Fall has officially arrived. The grapevines around Sonoma certainly have the look: beautiful red, orange, and burgundy crispy leaves. Fall fashion has been in stores for weeks. You’ve probably seen it: long floral dresses, plaid below-the-knee coats, and cropped (who’s wearing these?) sweaters.
I was going to St. Helena on Sunday to meet up with the Bellas for an afternoon of brunch where there’d be lots of style, travel, fashion, and art talk. I looked at the temperature for St. Helena (50 minutes away) and my phone said it was going to be in the 90s.
I’m not making this up!
“But it’s fall,” I told my phone. “F-a-l-l, you know, sweaters, tweed blazers, layering, boots, new colors.” My phone responded, “Na-na, na-na, na-na. Deal with it.”
Well, okay then. I pulled up my big girl panties and with a few subtle styling steps, I created my end-of-September outfit.
Acknowledging fall fashion with subtle steps
I went into my still-mostly-summer wardrobe and decided to start with cream-colored jeans (Eileen Fisher, this season) and a cream-colored short-sleeved T-shirt (Halogen, Nordstrom, this season). I know I stand on my fashion pulpit and talk about how it’s A-okay to wear white after Labor Day. But I must confess, I’m so happy to have this cream choice because white is looking awfully bright to me.
Subtle fall fashion styling step: a jacket that nearly passes for fall
What jacket could I put on over my column of ivory that would be lightweight without looking mid-July bright? This wonderful Santa Fe consignment store score from last year, my Dries Van Noten artful print jacket, 64% linen/36% rayon. It’s got a fair amount of brown in it along with blue, black, violet, and warm creamy yellow hues.
Subtle fall fashion styling step: a weightier necklace
I love this beaded crystal necklace, but I didn’t wear it much in the middle of summer. It has heavy design weight, and it was a bit much on dresses and lighter-weight tops. But for late September, it feels just right.
Welcome to the season, crystal necklace! We’ll have a lot of adventures this fall!
Subtle fall fashion styling tip: ankle booties
I looked at my footwear and just couldn’t bear to wear a sandal. I wanted my feet covered. I dug through my basket of ankle booties and lured this sand-colored bootie (Lucky Brand) out of its slumber. I wore them with a pair of Peds so my feet weren’t hot. I love the way they look with my column of cream. Hello old friends!
Subtle fall fashion styling tip: changing the lipstick
It feels like the right time to retire my Milani 66 Matte Passion (bright orange) lipstick. Good thing, because it’s down to the very end. Thank you, Matte Passion, for all your service. It’s time to bring Kosas Violet Fury out of the lipstick drawer.
So there you have it! They are subtle, but with these few adjustments—lipstick, booties, heavier necklace—I feel just a tiny bit more like fall then summer. I bet I’ll have a chance to wear this outfit several more times before pulling out the nubby, tweed blazers.
Are you maneuvering around the warm weather and finding ways to bring some fall into your outfits? Please share, my friends!