Oldest Woman in the Bistro: Back on the terrasse
I 'm spending as much time as we can at bistros with outdoor seating. In one of our favourites, I am nearly always the oldest person, never mind woman.
That's neither here nor there; the only age limit bistros apply is our age 19 requirement for alcohol sales. Visits offer lessons in, as Mom always said, "What they are wearing". Walking past was a slim blonde in this, except her crop top was white:
Across from us, two twenty-something women peered into a laptop; below is a close approximation of their outfits:
Left: Pink cotton tee-shirt dress; H&M
Right: Sleeveless tank, mini and black cowboy boots, Aritizia. (She did not wear a shirt.) It was the cowboy boots that caught my attention. On one of the hottest days of the year, she wore black leather boots. I thought, Why would you jam your feet into those? but as they say, it's a look.
I show these three outfits not to mourn (well, hardly) that I no longer wear the bare and abbreviated. But I also reject the awful term "age-appropriate". It's just that women in the Passage are grown women, and not one whom I know will wear a teensy bra top on its own.
What would look current, but not jeune-fille? In today's windows, ideas to wear while convivial terrasses are open. Specific pieces may no longer be available, but you likely have some versions.
1. A shorter top
The pieces below hit just below the waist, for a bit of tolerance if you lift your arms. The shirt is wide as well, which (provided there's a goof fit across the shoulders) is a relief to women who have long battled gaping buttons. Long drapey tunic tops stay home with a movie.
Left: Everlane organic cotton boxy oxford (boxford?) shirt,
Top right: Cotton knit top, COS. Short does not always mean wide, and that yellow is pretty!
Bottom right: Seed-check boxy shirt, Toast. Good season-spanner piece.
2. Slightly cropped trousers and jeans
Even an extra 1.5 in/4 cm off the length moves the mood into a looser realm. In summer, I saw countless pairs of '40s -style wide, flared shorts, but as the evenings cool off, women are choosing slightly cropped jeans and trousers.
The extralong paperbag style that puddled on the ground had the life of a quart of milk, all that fabric dragging.
Left to right:
Tapered high-rise jean, COS.
Linen pocket pant by Grizas at Sahara Clothing.
J. Crew D-ring chinos in Cypress.
Notice the range of shoes: loafers, sneakers, mules. In cooler locales, the length also looks fine with a flat ankle boot.
3. Polish returns to the table
Last fall's athletic sweats are on the bench, as women dress up a smidge—and look mighty pleased. Women in the Passage tell me they don't want awkward cap sleeves.
Three that look look assured, current and comfortable—and are not made of fleece:
Left to right:
Silk twill "Elsa" dress ;Veronique Miljkovitch. Beautiful colour that is not a repeating print.
Blue Cotton smocked shirt dress; COS. A sleeve detail makes a difference.
Dark navy cotton (with a shot of elastane) jumpsuit (surprise!); COS. A feminine take on the LBD, and navy is better on some women than black.
So, Oldest Woman in the Bistro hauled out her ça va de soie linen-cotton cardie bought several years ago, and wide-legged cropped jeans.
|ça va de soie "Sylvette" cardigan|
Nothing is new, the closet comes through, and who knows where we will be sitting as fall unfolds?