Maya’s Fall 2007 LookBook

Last night, for the first time since spring, I needed to sleep under the comforter. Fall is really coming. And fall doesn’t just mean going back to school or tromping across crisp fallen leaves. Fall means new fashions. So I want to share with you some of the looks that are inspiring my shopping (or, more likely, my fantasy shopping) this fall/winter.

Pants

I have been combing through mags (namely O, Marie Claire, Lucky, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar) for Fall 2007 looks. And this is my favorite one. I just love love love the wide leg pants that I’m seeing everywhere, and the casually loose shirt and sweater paradoxically make everything very chic, very I-just-threw-this-on-but-that’s-okay-because-every-piece-I-own-is-fabulous. Plus, I love the colors because they are very fall but not at all reminiscent of 1990s soccer mom seasonal theme dressing.

Pants are varied this season. And, while some skinny fits are still about, I prefer wide, straight legs this year (and pretty much every year). Here are some of the slimmer fits in that category:

There are flared legs:

And then there are the fancifully wide legged ones:

Skirts

Unfortunately, I have not been as inspired by the skirt looks I’ve seen. But here are a few that gave me hope.

Coats

I love a good coat, and here are a couple for which I would love to find affordable alternatives.

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Tell me: am I off base?

I was having dessert at The Cheesecake Factory tonight and I couldn’t help but notice young dating couples.  They were everywhere, but that wasn’t the strange thing.  The thing was that the young women were all dressed up: hair styled fresh for the evening, full makeup, dresses and skirts clearly designated for going out.  Even if they didn’t seem completely comfortable doing up, they had tried hard to dress for what they felt was a very sophisticated evening out.  The men, however, looked like they were going to a backyard barbecue. 

Since when are khaki shorts proper attire for a date?  I don’t care if you’re wearing a button-up shirt (apparently unironed, at that).  There’s not a single thing dressy about shorts.  Or khakis, for that matter. 

The thing about it that bugged me the most was that the difference in women’s and men’s dress seemed in every situation to speak to an imbalance in their perceptions of the relationship.  Maybe I’m reading too much into attire, but it seems too widespread now not to mean anything.  Are the majority of women simply more involved in the relationship than men?  Do men no longer think their appearance matters?  (It would be really sad if the generally held belief is that men are just fine as they come while women are not. )

Maybe I’m wrong and men’s clothing standards have just changed.   If they have, dammit, they ought to change back!  Someone, please give me hope that there are sharply dressed men out there who will be as willing as I to show some well-dressed enthusiasm!

By the way, can you tell that I love love love a man who puts some thought into his attire?

The Battle to Keep Skinny Pants Alive

I hear conflicting reports on whether skinny pants have enough life left in them to make it through Fall 2007, but the majority of sources seem to be making room in their hearts and closets for both wide-leg and skinny pants.  Personally, it’s a no-brainer.  I am not built for skinny pants.  But neither are a lot of people who wear them.

And this is where I’m torn, actually.  I’m all for wearing what you like and going with trends, if you so desire.  But I am also a staunch advocate of dressing for your body type – regardless of the whims of fashion.  So, should we pull the plug on skinny pants or continue to revive them simply because a fairly large portion of the American female pant-wearing population has embraced them and insists that it feels good in them? 

Okay, I’m sounding very judgmental about the skinny pants, and I don’t mean to. I should confess that I own some (boot cut, not tapered).  And I’m looking for some more to wear this fall with some short dresses I got over the summer (preferably boot cut, not tapered) and a fantastic tunic that I’ve had for about a year but never worn.  But I honestly don’t think I would wear them without something good and long over them.  (My legs would look like short inverted triangles, no matter how long the pants or how high the heels!)

I don’t know what the point of this post is, really … I want to be open to these pants.  I really do. 

Umm … So, let’s celebrate the life of skinny pants!  You can decide for yourself whether it’s a funeral or a birthday party, but let’s celebrate them!  Do you have any skinny pant stories you’d like to share?  Post them below!