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Dressing for Fall in the Summer Heat

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The first day of fall is coming up later this week and always creates a little bit of a quandary; what is the best way to dress appropriately when the season has changed, but the weather hasn’t? Summer heat always seems to drag on, but by the end of September everyone is ready for a style change. Now is a great time to start integrating more fall appropriate pieces into your everyday wardrobe and using the following tips can help with dressing for fall in the heat.

Pay Attention to Color

Don’t hesitate to take a more monochromatic approach by pairing darker pieces together. While the adage of white after labor day is totally bunk, go ahead and begin taking your bright colors and bolder patterns of summer out of rotation. I’m not suggesting to only wear black, but perhaps the madras can wait until next spring. Wearing darker pieces, like this polo in midnight blue, nods at the transition of seasonal change, but doesn’t feel overly heavy and won’t have you sweating by 11am.

Lightweight Layers

Speaking of sweating, wearing lighter-weight pieces are a great way be seasonally appropriate without sacrificing comfort. This moisture wicking polo is great on its own, but can easily be worn under a blazer or light sweater. Keeping things lighter help reduce bulk when adding pieces over one another but still remain breathable, especially with a rolled sleeve. In a month or two, just toss on a warmer chunky cardigan and you’ve still got breathable base layers.

Kick it up a Notch

Swap out your summery kicks for more fall minded footwear. Sneakers are a year-round go to for almost any occasion, but these suede high tops give an immediate fall feel. A classic white low top never goes out of style, but now is the time to start wearing socks to cover up your bare ankles. This is also about the time you can bring out your chelsea boots without feeling ridiculous.

Grow it Out

Now is also a great time to change-up your grooming routine as well. Start now on growing out your winter beard. The added stubble will give a new look and feel to your everyday, and should be pretty full by the time the cooler weather actually does set in.


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