Friday, August 3, 2012

From Here to There: Transitioning A Summer Wardrobe to Fall

I am a glass half empty kind of gal.

With the beginning of August upon us, I can’t help but feel that the summer is almost over.  But I’m not really sad about it; it just means that it is time to get excited about up-and-coming fall/winter fashions like chunky sweaters, tall and sturdy boots, and all that yummy folkloric fur – real or faux – that is so en vogue.

But how do we get from here to there – especially while living in Southern California – as it takes time for those temps to begin to drop.

Well, I’ve got some tips for you:

The first – and quite obvious I might add – is layering your current summer dresses, skirts and jumpsuits with sweaters and jackets in mixed-media.  With warmer temps still rocking the days, a fun jacket or chunky sweater, with bright tights to add a pop of color, and some fun boots can take your summer frocks far.

Rebecca Taylor FW12

Growing up on the East Coast, there was a strict rule of thumb:  No white shoes or white bags after Labor Day; Today, that rule does not apply in a fashion world where anything goes.  Carry on to toting your life around in a purse a la Blanca every day of the year.

Coach Madison Flagship Embossed Python, $1,000

Not so painful:  Coach New Willis, $298

This is my personal favorite:  I love adding a “lively” blazer – in bold patterns and colors – to a “safe” work outfit to create some panache; or just dressing up a pair of jeans for a girls night out.

Rachel Zoe FW12

Lastly, a huge trend for this fall is going to be statement pieces in leather or faux leather.  Think leather skinnies, stove-pipes or even shorts -- pray tell -- with a simple tank and a sweater or light blouse for some coverage and then add a bedazzled shoe to tie it all together.

Rebecca Taylor FW12

I hope this guidance puts you in the right trend direction toward Autumn and Winter fashions.

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