It’s that special time of year – the trees are a vibrant display of autumn’s hues, every item that could possibly be flavored is available in pumpkin spice, fall mums are on every front porch. And, odds are, it’s about 83 degrees outside. Mother Nature tends to be slower than the slowest Southern drawl in bringing us that blessed crisp respite, which can prove difficult when transitioning your wardrobe.
My advice? Take advantage of our seemingly perpetual Indian summer and rock a sweater with interesting details that wouldn’t work any other time of year: sleeveless turtlenecks with subtle cut-out details, a classic cable knit with cold shoulders, or a sweater version of one of summer’s biggest trends, the off-the-shoulder top. Try pairing it with your favorite skirt from last season, like everyone’s favorite button-front A-line mini, and you can experience sweater weather even if there isn’t a chill in the air just yet.
When topping off the look, make the transition effortless with your favorite pair of ankle boots – I love anything with a hint of Western or a ‘70s block heel for fall. Keep everything neutral and add texture with accessories. I love to mix traditional pieces with bohemian bracelets and modern elements to keep things eclectic. Whenever the rest of my pieces are more forward or trendy, I like to ground the look with a classic bag, like a structured satchel or a quilted chain-strap.
When the temps finally do drop, throw on a suede or leather moto jacket, switch the booties for over-the-knee boots, add opaque tights, or switch to jeans, and you’re all set for whatever pumpkin spice (or hard cider…) festivities that await you.
Name: Jane Walton
Major/Occupation: Master’s student in Integrated Marketing Communications + social media editor
Location: Oxford, Mississippi
Favorite accessory: Can I say all of them? I gravitate toward anything that adds an interesting touch – a mix of unique jewelry, nail art and hats are my go-to.
Best bargain: I’m obsessed with WhoWhatWear’s collection at Target.
Favorite makeup product: Revlon lipstick in “Black Cherry” is my favorite moody fall shade + Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray is a hair miracle worker.
I don’t leave the house without: My wallet, because I’m probably on my way to a coffeeshop.
Most played song on my Apple Music/Spotify/Itunes: Beyoncé’s entire Lemonade album.
Best Halloween costume: Wednesday Addams: the perfect mix of chic and spooky.
All items worn by Jane are her own. Photo by Lauren Wood.