9.09.2012

OOTD: Transitioning to Fall in Summer Heat

Labor Day has come and gone, here in the US, and that means no more white! It's time to rotate our wardrobes to cozy sweaters, corduroy, and rich colors... ah, the delightful chill of the autumn months.  Can't you just feel the wool?

Halt!!!

Did I mention that in the south the heat is still reaching above 100F!?  And, the humidity... we're talking hair volume-doubling!  So, you might say my sweaters are still safely stored away in the cedar drawers.

This posed a bit of a dilemma Tuesday (the first unofficial day of fall) when I was standing in my closet trying to decide what to wear.  If I couldn't wear fall-appropriate clothing yet, I thought I should at least try fall-appropriate colors.  This had me lost too for a time, as most of my summer clothes are lighter colors, for obvious reasons.  Then, I remembered that "Tangerine Tango" is still the color of the year so, I checked the Pantone site to see what else I had to work with.  What a happy coincidence it was that there are multiple bright colors still acceptable for fall!

Dress: me-made, modified Simplicity 2550
Shoes:  St. John's Bay "Palm" in Brown, JCPenney
Technically, this is the dress I made for the Spring Pantone Sew Weekly challenge but, as the fabric has two greens in it, I found "Bright Chartreuse" in the design as well.  To counteract the spring feeling of the fabric a bit, I opted for a darker pair of shoes this time.  Not exactly what I would call the perfect fall outfit but, when the temps outside still shout summer, I can only argue back so loudly. :-)

How are you balancing the changing seasons?  Does your current weather match what the calender claims?

Happy transitioning! x

17 comments:

  1. Great outfit choice and thanks for the pantone link!

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  2. We have just started spring - and it is gorgeous. The winter bedding is packed away and i was barefoot on the beach in a Cambie this weekend... heaven

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    1. I'm so jealous!! Your weekend sounds lovely :)

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  3. Great dress. I have never heard of the custom of not wearing white after Labor Day before...I was intrigued and had to Google it! It has been very hot in the UK too but I think we have some cooler weather on the way this week so time to start thinking about autumn! It's my favourite time of year I think...I love snuggly jumpers and cuddling up in the warm, as well as all the fantastic colours. Bring it on :)

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    1. Thanks, Kat! I'm certain it's an American-only rule and, fortunately, it's fading with us as well. "Winter whites" (ivories, etc) are acceptable but, bright white shorts are generally packed away.

      It started cooler here a few days after I wore this so, I say bring on the rich colors and cozy wool too :)

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  4. It's still insanely hot here as well and I'll be wearing "summer" clothes well into fall.

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who refuses to switch to sweaters and trousers just because the new season is approaching. I expect my wardrobe to be a mix for at least a month.

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  5. I don't think I'd do well in the US you know. I choose my clothes based on the weather and what I'll be doing, not which season it is - My brain doesn't comprehend why it would be ok to wear white last week but not this week even if the weather is still the same!

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    1. I should probably add though, I do love your outfit!

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    2. Many of us find the idea ridiculous too ;) It's an outdated rule and was supposedly started in New England, which is generally considerably cooler than the Southern part of the country. I was just in Connecticut though, and I saw a fair share of white running around so, I think it's safe to say the rule is being banished everywhere!

      Thanks :)

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  6. I may not live in the South, but it's pretty warm here in SoCal, too, so I am not ready for wool plaid just yet! I think the shoes really help bring that dress into fall, although I'll confess I'm still living in flip-flops and summer dresses...

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    1. So I've heard! I can't blame you for hanging on to your adorable sundresses while the heat is still up :)

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  7. Love your dress!! Yes, it is definitely transition time here in New Jersey. Still warm in the days but the evenings cool off quickly. It won't be long before I'll have to put away my happy summer dresses. :( I'm working on a few long sleeve tops as my first concession to cool weather, and am looking for the perfect cardigan/jacket TNT patterns. Happy transitioning yourself!!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! Ooo, I can't wait to see your new fall pieces. Finding a great cardi pattern will help you stretch those dresses.

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  8. The dress is totally perfect for transitioning to autumn when the weather hasn't caught up yet! It's been crazy hot here, but I feel like I need to be catching up on my cold weather sewing because it's going to pounce on us all at once. The colors in the dress are fabulous together, and I love the style of it! Very well done!

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    1. Thanks, Meg! Yes! We've had a taste of cool breezes these last few days but, I hear the cold is expected to hit out of nowhere. I'm trying to knock out a few cooler weather pieces this week too, just in case.

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