Once upon a time, I wore a peach wool sweater and beige corduroys to my first day at Castle Hills Elementary. The fact that it was approaching 1,000 degrees in our “portable” building that August was not a deterrent. My fashion dementia has its roots in the lure of a new seasonal wardrobe, the much-loved “back to school” shopping excursion. Nothing has changed. I still spend this month hiding in the air conditioning and dreaming about closed-toe shoes, tights, and kilt-y plaid schoolgirl skirts, in total denial of the actual Texas climate.
For those of you who feel the same way, there is a sane stop-gap. Cashmere is still a long way off, but you can start incorporating more autumnal color into your closet right now. This fall’s essential is an earthy, ’60s-inspired yellow. Pantone, the final say on all things color, calls it “Lemon Curry” (or, 15-0751) — not too tart, not too muddled, just the perfect blend of unexpected and wearable. Yellow looks great against menswear neutrals like navy and grey and is bold and masculine, so guys, consider a mustard yellow tee under a blazer. For myself, I love a skirt in a graphic gold-and-white print paired with a top in another hot fall color, Prussian blue. Even if your schooldays are over, treat yourself to a little something in the shade of a No. 2 pencil. •