I love a change in season, and as Roger and I contemplate our next chapter, I am hopeful that if we move, our new location will include colored leaves in the fall, a light snowfall in winter, the joy of spring flowers and crisp clear summer days. But, that’s not what we have right now, so I’m busily trying to make the best of things.
It’s mid September, still 90 degrees and humid. The likelihood of our weather cooling any time soon is about nil. Things don’t cool here until November, if we are lucky. So I add a bit of fall color to our decor, change up the menu a little, and look for ways to freshen my look.
I love autumn. It reminds me of pumpkin patches, playing in big piles of colored leaves, the scent of cinnamon, and my father and I heading to a cider mill for fresh cider and cinnamon donuts hot from the oven.
Over the years, I’ve developed some strategies to refresh and transition my wardrobe and home as we head into Autumn. Here’s what makes the season special for me and may give you some ideas to incorporate in your own wardrobe and home.
Color. An easy way to add a hint of seasonal change to your wardrobe and home is by shifting the color palate. Lately, trend setters have been referring to Pantone’s color charts for inspiration but I love the traditional warm hues of fall—so I’m less likely to care whether a head to toe red look is “in” or not. Instead, I look for T-shirts, and tanks in fall colors which are easy to dress up or down, but which give me the definite sense of fall. Around the house, I change the pillow covers and throws to give my home a fall makeover as well.
Shoes. I shift from summer sandals and wedges to booties and pumps or flats, which shift the look of an outfit from laid back summer to “hey, its fall y’all!” — or winter!— just not summer…you get the idea.
Handbags. A lady like handbag or cross body in a fall hue is another great way to signal the season change. Here, I might follow the trends and go for a pop of color or stick with an old favorite—Carmel—one of my all time favorite fall colors.
Tailoring. In the fall and winter, I look for pieces that are a bit more tailored. Light weight jackets, peplum styles, tailored blouses all are a great way to add a little “fall” to your look.
Knitwear. I love, love, love sweaters and knit wear. I just look for lighter weight knits. Knits, sweaters, cardigans and dusters are great for transitioning one’s wardrobe.
Jewelry and scarves. While I tend to wear my “signature” jewelry on a daily basis, I do step out of the box and add a necklace or scarf in fall hue adds both sophistication and the desired look and feel of fall.
Scent. Lately, I have been loving perfumes, it’s the first time in my life that I have been really finding enjoyment in trying new scents. In the past, I wore a signature summer or winter scent, always the same, Opium in winter and Estée Lauder Azuree in summer. I’ve found I love white musk for fall, and vanilla around the holidays. I just added new “fall” scented candles to our home as well. I’ll be sharing more favorites as we go along, but for now, it’s white musk for me.
Hats. Switching from straw to felt is another great way to get the fall groove going. I love hats, and am always looking to add to my collection. Fedoras are a classic, but it’s fun to try other styles as well. You can always add a scarf or ribbon to your hat to complement your outfit.
Makeup. Now’s the time to put away the bronzer and try a lovely rose or burgundy shades. Perhaps try a deeper lip color…in short, change your color palette up a bit. The darker lip colors don’t work well for me, but I know that many of you look amazing in deeper colors, so why not take a little time to experiment and try a new fall inspired look?
Pumpkin Spice. When all else fails, you can always enjoy the taste of fall, sip a pumpkin spice latte, or an energizing pumpkin facial.
When Brooke was little, I took the time to create traditions and celebrate seasonal changes and holidays small and large. As she grew out of the “wonder years”, into a skeptical, eye rolling teen, I wavered. I wondered if I should continue to take the time to change our decor, whether I should continue to “make a fuss”. But it makes me feel good, even though it’s not quite the same as it was, so for now, I will keep doing it. It simply brings me joy.
I’d love to hear how you celebrate autumn, so please feel free to share your traditions or recipies in the comments below.
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