What Do You Wear?

Tan BootsOne of the reasons I love Fall is that the winter fashions are advertised everywhere.  Boots, gloves, jaunty little hats, sweaters.  And coats — coats of all kinds.  Sleek long wool coats, leather jackets, puffy down jackets and raincoats, all accompanied by bright scarves.  Don’t forget the boots — ankle boots, thigh high zippered boots, knee boots.  And don’t get me started on the leggings!

Even in high school, I loved winter clothing.  The standard high school issue was penny loafers and knee socks, wool skirts with stitched-down pleats from the waist to hip and sweaters — vee-necked, turtle necked, sweater vests.  And layers, lots and lots of layers, although, of course, it was all about the combined look rather than the peeling off of layers.

I still enjoy perusing the fashion catalogues and magazines to discover what’s the latest “in” fashion, but I’ve come to a recent discovery about  lovely, sleek pictures and the trendy, eye-catching fall and winter ensembles.bigstock-Winter-Close-up-Portrait-Of-Bl-54112433

You can only wear them in New England!  Well, that might be an exaggeration.  Winter storms occur in Utah, where I went to college, and in Idaho, where I first taught school.  Maine, New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Wyoming.  Yes, plenty of states where there’s zero or near-zero temperatures.

But those pictures I see in the catalogues?  Those are New Yorkers.  NY fashion designers dressing their models in layers and layers of gorgeous wools and silks, tweeds and fleece and knits.

And you’d better be five feet ten inches tall and weigh no more than 100 pounds if you’re going to successfully wear those heavy layers of fabrics.

bigstock-Pair-Of-Teenage-Girls-Jogging--5041114For decades I resisted the reality.  Here in northern California where I live, winter means — wait for it — RAIN.  Not snow or sleet or even just a really chilly 25 degree weather.  RAIN, relentless and a major PITA.  I mourn those days in Idaho when I couldn’t start my car and walked to school, heavily draped in my beautiful black wool coat and knee boots, gloves and a scarf.  I didn’t think about shoveling snow off the sidewalk.  I didn’t care about slick roads and stalled cars.  And although I wasn’t five feet ten inches tall, I was the young, slim and sexy teacher.

I have two coats in my closet now.  A light-weight black jacket and a jean jacket.  For dress-up I wear slacks and a sweater in the winter, slacks and a light blouse in cool months; jeans and a sweat shirt or jeans and a cotton shirt. 

B – O – R – I – N – G!

Executing fashion at my age has become a chore rather than a pleasure.bigstock-Beautiful-Brunette-In-A-Plaid--2694225

But, damn, I still love flipping through the winter fashion magazines.  Even if I do wonder who’s wearing them and where are they being worn!

What about you?  What’s your favorite fashion season?  Are you a sleeveless shirts and shorts girl?  Or do you, like me, revel in the classy look of winter fashions?  Are you an evening gal or a surf and turf kind of person?  What are your go-to outfits?  


A special announcement of the release of my second Hitman Series, novella “The Hitman’s Heart.”  Available December 20.

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Jo,
    I miss fall already. It’s my favorite season because you adding a blazer or jacket won’t ruin your look. When it’s winter those puffy coats make me look like a big ball. I know those NYer types you’ve mentioned. I see them wearing their four inch designer boots when it’s snowing and marvel how they manage not fall.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Congrats on getting the rooster, Jane!

      I always think of the movie “Working Girl” when I see girls/women in those high-heeled boots. Melanie Griffin always wore keds on the subway and the sidewalks and then switched at her desk. I wonder if real NYers do that?

      I hate the puffy coats too, and thankfully, we never have to wear them here unless we make a quick trip up to the Sierras in the winter. I love, love the look of blazers and wore them all the time when I taught school.

  • Kaelee says:

    I’m a jeans and layered tops person. In the summertime I wear sneakers and in the winter I also wear sneakers unless the snow is deep and then I wear boots. I have always followed comfort rather than fashion.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Yay for you, Kaelee. I usually go for comfort rather than fashion, especially these days. It’s sweat bottoms and a tee shirt around the house when I’m working/writing.

      I have a friend I’ve known for nearly 50 years and I’ve never seen her without her makeup on. I don’t think her husband has either! She once told me that she put it on — mascara and all — before she did anything else. Weird, I say!

  • Amy Conley says:

    Hello JO. I too check out the fashion mags, not so much because I really want to wear layers, because I HATE winter, but like you to see what”s hot (no pun intended). My daughter isn’t 5’10 tall, but she is tiny and many of these things would and do look great on her and she is a layering, scarf wearing, boot wearing kinda girl. Me, the least amount of clothing I have to wear the happier I am. Although I do love checking out summer styles as well as fall/winter. Some of those things I can actually wear too. Winter/fall go-tos consist of sweats and a long sleeved thinner sweater. I do not do “thick and bulky” anything, why would I want to add to what I have already? LOL But I do so love boots of all styles.

  • Helen says:


    I love autumn muself and winter and I see these clothes for winter but no way would we be wearing them here in Oz either it just doesn’t get cold enough I do have one jacket but it rarely gets used I am a jeans and Jumper person or trackpants in winter and in summer pedal pushers and t shirts I am built for comfort not fashion LOL

    Congrats on the new release 🙂

    Have Fun

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Me, too, Helen! Comfort over fashion!

      But I remember wearing a girdle — YES — a girdle — when I was just out of high school. I think I weighed 105 pounds and did NOT need one. But it was what everyone did. Sheesh, the folly of youth.

  • Mozette says:

    I do love Winter… even though it’s so very brief here in Queensland, I get to wear my winter gear throughout Autumn when it becomes wintery and in August when it’s still cold, but windy as all hell! 😀

    I love wearing my leather gloves, hat and jacket – all matching – which Mum bought from the USA for me… and my Doc Martens. And when Summer comes around, I’m out the front of my house slavered in sunscreen and a hat rubbing the polish into those boots so they’re ready for the wet, wet winter months the following year… 😀

    and you know, they’re 15 years old, and my Docs look and feel brand new – the only way you could tell they’re old is from the sole where it’s worn a little in heel. 😀

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Love the look of Doc Martens, Mozette, although I’ve never owned a pair.

      Oooh, leather gloves. Is there anything more luxurious to wear. I remember wearing them in Utah and Idaho during the winter.

  • Deb says:

    I am not sure what kind of fashion-season I prefer. I wear t-shirts and shorts in summer and like jeans and long-sleeved tees or blouses in fall. Weekends are for jeans or sweats and sweatshirts. I don’t have much fashion sense…I just know what I like and my favorite store Christopher and Bank) has what I like to wear. My 13-year-old daughter says I dress like I’m old…whatever that means, ha! I did buy a pair of slip-on shoes this summer that I wore with everything because they were so comfortable, and I like my suede boots for fall and winter.
    The one “in” thing I do not look good with is scarves. No matter how I twist or tie or knot them, I just don’t “do” them well.
    P.S. When I was younger, I dressed up a lot more, but the older I get, my look has become more casual. Even for church.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Me too, Deb! I cannot pull off the look of scarves, but my oldest daughter wears them beautifully, and in so many different ways. She’s always had a good fashion sense.

      LOL at the granddaughter saying you dress “old.” That’s what grandmas are for!

      I even wear slacks to church these days. The old legs are getting pretty beat up looking now!

  • Anna Sugden says:

    Ooh excited about your new novella, Jo! What a great holiday treat!

    I love all the seasons – shoe-wise, it gives me a chance to wear as many of my shoes as possible … and buy more *oops* did I say that out loud?! My dearest friend who lives in Tampa complained about never being able to wear boots – oh, the horror! 🙂

    • Jo Robertson says:

      So glad you weighed in on the shoes, Anna! I knew which side you’d fall on. Love, love the look of fashionable shoes on others, but finally realized my feet and legs won’t pull it off any more.

      Thanks for the compliment on “The Hitman’s Heart”; it’s the second novella in the series and I finished it quite a while ago, but my daughters said, “Somebody needs to die!! You’ve made it too soft.” So I’ve rewritten most of it, and as you know, that’s a bear!

  • I love the fall and winter fashions. I adore sweaters and sweatshirts. The only problem is I’ve hit the time in my life where I’m always warm. I used to wear long-sleeved turtle necks and a sweater or sweatshirt to keep warm. Now I’m good with a very light weight sweater. At that’s keeping my house at 65 degrees. Ugh

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I’m thankful to live in southwest Florida where the weather is always nice and warm. I’m simply NOT a cold weather person and never have been. However, for those who love it, I say “please send me a postcard!” 🙂

    My go-to clothes year-round are shorts, light-weight t-shirt and flip flops! Life is good!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Good morning, everyone! Happy post-Black Friday! Did anyone face the crowds this year? I admit that after hosting Thanksgiving, I was too tired to even think about shopping.

  • Shannon says:

    I’m more a spring and summer person. After wearing suits most of the time at work, I have come to love T-shirts with art work or fancy winter sweaters. I’m not looking for the princess look with sequins and rhinestones, but a hint of sparkle is nice.

    Speaking of being old and dressing old, I now wear pants almost everyday winter. I just cannot bring myself to be fashionable on cold days. And I don’t like heels over an inch or two. So many of the fashionable boots that look so nice are just not practical.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      I know it can be a relief to get out of the “work uniform,” Shannon.

      Spring and summer clothes are often so colorful and bright. I love them too, but can’t seem to pull off the look as well as winter and fall.

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Oops, sorry, that’s Melanie Griffith. I always get her name mixed up. Probably because I’m always thinking of her gorgeous husband — Antonio Banderas — instead :-))

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Exactly, Amy. I want to see what the latest fashions are (you know, the ones that normal people wear, not the ones on the Paris runways) even if I never wear any of them.

    I have a 5’11” daughter too. They’re so lucky they can wear all these lovely clothes.

    Did you see the video that’s gone viral of the man who’s wife asked him to take out the garbage on Thanksgiving after he’d already stripped to his tidy-whities? He threw on boots and took it out in the snow! Then he ducked behind the garage can when he saw a passing car!

    Good times!

  • CateS says:

    Fashion for me is not an issue anymore. When I worked in the big city and had dress codes.. but that was years ago. Now I live in jeans and t-shirts, no pumps and pantyhose for me!! I’M FREE!!!

    • Jo Robertson says:

      ‘FREE AT LAST,” Cate. I know the feeling.

      Sometimes I still like to dress up a bit, especially during the holidays, but the outfit is generally always slacks with a sparkly jacket, never a dress. I haven’t worn a dress in years.

  • Jo, I’m like you. I love winter weather clothes. Lots of sweaters, v-neck, crew neck, cardigans, turtle necks. Warm thick socks. Not so much into boots, but man do I love thick, warm socks. Scarves and toboggan type hats. Unfortunately, here in Texas, I get to wear them about 5 weeks max. Sigh.

  • catslady says:

    Wish I could send you my cold weather lol. I hate bothering with coats and boots. A light jacket or sweater is more than enough to put up with (I lose them all the time lol). I just want to be comfortable lol.

    • Jo Robertson says:

      Hi, Catslady, I wish we could have some of your cold weather too. It’s been unseasonably warm for this time of the year.

      Speaking of lost coats, reminds me of when my middle child lost 3 or 4 coats in one school year. Tired of it all, I threatened that if he lost this one last coat, I would NOT buy him another.

      When he lost that one, the kids in his class all chipped in and bought him a coat!! I think they thought he was one of the needy children.

      In a way, I guess he was!

  • Becke Turner says:

    I loved fall and winter because of the back to school shopping. We would wear our wool skirts and sweaters when it was still warm outside! Couldn’t wait to wear the new school threads.

    Since I still do the day job thing, I have to dress. Although business casual is no longer power suits, I still enjoy dresses, sweaters, and nice slacks.

    My big problem is sleeveless dresses even in winter. What is with that? Shoot, I freeze in restaurants even in the summer time.

    Ah well! We look good at the start of it all!

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Seriously, Becke, sometimes fashion makes no sense to us practical people at all. I used to love shopping for back-to-school clothes. Not so much any more, but I still love to LOOK!

  • Cassondra says:

    Hi Jo,

    Although I love warm weather–prefer it over all else–the truth is that I love love LOVE coats. The way some people are “purse” people? I’m that way about coats. I could have an entire closet full and that would not be too many.

    I also love boots, but seldom wear them even when I have them. They just seem like a lot of trouble. So although I dislike cold weather, I adore cold weather clothes. And isn’t that an odd combination?

  • Jo Robertson says:

    That’s odd, Cassondra, but I totally get it. I love the weight and feel and look of winter clothes too. And there’s not much better than a smart coat.

    Boots are so much easier to get into nowadays. I don’t know this personally, as I don’t wear them, but I see my daughters zip themselves into the most darling boots ever!

  • flchen1 says:

    I pretty much wear the same thing all the time–long sleeved t-shirts and pants w/ a sweater or sweatshirt in the winter; lighter weight stuff with maybe yoga pants or a skirt in summer/spring. I do pull out the thick socks and gloves/scarf for winter… I do love boots though–so cozy! (alas, I don’t have the cute fashionable kind!)

  • Jo Robertson says:

    Hi, Fedora, thanks for stopping by and weighing in. I’ve gotten rather monotonous in my clothing too. Whatever’s easiest, simplest, and clear — that’s what works for me!