Fall into Spring

There is a brief time period in Houston’s ever-changing weather season when the temperature is just right. There are 60 degree mornings but 75 degree afternoons and 60 degree nights. The downfall – it lasts about a month before our scorching summers and faux-winter begin. I often find myself being fooled by the weather here, especially when I’m getting ready for a night out early on in the evening, when the temperature is still in the low 70s and pleasant. It’s not the season to wear boots, jackets and leggings but it’s not yet the season for flip-flops, sheer tops and white pants. Problem? I’d say yes, but here is where I’ve learned that the key is to take fall pieces and colors and mix them with spring items to create a seasonable outfit.

This past weekend Houston was having one of its Tolerable Spring days and I was getting ready for a casual night out. I tried on quite a few outfits before I settled on one and I think it’s mainly because I was concerned with the weather (it was supposed to go down to the 60s later on that night) and the season it was.

Here is what I first started with:

 

To incorporate fall colors I chose a charcoal gray tank top and paired it with two essential spring items – a printed scarf in bold colors and white pants. I accessorized with a leopard print clutch, gold and black necklace and tan heels. There are two things wrong with this:

1. It’s over accessorized in the neck area. My necklace and scarf are statement pieces. These are pieces that stand out from your outfit and add a bit of pizzazz to it. Multiple statement items should never be worn together because it can come off as over-accessorized and you end up looking like you’re trying too hard. (Multiple necklaces can be worn together). Basically, you have to choose one or the other.

2. It’s not yet the time for white pants. It’s not fall but it’s also not spring and I just felt a bit uncomfortable wearing white pants when it was still in the 60s outside. When I think white – I think atleast 70s.

To get rid of the over accessorized neck problem I first took off the scarf to see how it would look with just the necklace – it was boring. I then took off the necklace and put back the scarf and added some bracelets. Since, I was going out to a casual party – I took off the open-toe heels and put on my nude flats. The result:

To get rid of the white pants problem – I simply changed into dark, denim skinny jeans. The end result: a casual, Fall into Spring outfit with one statement piece and minimal jewelry.

Keep in mind, that if you’re not feeling comfortable in something from the get-go  – you’re not going to feel comfortable in it at all. Changing a few times can be frustrating but you just have to be patient and you’ll end up with a comfy outfit.

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