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Fall may be my favorite season to dress for. At least the kind of fall I grew up with… Cool nights and mornings, sunny comfortable afternoons. Wind. Cool enough for jeans. Coats are optional or only needed after dark. Warm enough not to need mittens. Dress and boot weather.
We don’t get a lot of that here in Augusta, Georgia, hence the new Friday post series for September about restyling summer outfits (Because it’s still hot!) but with a fall vibe (Because it’s September!) If you live in a warm climate and crave fall style like this Wisconsin born girl, this series is for you! Let me know how you like it. Or not? And if you think it should continue into October…
So, besides longing and impatient, how am I feeling about fall? Not jumping out of my skin to chase any trends, but I’ll save that for another post.
Feeling for me is more about how I want to feel. What’s the vibe I want? That’s easy. This fall I need: Grounded, Composed, Modern & Ageless. Those may sound in conflict. but they work in my head! Climb inside my brain and you’ll see what I mean. (I promise, there IS light down there!)
In my brain, Grounded means colors of nature, but those that work with MY palette. Sky and water blues, deep foliage greens, and mountain rock greys. With all the excitement 2020 has already thrown at us compounded with an election cycle, I can use both Grounded AND Composed. Composed means pulled together and finished. Calm. Not overdone or faffy. Simple yet interesting. Modern and Ageless are a bit trickier. Modern feels sleek and monochromatic. Ageless? That adjective is still thwarting me. I’m more clear about what it doesn’t mean! It doesn’t mean vintage, or classic. In this case, I think ageless means works-from-20-to-70. That word may not stick around… Here’s where I’m starting colorwise:
Blush’s summer break is over. I’ve been wearing white non-stop since last winter, and it’s time for white to work its way into the background and let blush take over for a while. I think it will look lovely with the blues and greens. Blush is less crisp than white; I need some softness (But not squishy!). Blush feels more Composed than the crunchy white and that softness has a level of refinement to it.
How is this inspo board going to work with what I already own? AND the realities of life in 2020?
Therein lies the rub. This board for the most part looks too dressy for 2020! I’m all about the jeans… And dresses will be great with flats. But the skirt looks? Not sure. Every time I wear a skirt with sneakers I feel a right fool. Other people look amazing in it. We’ll see. Maybe it’ll be love!
A peek back at 2019 reminded me that I love an Inner Column of Color. (This shouldn’t require reminding!) An inner column doesn’t play well with the skirt looks above, but a dress is an instant column, and so are jeans with a blue shirt. That works. Last year my love was Jackets & Jeans, but since most every day this year is #wfhstyle, I don’t think I’ll expect I’ll be wearing as many jackets as last year. Maybe cardigans are the topper of 2020. I think I saw an article about that…
In case these colors feel too cold and need a touch of warm and cozy, I’m reserving the option of adding pieces from a port/wine Beauty Bundle!
How will this play with the rest of the palette? Take a peek! Cover the bottom and look at the top. Then switch! Just that little bit of wine makes such a difference in the cozy/warm factor!
That’s the idea so far… We’ll see how it plays out when I pile the options up on the bed and start pulling pieces together. I’m flying loose on this one! So how about you? Are you starting to “feel” fall? What colors to do love for autumn? How are you weathering the storm that is 2020? And how do you want to feel this fall? Will what you own support that? Or is it time for some retooling? Do let me know in the comments below… I love to hear from you!