Fall is in the air
Temperatures cool. Leaves start falling. The holidays peak out from behind the next corner. Such a wonderful time. With the new season, you have been given a perfect opportunity to refresh your current style. Fall presents you with a variety of options unavailable during the summer. Depending on where you live, you almost never need a coat to fight back the cold. On the contrary, autumn cools enough to permit you to wear one. Similarly, sweaters camp out in your closet through the summer waiting for that first good chill to sweep the land.
Once fall rolls around, my fashion gears push me to hunt down great autumn wear. This means darkening my colors from the summer brights to fall warmth. Good colors in this regard include brown, black, orange, red, and dark blue. The colder it gets, the better darker colors look on you. Why? People are trying to keep warm in the cold. So psychologically they are drawn to warmer things.
In my case, I have a problem living in very hot Houston,TX. Even in October, temperatures can reach into the 90s. And, since fall clothes generate a lot of warmth, I find it difficult sometimes to modify my wardrobe for the next season.
For hot climates, the secret lies in the fabric of your clothes. For example, you can wear a cooler fabric such as linen while making it appear more Fall-like with a darker color. So for a casual outfit, I find myself wearing a dark brown pair of linen pants with an untucked light to medium colored plaid shirt with the sleeves rolled up above my elbows.
On a different note, I especially like coats and jackets for the many possibilities they open up. Some of my favorites include a dark blue jean jacket (do not wear with jeans / try with a good pair of khakis), a trench coat, and a pea coat (looks especially good with jeans / may have to wait for the colder weather for this one). Experiment with different styles, just avoid those that look cheap and/or do not fit you properly. As with pants and shirts, throw on a light weight breathable jacket for the warmer climates.
For colder climates, use this time as a springboard into winter. During your office work through autumn, you can sport this smart combination: classic wool dress slacks (dark grey possibly) paired with a white hard collared shirt under a sweater (cashmere if colder and lightweight merino wool if not). When winter finally arrives, simply elevate the presentation with a stylish pea coat.
The more layers of clothing you apply, the more dressed UP you appear. I say this with both positive and negative connotations. I can remember thinking I looked great for some particular event in college; only to discover later in life through pictures, I gave the impression of trying too hard, kind of like a boy running around in his dad’s shoes. I missed the mark. Not so now. So, proceed with some caution. On the positive, you do have a great opportunity.
Presently, I savor the possibilities brought by cooler temps. I see the time as an opportunity to portray a warmer and elevated appearance. You should too. Take a step back and reconsider what you will wear this October. And, don’t forget to enjoy the season.