The Smith Sartorial: Four Steps to a Fabulous Fall Wardrobe

Crystal Card '16

Contributing Writer

As you read this, it is either immediately after Mountain Day or immediately before. Either way, with the first official day of autumn behind us, now is the time to toss out those shorts and pull on our layers.

That’s right: It’s time for fall fashion. As a native to the region, I am, of course, biased in my belief that there is no place quite like New England in autumn. If you are new to the area, you should realize that, for the next few weeks, you’ll be living smack dab in the middle of an oil painting — and yes, our leaves are just as beautiful as they look in the postcards. Along with the beauty of our foliage and the arrival of all things pumpkin-spice-flavored, fall also brings a dramatic change in what we wear to class. Here are a few tips for staying warm and fashionable over the next two months.

1. Flannel: Hamilton Carhartt claimed he invented the flannel shirt we all love today in 1889, while others say it goes back to 17th century Wales. Either way, this checkered staple is absolutely necessary for any fall wardrobe. Wear it over a dress, pair it with some leggings for a fun look or toss on a beanie and some jeans to stay comfortable in those 8 a.m. classes.

2. Leggings: Now, I don’t want you to see this and get ahead of yourself — leggings don’t have to be paired with Uggs and a North Face to be worn in the fall. In fact, the savviest student puts them on under their favorite pair of pants to stay warm. You can pair your summer dresses with leggings instead of tights for extra warmth. Of course, you should also feel free to wear leggings as pants (ignore the haters).

3. Boots: This year, fall boots are starting to get shorter — booties are everywhere. Personally, that’s not my style, and I’m going to stay strong in my love for knee-highs, but to each her own. Regardless, I find that a good pair of boots is the easiest way to transition from your summer to fall wardrobe. Just toss on a pair of boots with any outfit you’d wear in the summer, throw a cardigan or light jacket over it and wham — instantly ready for apple picking!

4. Hats: You know what they say about most of your body heat escaping through your head? Well, this season’s love for floppy hats solves that problem. Whether you love the NoHo classic beanie or like to try out full brims, fedoras, cowboy hats or anything in between, always feel free to embrace the chapeau. This look is great for covering up those less-than-perfect hair days or for making any outfit look more casual. But, Smithies; please remember, if you’re wearing a hat to class, try to sit in the back row or at least make sure no one is stuck behind you, trying to peer over your fabulousness to write down the equation on the board.

All right, fashionistas. Time to go off, fully-layered, to enjoy this crisp weather. Remember, these are just my tips, but the key to looking good is feeling good. Wear what makes you happy! After all, if Convocation has taught us Smithies anything, it’s that we only have one life to live — so why waste it wearing something that doesn’t make us smile?