Falling Into Fall Fashion

Living in this area does present some fashion challenges as we have very little seasonal change.  It’s fall, but it’s hard to tell that based on the temperature. This time of year traditionally calls for “fall” colors such as rich browns, rust, tomato red, moss green and mustard. But perhaps you are not an”Autumn” or perhaps you don’t like the palette of fall colors. You can still dress to accommodate the seasonal change, regardless of your color palette. 

Every palette has a range of color choices and now is the time to get out those deeper, richer shades that you don’t wear for most of the year.  Winters and Summers can enjoy their cranberry, plum and pine green that typically aren’t worn during the warmer months. Autumns and Springs can switch from tangerine or peach to a deeper russet; or trade in the lime green for olive or moss.

Be creative with your color combinations. A touch of a deep, rich fall color can be combined in many ways to lend an “autumnal” look to any outfit. A traditional fall color such as rust or terra cotta can be worn with gray or pewter or navy or teal.

terra cotta fall colorteal color for fall

Try wearing a scarf in moss or olive with bright pink or cranberry or true blue.

olive green fall color cranberry fall color


Even though Labor Day is a distant memory, I am still asked on a regular basis, “Can I wear white after Labor Day while living in Florida?”

When it comes to wearing white - focus on the fabric. Go ahead and wear white; but wear heavier fabrics rather than a flimsy, gauzy garment in white. White denim – yes!  Denim is a heavier fabric. White jersey knit – yes!  Any knit will have some weight to it.  A white trenchcoat in a synthetic blend (not wool), unlined, could be the perfect piece for cooler evenings in January.

white pant suit for fall    white jacket for fall                      

Change your accessories to acknowledge the change of seasons. Put away the flip flops and sandals and opt for open-toe or sling-back styles. Store the woven or canvas or vinyl handbag and carry a quality leather one. Instead of the fun, colorful, inexpensive necklace, bracelet or earrings you have worn through spring and summer, now is the time to wear pieces that are heavier in visual weight and bolder. This time of year calls for “serious”, quality accessories so say “good-bye” to the fun and frivolous purses and jewelry and take advantage of this brief opportunity to wear “the good stuff” and enjoy it!

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