Indian Summer Style with Rachel Parcell Collection
Happy Monday! This past week has zoomed by between hanging out with Charlie during the week and working with clients Friday and Saturday, and just like that we’re nearing mid-September. I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather in NYC this weekend — especially carrying around a pretty chunky 5 month old — even pulling out some long-sleeves on occasion.
Even though the crisp air feels good, I know we still have a few weeks of Indian Summer left — which is actually one of my favorite times of year. I love that I can still dress in my Summer-y clothes, but get to layer some jackets as I have so many in my closet. I’ll admit, I’m running a slightly unhealthy obsession with denim and leather jackets. I’ve been pairing down significantly via my Poshmark Sale, which is still going strong, with tons of items left at amazing prices, but also just added a few new ones to balance things out, you know 😉
I wanted to share some tips on what types of pieces to look for when searching for those special layers that can take your outfits from Summer to Fall, with some shopping suggestions in tow. As you’re building your wardrobe, they can become great staples to rely on season after season if chosen in the right colors for your complexion and styles that fit your body. (**Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’d like assistance with discovering your Personal Style & Color Palette). I also put together an inspirational outfit for this post, mixing in the Summer feel into a Fall-ready look with an extra layer — showcasing this gorgeous Rachel Parcell Citron eyelet dress & mixing it with my cropped J.Crew Light Denim Jacket + fun bag by Ann Howell Bullard from Anthro.
Tip 1: A NOT YOUR TYPICAL DENIM. Even though jean jackets are timeless, and keep coming back year after year, sometimes they still retain a more light-weight, warm-weather quality. For Fall, adding some quilted cotton or twill jackets, corduroy blazers and wool-blended blazers will do the layering trick. You can still wear some of your summer dresses underneath, but the extra layer will take the outfit to another level (and season).
Tip 2: LEATHER, SUEDE AND AND THEIR FAUX FRIENDS. Some of my favorite items to shop for (both for myself and my clients) are leather, suede and faux-leather and faux-suede jackets for Fall. They immediately complete the look, and depending on what style you choose, can either make it more edgy or more feminine. They are the perfect addition to your wardrobe and are worth the splurge, as you’ll most likely be wearing them on repeat. I recommend starting with one in a neutral color you see yourself wearing a lot (like cream, gray, black or brown) and then adding some fun colors to express more personality – like pale pink, blue or red. Other tip is to shop for those on sites like The Outnet – as most brands will sell their last season pieces off to them and you can get them at great prices (I scored this IRO leather jacket recently at ~75% off — stay tuned for it in a future post).
Tip 3: CLASSIC RAIN COAT. Another piece that’s worthy of an investment for your wardrobe is a tailored, fitted, well-made raincoat. Historically, Burberry makes the most elegant style — but it can be a bit pricey, so choosing one from brands like Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Mackage and Club Monaco is a nice alternative. Check out some suggestions in the shopping carousel above!
Would love to see how you incorporate Fall layers into your looks, be sure to use my hashtag #modnitsaoutfits on Instagram and I’ll them repost in my stories!