Here in Southern California, the weather is gradually catching up to other fall customs like pumpkin spice everything, the beginnings of the 2021 award season, and fashion week.
The fall runways tend to inform trends of the season with an autumn in New York state of mind: Meanwhile on a late-summer getaway to San Diego a few weeks ago, I was determined to make La Jolla Cove my fall fashion runway—and since September in SoCal is still soaking up the sun of late-summer, especially at the beach, here’s how to be a fall fashion girl in that sort of setting.
One fall 2021 catwalk trend that I had to try while wandering the hidden caves of the cove with shoes in hand: hues that pack a punch. In 2021, what you considered an autumnal color palette is left in the pre-pandemic past. This citrus-colored knit top would normally be a summer pick, but vestments with vibrance are the talk of fall fashion trend reports.
Here’s why: Tangerine and bright colors in general, give the soul a dose of vitamin-C and serotonin boost necessary to brighten one’s world after a heavy year and a half-of the pandemic. While we’re not quite out of the woods yet, there is something to be said about improving morale in the midst of your circumstances, and one way to do that, is with what you wear (disclaimer: I’m not saying it’s going to be the end all, be all of solving your problems). You don’t even need to take my word for it. According to fashion psychologist, Dawnn Karen, “Mood enhancement dressing, aka dopamine dressing, simply means selecting clothes that increase your happiness, raise your spirits, and make you feel better, stronger, safer, or more empowered.” In Karen’s book, Dress for Your Best Life, she writes that western cultures associate orange with “freshness, fun, humor and sunshine.” In eastern cultures, “happiness and spirituality,” or even “wisdom.” Personally, I have felt all those things when dawning this orangesicle garment (you can’t see it, but the bottom part has a white ombre affect like one)—whether wearing it oceanside like in La Jolla or out in the field on-camera reporting. And when it does cool down, I have a matching tangerine jacket to add over it for a chic, monochromatic look.
Leopard print is always a go-to for me when I want to feel lively and fun, so I opted for an accordion-pleated skirt in the pattern. Sure, it’s a wildcard, when my top is already pretty loud. Hear me out: leopard print continues to be considered a neutral in the fashion world, according to a comment CEO of Who What Wear, Hillary Kerr said in an episode of the podcast she hosts with the same namesake, so perhaps it’s not as out there as one may think. I added some tortoise-shell cat-eye sunglasses to match, and a fuchsia lip for those final touches.
What is a fall trend you’re excited to try?
Keeping it Krischic,