Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pumpkin and Peplums

September is almost over, the days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisper, and Starbucks is now serving Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Break out the sweaters and scarves ladies and gents because fall is here. While it may not exactly feel that way here in San Francisco, the truth of the fact is that Halloween is just over a month away and it is no longer acceptable to wear white pants, short shorts, or flip-flops. While fashion may no longer be dictated by the social season (which really is a shame. I would look so great in a ball gown), it certainly is shaped by the season season—by which month the calendar says it is. This is really quite good as we would get very bored, not to mention uncomfortably cold or hot, if we had to wear the same thing all year long. However, it can get quite irksome having to switch up your wardrobe every three months, or 6 months, or every month if you live in Colorado. If you don’t have the means and/or interest in switching up the contents of your closet and prefer to wear jeans and t-shirts, or leggings and t-shirts as most of us do now a days considering how hard jeans are to get over the rear end, then you can just throw on a scarf and sweater and be fine for the next few months. Easy as pumpkin pie. But some of us would like change things up a little more. Add a little spice to our ensemble to go along with all the cinnamon, ginger, and cloves drifting in the air. This autumn, our spice collection contains a lovely combination of tartans and tweed and peplums and pleats. Our color scheme feels a bit like a group of scottish highlanders having a thanksgiving dinner in a log cabin. Don't believe me? See for your self:
F/W '13 color palette from Pantone, taken from the Fashionsnoops website 
Let's mix together our fall ingredients and see what we can create. By that I mean, let's see what we should all be wearing for the short time period called autumn. 

Trench Coats are always a must for fall, but maybe this year we can stray away from the rather dull camel colored ones and try for something more exciting?
Burberry Prorsum F/W 13 
Of course sweaters are always a good fall back at this time in life.
Cable knit sweater from Jack Wills 
If it isn't too chilly, a cute pleated, jumper dress would add a nice splash to the usually shapeless fall styles
Lattes to Talk About jumper from Modcloth
 I've heard that "duster" sweaters are all the rage over on the East coast, so why not try one out?
Season for Snuggling Cardigan from Modcloth
 A simple plaid dress never goes amiss. never.
Coldstream Dress from Shabby Apple
 A wool pencil skirt and sweater is a nice way to look classy and put together on those chilly days where all you want to do is drink apple cider and read a book.
Cora Skirt from Shabby Apple
 Cropped pants in plaid or houndstooth are a nice way to transition between seasons
cropped pants from Tommy Hilfiger
 And on days when it is not quite so chilly, but shorts are still inappropriate as it is not July, a nice pair of wool shorts with tights is a good alternative.
Rome shorts from Tommy Hilfiger
 And, of course, we must never forget the classics, such as a tweed blazer. however this year we can make it a little more stylish and feminine by adding a slight peplum.
Tweed jacket from Ralph Lauren
There you have it. You now know everything there is to know about fall fashion for 2013.
Hahahahaha as if. There is so much more, but I have to go to class so I need to stop.

Have fun wearing your plaids and drinking your chai teas my little pumpkins.


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