As the trees lose their leaves one by one, Florida loses its cheesy tourists, as they rush back to their hometown Target for school supplies. Finally, it is time for fashion to reassert authority where the “Smith Family Reunion” T-shirts took over. The fashion addict’s manicured hands grasp Vogue’s September Issue, her designer glasses ogle at the shows of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as she eagerly anticipates mixing textures and trying out the chic trends that would have been unbearable in the summer heat.
I’m sure that the nostalgia of fallen leaves crunching under your leather boots lures you into dreams of your tweed blazers, cashmere and Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. But unfortunately, in most parts of the U.S., the temperatures are not dwindling much, yet. So before you can kiss your gladiator sandals goodbye and sport your new pair of designer boots, here are a few ways to throw out your beach-bum and embrace your classy side for the fall semester.
Usually, I do not lead my outfit descriptions with the shoes, but considering the fact that you can’t make it through an hour outside without seeing loafers, I just had to start with this burgundy suede version of the trend. Also known as “smoking shoes,” these loafers offer the comfort of a slipper and the preppy charm of a Kennedy. Not to mention, they are a refreshing alternative to Keds for pairing with your paper bag shorts or A-line skirt. This stylish fashionista infused warm fall tones into her black- and white ensemble with this pair.
And while every woman should have a white blouse, this playful peter-pan collared shirt is perfect for autumn classes and has endless styling potential. This little fashionista wore it with a flirty polka dot skirt, but it would look equally chic with denim or crepe shorts.
If you learn anything from this fashion lesson, remember that it if you can’t keep up with the latest trends, wearing timeless, structured pieces will always be fashionable for fall. A crisp collar and A-line skirt will always be flattering. So instead of breaking out last summer’s palazzo pants and fringe crop top, save yourself a “Why did I wear that?” moment down the road, and start the school year with a few classic staples.