Waxing Poetic About Fall

Okay, it’s October now, I can officially talk about fall!

JK, I’ve been talking about it for at least a month now, much to my long-suffering husband’s annoyance. I know people bitch about ‘white girls’ and their love of fall (shut up and let us enjoy things), but here’s where I’m coming from when I get excited that it’s fall:

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Average number of hundred-degree days in Texas annually and per month. Source: National Weather Service

It’s in the nineties and hundreds pretty much from May through September in Texas. Climate change isn’t helping that any. When it’s time to finally get a break from the kind of heat that closes down schools and public buildings in more northern climes, I get excited about it. I do love me some summer, but after a while, you just get sick of being sweaty and burning your ass on your seat belt buckle every time you get in the car. One of my Lush shampoo bars was in my bag in the trunk of my husband’s car for a four-hour drive, and the bar MELTED. I ordered some BB Cream from Sephora’s online store, and when it finally shipped to my house, the heat had RUINED IT and I had to return it. I now keep my toiletry bag in the cab of the car – lesson learned. It is too hot for life in Texas for almost half the year – definitely too hot for good-quality skin care products. Fall is coming? Time to party.

Here are my favorite fall fashion staples. Since fall only lasts a couple of weeks here in Texas before A) it gets hot again, or B) ice storms, fall clothes take a few years to wear out. I like to invest in some snuggly cool-weather gear that I can wear year after year, and then maybe update with one new or replacement item each year.

  1. Shawls – Nothing says ‘snuggly’ like wrapping up in what’s essentially a socially-appropriate-to-wear-outdoors blankie. They’re perfect for layering on those days when it’s chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon. They help you weather the extreme temperatures of offices and public transit. And they add instant style to the simplest work trousers/plain top combo. If you’re as big a leggings fan as I am, you can also utilize a long wrap to cover your bum and go from ‘weekend’ to ‘work day’ while staying comfy.
  2. Boots – You knew boots would be in a post about fall, right? I’m not a fan of the ubiquitous Uggs, but by all means, wear them if you love them. My issue is that my feet get sweaty in sandals, so fur-lined shoes would not work for me. But if you’re of the refrigerator-toes persuasion, I can see the benefits. When it gets cool and rainy out, boots of any height are great for keeping warm and dry, and for making a summer piece like a maxi skirt more autumnal. I like knee-high boots with a very low heel, myself, but I’m intrigued by this Fall 2016 trend of taupe booties. I may need to make those happen.
  3. Sweaters – Shawls not your thing? Sweaters are the obvious-yet-awesome second option. There’s something about a cute sweater that automatically dresses up an outfit – so much so that a friend of mine would keep a knit sweater in his desk drawer at work, in case executives came by unexpectedly. He could pull the sweater over his business-casual polo/khakis combo and suddenly look ready to chat with the CEO without having to keep a blazer jacket crisp and ready. Once again, a sweater is a good choice if you need layers, and it’s less bulky than a coat if you like to travel light – or if you live in Texas and a coat is usually unnecessary. A couple of sweaters in your favorite colors and patterns will serve you well this fall.
  4. Scarves – My true shopping weakness. I probably get a new scarf every fall, and for a while I had an inordinate number of them until I finally took the KonMari method to them. I like infinity scarves in a light fabric, because it doesn’t get truly Arctic here in Texas most winters. I do keep one sturdy knitted scarf on hand for that occasional ice storm, but I’ve found that even the light cotton infinity scarves provide a little bit of warmth – and you can pull them over your head to keep the rain off! This is another way to add interest to a simple outfit, or update last year’s look without replacing everything. Bonus: a decorative scarf can make a boob-tastic top more work appropriate.
  5. Pumpkin Spice Lattes – Obviously. I like mine Grande and half-caf. But there’s a new fall drink that I might – MIGHT – like more than the PSL. The Starbucks Chile Mocha is one of the best things I’ve gotten from there in a long time, and I’m a regular customer. The spice with the chocolate is fantastic, and I can’t believe they didn’t think of this sooner.

Happy fall, Fledglings!

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