I know, I know - you just read that title & thought the same thing I did (and as the chic Pretty in Pink Megan blogged here & the inimitable SLynnRo Tweeted) while leafing through a catalog one recent, sweltering summer's day - "What? Fall fashion? I'd like you to fall into this 104 degree heat & then tell me to buy heavy leather boots!" As surely as fall follows summer, and the media follows anything a Jackson does, so do retailers give us approximately five seconds to enjoy the current season before ushering us along to the next one.*
*I'm certain this has nothing whatsoever to do with their needing to make money, any money, right now.
To try and figure out just what it is I'm meant to be wearing in Austin's version of early fall, I turned as I often do to those internet manners mavens formerly known as the Etiquette Grrls. According to the Grrls, the same summery cuts and fabrics still work (ie, a cotton sleeveless dress), but the color palette should shift to something seasonally apropos.
In a brave show of retail sacrifice - the things I do for you readers! - I meandered around the internets, inspired by PIPM to also try and find on-trend pieces that could both work in the fall & that wouldn't incite heatstroke at the very sight of them. Here are a few favorites that make my wallet sweat in a positive, non-melanoma-inducing way:
Anthropologie "Sweet-n-Sour Necklace" ($28)
Milly "Beaded Shell Dress" ($455 at Neiman Marcus) (Yes, the shells are summery, but I say it works due to the cut & color. So there.)
Yves St Laurent "Y-Bow Bowler" ($1,795 - GAH, but so luscious! - at Bergdorf Goodman)
Banana Republic "Renee Peep-Toe Wedge" ($120) (BR's shoes have done me good; nice quality for the price & trendiness factor.)
Nicole Miller "Abstract-Print Jersey Dress" ($275 at Neiman Marcus)
RXB "Embroidered Flutter-Sleeve Peasant Top" ($40 at Macy's)
Milly "Cascading Ruffle Blouse" ($205) and "Boucle Pencil Skirt" ($250) (both at Saks here)
Now that my research is done here, I'm headed back to sitting very still while "glistening" away in this Texas heat . . .