The end of summer always seems bittersweet: daytrips abound as office bees start to realize those Summer Fridays won’t last forever; the best outdoor films and music are always at the end to remind you how crap your life will be once they’re gone; sumptuous sweaters and leather boots start appearing in stores just in time for you to realize how much you spent on the shorts you only just bought in July. Well, stop crying. Those cuffed shorts will still look great with a wool blazer come September and, while I’m on the subject, these little trend-setters were such a welcome addition to spring and summer, it’s almost like we were planning for fall all along. As you start the inevitable front-of-closet to back-of-closet seasonal switch, don’t be so quick to throw these to the back.
While the shorty-short cut-offs you wore to McCarren Park Pool should probably vanish with those white linens come Labor Day, a mid-thigh cuffed short will last you till Turkey Day if you play your cards right. You still have some opaque tights from last year, right? Well, then.
Florals and Lace
It seems that summer’s initial ‘tailored looks’ turned all romantic-like while our backs were turned. While fashion editors were plotting the return of the tented black dress, I felt like every girl on my block turned her dial to “flounce” as the temperature went up, and bless ‘em. That delicate Phillip Lim number or the patterned piece you picked up at Opening Ceremony will be deliciously ‘Jo’ from Melrose Place under a rich leather jacket and some tough, slouchy boots for contrast.
Fedoras and Vests
Despite the fact that it’s a look I can’t pull off for the life of me (damn you, hips!), I get tingly with happiness seeing this 1970s Diane-Keaton-in-Annie Hall “I’m gonna wear this men’s shirt and a pork pie hat and still look fabulous” style coming back. Wide-leg pants, vests, and a jaunty hat will definitely be on the fashion radar for fall, regardless of what Style.com’s editors think about “feathers.”
In retrospect, when I wandered into J. Crew and picked up a navy and white striped tank for nine dollars, I really should have bought about twenty. No promises, but I’ve read enough interviews with stylists and editors raving about some striped item to bet these’ll be safe till the holidays.