Ask Avery: Indian Summer lovin’
blog by Avery Hartmans • September 06, 2013 @ 9:17am
This weather is killing me. I just want it to be fall already, but it’s still really warm. How do I dress for Indian Summer? I’m so over my summer clothes.
Despite its racially insensitive name, Indian Summer is my favorite season. It’s the time of year when you can feel the hints of fall in the air and it’s acceptable to wear shorts with boots.
But it can also present a fashion challenge. How do you create a hybrid out of your summer and fall wardrobes? The answer is actually more simple than you may realize: think summer when it comes to materials and fall when it comes to colors. Oh, and don’t forget to layer.
Option No. 1
The easiest way to stay cool on a warm afternoon is by wearing a light, breezy dress. But don’t wear your favorite salmon high-low or a bright yellow eyelet sundress. Instead, opt for a floaty black t-shirt dress in a vaguely Native American-inspired print. Black suede booties will transition your dress into fall, but keep your feet cool with conveniently located cut-outs. Add a fringed leather backpack to keep it casual.
But what’s a girl to do when the temperature dips come 8 p.m.? A maroon fedora is appropriately fallish with the added bonus of actually keeping your head warm, and a loose, chunky sweater will balance out your super-thin dress. The weather may be confusing, but at least you’ll look damn good.
Option No. 2
You’ve probably been living in your high-waisted denim cut-offs all summer, but that’s no reason to give them up now. And on a hot day, no one wants to attempt the grueling task of trying to force skinny jeans up your legs.
Make your jorts fall appropriate by topping them off with an thin plaid shirt — with the sleeves rolled up, of course — and a long, loose, woven cardigan. Throw on a pair of loafers for an extra dose of prep and add a hunter green satchel to hold all your essentials. Pair with a grande pumpkin spice latte made with skim milk and no whipped cream and you’re good to go.
Option No. 3
It may be a little too warm, but when skinny jeans are as cute as these, it’s worth suffering. Green zippered skinnies are the perfect transitional piece from summer to fall: pair them with a pale pink silk cami now to stay cool, then wear them with your favorite oversized sweater when the temperature starts to drop.
Keep the whole look casual by rolling up your cuffs and lacing up a pair of floral kicks in muted tones. Top it off with a denim vest — the new wardrobe staple — in order to add a little texture to your look and so you don’t feel like you’re wearing lingerie out in public. A brown leather saddle back will add a rather equestrian vibe to your outfit, and let’s be serious: no one is ever mad about ponies.