What is a South Florida glamazon to do?
Fall fashion, with its piled-on multiple layers, stifling thermal nuclear fabrics and sun-absorbing dark hues -- is just too darn hot.
Nooooo, not haute…we mean just plain ol' hot…especially here in the sub-tropics.
“I’m not sure people wear all the heavy stuff, even up North,” said Patti Abramson, the
With seven stores in Florida, including two in Boca and one in
"For example, lace is huge no matter where you are," she explained. "We are totally into that retro mix where you mix up florals, knits and tweeds."
"South Florida is still fashion forward during the fall, we just have our own stylish adaptation," Goren said. "Although we wait year round for temperatures to be cool enough to sport our favorite riding boots and fur vest, we're sweating by noon if we go overboard on the layers."
So we went to local fashion experts on specific advice on how to do just that (For store links, just run your cursor on the name of the retailer):
"Our all time classic is lace - elegant, feminine, sophisticated and light weight. Lace is this season's must have. Whether you're paring up a lace jacket with a pair of skinny jeans and boots for a daytime look or heading for a night on the town in a classic little lace dress, your look will always be effortless and graceful, and still capture the spirit of fall here in South Florida."
Blake Lyon with Mimosa Boutique & Mimo For Men in Galt Ocean Mile
"Most South Florida women would never be comfortable wearing the heavier winter clothing worn in the northern cities of the world, but we can wear this fall's beautiful autumn colored lace dresses and chiffon gowns."
"Rich brocaded patterns, gold and embellished fabrics are terrific to add that look of fall luxury to your warm weather fall wardrobe. You don't have to choose heavy brocades, instead look for brocade inspired patterns on lighter fabrics like chiffons, jerseys and stretch cottons. We're seeing a lot of gold paired with black, cream and bold jewel tones like royal blue and even some really warm hues like olive. Once again it's all about the fabric choices, so keep the textures fluid and the weight light"
"We just don't do a tweedy tweed. We're doing it, we're just not doing it in a heavy fabric. Mix in accessories instead. That just works for us"
"I love leather and I personally have no problem layering a leather jacket over a jersey dress in South Florida because the AC is always cranking in restaurants and offices. But if a jacket won't work, you can always look for leather accented pieces like a pair of fitted riding pants [or] leggings with leather patched knees or thighs. I lived in those in the 90's and they are back in full force this year. I'm wearing mine with boots and a light embellished tunic."
"One look that's great for Florida is the paneled leather legging. These leggings are not as warm as a true leather pant since they have cotton in different areas, making them breathable. Also, a leather rocker jacket, possibly with some studs on the shoulders, with a lightweight dress and some booties is a fabulous fall look that won't have you sweating on your walk to lunch."
Lauren Weissman, personal style manager for
"I don't think all-leather outfits is going to happen here. But leather detailing is huge. Like down the side leg of a pant or a T-shirt with a leather insert."
"Leather will be a staple…this fall. It's not just about a new black leather jacket, [we love] leather in all incarnations from skirts and leggings to tees and dresses.
"The call out color for fall is green - a perfect shade for the tropics with all of our lush landscape and palm trees. To be on trend doesn't mean you have to wear heavy fabrics. Green is also a trend in accessories so pop that basic little black dress with a green pair of shoes and/or a handbag or accessories."
Lauren Johnson, public relations manager for
[We interpret] the fall color trends in their hand-dyed palette of ruby, brick, citrine, plums and emerald, as well as interesting color-blocks in their lighter weight…just right for Florida, evening and casual fabrics."
"Jade is just so beautiful right now. Cobalt blue is carrying through [so] we'll be seeing a lot of that in the fall. We're all about color here in Florida."
"Shine is also a big trend we're seeing this season. Now is the time for women to turn their wardrobe into a kaleidoscope of hues inspired by stained glass colors like emerald, oxblood red and sapphire. You can also find shine in metallic shades like copper or foil silver."
"Red, burgundy and green are all over the runway. Wearing these deep and luscious colors is the perfect way to begin transforming your wardrobe from summer into fall. You can throw on a pair of burgundy skinny pants with a shimmery tank top and black blazer for a great work-into-night look. Dresses, cardigans and skirts are also fabulous pieces to buy in fall colors."
"Sheer panels make for the perfect addition to your closet this fall. This airy, flirty look is perfect for our humid South Florida nights."
Stacy Goren of Elektrik Boutique in Fort Lauderdale
“I like it especially in accessories. We love python prints in our bags – even our
Head to toe prints aren't an easy trend for every body type to wear but it depends on the pieces. If you select fitted close to the body garments like jersey dresses, pencil skirts and a matching top or jacket, then the print will most definitely hide figure flaws and look fluid. Beware of extra oversized prints because they tend to add weight especially in pants.
We're seeking lots of retro-feminine looks with lace, ruffles, peplums and floral details. Right now, it's all about embracing your femininity in a powerful yet pretty way! Most of these looks do not need to be tweaked too much for the south. Just find pieces in fall colors with light and breathable fabrics. Peplums, in particular, are a new way to give yourself that sexy curvy body while hiding some major problem areas.
“As we saw on the runways in
Dana Weiss, Boca Raton-based regional director of public relations for Bloomingdale's
Here are some other looks that might migrate south this winter:
Military and Great Outdoors styling
Burnout velvet and lace
Leisure suits for women (very matchy-matchy with slim trousers)