Transitions: DEALing With Fall Changes
We’re falling faster into Fall. At least that’s what it's feeling like for me right now. The days are inching shorter, the weather is bouncing back and forth between sunny and cloudy (or all out raining) and I am looking at my closest thinking – to bring a jacket, or not to bring one... that is the question. (Thanks, Hamlet!)
This is a period of transitions – students (big and small) going back to school, temporal changes and clothing accessories (think scarves, hats and gloves) that can fluctuate hourly. Building out your fall go-to items is critical to making sure you’re prepared for the climate changing indoor and out.
My go to rules for my transitional fall wardrobe are pretty basic: D.E.A.L.
Durability – I may say this every two weeks in this column and, every day, to anyone who will listen to me: invest high quality pieces that are durable! These items for the fall could include a good trench coat, booties or Oxfords, and a lightweight long-sleeved dress.
Eco-friendly – I’ll be more specific, in this case I mean fabrics. We’ve discussed natural fabrics for summer, some of these can definitely extend into the fall. I would also recommend something cashmere, alpaca, or a medium-weight wool.
Accessorize – Walk tall and carry a big purse! I like to pack with me a pair of leggings, a lightweight sweater or cardigan and an umbrella everywhere I go in the fall. Office air conditioning always gets to me and, as I’m often away from my home for more than 12 hours, a big purse is a necessity. In addition to carrying my big purse, I often wear scarves through the fall season. It’s a multi-functional item and adds a pop of colour or pattern to my otherwise minimalist capsule wardrobe.
Layer – A staple word for any transition season. Light layers can always be carried with you (see above). My favourite item to invest in for fall is a good dress (or two) that can be layered with just about anything. They are my go-to closet pulls from day-to-day.