Fashion for Finicky Fall Weather
By: Julia Marchand
We can usually count on wearing sundresses in July and sweaters in January, but the tricky in-between-season months can be tough! You may check the weather before you leave the house and think you’re set, but then the sun disappears behind a cloud and a comfortable temperature is suddenly chill-inducing. On the other hand, if you head out the door in a wool dress, you’ll feel like you’re boiling before long. Read on for a few tips for dressing comfortably during these finicky months.
I’ve noticed that having cold feet can really impact my general temperature. A pair of socks does a lot to warm me up so on fall days when I’m unsure of what to wear, I always start with boots. If my toes are snuggled up nicely in a pair of fancy fall boots, I will always feel toastier. And as long as you’re not going too far with wool socks, this should be just the right balance because having covered toes won’t make your temperature rise if the weather heats up a little. Plus, there’s not much better for leaf-stomping than cute boots, am I right? Cristy from Goodwill Industries of Kansas (Wichita) recently snagged the above selection of footwear at her local shop, and I bet there’s something equally as stylish waiting at yours!
On to our next point: layering! It seems like a simple concept (just layer different pieces on top of one another!), but during a transitional season, it’s a little more intricate than that. The trick is to make sure that you’re layering light items. If you have three layers that are all thick fabrics, it doesn’t matter that you can take off two of them – you might still be hot! This Men’s Style Pinboard from San Francisco Goodwill has some great examples of stylish and efficient layering, like the one above. The fella pictured has one light layer (the chambray), one medium-weight layer (the vest), and one thick sweater to top it all off, so he’ll be able to get comfortable quickly no matter what the weather decides to do.
While we’re on the subject of layering, what do you do when the weather is relatively warm, so you don’t want to leave the house in a bunch of layers, but you’re pretty convinced you may need a little something later in the day? I’d suggest wearing an ensemble that covers a decent amount of skin with a breathable fabric and bringing along some emergency layers (like neutrally-colored leggings or a cardigan). You can leave your extra attire at the office or in your car for later in the day or week, so you’re not constantly carting them around! A dress like this one which ‘Grammer beccsmith_ found at Goodwill is perfect! It covers her arms to keep in some heat, but since the fabric is light, it won’t retain too much. Her legs are bare, but that’s what the extra leggings are for!
What are your tips for staying comfortable in early fall? Do you do any of your seasonal shopping at thrift stores? Goodwill provides individuals with opportunities to turn jobs into careers, so something as little as buying a new sweater from Goodwill can make a huge difference both in your comfort and in the well-being of your community members!