Believe it or not, fall is here. Then why am I still wearing shorts, you say? Here in Sacramento, like many places in California and the country, we're in this in-between period where warm temperatures prevail and the occasional thunderstorm or cool breeze is a rare treat. But have no fear, we can still enjoy fall styles without looking like we're suffering from a severe iron deficiency.
Color and Patterns: Traditionally, fall colors are darker and richer. Jewel tones, burgundy and mustard provide a narrative of the season that can be delivered in lightweight fabrics. This goes for plaid as well; though we usually see the pattern on flannel, it can be found on lightweight cottons like madras. Floral prints are transitioning well into autumn in neutral and darker tones. And black/white combinations offer sophisticated minimalism that works across seasons. Accessorizing these looks with warm copper or brass necklaces, earrings and rings is easy and flattering.
Denim: Jeans are easy to transition into fall with darker washes and retro silhouettes (ready for the return of the flare?). What I've recently gotten excited about are denim skirts. My favorite thrift store find of late has been a 70s era denim midi skirt I've been able to rock since mid summer. Wearing it with a black racer back tank and sandals, I'll eventually switch to a slouchy sweater and booties when the temperatures (finally) drop. Speaking of booties...
Shoes: Booties, booties, booties! We are almost ready to throw these fun shoes on without the fear of sweaty feet. And even then there are booties that offer the best of both worlds, with designs and materials that offer some breathing room. In the meantime I'm loving these German-made shoes that I can best describe as a cross between a sandal and an oxford (also a thrifted find!):
Fringe: I'll be honest, I used to hate fringe. Hated it. But both fringe and I have grown up over the years, and fringe has come a long way (and I'm a little more open-minded -- thanks, Maturity!). When tastefully applied, fringe can be fabulous, AND it's naturally ventilating! I'll admit I'm adding a touch of fringe in some of my latest designs, and it's looking pretty good!
There's many more fall options to try, and If you're still worried about overdressing in a warmer climate, remember, layers are everything! Just don't do this (anymore):