Pre-fall Preppy & Fun Fashion Friday Link Up!

August 20, 2015
classy and preppy over forty, style bloggers in their forties
I’ve been thinking about style seasons lately.  When I was a fashion merchandising student a million years ago, we learned these fashion seasons: fall/winter, holiday, resort, spring/summer.  But I think that depending on our location and lifestyle, we all have our own personal version of style seasons.  

(But hey, go ahead and sign me up for a lifestyle that gets a fabulous tropical resort vacation every winter!)

gingham shirt, white bag, suede booties, summer to fall boots
And as much as I love fall, I have to admit that we don’t really have fall weather in San Jose until about Halloweeen.  The school where I teach starts in the middle of August, solidly in summer weather for sure.  So I call this my pre-fall-back-to-school-summer season.  I know, I know … I’m working on a more succinct name!  

This outfit will be only one of my many attempts to bring a bit of fall-back-to-school-ish flavor into my outfit at this time of year.
To me the gingham and the statement necklace seem preppy with the basic denim pencil skirt.  I added in some suede booties.  Under the shirt, I have a plain white tee.  Layers are always a smart choice at this time of year, but now that I’ve recently entered the “hot flash zone” layers are a must!

SHOP THIS POST: (bag and glasses exact, all else similar options)

gingham and denim over forty, over forty outfit idteas, REbecca Minkoff MAB
Urban Gem necklace is via Rocksbox.  Use code FASHIONSHOULDBEFUNXOXO for a free month!  Find out more here.

Let’s look at just a few of the fab looks from last week ….

Onyinye of Modavracha
Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen
Leelo of Beauty by Miss L
Don’t they all look gorgeous?!
Link up, link back, visit, and have fun! And as always, I can’t wait to see what everyone is sharing this week.

Dawn Lucy


  • Reply 50daysofnogrey August 20, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Your outfit is great – gingham is always a classic and I just love your booties. I agree with you on layering – it's always nice to take off a layer when the hot flashes swoop in 😉

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Glad you can relate! 🙂

  • Reply Tina Bradley August 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I adore that great skirt and love it styled with those booties, Dawn! Super-chic as always. Thanks for hosting this great link up party, T.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks for being here, Tina! 🙂

  • Reply Happiness at Mid Life August 21, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I agree that the it's doesn't feel very fall-ish in CA until after Halloween. I love those booties on you!


    Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Yeah it's a long couple of months of looking at fall fashion but not being able to wear it yet! 🙂

  • Reply Katie D August 21, 2015 at 1:57 am

    I love your gingham shirt with that necklace! I definitely think this is a perfect look to transition from summer to fall, even when the weather is hot. Here in Southern California it seems like the fall season doesn't start until at least October too!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Where are you Katie? Yeah … I love Cali weather, but it's hard looking at fall fashion and not being able to try it out for months! 🙂

  • Reply Shian K August 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Thanks for hosting, as always Dawn! I agree, as a Floridian in NYC, "seasonal" clothing sometimes never even appeared in Florida until many months later than here. Interesting.

    Shian |

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Right? It really depends on where you live. 🙂

  • Reply Jaymie Ashcraft August 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Love the look!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks Jaymie! 🙂

  • Reply Tamera Beardsley August 20, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    I think you have a perfect "Pre Fall Back to School Summer" look my dear! Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks SO much for joining us, Tamera! 🙂

  • Reply Mica T August 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Love your suede shoes, and the skirt looks great with the gingham shirt! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Mica! 🙂

  • Reply Doused In Pink August 20, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    This is a fabulous and chic back to school look! Those booties are adorable!

    Doused In Pink

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:07 pm

      Thanks Jill! 🙂

  • Reply Aleczandra Sallows August 20, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    What a cute outfit! I just love the gingham top with this necklace.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Thanks Aleczandra! 🙂

  • Reply Petite Silver Vixen August 20, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    OMG, thank you Dawn for featuring me this week in my polka dot dress!!! I actually squealed when I scrolled down the screen and saw the photo of me. Wow, I feel like I've won a fashion 'Oscar'. I may just sleep in the dress tonight.
    You are woman after my own heart – look at those utterly fabulous wedge booties! Love the whole look from top to bottom.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Awww .. this comment made me smile so big! Yay! Well deserved, Dear! 🙂

  • Reply Carrie ALovelyLittleWardrobe August 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Fall just doesn't start in August – typically our hottest month in Texas. We hit around Halloween as well. Regardless, this is a fab look for the classroom. Have a great weekend!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Glad we're not the only ones! 🙂

  • Reply Lizzy August 21, 2015 at 7:27 am

    You look wonderful Dawn Lucy and perfect for the season. I love each and every one of your posts. Your warmth and humour shine through and your writing style is so lovely and always a pleasure to read. I bet you are a great teacher. Thank you for hosting the link-up party xxx

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Aww thanks for making my day, Lizzy! Totally love your blog too and your great sense of style! OXOX

  • Reply Krista Jacobs August 21, 2015 at 12:33 am

    You look SO cute! Love your skirt! XX

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks Krista! 🙂

  • Reply Marta August 21, 2015 at 1:06 am

    In love with those neutral booties!! Happy weekend:)

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      They're so comfy too! Thanks, Marta! 🙂

  • Reply Carrie August 21, 2015 at 3:10 am

    We are getting some cool fall temps here in St. Louis, but it'll go back and forth from this and HOT till fall really starts. I love this outfit with the gingham shirt and boots! I am excited to get my boots back out!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Carrie! 🙂

  • Reply Pam Greer August 21, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Love your outfit! Especial those boots!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Pam! 🙂

  • Reply Straight A Style August 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love your fall inspired outfit. The gingham is great.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Amy Ann! 🙂

  • Reply josep-maria badia August 21, 2015 at 6:01 am

    Nice look, I love the plaid shirt, and outfit with denim skirt. Casual and friendly proposal.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Tiina L August 21, 2015 at 6:03 am

    Great back to school look! It's summery weather in Finland, too, and we're getting back to school in the middle of a heatwave…

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Yes it's been really hot here this week as well! 🙂

  • Reply RedTagChicLosAngeles August 21, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    You look super Summer fun!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Rebecca! 🙂

  • Reply Tall girl August 21, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Love your preppy outfit! The shirt is soooo cool — I'm in love with everything gingham lately.

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Me toooo! 🙂

  • Reply Lady of Style August 21, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I'll join you in your tropical resort in winter – let me know once you found the perfect place 😉
    Gingham is so cute and a great match with your denim skirt!

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Hee … it's a deal Annette! OXOX

  • Reply Nora Minassian August 21, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    What a cute preppy look and I love your bag!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Thanks Nora! 🙂

  • Reply Merci Jowi August 21, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love every bit of your outfit. Have a great weekend.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Aww thanks Merci! 🙂

  • Reply August 21, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Dawn, I found your blog through Shellie's Fab Journey. I love your style and see that you are in Nor Cal like me. I'm not a fashion blogger but I am the official blogger for (I shared the link)–fashion accessories featuring high-end bowties for men and women. I'm subscribing to your blog now and look forward to more of your fashion finds (for me) 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Happy to meet you and have you join our link up party! Thanks so much! OXOX

  • Reply Sabina B August 21, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Love your checkered blouse Dawn Lucy and got one myself. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend. xo Sabina | Oceanblue Style

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:13 pm

      Thanks Sabina! OXOX

  • Reply Jeans and a Teacup August 21, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Love the statement necklace with the gingham shirt! It will feel like summer here in CA until October too! I'm happy wearing summer clothes now but pretty soon I'm going to want to layer and wear my boots!
    Jeans and a Teacup

  • Reply Elegance and Mommyhood August 21, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Love how you styled that classic denim skirt. Nice polished button-down and those booties are super fun and versatile. =)

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks Ada! 🙂

  • Reply Laura B August 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This fall look is lovely! Those booties are divine! Have a great weekend!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Laura! 🙂

  • Reply Amy Johnson August 21, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    What a cute look! Love the gingham shirt with that skirt. And those shoes are fabulous!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Amy! 🙂

  • Reply J. Elle August 21, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Loving the gingham and statement necklace and especially how you gave the whole look a pop of unexpected with the wedge bootie! Too cute! Yea, it doesn't start feeling fallish around here until October, too. Happy Friday!

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Jennie! Yeah we'll both have to drool over fall clothes from afar for a bit! 🙂

  • Reply Monika Faulkner August 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I'm not usually a "preppy" kind of girl, dearest Dawn…but you've won me over with your terrific take on the look!! That statement Rocksbox necklace adds just the right amount of glam to your untucked gingham shirt…and those booties are out-and-out gorgeous!! P.S. We've had a record-breaking summer so far in Vancouver, and I'm keeping my fingers tightly crossed that the amazing weather continues right into fall; I want to be able to enjoy our spacious new balcony when we move next month!! 🙂

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      Preppy is definitely not my "go to" either! Let's hear it for the rocker boho gals! 🙂

  • Reply Trina Grandinetti August 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I still remember my "back-to-school" days. I used that excuse while teaching to always renew my wardrobe, I just figured I needed a new outfit for at least the first week. Gee, that just made me miss those days (kind of). This little number is absolutely perfect, so fashionably preppy and fits right in with your season of "fall-back-to-school-ish" flavors.

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      It IS a great excuse to shop, though it's been so hot around here lately. Thanks so much for stopping by, Trina! OXOX

  • Reply Cathy OBrien August 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Dawn!

    I love your outfit and your booties are fabulous!!


    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Thanks Cathy! 🙂

  • Reply Jessica Jannenga August 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Dawn, Love this look with the pin at the collar. Love the booties too! Lookin good. I am already looking at fall too!
    jess xx

    • Reply dawnlucy August 21, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Yeah always excited to get out boots and sweaters, though it will be awhile for sure! 🙂

  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge August 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Love this look and dying over those booties! Thanks so much for the Link Up. 🙂

  • Reply Rachel August 22, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Amazing fall styling Dawn, love the skirt and booties combo! Have a good weekend!
    Rachel xo

  • Reply Made in Mauve August 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Love the look!

    Made in MauveBloglovin

  • Reply Josie Mills August 22, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    I'm I'm back-to-school mode too, Dawn–we start Monday. I'll try to post my First Day outfit then. I love your outfit, & I just ordered a denim skirt much like yours. I may order your shirt. I'll definitely try your cute preppy look ? thx for the inspiration & best wishes for a great start to the new school year! –Josie (Open Mind Fashion)

  • Reply Josie Mills August 22, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Lol ? I went to order your shirt thinking it was $12.91 but it's $100 dollars more :)) I'll look for something similar :))

    • Reply dawnlucy August 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Did you see the F21 version for $20?! My actual shirt is old, from Target! But those two were the closest I could find on the Shop-My-Post app! Let me know what you end up with!

    • Reply Josie Mills August 22, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      I'll go look for the F21 version for $20. Thank you, dear!

  • Reply Clairejustine oxox August 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Great look, love your top!!

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop..

    • Reply dawnlucy August 22, 2015 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Dear! 🙂

  • Reply Beata B August 22, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    You look fantastic ! Love your skirt 🙂 x

  • Reply Samantha Blair August 23, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I am also excited about the new Fall fashion…or AW15, here.
    I love the necklace under the collar look. It reminds me of the 80's but is big again.
    Fashion goes in circles.
    Great look and thank you for the linky.
    Fake Fabulous

  • Reply Michele M August 23, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Love your style and outfit. Denim skirts are so versatile all throughout the seasons. Beautiful necklace too. 🙂

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