Fall fashion, please!

Why fall outfits are more fun

As Dr. Frasier Crane once said, if less is more, think of how much more “more” will be. Summer clothes are light, insubstantial, easily wilting; fall outfits are multilayered and dimensional, topped off with a scarf like whipped cream on a tall piece of cake. (Speaking of more.) Summer-outfit worries center on “Will I be too hot in this?”; fall’s are far more interesting, i.e. “Will my hips look weird in this peplum?” “How did I accumulate so many pairs of black tights, and why are they all sort of different?” “Do these boots get along with this skirt?”

Legging it

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On the subject of black tights: Summer legs have one color, i.e. skin. (Which, for some of us, stays scarily pale throughout a Seattle summer, blinding passers-by.) Fall legs can be textured, patterned, matte, cabled, abstract — whatever you want. They can, in other words, walk and talk.

Are you blue?

Cotton may be the fabric of our lives, but give me velvet or cashmere any day. And fall brings those fabrics, and more, in such delicious colors: plum, moss green, crimson, teal. Certain colors seem to go in and out of fashion — cobalt blue seems to be having a moment, for some reason — but it doesn’t matter. In the words of Coco Chanel, “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.”

Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times movie critic