Chinook permits summer clothes in fall

#fashionover40 mature woman in long leather coat
Long Gipsy leather coat, color full scarf, LV multi color saddle bag with studs, and Ivank Trump pumps (all own)


The Chinook is a Föhn wind. In Interior Alaska, we get Chinooks, when a low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska travels north over the Alaska Range. Chinook means “snow-eater”. Its air is warm and dry as during Chinook episodes a lot of the water load falls out on the southern exposed mountains of the Alaska Range. The Chinook set in over night. The warm, dry air that made it over the Alaska Range, hence, melted and sublimated the snow away.

#styleover40 mature casual work look
GAP corduroy blazer with leather carpi, GNW sweater, and Ivanka Trump pumps (all own)

Thanks to the dry air, one can see the northern mountains of the Alaska Range in the outfit photos. These mountains are more than 80 miles away. Thus, this day had a great visibility because the water vapor content of the air was very low and there were hardly any particles in the air.

Work outfit

Since temperatures were in the 50s (10oC), I could wear my light long leather coat for the commute to work. Under my coat, I wore the leather carpi from summer with a fuchsia cardigan tucked in as a top, and a corduroy bottle-green blazer to give the outfit a fall vibe. I added my nude fuchsia-orange pumps for an office appropriate look. It is the second time that I styled this capri for a fall work outfit.

Are you still wearing clothes from summer or has fall’s chilly air already asked for winter clothes? Let me know by email, I am curious what you are wearing at this time a year.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2013)

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