What to Wear When You're Ready for Fall, But the Weather Isn't
Sometimes, I get an idea into my head for the perfect outfit and it entirely makes my morning. I get completely ready, loving the confidence the outfit has me feeling. Then, I walk out of my door and the weather is not only uncooperative, it seems to be mocking my outfit choices. Am I alone in this? ... I really doubt it. Be it heat, humidity, or rain, there are going to be times when your wardrobe is ready for a season change, but the weather is not. This is post will help give you ideas on what to wear when that happens.
Crown and Coke on a table by my bed.
I'm lying here like it's my grave.
A bag of bones with a fire in my head,
Oh, yes, I am
I tell you, "No," then I start to give in.
You tear me down, then we do it all over again,
I'm down on my knees and I'm screamin'
I'm a fiend, and I'm beggin' you, please.
If you don't love me, baby, just stop.
Tell me, how can it be I'm still bleedin'?
I can't quit, I need help, set me free." ZZ Ward, Cannonball
Styling Notes: As someone who loves fashion, I also love change. With each new season brings a trend, fabric, or silhouette that I cannot wait to get my hands on. I spend weeks pouring over my favorite blogs, Facebook groups, and magazines looking for inspiration. It is a whole process. Nothing frustrates me more than when I am inspired and ready to transition from one season to the next and Mother Nature does not cooperate. Because this happens far more often than I would like, I have outlined three strategies that I use to beat the heat.
1.) Layering - You might be thinking to yourself, "Duh, I know this." And kudos to you if you are already doing this, but for those of you that aren't; it's time to start. Layering is not just for warmth in the winter. It helps define a style by adding unique, completer pieces. I like outfits with three or more components because they look more polished and intentional, like you thought about what you are wearing. For this look, I paired a short sleeved, mesh bodysuit from Forever 21 with a denim skirt and mixed media jacket. The jacket can come off when I am outdoors yet remain on in my office adding dimension to my look. The under layer is lightweight to help with the reality of summer temperatures.
2.) Substitution - If the first strategy seemed like a no brainer to you, this one might be a little more on your level. When I am ready for Fall outfits, but the temperature is not, I substitute a similar piece for the one I really want to wear. In the look featured in this post, I would have loved to have worn the bodysuit with a pair of high waisted, true blue denim jeans. Having said that, heat stroke is real, so I didn't. Instead, I wore a high waisted denim mini skirt. This gave my outfit the same coloring and textures I wanted without being oppressively hot. The trick to this strategy is finding similarities between pieces in your wardrobe, so you can easily substitute one for the other.
3.) Texturizing - Have you ever noticed how many more textures people wear in the Fall? Think about it: when do you break out your velvets, brocades, tweeds, and leather? In the Fall. If you are looking to start transitioning to Fall style, the third strategy you should be using is texturizing your looks. During the Summer, most fabrics tend to be stretch jersey or chiffon just because they are light weight and easy. There is not a lot of substance to them. Mixing fabrics, like on the leather and stretch poly jacket above, can add edge and depth to your outfit. Another great way to add texture is through your footwear. These snake skin booties from Ecco add some unexpected weight to my outfit to help balance out my sheer bodysuit, but don't require the same commitment as a tweed jacket. Finding one or two places where you can mix up your textiles will go a long way towards mentally and aesthetically moving from Summer to Fall.
Bodysuit: Forever21 +. Skirt: ASOS Curve. Jacket: Gibson & Latimer, via Dillard's. Handbag: Coach. Booties: Ecco USA. Necklace and Bracelet: Forever21. Sunnies: Francesca's.
Photo Credit: S. Hoffman