Prepping for Cooler Autumn Weather
by Elliott Scott
As autumn approaches, a break from the heat and humidity sounds like a welcome respite for those of us tired of slathering sunscreen from nose to toes, burnt out on sipping rosé and ready to embrace a few more layers of clothing. And while we yearn for a season of chilly but comfortable weather, the reality is quite different in Kansas City. Since late September is no guarantee of cooler temperatures, don’t pack your entire summer wardrobe into storage just yet.
Linen is universally known as an ideal fabric for the warmer months. We often see it in whites and pastels on everything from blazers to dress pants. When preparing for those random heat waves in early fall, look for heavyweight linen tees and button- down shirts in patterns like plaid, check and gingham. Color also matters; muted, darker tones go better with classic fall apparel. Linen layers will give you an amount of breathability, making you the envy of your sweaty, flannel-wearing friends.
Speaking of color, we need to talk about denim. While dark indigo jeans will always remain king, it’s fine to broaden your horizons with a pair in khaki, gray, or even more daring colors like olive and merlot. However, a word of warning to raw denim enthusiasts—you can find untreated denim in a wide array of hues, but it’s probably better to limit yourself to a classic pair of jeans you’ll wear more often. When choosing a pair of garment-dyed jeans, consider keeping the wash and other design details simple so the color is the focus.
Distressed pieces of apparel pose a challenge for even the most sartorially savvy among us. Too few rips and tears will make you look like you’ve been falling down one time too many after last call. On the opposite side of the spectrum, no one wants to look like an extra from an episode of “The Walking Dead.” The amount of distressing needs to look purposeful, not ridiculous.
Finally, no fall fashion roundup would be complete without a nod to the statement sneaker. Whether they’re from the largest sneaker manufacturer in the world or a high-end fashion house, these shoes come in a rich array of colors, materials and premium details. The options can seem innumerable and overwhelming, but the process becomes easier when you break down the various components into separate categories. For example, do you want a suede or leather upper? Does it matter if it’s made in Italy or the USA? Those are just a couple of questions to help you find your way as you go down the sneaker rabbit hole.
While fall can be a fickle and frustrating season in Kansas City, it still provides many opportunities to embrace fashion and let your personal style shine.