STYLE | Autumn in the Summertime

It may be the middle of July but many stores are already receiving merchandise for the autumn season.  You’re probably walking through stores admiring some pieces and wondering how you could possibly even think of wearing fall clothes in the heat.  If you want to start including some fall fashion into your closet it’s pretty easy.  Here is a list of some of the fall trends that you can start wearing now, despite the heat.

1. Shades of green

Emerald was officially declared the colour for 2013 by Pantone.  The colour is prominent in many collections and if you find an item in this colour, by all means mix it with other colours in your summer wardrobe.  It looks great paired with orange, yellow and white.  Just pick items in lightweight fabrics so you can still remain comfortable in the blazing heat.  Other shades of green including moss and army green are also dominant.

emerald

2. Ethnic Inspired prints

This trend carries into the fall with so many patterns, colours and traditional prints to choose from.  The great part about summer is wearing these patterns with bright coloured items to bring out at least one shade in the pattern.  Wear a bold printed top with a bright pair of shorts or skirt.  Bring the look together with a pair of wedges, stacked heels or strappy sandals.

 

3. Colour-blocking

Designers from Phillip Lim to Derek Lam were all showing colour blocking once again for fall.  Multiple blocks of colour still continues to be a trend over the last few years and it’s not going anywhere yet.  Wear up to 4 different colours in your outfit that complement each other.  Or go for straight up contrast to create more interest in your outfit.

Marissa Webb fall 2013 collection.
Masculine inspired looks from Marissa Webb fall 2013 collection.

4. Be Masculine But feminine

Men’s tailoring is back again in womenswear for fall.  Bring this trend into your closet for summer by selecting a tailored short or choose men’s patterns like houndstooth, herringbone or pinstripes.  To keep it summer make sure the fabrics are more lightweight than the usual heavy wool blends.

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