Reinventing Your Summer Wardrobe (For Fall!)
It's the time of the year when the weather seems to cool down... and stay cool. Here in Louisiana we are still having cool mornings and evenings mixed with warm sunshine during the middle of the day. That means I might put my heater on in the morning, and my air conditioning on in the afternoon - but more importantly it means that it really, really messes with my wardrobe!
Just in case you live in a place where you find yourself currently experiencing transitional wardrobe weather - or if you'd just like to get some additional mileage out of your summer clothing - I've put together a few tips for how to successfully make that transition, quickly and inexpensively. You don't have to have an extensive wardrobe to make it through the fall, you just have to be willing to get creative. Stick with me here, ok?
Tip #1: Leggings. One of my favorite dresses this summer was this cute poplin dress from American Apparel that I picked up on a whim. It was a great casual/fun dress to wear to events and I would pair it with a lace camisole, thin belt, and peep toe pumps. Today, I wore the same dress, but I put on some black pseudo-shiny leggings underneath the dress to give it that fall appeal. Then I threw on some black leather ankle boots and a leather jacket and voilà - instant fall look!
Tip #2: Blazers. Not just any old blazer, though. Grab a "boyfriend" blazer - so called because it's a look that is supposed to seem as if it came from your man's closet, but is really cut to fit your body. The look is still decidedly more boyish/businesslike, but in a girly way. I tend to like the blazers that have 3/4-length sleeves with an interesting pattern on the flip side to make a cute cuff - very much like this one that I purchased from Arden B. Try all blazers on in the store and consider purchasing a size down from your normal size (assuming you can still cross your arms over your chest with it on) to really accomplish that fitted look. Don't button the blazer, choose a long tank in a solid color and pull the blazer on, unbuttoned, over the top. Finish the look with a long necklace (and perhaps some pants or leggings) and you're ready to go!
Tip #3: Denim Jackets. No, I'm not channeling the 80's (though that is decidedly hot right now) but that denim jacket that I just KNOW you have hanging up in your closet is actually the perfect item to help you through the rest of this transition month. Remember that maxi dress that you purchased for the 4th of July barbeque? Breathe new, fall-like life into it by throwing your denim jacket over the top of it. For a twist, pop the collar up on the jacket (you can help it to stay if necessary with a little startch and an iron), or unbutton the cuffs and flip the sleeves upwards in one cuff right where the wristband meets the arm of the jacket. You can also roll the sleeves up even more, à la Nicole Richie.
Awesome. So now I've given you 3 great tips to get some more mileage out of the things you already have in your closet, but it's your turn to get creative. Send me your ideas of how you utilize off-season pieces to stretch your closet (and mind!) a bit, and you just may find your idea featured here sometime in the near future!