In a couple of weeks we’ll officially say goodbye to summer, but the autumnal equinox doesn’t necessarily correspond to an immediate drop in temperatures. So how can we make the seasonal shift comfortably and fashionably?
You’ll still be able to wear sandals for many more weeks; just go with darker colors like tan, black and brown. You can begin pairing your outfits with lighter-weight fall fabrics … for instance, throw a little tweed or wool jacket over a white oxford shirt, jeans and metallic sandals. Bring out the longer sleeves and introduce animal prints in bags and belts.
Here are 10 more smart and easy fashion tips to make the transition:
1. Top your sundress with a cute denim jacket or blazer, or cinch a cardigan with a thin belt.
2. Add a ¾ or long sleeved shirt under your sleeveless summer dress.
3. Ease into fall by pairing a white summer t-shirt with a gray skirt and a pair of gray shoes or booties.
4. Tie the whole look together with a co-ordinating fall scarf. (Fabulous YouTube video shows how to tie a scarf 25 different ways.)
5. Mix other colors associated with fall into your wardrobe … think of the changing colors of leaves and the colors of fall fruits and vegetables. Oxblood is a hot color for this fall, and an oxblood or burgundy cardigan over a floral print dress would be a good start.
6. Dig out boots that spent the summer hidden away in your closet, wear them with bare legs and show off your tanned legs a little longer.
7. Layer, but leave some skin showing. That cotton knit sweater you threw on over a tank during the summer is great for layering to take you into fall.
9. Swap your pink, coral and French manicures for neutral beige or shimmery metallics.
10. Clothing is only part of the story – make-up also moves with the seasons. Make-up guru Bobby Brown suggests simple adjustments like opting for warmer, tawnier colors and switching your sheer summer lip gloss with a creamy lipstick formula.
Exfoliate your skin once a week to get rid of any summer flakiness, and switch to a slightly heavier moisturizer to protect your skin for the coming cooler and drier weather. She also advises a dusting of bronzer on forehead, cheeks, nose and chin to maintain some of that summer glow.
And last, but not least, ask your hairdresser to trim away dry, dead ends and perhaps tone down your summer highlights. This is also a great time to deep condition sun-damaged hair.
* This post is courtesy of Guest Contributor Aliceann Toole