So how’s a lady supposed to get revved up for autumn, season of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and my birthday? (I only used the last two to comply with the rule of threes. Thanksgiving is but an excuse for various relatives to make fun of my Tofurky, and my birthday is but another reminder of the transience of life and the panic of our inevitable return to dust.)
If autumn won’t come to me, I’ll make it feel like autumn with the power of FASHION.
1) Plaid, Tartan, Anything People on Outlander Would Wear
There’s a show on television right now called Outlander and it involves very sexy Scottish people in olde-tymey Scottish clothing. This is the extent of my knowledge, so Outlander obsessives feel free to correct me on the fine print, but the main point here is that plaids and tartans are HOT again. As a part-Scottish person, I don’t believe plaids were ever NOT hot.
So here’s a favorite skirt of mine (if every skirt came with pockets I’d be happier than a kid trapped in a candy store overnight):
Skirts of this shape have to be paired with a slim-fitting, tuck-in-able shirt, or you might end up looking like a sloppy walking column of fabric. If this is the look you’re going for, do your thing.
You can’t just throw on a mustard cardigan and call it a day. Autumn calls for a special sass to your cardigan game: the sweater clip.
You might never have seen one of these practical and stylish little doohickeys unless you have a grandma whose wardrobe never evolved past the 70s, or if you have an eagle-eye for accessories on Mad Men. For me, it was the latter:
I love the idea of casually draping cardigans across my shoulders to find that perfect “in-between summer and winter” zone, but unless you stand very still, they tend to fall off.
And that’s where sweater clips save the day. Goddess bless you, sweater clips.
The weather report for this weekend predicts highs of 70, and as hard as I try I can’t find a good place to apple-pick around here. But fall lives on in my wardrobe, and in my heart. As long as your wardrobe has some shades of goldenrod and rust, some novelty jewelry, cozy tweed, and an imagination, fall can live in your heart too. Happy autumn, you beautiful schmucks.