STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Into Fall

Who says pastels cannot be worn after summer? Believe me I understand that when the temperature dips, darker colors seem to provide the warmth we crave, but I think we may be limiting ourselves with this preconceived color palette. Do not get me wrong, fiery reds and maroons, and crisp oranges and yellows remind us of fall for a reason, but this does not mean you cannot toss a couple spring-like pastels into the mix as well.

This Fashionista blurs the lines of the ideal fall and spring palettes with her pale pink skinny jeans, white tank top and turquoise scarf, accompanied by a taupe bomber jacket and adorable, black wedge sneakers. She is the perfect image of color cooperation.

To accomplish a look like this Fashionista’s, J.Crew has a fabulous line of colored toothpick jeans in a similar baby pink, then to add a little feminine flare, a white paisley T-shirt and black honeycomb sweater. To complete the look check out Steve Madden’s line of wedge sneakers. Another line featuring a punch of pastel is Aritzia’s fall arrivals including an all black ensemble with a touch of turquoise, as well as a winter-ready outfit with a pair of teal “Torres” pants.

The seasonal color stigma is a thing of the past. Do not be afraid to combine some hints of your favorite hues to any outfit to add a pop of individuality.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Into Fall

The start of the new school year means we will soon be bidding adieu to the constant sun and warm weather.  But fear not my friends, don’t get rid of your pastel colors yet.  Just because the weather is getting a little colder doesn’t mean your wardrobe should. Nothing matches the blue skies of San Diego more than a bright ensemble to pair. 

Of course, San Diego never really has an actual winter.  We really can’t complain that we see palm trees every day on our way to school, or that we live right next to the beach.  Still, you probably should drift away from hot pink and neons.  Though collections from the fall and the winter tend to stray from pale pinks, yellows, and blues, don’t be discouraged to use your Fashionista matching skills to tone down spring and summer bright colors to fit for the season. 

This Fashionista isn’t afraid to hold onto the sunshine with her yellow dress from Zara. By mixing in cooler colors, she drifts away from too much of a summer feel. Her neutral, brown Oxford flats dress down the brightness of her dress, and she adds a bold pop of color with her dark turquoise purse.

To recreate this look, hold onto any bright dresses from the summer. If you have a darker wardrobe, check out stores like LuLu’s that have a colorful collection year round. This Fashionista’s Kate Spade sidebag is an amazing find, but a purse similarly dark with a bold color would do the trick. Steve Madden has a wide selection of Oxfords, in fact these staple flats hold their own section on their website. If you want to be more daring with prints, check out Dolce Vita’s fall collection of flats and oxfords.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Into Fall

When Pittsburgh’s green scape morphs into a breathtaking array of burnt orange, deep burgundy and chocolate brown colors, my fall wardrobe tends to follow suit. Chunky sweaters and a leather bomber with my favorite black skinny jeans make up my fall “uniform,” and I neglect the bold hues of summer. This Fashionista reminded me why short dresses and bold colors can and should make their way into every fall wardrobe.

The obvious standout piece of her outfit is the patterned, red dress. Not only did the bright color catch my attention, the mismatched design caused me to stop and stare. The black and nude accents of the dress could be anything from a prima ballerina to an elegant flower. Pairing a breezy cardigan with solid black tights and an easy cross-body bag, this Fashionista transitions her favorite Urban Outfitters dress into a staple fall piece.  

Black stockings continue to serve as the perfect piece of clothing to cheat seasonal temperatures and shift your shorts and dresses from summer to fall. To incorporate stockings into your wardrobe, try pairing these blue, criss-cross tights with high-wasted black dress shorts. Stay on-trend by playing up the fun allure of the tights with a pair of heeled oxfords. Throw on a blazer, solid tank and some statement jewelry, and you will be fall ready with some summer sex appeal. 

Fashionistas, don’t let the brisk temperatures shy you away from your summer pieces. Save some extra cash and opt for stockings and cardigans to achieve your favorite summer looks for fall.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Into Fall

Fashion can be fickle — in this season, out next season, then back three months later. For Fashionistas who don’t want to buy a whole new wardrobe every time the temperature drops a few degrees, there are some simple tweaks you can make to your spring staples to convert them into fabulous fall ensembles.

This Fashionista used to wear this flouncy floral skirt during the spring and summer months with lighter fabrics and sandals or flats. Even though our Upstate weather is especially unpredictable in September and October, this Fashionista knows that she doesn’t have to hide away this adorable piece in the back of her closet until next April. By simply swapping out her spring apparel for tall leather boots and a cute little cardigan in neutral hues, she created a totally different, season-appropriate look and she didn’t even have to go shopping.

Florals aren’t the only spring trend that are versatile enough for the autumn winds. The maxi dress seems to be such a beachy, light piece that can only be worn under the warmth of the spring sun — not anymore! Throw on a cashmere pullover or a chunky, oversized sweater for a more casual (and warmer) look. Even your shoes can be multi-seasonal. Blocky heels and wedges look great with sundresses and rompers, but to keep rocking that height, pair them with fun socks or heavier tights when the weather turns cold. Tights are a fall staple that can be worn with anything from bodycon skirts to shirtdresses to even your favorite pair of distressed jorts.

With a little creativity and a lot of layering, you’ll never have to waste a great piece on a single season — flaunt your pieces all year round!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Spring Into Fall

Fall has officially begun, and this means sweater vests, blazers, crochet hats, and skinny jeans with boots tucked in. But who says we have to move that fast?

Today's Fashionista is aware of the weather change, but has decided to get her last dose of summer fashion beforehand. She takes her time with a Bohemian influenced, white flowered maxi dress. This stands out when walking to class while everyone else is wearing fall inspired colors with heavier fabrics, such as knits. You may be thinking she is clearly violating the “no white after Labor day” rule, however, she wears a dark teal cardigan that picks up the colors of the flowers in her dress, that calms the brightness and boldness of the outfit in its entirety. Also, by wearing a thick or even thin belt around your waist, right below the bust line, is a fast and easy way to make a shapeless cardigan flattering to your body, like this Fashionista exemplifies.

Neutralizing a bright color or pattern with a dark cardigan, sweater, or jacket is a perfect and very much acceptable way to wear those favorite summer garments of yours in the early fall. When it comes to fashion, it is important to forget about all the rules. Fashion icons are not idolized for following the rules. Do not be afraid to give your favorite summer dress a least wear or two before you put it away in the back of your closet until the next appropriate season. Just make sure you give it a fall appeal like this Fashionista did.
 

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