Well, the Emmys have come and gone this past weekend, with nothing earth shaking happening. The evening gown competition there left Entertainment Tonight analyzing their formal wear while Chicagoans moved on to the next day and the next occasion. With the baby bumps increasing, it will be likely that someday soon there will be children's fashions to discuss. For now, designers have been focusing on casual wear. Even what the model in the photo is wearing is considered to be casual to go to a museum event (if she can stand wearing high heeled shoes for all that time), compared to a very dressy affair, such as an expensive fundraiser for the Catholic Church.
So what should Chicagoans be planning to wear this fall? Since we're still having summery temperatures, there's really no big rush changing into fall clothes. However, if you're planning for cooler temperatures, it's not a bad idea to check out the department stores and the boutiques while the size selection is still good, as long as the regular and sale prices of designers like Evan Picone and Calvin Klein are reasonable or allowable for your personal budget. Already, you might be having trouble finding your size in some of those designers' fashions, in the Chicago area, if your size is small.
Surely, unless you check the department stores and boutiques every week, you might have to search a bit if you're looking for winter coats. Fuscia, royal blue and black are being featured by designers for winter coasts. Unless you're like our model, dressed for warm fall days in a classic coatdress that's form fitting in versatile khaki, you probably are trying to postpone thoughts of winter. Until you decide whether you can get by on the coat you used last winter, you might consider what Lands End and Nautica have to offer. L.L.Bean might also have what you'd like. Double breasted and single breasted coats have been available recently, but of course you can't expect to find your size and color if you wait until there are winter sales, especially in the Midwest.
Things are looking up with stores that are having specials. For those of us who have a modest budget to work with, Banana Republic and Old Navy might feature clothes that you'll just love for your winter wardrobe at the right price, unless you can't find anything that fits you at those places. You should be able to find skinny jeans just about everywhere, if you search for them early in the season in Chicago. So be on the lookout for styles that will fit you. You never know where you might find them, but don't forget Kohl's. You might find what you want there at a decent price.