TREND: Cool Transitions

To say the least, it's been quite the season for rompers. The romper reigns with its immediate cool power, the ability to give the most timid Fashionista an instant edge in just a single piece of fabric. This trend has charmed many cool headed summer goers with its no sweat ease and playful-to-chic versatility. But as the dreaded "back to school" commercials start airing too early and end of summer sales throw you somewhere between excitement and anxiety, it's time to figure out how to turn this summer staple into a fall essential.

Walking around Soho doing some back to school shopping of my own, I spotted this Fashionista doing just the same and jumped at the chance to take her picture. Here is a perfect example of how the romper can transition from summer to fall. This romper could easily stand on its own, but by adding the slouchy grey sweater and thin simple undershirt, this Fashionista has created an Alexander Wang essence of cool and comfort. She keeps the look easygoing and fall-appropriate with the overall simplicity. Her tones are cooler rather than warmer, the only pattern is on her canvas tote, and the accessories are slim to none. These aspects all help her avoid the romper cliche of looking too cute or girly by instead tending to a more androgynous feel.

Among all the simplicity, the carefully noted details keep her look surprising–the slightly unzipped romper front, the overlooked gold ring, the flattering fall of her draped romper shorts. Even her loose, tousled hair adds slight mystery and intrigue to her look. My favorite details of her outfit, however, are on her feet. She pairs thick, ribbed ankle socks the same swamp-blue as her romper with shiny silver-grey Doc Martens. This not only keeps the styling fall-forward, but also adds just the right amount of edge to her otherwise comfortable silhouette.

Hint: To keep sporting the romper as the temperature drops, just add a pair of dark toned, subtly patterned tights. It's all in the layering! 

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