Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style is having a hard time transitioning her outfits to fall. She wants no part of it, because as I have told you at least a million times, she is most happy when mostly naked and headed toward a vacation. But I’m a big believer in the happy medium. When I dressed her for this shoot, I set my sights on a few things:
This photo of a young Ralph Lauren on vacation somewhere in a perfect 70-degree weather outfit.
I shared it on Instagram at the very beginning of summer when it still felt like spring and I spent all of July and August regretting not approximating his turtleneck-plus-shorts look while I still had the non-sweaty chance.
Turns out, early September sets an equally lovely stage for it. Here is Katie demonstrating as such:
The hat, glasses and earrings steer this otherwise sedate look away from any accusations of minimalism, but it’s far from fussy. Sometimes there is so much style in simplicity.
Next, I wanted to incorporate a swimsuit.
Just as we did at the start of the summer with one pieces, I see no reason not to extend your summer two-piece tops by repurposing them as cropped shirts for a party. If showing skin isn’t your thing, layer your bikini bra over a tank top, button-down, turtleneck or T-shirt.
Finally, my (personal) ideal out-to-dinner outfit in beach towns where the weather drops at night:
Is there any outfit more perfect than a cable knit sweater over a calf-length dress to make you feel like you’re walking a sartorial tightrope between seasons?
No! And so what if I’m dressing vicariously through Katie? Two birds, one branch: I get to live out my own dressing fantasies, and Katie, though dressed, gets to go on a sartorial vacation.
Photos by Edith Young.