The best part of fall, no question, is the month-long series of Halloween-centric reruns that ABC Family plays on television for their thematic, “Frightober.” But the clothes are okay too. The thing is, even though getting dressed for this season is pretty fun (layers and new colors and sweaters without coats), they eerily remind you, with each chill that punches you across the face, that summer is behind us and the wrath of winter is imminent. But in the interest of forgetting what’s true and stepping into an escapist reality (a what?), here’s a panoply of outfit ideas for you and 2016 to consider together through next week, or month, or semester, or never at all. Up 2 you.
1. Your Summer Tea Dress as a Fall Staple from Staples
I’m kidding because you can’t find striped dresses at Staples, but you can find striped shirts in your closet, so! Throw them into the blender that is your body, layer one under a dress of yours from last season (as in, summer), add sandals because it’s not freezing yet and a neck scarf if you’re reading Nora Ephron (literary jokes, lolz) then go to the mall.
2. Your Nightgown-as-Caftan as a Shirt to Wear Over Printed Pants
Boo! (Did I scare you?) Here we are in a nightgown from Sleepy Jones, dutifully paired with teddy pants and wool-blend long-sleeve black shirt that should keep you warm enough to dilly-dally among the coffee shops of your neighborhood without sacrificing feeling in your arms or legs.
3. Your Annual Ponderance, “Is Blair Waldorf a Thing Again?,” But in a Lewk
Only instead of wearing a blazer, or any form of overcoat that could be deemed “precious,” muck up what happens above the plaid. Your choice of button down is just that — your choice — but I went for a shirt with a black velvet bow attached (you can probably make your own, and even trim one of your collars into a Peter Pan collar). The shoes are so literal it’s almost ironic, but also not. This I will wear to a routine breast-sonogram appointment.
4. Your Summer Hoops as Trench Coat Complement
Where are you going today? Do you need something to wear? Are you refusing to wear pants (I don’t blame you), but do you want to cover your legs, if only vaguely? Here’s an ankle-length skirt recommendation as paired with a trench coat that falls at just about the same length. The red t-shirt and turquoise hoops (or any really summer-y accessory, really) add that element of you-can-take-the-fun-out-of-the-weather-but-you-can’t-take-the-fun-out-of-me-who-seemingly-knows-not-how-this-phraseology-is-supposed-to-work to the otherwise non-fun. Even though it’s 10:49 a.m., I feel like I’m drunk.
5. The ’70s are Dead, but I Don’t Care Because I’m Alive
Also, the sun’s not out.
Photos by Krista Anna Lewis.