Even in the waning days of Summer, we girls, whether it be sunny California or balmy Charleston,SC, are still simmering in the heat of an Indian Summer that lingers until mid to late October, right before the leaves turn orange just in time for Halloween.
The quandary conflicting us is this, we desire a crisp, new wardrobe celebrating the changing of the seasons but the reality of regional heat and humid defeats the practicality of a heavy, wool jacket or coat. Women want to celebrate autumn with the signal of new clothes without suffocating in them.
With these arriving transitional collections from Bordeaux and Miss Me’s MM Couture’s upcoming Holiday/Resort collection, these soft feminine pieces are surprisingly sturdy investments year around.
As active Baby Boomers and maturing Gen-Xers prove the naysayers, just because a woman reaches a certain age doesn’t mean she abandons trendy, sporty fashion. In fact, the sportier the clothes, the more they fit their busy lifestyles. A growing number of designers, Los Angeles or Manhattan based, are those women themselves and want to solve growing figure issues without sacrificing style or comfort. Trendy fashion isn’t exclusively for Size 0 toothpicks anymore.
Until, women told him it was a hassle to slip on the SkinnyZs then slip the outerwear over them. It hits him that if he sews the shapewear into the tops and the blouses themselves, more women would buy them for the sheer convenience. This is when SkinnyZs became Bordeaux.
These soft, feminine but flexible career tops and blouses can carry a on- the- go woman from office to occasion without the hassle of driving home or awkwardly changing into a second outfit in the restroom.
With his expertise in knitwear and woven construction, Ardy (a play on the word, “ardent,” describing his drive for fashion perfection) can take usual mundane utilitarian pieces and make them sexier, more elegant. Items that a sophisticated woman of a certain age can wear with ease and confidence, they’re career, “power pieces.”
The stiff, straight edges derived from men suits have been puffed up then deflated into languid curves, bell sleeves and flowing cowl necks. Unyielding navy pinstripe woolens are replaced by the luxurious supple but body-retaining, durable Modal, emanating that Seventies’ sexy career woman vibe, best exemplified by Faye Dunaway in “Network.” Powerful but soft, that’s Bordeaux.
Miss Me’s more upscale line, MM Couture’s Holiday/Resort line, hits the spot.
The satin cream ruffle sleeveless blouse can be tucked in a blazer for both office and cocktail. Alone, it’s great for tapas bar-hopping with a great pair of black trousers. Cosmo girls will love this.
The plunging satin halter top with ruffled neckline also offers a sophisticated option, sexy but chic.
If subtle satin blouses fail to strike your fancy, you can’t go wrong with these young- at- heart sequin pieces.
Or get prepped with Miss Me at Goga and Jojo’s in Downtown Charleston or Mt. Pleasant’s Blush .
Http://store.missme.com/ will carry their upscale MM Couture later on their website.
With this bountiful crop of fashion, you can’t trip with your get-up crossing an Indian Summer into an Autumn Equinox.