Capris were designed for summer vacation

In Europe, a favorite summer staple are cropped pants for weekends and the summer vacation. These cropped pants are called Capris. Capri is an island in the Tyrrhenian Sea located in the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy. Capri used to be a favorite vacation destination for honeymooners in the mid 50s, early 60s  and for young families in the mid 70s for European from middle and Northern Europe. European movie starts like Brigit Bardot or Sophia Loren made these cropped pants popular. Many European gals prefer capris over short shorts as the former look more dressy than the latter.

Can you wear capris in fall?

Sure, you can. This post demonstrates how to adapt this favorite summer staple for fall. I am wearing this cream colored leather capri with a floral top that pricks up the color of the cropped pants. The floral print has traces of brown, black  and turquoise. As this top is sleeveless I wear a leopard cardigan for some extra insulation and to transfer the vibe towards fall colors. The leopard print works well with the floral pattern as it picks up the black and brown and is a couple of shades darker than the cream of the top. This means it stays in the same color scheme.

fashion blogger over40 in fall work look with capri, cardigan and blazer

Fall work look with capri and mixed prints
Outfit details: GNW leopard print cardigan worn, perl barrette, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Bulova watch, Vintage silk floral print top, Vittari black wool blazer, I.N.C. leather capri, Anne Klein nude slingbacks, and structured bag (all own) for a work look in fall

See these other capri outfit ideas below.

#maturestyle women in winter office look with red leather pants and floral pumps

fashion blogger in American Classic Jackie Kennedy inspired outfit with the cropped pants trend

#over40style Classic American outfit with trench coat
Outfit details: Ray Ban Jackie O. sunglasses, Hermes Medor watch, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Brooks Brother mock turtleneck sweater, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, pearls, cropped pants, and Madonna True or Dare floral pumps, Burberry trench coat and Kate Moss for Longchamp satchel (all own)

The next outfit inspiration also uses the trench coat to stay comfortable on the commute to work. I am wearing the coat with the burned orange  leather carpi, a silk cashmere top and pumps.

over 40 fashion blogger in leather capri for the office

over 40 fashion blog Floral pumps

American Classic Jackie O. like outfit
Outfit details: Classic American look of cropped pants with statement belt, structured bag, Moda International cashmere sweater, Madonna True for Dare floral pumps, and pearls (all own)

Think of your outerwear as an outfit

The black wool blazer adds some extra insulation for the commute to work and picks up the black in the leopard print. In the morning, temperatures are already in the upper 30s (~3oC). At the office, I take the blazer off. Doing so, makes this top and cardigan combination to an interesting, very work appropriate twinset. The nude slingbacks and the structured bag take the outfit up a notch towards a sophisticated look and add to the office appropriate vibe.

How do you extend the wear of your summer favorite clothes? Do you like capris? How do you style them? Send me an email, I am curious and would love to hear from you.

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Photos: G. Kramm

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