Follow me on any social platform and you’ll know how much I hate pumpkin flavored everything come September. Suddenly every aisle in the grocery store is inundated with pumpkin spice something and to be frank; it’s gross. But even if I do hate the sudden ode to the fruit of fall, I do have an affinity for the season itself. Fifteen years ago during my first real autumn in Washington D.C. I realized I had been missing out for 18 years. These days it’s still my favorite season and here’s how I manage to bring fall into my wardrobe here at home in LA while it’s still Indian summer.
Don’t be fooled that Starbucks cup in my hand is not filled with a PSL, but instead my favorite go to all year; chai tea. Another one of my fall discoveries from my years back East, chai reminds me of the evenings I spent walking the campus of Howard University to and from class as the nights gently turned from balmy to brisk. I miss the days when I could look forward to going back to school; everything from the fresh supplies to the shopping trips for new threads. Since those days are behind me I find that try to get my fall fix by adding touches of seasonal colors into my wardrobe to get that old thing back.
OUTFIT DETAILS: t-shirt – zara // leather leggings – zara // suede jacket – Blank NYC // necklace – Baublebar (OLD) // sunnies – Prada // flats – Sam Edelman // purse – Gucci
There are certain colors that automatically remind you of fall and for me it’s burnt oranges, mustard yellows, shades of green, and heavier fabrics like leather, tweed, and wool. Because I live in Los Angeles, I don’t really get to jump head first into my cooler weather wardrobe until after Halloween. That being the case I aim to try and make myself feel more like fall by donning more looks this. These shoes have been in my closet for over a year and I’ve never worn them, but I was so excited to whip them out this day.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate fall into your wardrobe is by bringing in touches of these colors and textures into your outfits. Perhaps with a leather beret, a short sleeved light sweater, drape a suede coat on your shoulders as you see here. While my daytimes highs aren’t leveling off in the 60s just yet, but California does get chilly once the sun goes down. That said, I never leave my house without a jacket in tow. This extra touch always makes me feel fall just a wee bit more.
There’s still a few more weeks of eating outside weather and keeping your ankles out without worry. Since I don’t see myself rocking knee high boots just yet, these little things will have to hold me down for now.
What are the things you love about fall? Anything you’ve been dying to wear?
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