Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style is having a hard time transitioning her outfits to fall. She wants no part of it, because as I have told you at least a million times, she is most happy when mostly naked and headed toward a vacation. But I’m a big believer in the happy medium. When I dressed her for this shoot, I set my sights on a few things:
1. This photo of a young Ralph Lauren on vacation somewhere in a perfect 70-degree weather outfit.
I shared it on Instagram at the very beginning of summer when it still felt like spring and I spent all of July and August regretting not approximating his turtleneck-plus-shorts look while I still had the non-sweaty chance.
Turns out, early September sets an equally lovely stage for it. Here is Katie demonstrating as such:
The hat, glasses and earrings steer this otherwise sedate look away from any accusations of minimalism, but it’s far from fussy. Sometimes there is so much style in simplicity.
2. Next, I wanted to incorporate a swimsuit.
Just as we did at the start of the summer with one pieces, I see no reason not to extend your summer two-piece tops by repurposing them as cropped shirts for a party. If showing skin isn’t your thing, layer your bikini bra over a tank top, button-down, turtleneck or T-shirt.
3. Finally, my (personal) ideal out-to-dinner outfit in beach towns where the weather drops at night:
Is there any outfit more perfect than a cable knit sweater over a calf-length dress to make you feel like you’re walking a sartorial tightrope between seasons?
No! And so what if I’m dressing vicariously through Katie? Two birds, one branch: I get to live out my own dressing fantasies, and Katie, though dressed, gets to go on a sartorial vacation.
Photos by Edith Young.