STYLE GURU STYLE: A Southern Fall

STYLE GURU STYLE: A Southern Fall

It’s autumn, the air is getting crisp and the leaves are beginning to fall. Everyone is excitedly pulling out their sweaters and scarves–unless, of course, you live in the South like me! I was born and raised in Michigan, a state with a beautiful fall season that I’ve adored since I was a little girl.  That’s all changed for me since I started going to school in Georgia.  As my friends pull all their cozy fall goodies from the back of their closets I’m left with the same things I’ve been wearing since around late April.  This can be frustrating, but I’ve found the key to spicing up my seemingly never ending summer wardrobe by adding as many fall twists as I can.

In this outfit, I’ve tried to give myself some fall flair without forcing myself to sweat to death. The easiest way for me to channel autumn is through darker colors, which become more popular as the weather gets colder. I own a lot of blacks and grays so I can use these to my advantage! This black maxi dress is light and airy so it keeps me cool, but doesn’t look too summery. My dark red lipstick adds another fall highlight to this look, which I complement with my black and red Gothic choker.  My pigtail braids conjure Halloween icon Wednesday Addams, which gives me another fun touch of fall.  One element of my outfit keeps me firmly grounded in summer, though: my trusty black and yellow platform Teva sandals. I love these shoes with all my heart and you can spot me wearing them every season! The dramatic cat eye sunglasses allude to summer, but in a more sinister way, which is very fitting for me as a lover of all things spooky.

Although I miss my Michigan fall rituals, I look forward to returning to Georgia and its seemingly never ending summer. I’m excited to tweak my warm weather wardrobe in order to fit the season and remain comfortable. The same thing can apply to anyone who lives in a place that stays colder longer as well!  If your summer isn’t very warm and you still want to celebrate the fun of the season, throw on some colorful sweaters or accessories to embrace the summery feel.