Summer isn’t over just yet; however, fall is hiding around the corner, with all it’s cinnamon lattes and cashmere scarves. The transitional period between the summer months and the shorter days in fall is a great time for fashion and beauty. The sun is often still out, but there’s just enough chill in the air to grab a hot coffee and start layering up your outfit. There’s also the beautiful transition of colors; hello burnt oranges and deeper tones (are you feeling cozy yet?).
Some can find the slow change in weather during September a little bewildering, and the mourning of long, hot summer days is all too real. However, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel you best and enter into the season of falling leaves with style. The following are some hints and tips for those who need a helping hand as they’re heading into colder weather and facing fall head on.
Embrace The Color And Texture Changes
Fall is full of burnt oranges, rusty reds, and burgundy browns that begin to grace each park and street as the leaves drop down from their branches (causing major slipping hazards). These colors tend to find their way onto the F/W catwalk and subsequently into your wardrobe too. However, you’re not going to want to swap every pretty floral dress from summer for jeans and a woolen coat as soon as September sets in; you’d be far too warm for starters. The transitional period as the seasons change is the time to start bringing in considered pieces to your wardrobe and mixing them with your summer attire, to create on-trend looks. This will also ensure that the new weather conditions aren’t too much of a shock to your system.
Denim and cotton in deeper tones are a great way to layer up that ditsy print playsuit you’ve been rocking in the sun. Add some berry-colored tights on colder days, and throw your thick denim jacket or shirt over your bare arms for an instant autumnal boost. All of your cool cottons and fine jersey fabrics from summer can stay with you through fall; you just need to ensure you’re investing in the right layers to couple each piece with, and create yourself the ultimate capsule wardrobe. For some fall fashion inspiration, take a look here: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fall-fashion/ and start thinking about the trends that will suit you (see; season changes are super fun). Warm-tone browns, found in leather and suede (or the faux versions), can be added to bright and light colored outfits with the use of a belt, bag, jacket, beanies, or wide-brimmed hats. Investing in outerwear and accessories is the perfect way to update your style without spending a fortune.
It’s the time that you’re going to have to start saying goodbye to your sandals, but you can bring out your ankle boots once again (or treat yourself to a new pair). Leather lace-up, or zipped, ankle boots can instantly transform your vintage summer midi-dress into a fall-fashion dream; ankle socks or tights are optional but will make a characterful addition. Lightweight scarves in rich tones and on-trend prints, are another way to warm up an outfit and ensure that you’re walking (or strutting) into fall with confidence. Giving your wardrobe little updates so that you always feel you have something to wear during the unpredictable conditions, will make you feel good about yourself and you’ll enjoy the start of the colder months all the more.
Switch Up Your Beauty Routines
Sometimes, the lack of vitamin D you’ll receive when there’s less sunshine will affect how you feel inside and can change the condition of your skin. Therefore, fall is the perfect time to start treating yourself to some pampering and new beauty routines. You might need to consider a richer moisturizer, and gentler cleansers and toners, so that your face and body feel nourished; even after a chilly walk in the park. Cooler weather is also the perfect excuse for a soak in the bath; indulge in a bath bomb and a facemask each week so that you feel calm and gorgeous on your way into fall. You could make you bath beauty session a weekly thing; perhaps on a Sunday night, so you’re all set for Monday morning and a busy week ahead.
Treat yourself to the little things that make you feel better and good about yourself. You could incorporate eyebrow maintenance into your weekly beauty investments, or check out sites like http://teethwhiteningathometips.com/best-teeth-whitening-strips and consider brightening up your smile for upcoming Halloween parties (and Instagram pictures). Manicures and pedicures are ideal if you want to start swapping your color palette from summer hues to fall shades. Look at the fall fashion trends and reflect those colors through your nail polish choices; you’ll feel on trend and put together from head to toe(s).
Your hair can also suffer as the weather changes (you’ll also need to deal with “hat hair” after you take your beanie off). Therefore, you might want to start conditioning your mane regularly and perhaps pop a hair mask on when you’re having that weekly bath that was mentioned earlier. Shiny, healthy locks will help you feel well-groomed which is always good for your self-esteem, so take some time to take care of what makes you feel great this fall.
Indulge In Autumnal Treats
Now that you’ve got a stylish transitional wardrobe sorted out, and you’re feeling groomed and beautiful; you’ll need somewhere to go and enjoy the confidence you’ve gained. Fall doesn’t mean you have to constantly stay in and watch Netflix (although, it’s a great excuse to); you should arrange to meet up with friends and family in cozy spots around your town or city. Coffee houses, cafes, and bookstores are perfect for huddling together with a brownie and a hot mug of caffeine and catching up with your besties. It’s also the perfect time to swap fall beauty trends and fashion tips and try out your friend’s new matte lip cream color; that berry hue could really suit you!