Following Synne’s suggestion to ask what works in my “apple picking” outfit and WHY, I got such wonderful comments that I’m inspired to try for a repeat, so here goes. Please help me pick the options that work best by mixing and matching pieces from these pix.

I started with a little skirt I love. It’s not much more than a ruffle on my butt, really. I’m making a column of color/pseudo skirted leggings with fleece-lined tights here, but could do the same with Uniqlo leggings. Pix 16&17 are the leggings. The tights are warmer, but the leggings probably look more substantial.

Combining lots of textures was the easy part in winter. I tried to keep it to just two colors, brown and cranberry, but the jackets & accessories I have made that difficult.

It’s too cold out for my suede jacket, so I tried two different leather jackets: a black motorcycle jacket that’s oversized on me but that narrows at the waist & has a very visible zipper, and a very dark brown aviator jacket with a welt at the waist so it blouses out a little.

I tried two different scarves: a long cream-colored one my mom knit for me and a berry plaid mohair one my grandma bought me in Scotland in the 80s.

What do you think of the cream-colored hat & mittens? Someone commented once that they were getting scraggly. I’m not sure if they meant the fringe is bunched up, or if they didn’t realize there was fringe on it & thought the hat was falling apart. I could sub in my new bucket hat. Then I’d wear simple black gloves, or maybe my tan/black leopard prints gloves.
ETA 2 pics at the end where I try these other accessories. (I’m not trying to riverdance or show off the label; I just don’t know how to stand still). I think the new hat might be too jaunty to wear with the skirt. The velvet hat and cord skirt are very close in color, but together I think they’re too much. I might wear the leopard gloves & either the cream hat or my black boucle.

For boots, I could go higher (white) or lower (red) contrast.

The T-neck, coincidentally, is the same one I have on in my apple-tree pic. I could do a white or navy T-neck instead.

Cardi with buttons in front or back?

Other options would be the pale pink sweater and black lace-up boots I paired with it at the start of the pandemic. (Pix 14-17)

The outdoor pic is what I went with today, but I’m not sure it’s the best combo. The welted bomber jacket would probably be better. I have got to learn to take off the bike lock for photos!!

Thanks for looking, and for any suggestions and analysis.

This post has 21 photos. Photos uploaded by this member are only visible to other logged in members.

If you aren't a member, but would like to participate, please consider signing up. It only takes a minute and we'd love to have you.