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Change is in the air.

Have you noticed the days getting shorter and a touch of fall in the air? That’s nature’s signal for us to start our transition from flowing sundresses and sandals to sweaters and cords. Here’s how to make a gradual change, so you can still enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.

Start by putting away your really hot weather clothes — tank tops, white eyelet blazer, white jeans, short shorts. Even if its 80 degrees you need to be done with your straw handbag and sundresses unless the sundress has some fall colors and you can wear a dark cardigan over it.

Think layers including cardigans, casual blazers, hoodies with long or ¾ sleeves. Get some fresh t-shirts in fall colors and a crisp, white, long sleeve shirt. Change from shorts to capris and get your jeans ready. Keep a cape or long sweater handy for cool mornings. A fall scarf can add some warmth.

Change your accessories to darker or trendy fall colors. The big colors are red/wine/burgundy and navy and the fashion color mustard. Change out of your summery shoes into a flat, pump or slingback or a work sandal with a little more substance.  Bags are sleeker and more classic than in past years, so you may want to invest in one fabulous bag.

For outerwear, leather is huge and perfect for fall! Or wear a wool coat in a shorter length or your trench with a scarf.

For make-up, skip hot pink or peach or lip gloss and try red, burgundy, or a color that is just a shade darker than your natural lips for a natural look. Go to your favorite make-up counter and have your colors “done” for fall and for a fresh look.

DON’T… wear boots yet or flip flops any more.

…wear thick knits or faux furs yet. You’ll be rushing the season

DO…wear layers that look put together like jeans, t-shirt, scarf and corduroy blazer. It’s cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. So you need layers in lighter weight fabrics.

…make a list of all the summer items or outfits you were missing in your wardrobe to use when you start shopping in April.

…try on your fall clothes and look at catalogues for inspiration.

…make a shopping list and shop now for transition clothes before all the transition pieces are replaced by heavy coats and chunky sweaters.

…remember you’ll get to wear these transition pieces again in spring


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