Those hot summer nights have been replaced by cooler, late-summer mornings, followed by warmer afternoons. Labour Day has given us a jaunty wave goodbye and bid us adieu. And with the passing of this long weekend holiday comes that blank stare into the deep recesses of our closets wondering what do I wear today?
For years we’ve been told that white after Labour Day is a no-no. Gasp. Let’s let that old adage die because it is old school fashion 101. We will place it on the shelf gathering dust alongside blue and green should never be seen unless there is another colour in between. Is transitional dressing starting to feel less daunting now?
The way you wear your whites is the key to looking fresh for fall. You don’t want to wear it the same way you did in the summer as you do in the cooler seasons. I encourage you to set aside those very linen-y looking whites, but those favourite white jeans are still perfectly fine to continue into the next season. Avoid pairing the whites with float-y camisoles, bright floral or botanical prints and flip flops, and pair it instead with suede or a peep toe ankle booties, brogues, loafers or tall boots. Try it with a navy striped long sleeve t-shirt or a cream coloured lightweight sweater or moto jacket. Throw on a long, neutral or Navajo print cardigan or a felt hat and you are instantly autumn in your white jeans.
So now you know that white is okay, but you are wondering if you can still wear your peach coloured pants or top. It’s definitely fine, but the same rules apply as they do for white. I recommend you stop wearing it with delicate fabrics, sandals or pure white (unless it is a crisp, long sleeve oxford shirt), and combine it with deeper, richer fall hues. Try pairing peach pants with merlot, army green or teal, and bring out those suede ankle boots. With this combo, you couldn’t look more perfectly suited for the transition between seasons.
Temperature change throughout the day adds an extra layer of challenge to dressing between the seasons. Layers, long-sleeve t-shirts or lightweight sweaters are great workaround options. So too are heavier fabrics, but done in short sleeve or sleeveless versions like the very popular for 2015 sleeveless jacket. 3/4 length sleeves or culottes are the pick of choice for those whose can’t quite commit. Cardigans, blazers or oxford shirts with the sleeves rolled up also give you great temperature changing options.
To prolong putting away your favourite summer dress and continue wearing it well into the fall, try adding a cardigan over top or a turtleneck underneath. Trust me, it’ll look better than you think. Or wear your delicate float-y skirt with tights and a turtleneck or blazer and boots. To ensure that it takes on the fall transitional style, make sure your accessories are deeper in tone or have very obvious fall texture like suede or leather.
Are you ready to take on the fall with these easy tips to transitional dressing? Challenge your closet and its contents to a duel and battle those cooler mornings and balmy afternoons. I am ready to go.