Ahhh, September. With Labor Day come and gone early this year, the summer seems to be officially over. Even though many of us are still experiencing warm weather, look-wise, it’s fall. Oh I know every year the fashion industry tries to tell us that you can wear white after Labor Day. They trot out the white jeans with the blue blazer or sweater, the white skirt topped with some horrible combination that looks like the model went to the Barney’s Warehouse Sale (if you haven’t been, there are no dressing rooms) and tried everything on all at once. But the truth of the matter is, once you’ve roasted that last Labor Day marshmallow, white looks stupid. It just seems out of place. Maybe it’s an old habit but there’s a reason mom said to put away the white handbag. (If I was also wearing white shoes at the time she told me to go upstairs and change IMMEDIATELY). September is transition time, which can be tricky fashion-wise. It’s too warm for winter sweaters but the blue and white stripes and little eyelet tops just seem too summery. If you live in a place that’s warm all year round this is not such an issue for you, although even in Florida and California summer is still summer and let’s face it, if you Floridians are wearing the same thing every season why are there so many shopping malls down there? ‘Nuff said.
Once September comes where I live, and a little color starts to show on the trees, I pack up my summery things and put them away in the attic. Granted, I do it in stages. First, all the white shorts and pants and summer prints. Then the nautical stuff; the red-white and blue, the stripes, the sailor collar. After that, the weather dictates a lot, but there are a few items that carry over and always work when I’m not exactly feeling the summer thing but I’m not ready to commit to fall. A denim skirt makes the transition nicely and a jean jacket is a staple. It goes with absolutely everything from black pants to a little dress or over a skirt and tee shirt. Everything, of course, except jeans and the denim skirt. Remember, one denim item to a customer. Then there are the cotton cardigans I carry around all summer because invariably the air conditioning in restaurants is set on “meat locker.” Several of those in olive, eggplant, navy and coral make the cut and transition easily to fall. This year I bought a pair of Eileen Fisher slim ankle pants in a sort of crepe fabric (those of you who are her regular customers are probably familiar, but it was new to me). It’s light enough for the warmer temperatures of September but in black they look chic and seasonal. And of course there are the leggings I’ve talked so much about. Throw those on with a long (repeat LONG) top or tunic and it isn’t summer, it isn’t fall, it’s sassy and September-y.
I put away some of my sandals this time of year too. On a really hot day they’re fine, but ballet flats are still cool and…well, cool! And they feel fresh, like it’s a new season, which it is.
She’s Got a Look…
Karen M. sent me this picture of her stylish leggings ensemble. Even the dogs had to sit up and take notice.