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 Boca Raton-based marketing director for Evelyn & Arthur stores. “You could keel over…with the electrical heating in most places up north. And here we have air conditioning everywhere – from the house to the car to wherever you’re going – so it kind of balances out.”
With seven stores in Florida, including two in Boca and one in Manalapan, Abramson said she sees local fashionistas respond to trends from designer runways just like their Northern sisters.
“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.”
Stacy Goren, owner of Elektrick Boutique on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale agreed.
“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.”
To avoid that sweaty-style-stopper, Fort Lauderdale-based fashion designer and AvALiveRadio.com host Jacqueline Jax suggested, “You can easily translate the fall trends into warm weather climates by focusing on 3 things: fabrics, colors and pairings.”
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):
LACE , TWEED AND BROCADE
“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.”
Joan Lamonica with Sara Mique boutique in Coconut Creek
“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”
Jacqueline Jax of Fort Lauderdale-based JacquelineJax.com
“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”
Patti Abramson, Boca Raton-based marketing director for Evelyn & Arthur stores.