The last month of summer is here and the new season (and school year) is right behind it. Fall clothes are arriving in stores and it is certainly exciting to start shopping ahead. Something that’s considerably less exciting, however, is looking at new clothes hanging in the closet waiting for summer to finish. As always in Texas, we will spend at least a few weeks in seasonal limbo. The good news: You don’t have to wait. Also, you don’t have to put away (or as the article’s title suggests–give the ax to) any of your favorites once it’s fall. To achieve this feat, here are some pointers.
When I spotted this Fashionisto on a hot, very typical August afternoon, I loved how his look transcended seasons. A mix of summer favorites and fall classics, his look was an urban homage to the legendary lumberjack. The stereotypical lumberjack is a brawny, burly, usually bearded man who is depicted wearing suspenders, a long-sleeved plaid flannel shirt (check), heavy work boots (check) and a beanie hat (check). Lumberjack imagery has become ingrained in popular culture–to include fashion–as a symbol of strength and masculinity. Year after year, flannel dominates fall and winter trends as a must-have print. However, we have seen in recent years–thanks in no small part to the re-rise of grunge and the menaissance movement–that even in warmer seasons, this trend prevails. This outfit works because of its classic elements and confident wearer.
Another reason this look works is that it mixes bright summer colors with more subdued fall colors. It’s fine to splash summer hues into your fall outfits and vice versa, just proceed with strategy. Pair a bright shirt with a neutral pant, or reverse the look. This Fashionisto opted for a black tank with electric blue pants. Don’t do too many bright colors at once or your look will read too summery. Remember that you’re striving for balance.
The next reason our Fashionisto’s look works for either season is because he has mastered the art of layering. Currently, a jacket is unnecessary. Eventually temperatures will drop, but for the first month or so, heavy layers won’t be necessary for those in-between days. Try tying a plaid shirt like this one from Gap around your waist for a stylish solution. You can peel off or pull on layers as the weather commands.
Hint: Do you have an “off-season” item you’re in love with? Challenge yourself to find a way to wear it now for a look that is unique. As always, remember that confidence is the key to pulling off absolutely any look you desire.