Hi, everyone! This is Karima Hunter from A Note on Style, back with another installment of my column for La Dolce Vita. Regardless of what the weather throws my way, come September I’m in a fall mindset. I am more than ready to bid farewell to looks that clearly identify with summer. However, it is always a bit of a challenge to transition because often September is one of the warmest months of the year in many parts of the country, including southern California.
Over the years, I’ve learned that the best way to embrace fall clothing is to introduce lightweight pieces in a darker color palette. I also like to sprinkle in a few items that I identify with the upcoming season, like plaids, that are wearable now and will carry me through winter with additional layers.
First, I’ll swap out my white jeans for dark blue and pair them with a denim shirt. Head to toe denim on its own is a look that’s chic and can be easily transformed with additional layers such as blazers, sweaters, and scarves. Plus, just by having a darker base on, I feel like I’ve moved in the right direction.
I’m ready to give my sandals a break, but it’s not cold enough for socks and boots yet. Instead, I’ll slip on a pair of mules to look more covered up and polished, without overheating. There are so many stylish options this season with texture being the key element. Think luscious colors in suede and velvet, brocades, lace and a sprinkling of embellishment, a steal at $90.
The warmth of gold feels especially appropriate in the fall so I’ll choose accessories that contribute to the transitional mood. A belt with a significant buckle immediately elevates the simplest outfit, even jeans and a tee. I’ll carry this theme through with a statement pendant necklace, my favorite jewelry statement of the moment, that looks good layered or on its own. A classic, thick gold hoop earring is another item that feels right today adding a refreshing simplicity to looks.
If I’m going to add one color this season, it will be red. It looks better than ever and if you’re a fan, this will be the year to pick up a bag, shoe, dress or even a trouser. Of course, the easiest way to inject the color is with a swipe of fresh lipstick like one from Tom Ford’s Lips & Boys Collection, or any from one of my favorite brands, Charlotte Tilbury. They are richly pigmented and wear so well.
Lastly, if the weather does turn a little chilly, I want to be ready with one of the most important pieces of the season – a plaid blazer. Either oversized with a nod to the 80s or nipped in the waist and structured, both look incredibly chic and appropriate. I’d wear it with a t-shirt now then over a thin knit later. If you love the look as much as I do, and there is a matching trouser, I would pick that up without a second thought. The suit is making a very strong showing this season and I am applauding its return.