Are y’all as ready for autumn as I am? I can’t stop dreaming of the day it will cool down enough to pull out some of my fall pieces, get a Caramel Apple Cider from Starbucks, and start lighting up the fall candles. In the meantime, I’m dreaming up ideas for fall dressing and this year, my biggest inspiration is Queenie Goldstein from the Fantastic Beasts series. Her style is undoubtedly feminine, with lots of warm colors and rich textures like wool, velvet, and suede. I’ve pulled together 12 pieces that remind me of Queenie to give you some inspiration for a feminine fall wardrobe to try out in the coming months.
This weekend’s 45th edition of pretty things is all about transitional style. August and September are odd months to dress for as our heads begin to dream of fall, but it’s still quite hot outside. Here are six pieces that, in my eyes, are the perfect transitional items to take your wardrobe through August and September. But, they can also be utilized throughout the year with some creativity.
When I think end of summer, beginning of fall, my mind goes to dark florals. With them, you’re retaining some of the summer vibe that a floral provides but giving it an autumnal edge in the color palette. This dress from Reformation is the perfect blend of summer and autumn, as it has that dark pattern paired together with a breezy, peasant silhouette.
Really, you can pull off a silk camisole just about any day of the year that it’s not freezing cold, which makes it the perfect layering piece. In the summer-to-fall transition, pair with textures and fabrics that get heavier as the weather cools. A rugged fabric like denim, wool, or rough linen looks so good with a delicate silk.
This pair of skinny, olive khaki cargo pants from J.Crew can be dressed for so many different occasions and weather scenarios. Pair with a white bohemian blouse and wrap sandals when you’re feeling summer, then throw on a knubby knit sweater and ankle boots for fall.
This jute bucket bag is the definition of a transitional bag. The bucket shape reads fall to me but it keeps the summer vibes going with the texture. This would look gorgeous with a white dress on warm days and a t-shirt, jeans, and cardigan when it starts to cool down.
I adore these Mango block heeled shoes for their neutral color scheme paired with unique details. That’s what a statement shoe is all about, in my mind. Pair them with white, wide leg crops, a cream summer sweater, and gold jewelry.
When I think transition, my mind’s eye goes to safari vibes. Those pieces are inherently made for warm weather, but have a substance to them that can read fall. This Staud belt totally aligns with that aesthetic and would look chic with everything from a pair of high waisted, wide-leg trousers to a simple black dress.
As you’ll see, everything featured in this week’s edition of pretty things falls into the category of blue-and-white. I love this combination any time of the year, but it feels especially on point for spring and summer, right?
First things first, you can’t do blue-and-white without a gorgeous toile fabric and this dress from Oscar de la Renta is the creme-de-la-Creme. It’s the perfect splurge piece for summer occasions ranging from weddings to church to brunch.
How cute is this beachy tote from Eliza May Rose? I love the subtle nautical vibes and how all of the textures come together. It’s the perfect pairing for white jeans and sandals.
I’m dying to add a pop of color to my workout wardrobe and have my eye on this powder blue set from Alo Yoga. Who says all workout clothes have to be black?
I’ve been obsessed with all things Tory Burch lately and this top is no different. The classic navy paired with feminine ruffled details makes it an instant closet staple you can wear with white jeans, patterned skirts, dress it up or dress it down in a cinch.
You can’t do a blue-and-white compilation without gingham! This pair of block heels from M. Gemi’s collaboration with Draper James is a cute, easy piece to dress up your neutral looks. Pair it with jeans and the Tory Burch top, a simple navy or white dress, or even denim shorts and a t-shirt.
I love a pretty, light blue nail polish to add a bit of color to your summer beauty routine. This shade from Deborah Lippmann is called Baby Blue Eyes and it’s the perfect, subtle shade of blue if you ask me.
I really want to know, what’s your go-to brunch order? I always go into the restaurant swearing I’ll get something different, something sweet but almost always without fail, I get Eggs Benedict! The only thing that changes is the drink and the sides. Maybe potatoes, maybe grits, maybe a little frisée salad. Orange juice, mimosa, bellini, French Kiss, green juice. Whether you’re getting shrimp + grits and a Bloody Mary or buttermilk pancakes and an Irish Coffee, here’s five looks to wear to brunch this summer.
I’m loving this shade of buttercream yellow lately and feel like it’s the perfect brunch color. Pair a pastel maxi dress like this one from Self Portrait with a pair of dressy sandals, matching bag, and California-chic sunglasses.
This look is super easy and can be pulled together with very little thought, so you can roll out of bed and straight to brunch. Wear your favorite worn-in white tee with a peasant skirt, then style with a basket bag, easy white sneakers, and gold jewelry.
Whether you’re a southern girl yourself or searching for a gift for one, this list has got you covered.
Books are always a good idea and two cute options are both from the staff at Garden & Gun. The Southerner’s Cookbook is a book of recipes and stories, from biscuits to more obscure regional specialities. The Southerner’s Handbook is filled with essays on topics from food to fashion to culture, all from G&G writers like Julia Reed and Roy Blount Jr.
A southern girl will always appreciate gifts for the kitchen. Gift her a jar of hot cinnamon peach preserves from Georgia brand Blackberry Patch or a cute magnolia-printed recipe box to store all of her old and new recipe cards.
Some practical, yet cute gift ideas are a set of gardening tools to be used in her kitchen garden or a cute pouch from Draper James. I love the What Would Dolly Do pouch and the Hello, Sugar option. A gift that will surely get a lot of use is a set of personalized notecards to be used for thank-you’s or just a quick hello. Serving both a practical and aesthetic purpose is a sweet Homesick candle with the scent of her home state.
In the fashion department, Cinq a Sept’s cute Bonjour, Y’all tee blends two favorite cultures. In the hot months (which is pretty much every month in the south), we need all the hats we can get. I recommend Southern Tide’s straw hat or this adorable, seersucker ball cap from Anna & Ava.