September 15, 2010 at 9:30 am , by Gabrielle Porcaro
Summer fashion used to be more cut and dried (no white pants after labor day!) but summer lasts longer and longer every year now. What are the fashion rules when it stays hot until practically Thanksgiving?! Are sandals and sun dresses still fair game? — Rachel
You can thank global warming for making getting dressed in the morning a bit more difficult. I feel once “school starts” (I haven’t had a first day of school in 8 years but it’s still how I gauge when fall starts) it’s just wrong to wear anything that is summery. Here’s a simple checklist of what to store now and what to keep around for a bit.
Store Now: Cotton dress and skirts
It’s time to say goodbye to your strapless dresses and maxi cover ups. I know it’s sad but they’ll be there next year!
Keep Around: Silk or chiffon dresses
You can wear them with a cardigan and tights. Even a brightly colored dress (like a yellow or pink) won’t feel “wrong” for a month or two!
Store Now: Summer florals
If you would wear it to a back yard BBQ or even consider wearing it at a Luau… store it!
Keep Around: Florals with a dark background
For example: Yay to this Tucker for Target floral dress — totally cute, totally works for fall. Nay to this Liberty for Target pink floral dress. Hence the reason it’s on sale (it’s cute grab it for next spring!).
Keep Around: Summer camis and tanks
These are great layering pieces. Put a short or long sleeve tee under a tank or put a blazer or cardigan on top.
Store Now: Flip-flops
Honestly, unless you just bought them, throw them out. You probably lived in them since May and they are probably gross. Splurge for a new pair next year. Old Navy sells them for $4!
Keep Around: Heeled sandals
You can wear an open toe (depending on the style) with black tights or with jeans. But do put them away once the temperature really drops. Snow + open toe = frost bitten toes = unfashionable/dangerous.
Keep Around: Shorts that you would put over tights but store if you know you won’t rock that trend.
One last tip: Make sure you wash the clothing and pack it away nicely for next year. Then on the first warm day in March or April after a very long and cold winter you can grab your favorite items and be ready to go!
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