How to Dress for the Fall Season
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Dressing for the fall season requires careful thought in order to stay comfortable and fashionable as the heat of summer slowly gives way to the chill of winter. At the start of the season, when the weather is still warm, men and women can add layers to summer clothing, increasing the weight of fabrics and incorporating fall coats as temperatures drop. Choosing the right colors maintains a look in keeping with the season and adding accessories provides a final autumnal touch.
Wearing Layers for the Fall Season
Temperatures can vary within a single day, especially at the start of the fall season. This means that outfits should be versatile enough to suit the changing weather. The ideal solution is to wear layers. Women can start the season wearing shorts and summer dresses with leggings or opaque tights and a cardigan or jacket, while men can continue wearing T-shirts and add a button-down shirt or lightweight sweater.
Layering Fabrics for the Fall Season
When wearing layers, it is important to consider the fabric, making sure that there is not an unbalanced mix of very light and very heavy materials. For example, mixing a sheer top with a heavy knit cardigan creates a bulky appearance. Starting with a cotton T-shirt, tank top, or dress keeps the wearer comfortable and allows the skin to breathe. Add a flannel shirt or long-sleeve T-shirt as the weather gets cooler and a cashmere sweater as temperatures dip even further. Lightweight linen or denim jacket offers an additional layer of warmth. Increase the weight of each fabric as winter draws closer until the fall outfit includes jeans, tweed pants, and timeless leather jackets.
Colors and Patterns for the Fall Season
Taking inspiration from nature’s fall colors is the perfect way to be in harmony with the season. The colors of autumn leaves, such as brown, orange, and deep red, are part of a traditional fall palette. To make earthy colors appear more vibrant, add gold tones or garments with embellishments that sparkles, such as sequins or glitter.
On-Trend Colors for the Fall Season
Each year, fashion editors promote new autumn colors, so spending time researching magazines over the summer ensures that consumers know about the current trend when fall arrives. According to Vogue, shades of beige, gray, mustard, coral, and dark green are fashionable colors for fall. In general, warm colors, such as burgundy, are also popular choices, but cold colors, such as teal, are increasingly becoming fall favorites, as they enliven muted tones.
Patterns for the Fall Season
Plaid is a popular pattern for fall as it is reminiscent of the shirts worn by lumberjacks. The print appears on all garments, from shirts to skirts to jackets. The traditional colors of red and black are ideal for fall, but there are many other combinations available. Animal prints, such as leopard, are also perfect for autumn as they add fun to an outfit while incorporating earthy tones.
Accessories and Footwear for the Fall Season
Fall is the time to put away the sun hat and flip-flops and embrace ultra-stylish headgear and footwear. Consumers should choose items appropriate for fall. The table below provides options for fall accessories.
Baker boy hat
Beanie hat for late fall
|Scarf||Light wool for early fall|
Heavy knit for late fall
Fringing adds texture to the outfit
Avoid floaty fabrics associated with summer, such as chiffon
|Jewelry||Chucky pieces in natural materials, such as wood|
Rhinestone necklaces and bracelets add sparkle
Gold offers a warm look
|Bag||Oversized tote or backpack|
Large enough to carry discarded layers of clothing
|Footwear||Oxfords for early fall|
Ankle boots with chunky heels for late fall
Tall fashion boots for skinny jeans and skirts
Accessories and footwear are a good way to introduce bursts of color when dressing for the fall season. Consumers can experiment with contrasting colors that enhance earthy tones.