The weather is playing tricks on us, again! One day you’re mad that you aren’t wearing enough layers, while the next day you’re trying to peel the skin off your body because it’s randomly and overwhelmingly hot. Until we are a few weeks into autumn, figuring out what to wear each day is a mission. Here are my four tips to starting off the fall season with style and comfort in mind, so that you’re ready to tackle whatever Mother Nature throws your way.
1. Fabric Matters
You can never go wrong wearing a sport jacket. If you’re not required to wear a suit for work, make sure to stock up on a few sport jackets that are made of a lighter fabric. Keep the wool away until the temperatures really drop. I like to use a sport coat also as a jacket when there are warm days and cool nights because it is one less piece of clothing to worry about during temperamental weather. It’s as I like to call it, a two-for-one piece. I am very into pairing sport coats with silk v-neck tees and Henley’s for a more casual look. And while people like to say not to wear white past Labor Day, I think certain “rules” need to be updated. White pops against fall oranges, reds and yellows so I love to make a statement throughout early fall with white pants. You still can get away with wearing shoes with no-show socks to achieve the sock-less look for a few more weeks, so don’t be afraid to play with that look.
2. Use Those Shoulders
In New York, we are still getting near 90-degree weather so certain days still require shorts and a tee-shirt. But this doesn’t mean you can’t put a fall spin on this look. Choose an autumnal toned tee and pair it with a flat-front short for an elevated version of a simple outfit (and leave the cargo shorts behind - they’re a bit too casual for most occasions). Then choose a versatile light sweater or henley to wrap around your shoulders. This instantly creates a cozy feel to your look and also serves as an extra layer throughout the day-to-night transition.
3. Keep Out Your Short-Sleeve Button Downs
This summer I have been obsessed with short sleeve button downs and have written about the proper ways to sport these. These shirts don’t have to go away for the season just because fall is here. For meetings I often wear a collared shirt, but it can sometimes be too warm for a heavy long sleeve version. To prevent feeling overheated, I still wear my short sleeve button downs while running around New York City and just throw a light jacket over them when the temperatures drop around sunset. Cuff the bottoms of your pants and pair an Oxford dress shoe with your look for a fresh feel. I like to play with patterns and fabrics so I often gravitate towards multi-toned footwear.
4. Bring Back the Flannel
Yes, it is entirely too soon to wrap yourself in your favorite cozy flannel, but it isn’t too soon to use it as a layering piece. The weekends are always spontaneous and I’m either running around the city or going on an outdoor adventure. I like to be comfortable, but still look put together. To achieve this, pair your favorite tank with a pair of flat front shorts (as you can see, white shorts/pants are not going anywhere just yet) and wrap a flannel around your waist. This gives you an effortless look while also providing you with something comfortable to throw on if the temperatures drop at night. And if they don’t? Then you are still giving a cool 90’s throwback vibe and everything feels right about that.