Indian summer | flirty dresses & tall boots.
I have to be honest; I am eating a bowl of Pumpkin Spice Life cereal at this very moment. I can't tell you it's bad, but I also can't tell you it's good. It was 86°F today, and I am now sitting on my sofa chomping on some attempt by the folks over at Life to jump on a fall marketing trend, but when I see such an odd product on the shelf at the grocery I just can't help myself. This fall has been the strangest season ever in Tennessee.
As you may know, I am not a pumpkin spice girl. I don't appreciate the "basic white girl" culture associated with the flavor, and I don't appreciate the flavor itself. It isn't good. It's too sweet, and I know if you are honest with yourself you probably don't like it either - you just think you should order one when you're in line at Starbucks because the brand creates such an allure around the flavor that you subconsciously crave it because you know you can't always have it. And, if you haven't figured out by now that people really do want what they can't have, then I really just let you in on one of life's little secrets. Didn't I?
I am also one of those people who wants what they can't have. It's human nature. We in East Tennessee always ask for a longer fall season. It's a beautiful time among the mountains colored in changing leaves. The weather is perfect for casually wearing a chunky cable knit sweater with your favorite mini skirt. The breeze blows the crisp leaves from the trees, and honestly, the entire time of year is freaking magical - but, we usually only get to experience it for a few days tops, possibly not even a full week. Now, however, the weather is at least 15°F warmer than the average temperature since 1974. There are no sweaters happening on the city sidewalk, and we are all breaking a sweat just trying to wear a scarf with our favorite sundress. I can't be the only one who is craving the cold. Maybe that explains this sad attempt to eat a little bit of "fall" with my cereal.
This weather does, however, give me the opportunity to wear some outfit combinations I never thought possible in Chattanooga's climate. A leather riding boot with a little sundress would normally be out of the question. It usually falls from very hot to very cold very quickly. Now, the red mercury sits stagnant in the 80s and I frequently have no idea what to wear. So, I am busting out several versions of this outfit a week while strolling through my favorite streets and grabbing little sweet treats (not pumpkin spice flavored). Like spending time in one of Chattanooga's alleyway art installations and munching Día de Muertos themed sugar cookies. These are perfect unseasonably warm fall days.
If you are looking for perfect little flowy dresses to grab during their retail off-season, I've linked some great ones below. (Most of them are on sale!) Pair them with your favorite boots or booties and a fun hat. I like to choose patterns that aren't too summery. Then, when the temp finally drops, you can add an oversized cardigan to the look and really make things happen.
What are your go-to Indian summer looks? Share them with me in the comments below.