If you’ve been at the mall, having an early supper at Five Guys or shopping at Good Will this week wearing a tank top with spaghetti straps or a tube top over a bra (Oh, no!), you have probably been sighted. The weather this time of year is gorgeous, but often very difficult to dress for. If you drive to work and plan to spend the day in a climate controlled building, this will not present a serious problem. On the other hand, if you are going to be in and out throughout the day or planning to spend part of the warm afternoon out of doors, it can become a challenge. Here are a few simple suggestions that might help you during this fickle fall weather.
- Be conscious of the weather. Mornings, especially early morning, will be cold. The ground will still be wet with dew and, occasionally, covered with frost. The afternoons will usually be warm, often reaching the eighties in the sun. Evenings, especially after the sun has set, will once again be chilly and later cold.
- Plan to dress in layers which can easily be removed as the day warms up and put back on as it cools in late afternoon. A good first layer is a long lean tank or a cami. Choose either a neutral color or one that will coordinate or contrast well with the next layer.
- For the second layer, the best choice is often a simple tee. There are so many bright, new colors to choose from this fall as well as different necklines to suit your taste. For this layer, select a tee without embellishment such as rosettes or corsages. Embroiders is fine, but you do not want anything that will create a bulge just yet.
- For the next layer, try something different if you like. It’s very fashionable to wear a short sleeved tee over a long sleeved tee, and you can use the colors to your benefit. Set off your complexion with pinks and roses or slim your look with navys and blacks. One of the nicely dressed women sighted this week was wearing layered shaded of gray with a long gray print scarf.
- This layer is the one that will show during the morning and evening and can be virtually anything you like. Choose a long sleeve shirt, a corsage or rosette trimmed tee or sweater, a fashionable argyle, plaid or animal print, or your favorite contrasting blouse.
- The last layer is your cold weather protection. Choose a sweater, blazer or lightweight jacket that can be easily taken off as the day progresses and put back on in the evening. You might have a favorite denim or lightweight leather jacket that you enjoy wearing. Lighter fleeces are excellent choices, as are styligh ruanas and wraps.
Many of these pieces are undoubtedly already a part of your wardrobe. It’s just a matter of choosing them and putting them together so that you can peel them off like an onion as the day becomes warmer and warmer and then replace them one at a time as it cools off toward dark. Happy layering and happy thrifty fashion shopping, everyone!
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