Your questions and comments often influence what I share. Thank you to Emily B., who asked, “Now that the summer is coming to a close in a few weeks, have you any suggestions for what to wear in autumn? Do you forecast any predictions with the fashion look for the coming weeks and how to layer during changeable weather?”
When the cooler mornings and evenings arrive, layers become a priority. Adding a cotton sweater over a lacey shell and a pair of jeans allows me to be comfortable for a full day of activities in changing temperatures. Our September temperatures may be in the high fifties in the morning and mid-eighties by the afternoon.
The sweater can be draped over my shoulders or remain in the car as the temperatures rise.
Closed-toe shoes and bags in tan or cognac always seem appropriate for autumn. I’ve stored the straw bags and espadrille sandals away and recently spent a rainy day editing my summer wardrobe. Parting with things that no longer fit my evolving style is the easiest before the seasonal closet switchover. I tried on each garment and considered the fit, style, and condition before donating or storing it. I will move the lightweight summer tops into the storage unit in a few weeks and return the cashmere and cotton sweaters to my closet.
None of the items shown today are new, so I’ll share links to the site where I purchased them. The bag and pearl earrings are from T.J. Maxx. The jeans are from J. Crew. The Tory Burch navy cotton sweater is from Saks Off 5th. The lace/applique shell is from Chico’s. The shoes are still available here.
While I don’t follow fads, I notice more lasting trends, such as flare-leg jeans instead of skinny styles. When a trend appeals to me, I take advantage of the item’s popularity to stock up. I will continue to wear the items for a long time, not because they are of the moment, but because they appeal to my style sensibilities.
The trends for fall/winter 2023 include the color red – leather or faux leather jackets, skirts, pants, and vests – ’90s minimalism – power dressing (think jackets with strong shoulders) – touches of sheer – midi or maxi skirts – large tote bags – quiet elegance (the absence of logos and loud colors). These are a few trends from runway shows, Instagram, and Pinterest, as well as from noting the newest items on shopping sites. Rather than going with head-to-toe trends, I prefer a subtle nod to a trend mixed with the classic basics I wear year-round. That means I will wear my silk scarves with cashmere sweaters and jeans again this year, but those jeans will have flare legs.
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