Tips On Dressing For The SeasonThursday, September 26, 2013 Mary Anne Velasco
It’s often quite hard to resist the temptation to throw on summer outfits on a particularly balmy afternoon at the park, but, from an observer’s perspective, there’s nothing worse than seeing summery, sky-blue shirts or bright green chinos worn in late September.
Now is the time for autumnal shades, and it’s never been more important to ensure that your clothing doesn’t clash with the muted, seasonal colours that really dominate at this time of year.
So shove those Hawaiian shirts, halter-neck blouses and see-through sun dresses to the back of the wardrobe, and make sure that you start shopping around for more seasonally appropriate attire if you really want to stand out in the last few months of 2013.
Get the Colour Right
We’re not just talking drab greys and blacks though – there’s no reason to resort to such extremes. Instead, try to pick clothes that will really work to accentuate and compliment the russets, reds and gold’s that make up the traditionally autumnal palette.
For girls, this might mean paring loose, off-the-shoulder cream tops with a pair of burgundy shorts and tights as a nod to the transitional nature of this period, which can be equal parts blazing sunshine and blistering cold. Alternatively, you might want to try combining a navy dress with dark-red, olive or brown accessories that will really synergize with the subtle shades that characterize late September evenings. Make sure to carry a complimentary parka jacket with you through – the last thing you want is to be caught out in an early cold snap!
Looking at the latest commentary, it seems safe to assume that the same bold prints and contrasting fabrics will still be on trend this season as well, so keep your eyes peeled for the striking designs that you were browsing for in the early spring, and remember to keep any large accessories to a bare minimum to avoid creating a ‘busy’ outfit with no clear focus.
What about the Boys?
Guy’s might have it a little tougher this season, particularly if they want to avoid the ‘granddad’ cardigans that were so popular last season. Taking a look at the latest offerings from Designerwear, it seems like russet or orange chinos will be a relatively safe bet, as will any neutral, tan or olive jumpers.
Again, try to avoid any bright or garish colours that won’t mesh well with the predominant shades of the season, and try to focus on durable, warm clothing that won’t leave you too exposed to the cold – omit polo shirts for something long sleeved, and make sure that you carry a heavy-duty jacket with you whenever you’re out and about.