It’s time to break out all things brown, orange and yellow — the season of pumpkin scents and flavors is in full swing with the arrival of fall.
But for those living in Georgia, we know it actually may not be time to break out the sweaters, boots and scarves for at least a few more weeks.
In the meantime, go ahead and prep your fall wardrobe while you transition your closet out of summer. Then pick a few pieces at a time to buy for the new season to make sure you are stocked when the chilly weather suddenly hits as it usually does. (Curse you, Georgia weather!)
One staple to have in your wardrobe is a nice pair of camel boots. Knee-high or ankle boots are a must because they are extremely versatile. Pair them with skinny jeans and a thick, warm sweater for a comfy outfit to wear on the go, or wear them with leggings/tights and a flowy sweater dress for a more feminine look. Plus, the boots are comfortable and easy to walk in. You can find some nice pairs online at DSW, Nordstrom or check out your local Marshall’s or TJ Maxx.
Another “must-have” for the fall are neutral-colored sweaters, which pair well with any color of shirt or blouse. Add pops of color with scarves, earrings and other accessories.
Layering is key when it comes to fall weather, especially in the South, where it will be 55 degrees in the morning and reach 80 in the afternoon. Sweaters are a great way to add warmth that can be easily removed in case you’re sweating your brains out by lunchtime.
And who can discuss fall staples without mentioning ... scarves! I have deemed them the “super accessory.”
They are usually very cheap and can add a finishing touch to an outfit. And really, nothing says fall quite like an infinity scarf looped around someone’s neck.
And unlike most accessories, aside from a watch or a special ring, scarves actually serve a functional purpose. They help keep you warm; hence the “super” part of “super accessory.” Grab a couple scarves in different materials and colors. It’s smart to have a thick, wool one on hand for days when the temperature drops to freezing.
Then, have fun with lighter weighted scarves. Grab some that have a fun floral print or tassles on the end.
Fall also is a great season to experiment your personal style with trends in color, cut and material.
The great thing about fashion is you can make it your own and make an outfit become whatever you’d like it to be. So have fun getting your wardrobe prepped and get ready to knock ‘em dead this fall.
Chelsea Tench is a columnist for the national fashion and women’s empowerment magazine DISfunkshion. She is a part-time columnist for the Times and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.