Saturday, September 1, 2012

A New Leaf

It may be summer in the city (Houston) but fall is on my mind. Pretty hard to ignore the signs when we are surrounded by pumpkins in the supermarket and Halloween decorations in the 99c store. The average daily temperature of 95 degrees be damned, days are getting shorter. Number one reason I know it's fall? I'm bored with summer clothes.

The Houston Chronicle's fashion editor, Joy Sewing (what a great name for a fashion editor), published a spot-on piece this week with great tips for tip-toeing into fall while still cranking the AC full blast.

These are Joy's ideas to see you through the transition from fall-is-a-state-of-mind to falling leaves (parens are mine).

Adding some Fall to your Summer:
> Dress up a summer top with a lightweight scarf (in a paisley or textured pattern).

> Wear summer brights like yellow, orange or blue with neutral tones (khaki, olive, grey).

> Take summer's color-blocking trend into fall by mixing summer brights with complementary jewel tones such as red with rust.

> Put away the capri pants and switch to full length slim pants. (Colored denim is still on trend, opt for deeper tones. Likewise patterned slim trousers in paisley, animal prints, deep-toned ikats and florals)

> Slip a tailored blazer (in a jersey knit rather than wool) over a sundress.

> Switch from sandals to pumps (or ballet flats).

Some other thoughts:
> Pair a short summer tunic dress over dark skinny denim with a chunky leather heel.

> Choose a leather belt instead of straw or fabric.

> Replace your summer bag with a leather one. Try yellow or green for a color pop.

> Go for a deeper shade of lipstick such as coffee or claret.

> Make a date with yourself in the next few weeks to switch your wardrobe around and promise to be ruthless this time.


  1. I'm with you! Sooooo tired of my summer clothes :-) but it's in the 90's here in Los Angeles as well, so knits and boots are sort of not happening. I think just changing the color palette a bit is a great idea...I'm going to do a fall-ish manicure, too...maybe cocoa? Or forest green?
    I'm a new follower BTW and I'm enjoying your blog :-)

    1. Thanks, Dina. Delighted to have you along. Good idea too about the manicure.

  2. For the first time in years I'm not that excited about fall. The weather here in Los Angeles is in the 80s and 90s and won't change any time soon. Fall for me is just a big tease. I've realized after years of living in this climate that my "fall" clothes must be summer clothes in fall colors. Nothing else works.

  3. I'm in the Southeast, and I agree that sometimes the difference between my summer clothes and fall ones are that I switch to darker colors. I like the suggestion of switching belts and using a darker lipstick. I do have a hard time switching from sandals to shoes though.