We are entering the time, my friends, when leaving the house with one black shoe and one navy blue shoe is a very real danger. While I’ve never done this myself, I’ve seen it happen. Lack of natural light in the morning can make a difference.
The easy answer would be to assemble your outfits the day before, shortly after arriving home from work. Oh, wait. It’s dark then, too, isn’t it?
So that leaves the weekend for clothing experimentation and outfit planning. Just fit that in between buying food for the week, catching up on laundry, and doing your weekly housecleaning and cooking, if you’re so inclined. Oh, yeah, and any leisure activities that you might hope to do. And did I mention that you’re squeezing all of this into a shorter day?
After all, some of us like to sleep until 9 or 10 on weekends. Then it’s time to sit in bed drinking coffee and reading blogs for a couple of hours. If all goes well, we might be ready to venture out by 2 pm. Here in the upper quadrant of the Northern Hemisphere, that’s a mere 2-4 hours before it gets dark again.
Let’s just say this time of year can be challenging.
Personally, once the waning light sets in, I’m ready to crawl into bed with a 20 pound bag of Doritos and a nice Cabernet. (Yes, I know this is a hideous food/wine pairing, but I don’t care). I’d bring some suitable TV programming with me – something soothing and fashion-centric but not too intellectually challenging. An endless loop of What Not to Wear might fit the bill, or perhaps the first season of The Rachel Zoe Project (Pretty, shiny dresses! No real-life issues, please).
But if you press me, I have to acknowledge that fall and winter do provide fashion joys of their own. So what if I feel like fuzz is growing on my brain? There is still Fashion Fun to be had by all. In the spirit of replacing whining with gratitude, let’s itemize the Dark Season’s silver lining.
The Frump Factor’s Big List of Fall’s Simple Pleasures (Style Edition):
Boots. (Cue heavenly chorus). Boots are probably the only reason I don’t actively mourn the end of sandal season (and thus, summer pedicure season). Ankle boots, knee-high boots, snow boots, rain boots, just-because boots. Welcome home, my long-lost friends.
Cute tights. Patterned and/or plain; neutral and/or brightly colored – I love them all. Is it just me, or do they make my legs look 100 times slimmer, sleeker and more muscular?
No dreaded thigh-stick. You know how, in the summer, your thighs stick together when you wear short skirts? Consider that a thing of the past. (See also cute tights, above).
Scarves. Instant style! Instant color! Cheaper than jewelry!
My favorite suede jacket. Come to mama, baby! Oh, how I’ve yearned for you.
Colorful flannel pajama bottoms. To be worn at home only, please. Seriously, people. If you abuse your pajama privileges, I’m going to revoke them.
Less hair frizz. True, the reduction in curl is a drag for me. But I sure don’t miss the frizz! Now I only look 65% insane at the end of a workday, rather than 99%.
Three words: leopard print gloves. I’ve long mourned the loss of my last pair of these, along with their siblings, the zebra print gloves. But guess what I just found at Target yesterday? Leopard gloves live! Whoo-eee!
Fuzzy warm socks. Here are my two favorite pairs:
What are your favorite fall fashion pleasures?