Featherings: Fall Fashion observations—what’s old is new and now…

New and Now is the title of the semi-annual Boston Store [Bergner] Fashion Extravaganza in my hometown. Yesterday, I enjoyed the Fall version with my Mom and one of my sisters. I love this event. For the mere cost of $10.00—which is returned to the payee in the form of a gift card—we were treated to early shopping, a makeover, a coffee bar, and food stations that included mini oatmeal cups, cookies and bars, fruit, cheese and crackers. Our seats lined the stores main aisle and were no more than 2 or 3 deep. Everyone gets a great view. The show began at 8:30 am and lasted close to an hour.

My observations

  • Embroidery and velvet were the stars, followed by lace and faux leather
  • Bohemian looks merged with grunge for the younger set
  • Plenty of high heels
  • The brocade, velvet and embroidered boots were beautiful
  • A lot of distressed denim…
  • A nice variety of model sizes
  • Taste-wise, something for everyone

My take-aways

  • What’s old is new. I have seen this “trend” for a while now, but more and more we seem unable to create anything new and fresh in our culture. What is new-er seems like a confused state—multiple patterns and layers that are hard on the eyes lack beauty in my estimation. Perhaps they are more of a statement on our world?
  • Eye glasses are making a comeback. Being one who sports this necessary item, I’m jazzed.
  • I just don’t get the whole ripped up denim thing. Ugly.
  • I really like the boots that are embellished with brocade and embroidery. I do wonder what kind of staying power they will have? A boot is an investment.
  • The portion of the show that highlighted social/evening looks was a bit staid. C’mon folks, you can do better!

Nancie vs. New and Now

You knew I’d get here, right? As a slow fashion turtle and yet, self-proclaimed fashionista I walk in a strange world of garment collecting. I am sewing and shopping differently for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is tightening up the wardrobe.

I have a lot of clothes. Each major season, I look over what I own and play the “do I stay or do I go” dance with my closet.  I have always leaned towards more classic pieces, pants and skirts with staying power.  Sweaters are a given in this philosophy. However, even well-constructed sweaters have a life span and need refreshing from time to time. Wool, silk, cotton, linen, rayon—these are my go to textiles. They perform well and are the most comfortable fibers on my skin.

Shoes—I have amassed some great heels. That said, I am hugely relieved that block heels and shorter heels are making a comeback.

I am having fun with combining these hero pieces in new and fresh ways. That is the creative and the artist stepping out to play!

New and Now for Nancie

After sorting through my closet and considering needs and wants, I have added a lovely Calvin Klein grey plaid menswear look pant suit to my closet heroes. A poet blouse, two embroidered blouses—one white on white, the other a colored bell sleeve; black skinny trousers, a textured burgundy cardigan, a tweedy knit pencil skirt (shades of black and grey) and an ivory long cardigan complete the “classics with a punch” collection. Just for fun, I picked up a gold pleated midi skirt.

I finally gave away several of my go to pumps. I had worn them well but they are simply too big [purchased prior to the big weight loss four years ago], so I sadly bid adieu to these friends. I replaced them with an edgy bootie, a patent oxblood loafer, and a black and snakeskin tie pump, that has a bit of an oxford feel to it.

All of these purchases were made over the last three or four months using discounts, points, coupons and gift cards.

Together, they reflect my penchant for a bit of artist and bohemian flair, a professional and business attitude, and overall classy look. I’d like to think it’s me.

Facing it all

Bobbi brown came to my rescue at the New and Now event with a very natural look makeover. To be honest, it was a little too natural, as I enjoy a little drama with cosmetics. However, I purchased a shimmer brick and her new dual gel eyeliner in Dark Chocolate Ink and Black scotch. I am also considering a Nars shadow that is from their hardwired grouping in pewter bronze as well. Lipsticks? Good Lord! I have enough to open a branch of Sephora! No new sticks for me this year. Finally, my nine months a year fragrance fave, Cinnabar, returns to my boudoir counter.


What I have just described is my style, and I wear it well. A little fun accessory, color or twist on a basic is a great addition each season, I have put together a great selection of clothing that will go the distance for me. I hope now that I can find time to stitch up anything else I might want or need!

Your turn

My style tends to reflect some of the trends I see, but certainly not all of them. Attending the New and Now event gives me some fresh ideas as well as a lens into one retailer’s view of the world of clothing. We can all pick and choose according to our own sense of beauty. Isn’t that fun?

So, how about you? What is you style? How do you do New and Now?

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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

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