I have a specific memory that goes in my “magical” folder. I was a freshman at college, so it was Boston, 1973. It was that first perfect Autumn day you get in the Northeast – cool but sunny and breezy. I remember exactly what I was wearing because it felt so darn good: A pair of knee length grey wool culottes that I had sewn, a teal sweater, tights and loafers. Everything in my world was new and fresh and hopeful, walking across the Quad to my French Literature class.
Florida life is lovely – we never have to shovel snow, or wear down jumpsuits, or slip on the ice. But that perfect day I remember from 1973 doesn’t come until late in the year in the South, and those cool days are short. And my world is still inviting and hopeful, but no longer limitless. And by September I want to throw my summer clothes in a heap and make a style bonfire.
Here are some interim ways I use to capture that Fall feeling, along with a few pieces I am recklessly eye-balling in the shops:
A cardigan is a wonderful way to add texture and color. I can wear a Fall-ish cardigan if it’s lightweight and cropped, and worn over summer tanks:
A blazer isn’t required for any of my activities but I love the look. I have a lightweight linen blazer by Eileen Fisher that doesn’t make me feel overheated.
Booties. You knew these were coming; I love wearing them so much. It’s too hot for tights now, but booties still look chic with a lightweight full skirt or dress.
Darker color accessories, like a dark floral scarf and more “serious” jewelry. I put the bright necklaces and bracelets aside in favor of more chunky, rich colored pieces.
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