The Smith Sartorial: Autumn Aesthetics

It’s almost fall- time to break out the sweaters! Photo by Anya Gruber '16

It’s almost fall- time to break out the sweaters!
Photo by Anya Gruber ’16

Anya Gruber ’16
Associate Editor

The summer has had its say, and I, for one, am ready to pack away the shorts and tank tops – my collection of cozy sweaters has been waiting to once again greet crisp New England autumn mornings, when the air smells like apple pie and chaider from the Campus Center Café.

I always look forward to fall – it’s certainly my favorite season – because of its characteristic colors, drawn from the splendor of the hues surrounding us on our strolls through campus: colors like rich burgundy, warm tree-bark brown, goldenrod yellow, vermilion orange-red and mossy green. Autumn is the perfect time to take a style cue from nature; the colors of the season are enchantingly earthy.

Perhaps I shouldn’t get too excited quite yet because, as I write this, my fan is on full blast, and I can feel the hot, sticky air seeping through my window into my room. But autumn is certainly bounding toward us.

For now, my fashion focus is on dressing for the hot weather,while staying comfortable in the mornings when the air holds a bit of a chill. I’ve recently discovered that some of my favorite knit fall sweaters don’t look totally ridiculous over my short summer dresses; they actually look really cute when paired the right way.
The trick is to keep the colors cohesive and the aesthetic vibes similar. For example, one of my favorite ensembles lately has been a simple, grey, short-sleeved, snap-up dress complemented by `a light, equally understated maroon sweater with collegiate-inspired white stripes on the sleeves; black fisherman sandals pull the whole look together. A sweater is great for staying warm in the mornings and looks perfectly sporty wrapped around the waist when it starts to warm up.

I’m going to indulge myself just a little bit and dream about the cooler weather that will creep up on us on little fox feet. I’m very much looking forward to wearing button-front A-line skirts this fall season; they have skyrocketed in popularity in the past few months, and it’s no wonder why.

In an array of soft but substantial fabrics such as corduroy, velvet and all varieties of denim, this skirt style is extremely versatile and can be worn throughout the winter. They are so cute with tights and boots for a warmer ensemble, or knee socks and oxfords if you’re going for a school-girl-esque, Nancy Drew-approved look. Finished with a cable-knit sweater or a colorful cardigan, A-line skirts are proper, polished and put-together without being stuffy.

So here’s to hoping summer dwindles to make way for autumn; a season of plaid, corduroy and apple cider waits for us just around the corner!


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