Aug 1, 2023

August Aura

Shopping List: Western and Aztec influences are current and edgy. Combine both styles in this Sofia tribal pattern sundress, $194. A hat and boots take the Western influence up a notch.

Travel to botanical gardens and the Wild West for fashion in sight this August!

Wide leg pants, beautiful florals in saturated violets, lavenders, sage greens as well as other vivid hues are on point. Rich orange, deep dramatic red and cobalt blue promise to make a statement – often showing up in tribal prints.

“Classic off-white, black and beige for the neutral lovers will be strong for us as well,” said Diane McLaughlin of Lee Tracy in downtown Pensacola, noting that pants are trending looser – perfect for the Gulf Coast’s tropical August temps.

Shopping List: comfortable, cool baby doll dresses are a trend that women are embracing big timie! This one by Sofia in rich French blue washable silk is $155.

“I am seeing a pretty universal trend in pants this season, with a looser cut throughout, some tapered at the hem, like a jogger, as well as full, wide leg all the way down, in both jeans and trousers and slacks. As for lengths, we will be seeing ankle length and cropped going into fall, which are so cute with boots and heels!”

Suiting and particularly blazers are a closet staple looking towards autumn. “Blazers – plaid, prints or solid – will be an essential piece to have in your closet,” said McLaughlin. “Throw them over a t-shirt and shorts or jeans on the weekend, and to work with your dress pant.”

Feminine floral influences are in full bloom this fall.

“Florals will be strong again this season in blouses, detailed sleeves and feminine cuts,” McLaughlin said.

If flowers aren’t your thing, take a walk on the wild side.

“Animal print remains a classic,” said McLaughlin, adding that Aztec and Western influences are strong.

Not unlike leg wear cuts, the latest accessories are big!

“Oversized bags and totes are making a scene. Large or extra-large sunglasses are still on trend, and chunky jewelry will be fun for fall,” she said. Sneakers are everybody’s favorites for casual comfort. For a dressy look, retro-inspired pointy toes are on trend.

Shopping List: Ethereal and elegant in washable silk, this stunning set is by Dance in Paris. Pant is $98 and top $88.

Susan Mohr

Retirement after more than 30 years as a physical therapist has opened a new chapter waiting to be written for Susan Mohr.

“I’m looking forward to this new stage of life,” said the Minnesota native, who recently moved out to the country and is digging the idea of vegetable farming. And spending more time with her daughters and their families, including five grandchildren who are five and under. She is also expanding her travel range.

“I have only traveled in the continental United States, but have many places on my travel bucket list including Norway, Alaska, Israel, Greece and Italy,” said Mohr, adding that visiting all of the national parks is a retirement goal.

Mohr’s Midwestern roots have been replaced with Southern life.

“I was born in Minnesota and that is where all of my relatives were, but we moved away when I was young as my father was transferred frequently during his career. I grew up in the Midwest and ended up attending college in Missouri. I met my husband there. His mother and her family were Pensacola natives and early in our marriage we all moved south.

”Frequenting area festivals and Palafox Market, as well as exercising to stay healthy and fit, are among Mohr’s pas times.

“When I have free time in the Pensacola area, I love to go on morning walks on the beautiful beaches in the area.”