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A Tailored Opinion: Fall Survival Guide

Mariam Sheikh

Well hello world! The summer has been long, but it seems like my vacation has been untimely short. I spent most of my summer in the swampy humidity of DC, so it's refreshing to be back in Ann Arbor where it’s not too hot, not too cold and all I need is a light jacket (Miss Congeniality anyone?). But just as I was getting used to weekend tans, pools and fruity summer drinks it came to an end and the prep for school and fall in Ann Arbor has been well underway. Now I know it is tempting to quite literally fall into the college slump where you sleep in until the last possible minute and run to class looking like… well, looking like you wouldn’t want people to look at you at all.

But while going out in sweats with that "just-rolled-out-of-bed" look is a great way to see who your true friends are, it is a complete and utter waste of the ideal fall season.

Fall happens to be one of my favorite seasons to style, however for those of you who consider fall lackluster at best, here are some suggestions to surviving the season (or if you are in Michigan- the short but sweet 3 week period) with effortlessly edgy style.

 

RIPPED JEANS

 

What better way to ring in fall then by wearing jeans!  Summer was way too hot and your legs were way to tan to have them covered up in jeans. So go shopping and grab a pair of ripped jeans. It’s a win-win situation. There is such versatility with ripped and worn jeans - grungy with sneakers or high-fashion with heels. You can get jeans with just rips by the knees (a big staple these days) or they can be as torn and tattered as you please. I recommend having a pair of each - you can’t go wrong!

http://fabhype.com/2014/03/05/ashley-tisdale-in-ripped-jeans-leaving-mos-restaurant/

Of course where would we be in the world without some non-endorsed celebrity incorporation? Here is Jessica Alba wearing the ripped jean trend to perfection.

 

http://www.stylebistro.com/lookbook/Jessica+Alba/vpHsP8aVuHS/Flats/angle/trxee4TCX5Y

 

 SWEATERS

 Fall is the perfect time to cozy up with your favorite latte late at the library while watching Netflix – sorry I meant studying- while wearing your favorite sweater. A sweater is effortless, comfortable and if you get the right one, can make your outfit look very chic. If you don’t trust me, trust Olivia Polermo:

 

http://stylewithshannon.com/olivia-palermo-style-fashion-and-lookbook-2013/

 

http://whowhatwear.tumblr.com/post/35871029835/olivia-palermo-balances-an-oversized-sweater-with

 

 DARK LIPSTICKS

 This is my favorite section after boots (coming shortly!). Summer was so hot and I know my face was so tan that wearing makeup was

A. impossible because it would melt

And/Or

B. impossible because my makeup no longer matched my tan

So fall is the best time to get back into color and wear makeup that will actually last all day. Lipstick colors for fall are the best. You can go as dark as you want in any of the red or purple hues. The rich color will make your outfit and face pop as well as make you feel confident and fab. Studies have actually shown that women who wear lipstick are more confident- so I don’t know- wear it?

 

http://makeupforlife.net/2012/05/how-to-wear-dark-vampy-lipstick.html

BOOTS

 Summer is plagued with sandals and flip flops. When you’re like me who prefers a closed shoe, fall cannot come soon enough. As soon as the fall season hits, I take out all of my boots and wear them until the next summer.

I am a big advocate for Frye riding boots simply because I wear them so much and they haven’t worn down or broken yet. But they are a bit pricey, so look out for the hundreds of alternatives everywhere from Urban Outfitters to DSW.

 

http://www.kristen-holly.com/2012/09/25/decisions-decisions/

The good thing about Fall is that you can wear high boots to the knee, lower ones to the calf or ankle booties. I love a combat boot more than the next girl and anything with studs is also at the top of my fall list.

 

http://www.mythirdculture.com/fall-boots/

 

SCARVES

 This section doesn’t mean warm winter scarves, but stylish, light infinity or long shawl scarves can add an extra pop to any outfit. However, on the days where fall seems more like winter, a good wool scarf can also be fashionable:

 

http://artedaneusa.blogspot.com/2011/02/lencos-e-echarpes.html

 

http://www.ringfingertanline.com/2012/10/03/autumn-pinspiration/

 

TRENCH COATS

 Fall is that in between period where you can either wear a sweater or wear a lighter shirt and have a jacket. Jean jackets are making a huge comeback but I still swear by the trench coat. It’s light, clean-cut and perfect for rain or shine. Please observe HRH Kate in her natural trench coat habitat:

 

http://www.glamourmagazine.co.uk/fashion/celebrity-fashion/2011/04/kate-middleton-kate-moss-celebrity-bride-style-wars#!image-number=29

 

 LEATHER JACKETS

 Not a biker? Not a goth? No problem! Leather jackets are now for everyone to add an extra bit of edge to their outfit. Its sleek and stylish and gets the job done any day of the week, day or night.

 

http://trendywoman.org/celebrity-style/kim-kardashians-favorite-black-leather-balmain-blazer/

 

http://coolspotters.com/clothing/louis-vuitton-pre-fall-2013-leather-jacket

 

 DRESSES

 Just because it’s not summer anymore, doesn’t mean cute dresses are out of the question. In fact, that is why they made knee socks, leggings, leg warmers and cute patterned tights!

 

http://www.zap2it.com/blogs/the_mindy_projects_costume_motto_if_its_cute_thats_all_that_matters-2012-12

 

http://sratinthecity.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html

 

EXHIBIT A- ALEXA CHUNG

 

Want to see all of these survival tips embodied into one fashionable individual? Here is Alexa Chung. Her style is on par with the likes of the Olsen twins and Kim Kardashian (circa Kanye West makeover)

http://secret-hipster.blogspot.com/2012/01/alexa-chung-street-style.html

Follow these survival tips and you should quite literally blow gracefully through fall and into the bitter tundra of winter (which is when I give you permission to allow sweatpants and sweatshirts back into your blistering cold lives).

 

That’s all the wise words I have for now, here is a picture of James Franco in a plush gray sweater to get you through the week

 

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/entertainment/articles/2013-09/30/james-franco-british-gq-covers-interview

 

xoxo