This is an outfit I took a picture of a week or so ago (before my latest hair cut!) and never posted; it’s sort of blah. And while I love the Kit & Ace tank (the most comfortable thing EVER), and wear it all the time, it’s not very photogenic. Especially with the “wrong” bra.
But I was thinking about a comment Kelly left yesterday about dressing “in-season” (for fall in September, when it technically is “fall”) when the temperature is still very summer-like in many parts of the country (HOT as hell). The easy answer to “how to do it” is to just wear whatever you feel like, whether it’s “seasonally” appropriate or not. If it’s 90 degrees where you are, dress for 90 degrees, not for the 30 degree weather the magazines and editorials would have you dressing for.
I also know that around this time every year, I start to get VERY antsy for fall clothing. I’m probably influenced quite a bit more by advertisements and catalogs (damn Nordstrom anniversary sale) than I care to admit, but I’m also just OVER summer clothes (it’s not my favorite sartorial season). Add to that that I am relatively cold whenever I’m inside (even in my own house) and have to layer anyway.
Never mind that it’ll be November before I’ll want to wear sweaters or jackets or layers of any kind outside, I’m already starting to crave them. In fact, as part of my “taking a break” this week, I went through the sweaters and winter items (the few I have) I store in my closet to see what I need to focus on adding or getting rid of this year, and wanted to lie down and snuggle with my cashmere for a while…
Anyway, back to the idea of dressing for fall when it’s still too hot outside. I find myself around this time incorporating more pants/jeans into my outfits than earlier in the summer. I wore my old AG tomboy cropped jeans yesterday with my gray Everlane u-neck tee and wasn’t too hot for a trip to Target & Ulta (it’s no longer in the 100’s here). Well, except, I’ve finally come to terms that those jeans have GOT to go. They’ve never been comfortable (low-rise, ugh), but I like the way they look on me and have never been able to find a replacement pair that I liked as much, or fit better, so I’ve just kept and worn them. But man, yesterday, I had enough. Also, bloated. But still. Why should I wear uncomfortable jeans just because I like the way they look? I can find a better pair, or not.
So, the way I deal with wanting to wear more “fall” clothing is incorporate it in small bits here and there. I still can’t wear shoes (sandals, only!!) in this heat, and honestly, I love to wear sandals and will do it as long as I can comfortably. But I’ll wear jeans or pants a little more often, and maybe add a light layer over a fitted dress or something every once in a while.
I try not to let editorials and “what’s new” in shops influence me too much, but it’s inevitable that it will. In that case, it’s easier not to fight against it too much…it takes up too much energy! As long as I feel comfortable, I’ll wear it, weather be damned…
And speaking of fall…
Sadly, one of things I think I’ll have to replace this year is my old Lululemon wrap/cardigan with thumbholes. Man…I love this thing, and have worn it TO DEATH, but it’s so big on me now, especially the sleeves, and has stretched so much that it’s sort of fussy to wear out. I bought it on sale several years ago, and have been so pleased with it. I knew I’d need to replace it eventually, so I’ve been on the lookout for something similar (and that’s washable…). Perhaps this Kit & Ace cardigan is the one?
I wish it had long sleeves, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE that it’s reversible to a dark gray from black. LOVE that. And that’s it’s washable. And it looks like a giant blanket. Which I also love, and appreciate when I’m cold. I’ll have to see if they have it in my store here first, but it may be my replacement & the “coat” I thought I needed to buy this year. More on that later.
What’s your secret to dressing for fall when it’s still hot out? When do you get ready for cooler-weather clothing?