    I loved Tweeds! I love fall and winter and the clothes that go along with it. Unfortunately I feel like these seasons arrive later and later every year. Here in NYC it is so warm and humid that I often can’t put on a sweater until November. The hot flashes don’t help!

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    c.w.
    9 Sep 2020
    1:14pm

    Moments ago I received my Everything Is Fine tee! Fabulous!!

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      Kim France
      9 Sep 2020
      3:47pm

      Yay!

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    DeeSea
    9 Sep 2020
    1:19pm

    Aw, I’m so bummed (but not surprised) that that gorgeous plaid jacket is out of stock. What a great post though! I snagged that Rag & Bone sweatshirt!

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      J Hoody
      10 Sep 2020
      1:46am

      I too purchased the R/B “sweatshirt”. Soooo soft & lightweight enough that I can wear it through a hot flash. The constant hot flash possibility influences most of my clothing choices these days. If anyone has recommendations, please share. 🙂

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        Candy
        10 Sep 2020
        8:57am

        This might not be helpful during these times, but for me, acupuncture made a huge difference. Cut the number of my nighttime flashes by half after just one or two treatments and lessened the intensity of the daytime ones.

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        Mouse
        10 Sep 2020
        7:23am

        Everyone’s hot flashes are different, but mine subsided a bit after real cessation of periods. Perimenopause was the hard time for me. And I do notice that the things that are likely to set me off are coffee, alcohol, and sugar. Pretty much all the best things in life……

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          liz
          10 Sep 2020
          12:06pm

          I tend to have more evening and very early morning hot flashes. Eating salty foods seems to be my trigger.
          Oh I am in the very humid , still very warm northern suburb of Manhattan.

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    Julie
    9 Sep 2020
    3:10pm

    I decided to peek at the Ines de la Fressange collection at Uniqlo and picked up a corduroy jacket….

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      Clatie
      9 Sep 2020
      8:28pm

      I was in Uniqlo with my teen daughters and happened upon the Ines line on sale and ended up with a really good pair of knockaround pants for $14. (!)

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    Debra Gibson- Welch
    9 Sep 2020
    3:46pm

    Great post! I would wear everything here and I love the clogs from Everlane. I have about 4 of the Uniqlo hoodies, I live in Atlanta and they are perfect for almost two months in the fall. Cashmere as well.

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    Kerry
    9 Sep 2020
    4:23pm

    The New Balances are sold out. That color combo IS aces! Hope they come back.

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    Clatie
    9 Sep 2020
    11:54am

    My beloved Clogmaster has sadly closed for hood, so I have been nervously eying those Everlane clogs got a few weeks. I’ll probably pull the trigger on them and pray that they fit. Oh, Clogmaster, you spoiled me.

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      Clatie
      9 Sep 2020
      11:55am

      Obviously Clogmaster closed for GOOD not HOOD. Argh.

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    Tahe Z
    9 Sep 2020
    11:47am

    Kim, I’m so glad to hear that you’ll be staying in Sag Harbor. Sounds so perfect, and I love the quiet of the coast in winter. Today in Greensboro, NC, it’s a high in 75 and for me, that’s sweater weather. Thanks for that silk shirt suggestion, too. I don’t have much in my wardrobe mainly because I’m stuck on the fact that it’s a delicate fabric, but may consider adding more of it to my wardrobe.

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      Carrie P
      10 Sep 2020
      10:23am

      Yes, Kim, I’m so glad you are staying out there. Sounds so incredible and cozy. What I wouldn’t give to be near a beach and in nature with my family.Enjoy!

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    AKGB
    9 Sep 2020
    11:50am

    Having just come off of a weekend of 110+ temps, I can’t even imagine that I will want to wear a layer other than a linen tee anytime soon, but this too shall pass. Thanks for the gentle mental nudge in that direction.

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    Eloise
    9 Sep 2020
    11:20am

    Debated the Lululemon jogger option because they look less baggy crotched but then I zoomed in and they were till too baggy crotched for me. Any have suggestions for non-baggy crotch “joggers” (As very much a GOACA, I have to fight the urge to call them sweatpants) for short folks? Hard to find….

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      Cate
      9 Sep 2020
      1:12pm

      I am in love with my Vuori joggers. So soft and comfortable and flattering and not baggy crotched!

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        Kim France
        9 Sep 2020
        2:07pm

        Thanks for the tip, Cate! I just ordered a pair of the ripstop pants. https://rstyle.me/+Bg8Lr1x9-XZa9CGYfmQoEA

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          Cate
          9 Sep 2020
          2:12pm

          Please report back! Those do look something you would rock, Kim! I hope you like them as much as I like my joggers. Plural, because these were a multi-color buy for me!

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        LisaC
        9 Sep 2020
        2:58pm

        I have two pairs of the Vuori joggers. Love them!

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        Eloise
        9 Sep 2020
        3:20pm

        Thanks – ordering joggers and the Laguna Lounge pants.

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        Gigi
        10 Sep 2020
        3:23pm

        I second Vuori joggers, love them!

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    Joannawnyc
    9 Sep 2020
    11:15am

    Don’t forget your Heat-Tech layers!

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    c.w.
    9 Sep 2020
    8:21am

    the dr. put a smaller cast on my arm yesterday which means I can not sort of type and i can for sure wear SLEEVES! Truly, it’s the little things––although with cooler weather coming in sleeves don’t seem so minor! I want everything listed. except the clogs because I’m so paranoid about falling (even though when I fell I was wearing a thick heavy duty rubber soled rain boot )

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      Mamavalveeta03
      11 Sep 2020
      3:16am

      So glad that healing is progressing well, CW!

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    Nancy
    9 Sep 2020
    6:49pm

    Regarding your silk shirts: Does steaming them also refresh or clean them, particularly under the arm? I love silk shirts but have yet to find a way to clean them that is sensible and cost effective.

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    Karin
    9 Sep 2020
    8:28pm

    This might be the most perfect edit of clothes I’ve ever seen. I would wear every one of these. The top gray sweater is a dead ringer for a sweater I had circa 1989 or so from the Tweeds catalog….anyone remember them? I still think longingly of that sweater, which I probably chucked in some frenzy of “simplifying,” every winter. . . It was so perfect.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    11 Sep 2020
    3:09am

    I see a lot to like here – and want to add to my closet – especially the jeans, Blundstones (do you think they’re less clunky than the Doc Martens?) the Ganni scarf, and the wool jacket, which I just might have to borrow from my hubby.

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    Sherri
    15 Sep 2020
    10:18am

    Love the list here, Kim! Question for you and everyone here: Blundstones. How long do they take to break in? I ordered a pair last winter and haven’t found them “walkable” at all. Very tight across the instep still. Got a SOLE footbed with a met pad for slightly more cushioning too. I haven’t worn them tons, because you know, lockdown and then it was early summer, but they definitely hurt after a couple of hours. Wondering if I should give up and resell them on Posh while they’re still in good condition or wear them in the house with thick socks for 2 weeks…? @Kim, maybe you could do a roundup of sturdy/lug sole Chelsea boots? (I also tried on Doc Martens but found them either clunky or still not cushioned enough)

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