Fall is a tricky season to dress for in my part of California because it doesn’t really cool off until the end of October. This used to mean I either had to rock my summer wardrobe until then or tough out the heat in my flannel and boots. Last year I discovered that color is the simplest way to transition my wardrobe into fall without suffering heat stroke. Maybe autumnal knits and boots with socks and beautiful coats are out of the question, but I can at least emulate that cozy feeling with my wardrobe’s color scheme!
Autumn is usually my favorite time of year for colors. I was born in the fall so I always think the colors of this season look best on me. They’re what I naturally gravitate toward. Earthy greens, golden yellows, winey reds and purples, and that beautiful caramel color that reminds me of coffee and wood grain and the leaves that fall from the trees.
Of course the colors of fall haven’t arrived in Sacramento yet.
This will be my first fall in this new city so I’m mentally prepared for it to be a learning experience. Sacramento is only 45 minutes from my hometown but it’s definitely hotter here. And if last year’s fall is any indication of what this year’s will be like, I’ll be making my trips to Apple Hill in tank tops and sandals again. My guess is I won’t be pulling out my sweaters until November.
My style formula as we move into autumn is simple: a summer silhouette + fall colors
STICKING TO SUMMER’S SILHOUETTES
I probably won’t be breaking out my tights and tall boots anytime soon, so instead I’m rocking my ankle boots plus sandals and casual sneakers that won't get as much use if and when the rain comes this year. I’m relying on bottoms like mini skirts, easy dresses and shorts to keep me cool. For tops, I'm sticking to sleeveless and short sleeve tops during the day while mixing in some rolled up long sleeves for evenings. I’ll also use touches of suede, leather and flannel along with my color palette to bring in elements of traditional fall style.
the summer sihouettes I tend to wear are
- short sleeve top + mini skirt + flat sandals
- t shirt or frock dress + denim jacket + wedge heels
- tank top + high wasited shorts + ankle boots (maybe with a flannel to use instead of a jacket!)
ADDING IN FALL COLORS
My summer color palette was filled with light wash denim, light blues, white, green and black. I’ll be taking a similar route for fall, just warming up the tone of the colors and their saturation.
The colors I’m focusing on this fall are: medium wash denim and the blues that resemble them; warm off-whites like beiges, cream, and oatmeal; caramel, which I’ll mostly incorporate with shoes and accessories; earthy greens like olive and hunter; rust orange and copper; and black. The two patterns I’ll use are stripes (as always) and hopefully a little plaid and gingham.
These are the colors I gravitate toward the most, but you could also choose wine reds, jewel tone purples and teals and dusty pinks if that’s more your style. If you’re not sure what you like, you can always search for autumn or fall color schemes on Pinterest to give you a start!
To give you an idea of what I’m going for, I’ve rounded up some tops, bottoms, dresses and shoes that reflect the silhouettes and colors I have in mind for this season! Hopefully it inspires your outfits as we all wait for cooler weather together!
WHAT'S THE FALL WEATHER LIKE IN YOUR CITY? DO YOU HAVE TO GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR WARDROBE?
LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!