Don’t Fall for it

That moment when the first sets of trees turn from vibrant green to brilliant orange, and warm breezes are scarce in the face of brisk gusts – and you are left to contemplate a wardrobe filled with Summer’s cheerful hues and lightweight materials, each as unsuitable as the next. Every year, the transition to Fall is a shock to the system, and we are left puzzled with the thought of dusting off Winter’s wools. Throughout these sun-drenched months, we are all inclined to get our hands on the tiniest of skirts, the sheerest of tops, and the brightest summer dresses, leaving us with a wardrobe stocked full of clothing appropriate for just a little less than a quarter of the year. The solution to our transitional woes is to avoid this behavior altogether – stick to materials, shades and cuts that allow for some cool-weather tweaking, facilitating a smooth transition with a pinch of wool, a few scarves, some leather boots, knee-highs and a beanie or two (not all in one sitting, of course).

Sure, every patio-hopper and park-dweller requires a collection of summer’s best, but quality over quantity reigns if you expect to greet Fall with open arms.

Next time you’re perusing the racks, put down the garden party dress, and look to longer hemlines and more subdued patterns. When Labor Day rolls around, you’ll gladly adorn that summer purchase with the help of your favourite leather jacket and cozy scarf. Versatility at its best. In a nutshell, don’t fall for the oversized florals, the bright color blocks or the peek-a-boo fabrics, editing your shopping habits is easier than you’d think!

The Fall 2012 runways did not fall short on street style inspiration; the typical eccentric footwear, futuristic makeup and extravagant ball gowns were met with simple silhouettes, versatile separates and muses aplenty. There’s nothing better than having that guiding light for the season ahead, in the form of luxury clothing and impeccable styling. Scroll through for some inspiring looks from the Fall runways, followed by 6 street stylers who pull off the Fall transition sublimely, with a little help from the colour wheel.

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