High-Stitched Voice: Transitioning Into a Claremont Fall

by Stephanie Huang With this being the first issue of my second year as a columnist for The Scripps Voice, my lovely editors and I decided that it was about time to showcase something more visual and personal for this column.  I have always been hesitant to introduce my own style and have chosen to opt for editorial opinion pieces instead. This column is, after all, a separate entity from my blog (http://highstitchedvoice.blogspot.com), and I don’t want anyone to feel as if I am dictating their style.

However, I know that Claremont’s odd weather tendencies have long been a source of complaint, and I’ve been repeatedly requested to show how I transition beloved summer pieces into fall, so I’ve finally given in and styled something catered to suit the Claremont weather.

For me, one of the easiest pieces to transition into fall is a dress, and while florals for summer are neither innovative nor intriguing, fall and winter florals can be refreshing.  I’ve chosen this one by Australian brand MINKPINK in particular because its black detailing makes it easier to layer using a darker palette, juxtaposing the pastel florals with the darkness and making the summer dress more appropriate for fall.  It’s the ideal blank canvas for a layered fall look.

Yet despite the fact that fall is approaching, Claremontian fall is not particularly cold apart from the early mornings and nights, which is why I’ve chosen to include an oversized cardigan for cold classrooms and easiness to slip in and out of.  And to grunge up a feminine floral for the incoming colder months, I've also added wooly socks, ankle boots, a leather backpack, and a wool hat.

Of course, this equation is completely interchangeable: the wool hat can be switched up for a beanie, a canvas parka can be layered on top of the cardigan, tights can be added underneath the wooly socks, and so on.  Essentially, my key to transitioning summer pieces to fall is layers, accessories, and a unifying color palette—with this equation, nearly anything can be used as a base.