Brisk winds blowing through your hair. Orange and yellow leaves falling from the trees in your front yard. You can’t leave the house without a sweater or light jacket. Sound familiar? No? That’s because it’s still +90 degrees outside and the only way you can cool off is by standing in front of the fridge in your underwear.
Why then do clothing stores insist on pushing parkas and leather boots? Without fail every year around the beginning of august, designers churn out their fall collections onto the sweating masses, hoping that we will trade in our t-shirts for turtlenecks. It’s hard to stay on top of the fashion scene, especially when it dictates that we wear the opposite of what seems appropriate. That being said, there are a few small changes you can make to your wardrobe that are very fall friendly and won’t induce heat exhaustion.
1. Make-up- Now I know that make-up might seem like a small thing to change but it really makes a big difference (after all, the first thing people notice about you is your face…hopefully). During the summer, we are able to get away with less make-up because that sun-kissed look is mostly natural; as fall approaches and our tan begins to fade we need a little more help to keep some color on our faces.
So, just as the color palate of your wardrobe changes, so does the color palate of your make-up. During the summer I usually stick to light, natural colors that highlight natural beauty like rosy cheeks and pink lips. When mid-August comes around, I like to switch to darker colors that reflect and compliment the colors that are featured in the fall season’s fashion. Now that we’re in “pre-fall” weather, make-up can become a bit more emphasized and dramatic; the smoky eye is a great start to a dramatic look, especially when used with dark natural colors like plum, grey and chocolate brown. Don’t be afraid to go for dramatic lips as well; deep reds and magentas go beautifully with a subtle cat’s eye. While you don’t have to adhere to only dark shades of color, but it’s important that your make-up evolves with your wardrobe and since fall colors are usually darker, deeper and richer, your make-up should follow suit.
2. Cropped/Cigarette Pants- Depending on what area in the world in which you live, you may not have to reside in shorts and tank tops during the summer months, and are just as comfortable wearing long pants throughout the year. Many of us do not have that luxury- in fact, the very thought of pants make us feel sticky. How then, could we possibly bring ourselves to actually put them on? By wearing cropped pants!
Always a classic and appropriate for any occasion, cropped or cigarettes pants are an excellent pre-fall addition to any wardrobe. Because they hit just above or right at the ankle they can still be considered a warm weather piece; the tapered leg looks great with heels or flats and can easily transition into cooler weather when paired with booties. By simply switching out your capris or shorts for a pair of these beauties, you can beat the heat and prepare for fall, all at the same time!
3. Accessories- Accessories are the easiest way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall- by adding only a few key pieces you will be practically beckoning colder weather your way! Let’s start with the real money-maker, your face. It’s time to ditch the flowery earrings and pastel colored gemstones; opt for silver and gold with darker gemstones like sapphire, emerald and ruby. Pearls and diamonds are classic and great in a pinch (they are also beautiful as hair accessories if you have the time to style). With cooler weather come cooler accessories like felted hats, scarves, furs and leather goods.
While you might not be ready for felt or fur, add a printed scarf to your t-shirt and jeans and pair with a leather belt to complete the look. If you are really adventurous and not afraid of a little sweat, skip the scarf and throw on a pair of boots with a leather or knitted vest. If you are REALLY, REALLY adventurous, zip up that goose-down parka complete with hot chocolate thermos— no, just kidding, too soon.
If you have read through this and are thinking to yourself, “Is she crazy? It’s the beginning of August for crying out loud!”, by all means, please continue to enjoy your summer wardrobe while you can. However, if you are tired of the flowery printed sundresses and tank tops that feature surf-boards and palm trees, I hope this article has been helpful in establishing a way to remain cool and current at the same time. Fashion is always one step ahead, regardless of the weather; as a self-proclaimed fashionista, I feel it is my duty to stay on top of trends to the best of my ability (and budget) and these three changes have worked for me so far. However, I am only self-proclaimed and definitely not an expert in the field of fashion- if you have some ideas or tricks in how to dress for fall when it’s still summer, I would love to hear about them. Fashion is about evolution and contribution: we have the ability to steer it in the direction we choose when we share with each other. So contribute with us and spread your fashion wisdom!