The fashion industry is always at least one season ahead. While designers have been pumping out new fall looks on the runway, we’ve been sweating in Kansas. But there’s plenty of excellent fall fashions to get excited about. If you can’t handle the thought of trying on new pants, suede skirts, camel coats or thigh-highs, start small — look out for new fall accessories that will freshen your late-summer wardrobe and get you geared up for everything autumn.
While some fall prints, such as plaid, are often tricky to wear in the summertime, leopard print is fabulously exotic and already worthy of such hot, hot heat. Look for heels, gladiator sandals or tote bags, all embellished with leopard patterns. Pair your leopard accessories with grey, black, navy, coral, turquoise or dark magentas for an outfit that is wild and resort. See excellent cheetah- and leopard-print shoes and bags by Kate Spade that will always be in style.
Although straw hats often remind me of the country, they can be very uptown, city chic. I think part of the glamour appeal is due to its resort association; when you see ladies dressed up and wearing brilliant hats, you don’t think, “Hmm, I wonder where they work…” They are classic, ladylike and brilliantly constructed, a perfect item for both summer and fall. For a straw hat that’s in style right now, look for one with a pronounced, oversized brim.
Another excellent transition item is the satchel bag. Look for a bright and colorful purse with a short handle, one that’s a bit on the small side. This purse is all about privilege and pamper. It never holds a grocery list, notebook for work or map for around town. Wherever you are going, take only the necessities. Check out satchels and totes by Furla, Ralph Lauren and Brahmin for the most mannerly satchels.
Trade your ballet flats for slipper loafers. These elegant, grown-up shoes are ideal in a wide range of temperatures. Pair your slippers with chinos and a T-shirt for an around-town look, or wear them with a fun skirt or floral dress for a hip, urban vibe that’s great for daytime and nighttime. Look out for different fabrics that will truly define your look; a suede or velvet slipper loafer will be too hot and dressy for daytime summer weather, but a canvas or patterned slipper is just right. Check out Christian Louboutin’s truly luxe slipper loafers, complete with spikes and spots at ChristianLouboutin.com.