Style at a Certain Age is a lifestyle blog by Beth Djalali dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
It’s onto game 6 of the World Series. Anyone guess where I’ll be this evening? Yes, I’ll be planted in front of the television rooting for the Atlanta Braves! It’s anyone’s guess as to the outcome as both teams have shown up to play. It’s been an exciting series, that’s for sure. The temps have been downright chilly come morning and evening. As we head further into the week, we’ll be flirting with frost. Time to cover up my Meyer Lemon tree that has eight lemons on the vine. And it’s time for me to reach for coats, scarves, and gloves, oh my!
If there is one iconic winter coat, it has to be the mighty puffer jacket that’s been going strong since 1936. Eddie Bauer was the mastermind behind the down jacket after a close call with death thanks to a fishing expedition gone awry. Legend has it Eddie was caught in a storm carrying 100 pounds of fish. By the time he reached his campsite, hypothermia had set in with his wool shirt frozen stiff with ice. After the harrowing experience, Eddie set out to design a jacket with down feathers that was light yet warm. Nearly 100 years later, we still sing the praises of puffer jackets. Thanks to my midwest roots, when I reach for coats, scarves, and gloves, a favorite of mine will always be a puffer coat.
A favorite fall color of mine is olive green or army green. Many of us might overlook green to add to our wardrobe. Kermit, the Frog, even claimed, “it isn’t easy being green.” But may I suggest that green is a neutral? One wardrobe staple that’s always on style repeat is a pair of green pants. Pair it with brown or pair it with black either color combination is oh-so-chic. Today I reached for a streamlined quilted cocoon puffer coat from J.Crew. It comes in five colors and three sizes, regular, petite, and tall. How’s that for variety?! According to J.Crew, this coat is “made from recycled poly and filled with PrimaLoft®, a down-alternative that both keeps you warm and keeps plastic bottles out of oceans and landfills.” Many of us are looking for brands that make sustainable clothes, and that includes me. I was never a big fan of fast fashion as quality always trumps quantity. But now more than ever, brands need to build a portfolio of sustainable clothes. A plaid scarf from Barbour with shades of blues, greens, reds, and cream is the perfect accessory. Didn’t I tell you green goes with everything? A pair of vintage straight jeans from Madewell, a simple black turtleneck from Talbots, and my go-to black boots of the season are in play today. Oh, and an adorable camouflage tote from Tommy Hilfiger is back in action.