Alaskan back to school
In Alaska, summer comes to an end in mid August. At this time, we get dark nights again. This means exchanging all the broken bulbs, back to school for most of the teachers, professors and students. In rural villages that live a subsistance lifestyle, school starts later so the kids can help their parents with berry picking and the hunting season.
The start of the new academic year means wearing fall clothing. The closet has to be overhauled to create a working wardrobe for the cold season. Except when living in the Anchorage area, most Alaskans have to rely on online stores to update their wardrobe.
In Fairbanks and Juneau, the two other cities of Alaska with more than 30000 inhabitants, only special niche stores exist. Think along the lines of wedding attire as well as outdoor and harsh weather clothing. In Fairbanks, there is also a Walmart, Old Navy and FredMeyers where you sometimes may find some basic pieces. However, when these stores have something nice, Alaskans buy it in all colors.
Well there is also Value Village. But you can’t rely on them to do your cold season shopping prior to the season’s arrival.
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My back-to-school Must-haves
After taking the inventory what kind of clothes have to be replaced, are missing and what trends could be added to update old pieces, I came up with the following list.
- A new bag (replacement of an old one)
- Three new sheath dresses (replacements)
- A fit-and-flare dress (replacement )
- A jacket/coat for fall
- A cozy cardigan
- A coat dress (trend update)
- New black ankle boots or have the old ones repaired (The repair is hard as there is no shoe repair shop in Fairbanks.).
What’s missing here are new underwear, socks and tights, but that’s available locally. Moreover, you are probably not interested in seeing a selection of long-Johns 😉 .
What items are on my short-list
I ordered the dresses except the red one pictured and the skirt in this Fashom styling box to try them on. I really love their service. In case you missed the review post on my first Fashom box.
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I am also looking at these Karina Dresses fit-and-flares. When you are a regular reader you know that I have owned a couple of them over the years (see for instance the examples in the giftguide). I love the quality of their dresses and the great classic style. They are machine washable, i.e. easy to care for. Plus the micro-fiber fabric is wrinkle-free, i.e. perfect for business travel. Moreover, it is made in the USA. Thus, the carbon footprint from transport is not so large as if it were made far away.
Speaking of fall jackets, these ones from Leafy Souls are on my short list.
What I already bought
The first item to cross of my Must-have list was the bag. I bought a Bellorita designer bags orange fish satchel. You may have even already seen it on the blog, but look how I styled the orange bag if you missed it. I already carried it after its arrival in July. Why waiting for the leaves to fly? 😉
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Look of the day: Summer to fall transition
The LOTD is my first summer-to-fall transitional outfit. I wore it on a windy rainy day. We were lucky to catch a break between showers to take the photos. I wore my layered blush tulle skirt with mules and a utitlity jacket. The latter served as a top.
Top of the World Style Linkup party
Welcome to the 219th Top of the World Style linkup party! Great you are here. The awardees are:
Cheryl of Cheryl Shops is the Top of the World Style Winner. She blogged about her Copenhagen vacation wardrobe.
The post by Grace Liang of Color and Grace was clicked the most. Thus, she became Top of the World OOTD readers’ fav. She participated in a breast cancer campaign.Ladies, get your mamograms. #breastcancerawareness #womenshealth Click To Tweet
Claire at Fashion on a Shoestring caught my eyes with her pretty print summer dress.
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