We’re definitely in the dog days of summer, but fall is on the way. And I’m really looking forward to experiencing a full-on autumn this first year in Ohio. But, having lived in Arizona for the past 14 years and Texas and Georgia before that, I know what it’s like to have fall days that don’t feel all that autumnal. Ha! So today I’m sharing a simple outfit that will help us all transition into fall…no matter how long that transition may be!
Let me break this look down for you step by step.
Step 1 – Start with a clean slate.
When you’re ready to look like fall even when it doesn’t yet feel like fall, create a transitional look that builds on the basics. This isn’t the time for your summery print tee or that darling gingham skirt you’ve been wearing all summer.
Other great basics to build on would include:
- black tee + khaki chinos
- white tee + black jeans
- solid tee + crop ankle jeans
- chambray shirt + khaki skirt
- graphic tee + camo pants
Can you think of other “clean slate” combinations to build on?
Step 2 – Accessorize with warm tones.
I love adding leopard print to my transitional looks because it’s a “warm tone” that works as a neutral, but adds a layer of depth. You could just as easily add other warm tones:
- caramel leather belt
- black leather belt
- tortoise shell belt or jewelry
- goldenrod, burgundy, olive green or deep brown in a neck scarf or jewelry
- warm toned fedora
Step 3 – Add a handbag & shoes in neutrals.
Here’s where you have to give me a little of that move-across-the-country grace. Ha! When we shot these photos I couldn’t find most of my shoes. Hehehe! So I chose the most neutral I could find – my gold sandals!
But really that goes to show that it’s perfectly fine to still wear your sandals in the warmer days of fall. Just go with the neutral ones – metallic, leather, animal print – instead of anything in summer colors, like pink.
I did, however, manage to find my new Tory Burch handbag. I bought this lovely black leather hobo bag several months ago when the price was reduced significantly. It’s an investment piece, but I know I’ll be using it year round for years to come. (The leather is amazingly plush and supple. I love it! And the bag is available in two other beautiful shades as well.)
Step 4 – Add some smart jewelry.
If you’re trying to look a little more autumnal, even though the temps are high, it’s time to put away the tropical colored earrings and distinctly summer baubles. Instead, add your favorite gold or silver pieces in tasteful layers. Again tortoise shell, while appropriate year round, lends a warm hue to your outfit.
Step 5 – Add a third piece.
Actually the easiest way to move gently into fall is simply to add a third piece to your outfit. That’s exactly why I purchased this nifty utility jacket last year. I have some current picks in the shopping widget below, but I especially like this one by Lucky Brand, which is what mine is.
Other “third pieces” that can help complete a transitional outfit include:
- simple, lightweight neutral colored cardigan – black, beige, brown, grey, etc.
- blue denim jacket
- black denim jacket
- faux suede moto jacket
- animal print sweater or jacket
- black, camel or navy blazer
- plaid blazer
- knit kimono (as in this previous post)
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Today may you be blessed with insight and wisdom so that you can detect any activity of the enemy of your soul. May God show you the areas where you are most susceptible to attack and temptation, not to frighten you, but so you may fortify those areas of your life.
I’ve found that I am most susceptible to enemy attack when I am hungry, angry, lonely or tired. That’s why occasionally I need to H.A.L.T. I need to examine my life…my daily activities even…and see if there are areas of susceptibility that I need to fix. When I start getting cranky towards my husband, for instance, or ill tempered with other people, I need to ask myself if perhaps I’m hungry, angry, lonely or tired. Then I can fix the real problem and proceed with love, grace and godly behavior.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ~ 1 Peter 5:8