Summer has sadly come to a sweet end and East Coast Fashionistas/os are reveling in the final opportunity to show some skin before the unavoidable transformation into leggings and riding boots. The standard go-to summer ensembles, usually consisting of a sundress and some variation of open-toe shoes with a cardigan for the chillier afternoon hours, becomes boring and overplayed by the time the final days of August roll around. With fall just around the corner, Fashionistas/os everywhere have a duty to take their outfits to colder-weather chic by adding a little edge to their looks, without completely letting go of the summertime playfulness.
This Fashionista has done just that. A simple black dress with a swingy A-line cut, paired with calf-length leather boots takes a simple concept and gives it a bold kick. The dress is made of a suede-like material and the tighter bodycon fit of the top half makes this piece versatile; it can be worn to play around in during the day or dressed up for a night out.
The buckles and worn-in leather on the boots ensure the outfit is daytime appropriate, versus say a pair of classic flats or wedges.
The color-blocked neutrals are also something that can easily be incorporated into any outfit. This Fashionista only used solid neutral colors: black, brown and gray. Since each item was made from a different fabric and texture, it added dimension to the outfit as a whole. Dark colors and neutrals don’t have to be boring. In fact, they’re the perfect solution for the transition in to fall.
Luckily for you Fashionistas/os, this edgy and transitional vibe is easy to achieve for those warm, early-fall days, when all you really want to do is throw on a pair of track shorts and an old T-shirt. Try a swingy dress in a solid color or a neutral pattern and an old pair of boots in a different neutral color. Be sure that the skirt of the dress is flared and flowy; a pencil or bodycon fit wouldn’t qualify as daytime appropriate when paired with the boots. The simpler you keep the dress and boots, the better, since the look in and of itself is bold. Plus, it leaves plenty of legroom (no pun intended) for accessorizing. This Fashionista nailed it with her John Lennon style Ray-Ban glasses and funky keychains dangling off her bag.
So grab your sundress and tell your leather boots that they’re going to be getting a lot more playtime, I’m sure your flip flops will understand.