While autumn officially begins in just a couple of days, it still feels like summer around here in the SF Bay Area! But the weather will definitely begin to cool soon, so I know that my thoughts will quickly begin to turn to cozy hand-knits, chic outerwear and tailored basics.
Because I like to make outerwear and I like to knit, the cooler months of fall and winter tend to be my fave times of year. I'm also more of a mix-and-match kind of person, so I think it is fun to try to style pieces and outfits to be appropriate for different kinds of occasions and seasons. In addition to throwing on a coat or a cape, other ways to extend pieces into the fall and winter seasons are with layering and accessorizing. Here are some of our looks that will work well for the transitional season.
Pleat-Collar Shirt + High-Low Swing Skirt: A classic button-down shirt is pretty much an all-season piece, but the elevated pleat collar and long gathered sleeves make this one a bit more fall-ready. Select a cool cotton -- solid or print -- for the most versatility. A swingy skirt will always be a fun addition to any wardrobe. This one can be made as an unlined version in a stretch cotton sateen or it can be lined and made in a cotton/poly woven pattern.
High-Low Swing Skirt + Special Order Long Vest: Cotton fabric, especially a bottom-weight stretch sateen like this one, is a perfect transitional fabric. A lining isn't needed -- just a beautiful finish on the inside with bias binding! -- so you don't have an extra layer of fabric to add warmth. When the weather is warm, wear it like this; when the weather cools, layer on a turtleneck and some tights!
In the meantime, I'll be waiting for the day when I can start to wear one of my beloved hand-knits!
A selection of hand-knits in preparation for the seasonal transition (from top to bottom): Bright Pink Peplum Vest, Variegated Burgundy Cardi, Cropped and Cabled Fisherman's Funnel Neck, Chunky Turquoise Sleeveless Turtleneck, and Gray Duster Coat.
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