Labor Day weekend is just a happy memory, but summer-like temperatures probably aren’t going away anytime soon. No matter how tempting it is to rush the fall season and slip into those over-the-knee boots or a statement coat, it’s just not practical.
The key: transitional dressing. Fabrics, colors and textures that give a feel for fall without the weight.
One of the easiest ways to transition is with color. Reach for T-shirts, jeans, blouses, scarves, accessories and even nail polish in the season’s most popular shades of orchid, royal blue, gray, cobalt, red, berry, mauve, mustard yellow, cognac and cypress. If you’ve been wearing lip gloss all summer, show off a more powerful pout with red or rosy pink lipstick.
Lightweight layers are another simple approach. A cardigan or long-sleeved chambray shirt worn over a tank can be removed if temperatures heat up. So can a vest, poncho, light jacket or scarf, an ever-present accessory on the runways for fall. Knits, too, are lighter than ever, and they’re an effortless way to ease into the new season.
Fall embraces a return to classic patterns and textures — with the exception of swinging ’60s prints — so you can feel good about buying plaid, soft florals, houndstooth, snakeskin and stripes.
Texture also comes into play, with embroidery, applique, nubby sweaters (remember, they don’t have to be heavy) and quilting.
For inspiration, we rounded up some of the looks from brands and limited-edition collections exclusive to Kohl’s, Target and J.C. Penney.