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VA college student struggling to balance dreams of fabulosity with the realities of one's wallet. intoxicated by aesthetics, lover of simplicity, master of the last minute deadline, consistently overcaffeinated and overbooked... but wouldn't have it any other way.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Don't Forget About the Sun!

As the lazy days of summer appear to be drawing to a close and the Fall 09 season is looming on the horizon, many of us are starting to look ahead to the impending chill with excitement and anticipation.... not for back to school, but for our wardrobes!! It's just about that time where all the stores release their fall collections, and face it, we're all stunned with the trends we want to make our own. But despite the influx of well cut-blazers and opaque tights to many store's stock lists, the opportunity to wear those fall pieces is still far on the horizon. August is guaranteed to be hot and hazy right on through September, and none of those fabulous fall trends will be going on sale until then. So as much as you want to go buy that phenomenal piece that's going to make your whole fall wardrobe, we all know that in this economy, paying full retail price for it just isn't smart. Resist the temptation to impulse buy and instead, figure out new ways to get the full mileage out of those summer trend pieces while you can. The added time will help you figure out with a level head what trends you REALLY want and need for fall, and you won't be tempted to wear those new items out despite the 90 degree weather. Here are a few outfits I put together to help you think about what you probably already have so you can mix it up while the weather's still sweltering. You'll notice that I used a lot of the same items in each piece, but I tried to make each outfit as different as possible. It's all about working with what you have and making the most of it!!


The floral trend in flowy skirt form was huge in spring and summer, and it's fairly likely that a subdued version will follow into fall to brighten up a cold dreary day. Even though this dress doesn't have jasmine on it, the entire aesthetic is reminiscent of the song Summer Breeze by Jason Mraz, so I took that idea and ran with it. What do you think??

Summer Dreams


Denim cut-offs are truly a seasonal piece and simply don't have the wherewithal to carry on into the chilly weather. Get the most out of them while you can, because the best part about them is that they can be one of the most versatile pieces in your sunny wardrobe.

Casual Class


The shorts for this past warm weather season were vastly differentiated---high waisted versions, tailored cuts, interesting embellishments, you name it they had it. Just like denim cutoffs, these pieces won't carry you into fall, but unlike their denim sisters they might not be wearable next season, so get the most out of them while you can.

Cool and Breezy


Say what you will about them, straw fedoras are an item that emit effortless cool through a touch of androgynous style. Although their more tailored, professional cousins might last you into fall and winter, the fedora itself is a trendy item and could easily not be around next summer. Why not incorporate that into your style while you can??

Effortless Bohemian

Hopefully these outfit ideas will help get the inspiration flowing as you guys struggle to resist that shopping temptation and make the most of your summer wardrobe. Let me know if you have any ideas on my take for wardrobe revitalization, and best of luck making the most of the sun!!

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