By Sharon Mosley
Nature is calling. When the weather turns cooler, it’s all about getting outdoors and soaking up those fall weekends. Time to pull on the cowboy boots, the frayed jeans and denim vests and head for the hills. Think country cool with a contemporary twist.
Here’s a few ways to get the laid-back vibe:
— Reboot. This fall, the boots are big, big, big fashion statements. So there are plenty of ways to step out for the weekend. Knee-high or ankle-high, just make sure you can walk or hike in comfort, and that usually means a flat heel or chunkier lug sole heel. And don’t try to “break in” a pair of new boots on your first fall leaf tour. Those blisters will haunt you until Halloween.
— Get your denim on. If there were ever a weekend uniform, denim is it. Pack up lots of denim vests, denim jackets, jeans and, yes, even skirts, if you plan to go out for a date night. Now that designers are touting the head-to-toe jeanswear look, it’s an easy way to piece together a getaway wardrobe that can be mixed and matched with your other favorites like leggings. Try adding a pop of color to your bluesy basics to keep things interesting.
— Go mad for plaid. A quintessential fall favorite, plaid is another versatile classic that pairs well with denim. Look for lumberjack plaids this season in a variety of colorful styles from vests to shirts and dresses. Cinch it all in with a wide rustic belt and you’re set to go. Plaid wool scarves are another great fall accessory and a great accent to denim.
— Add a great sweater. The knits are it this year. A chunky cable knit fisherman sweater in creamy ivory is always a good “go-with-everything” piece. Ditto for ski lodge-inspired sweaters. Longer, knee-length patchwork jackets and wrap blanket styles in Navajo patterns are another way to give your denim gear instant panache. A serape-style poncho or cape is another weekend winner.
— Dig the big bag. I know. I know. It’s a lot to carry. And you can always stash a smaller tote inside a larger one for those short day trips to the farm stands. But a larger satchel/crossbody/backpack in a lightweight cotton or canvas fabric can be a lifesaver when it comes to schlepping all your electronics and doing a little shopping — a great weekend pastime.
— Finish with a fedora. If you can’t quite pull off the hat look for work, then how about trying one for the weekend? If you only buy one new thing this fall, try a hat with personality, whether it’s a cute knit beanie or a fun and funky fedora. Now you’re set for a jaunt to the country! Enjoy!
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Photo caption: Combine comfy and stylish by layering a fisherman sweater over a plaid shirt. Sweater from L.L.Bean.