The first night our late cat Beaudry joined our family, my husband posed this riddle as I dozed off to sleep: “Are a cat’s front paws hands or feet?” My groggy response (which has become legend in our household) was, “They’re arms when he’s laying down and they’re feet when he’s standing up.” I think of Beaudry’s paws at times like this — when fall arrivals hit stores in mid-August and when I need to open my mind to the duality of a garment’s functionality in order to justify certain purchases so early in the season. For example, that which is a ‘sweater vest’ in mid-fall, is a ‘knit tank’ in mid-summer. Let’s have a look at more items we can sensibly pounce on to wear now and layer later.
Wear it with with cropped sailors and sundresses this summer and peeking out of floor-skimming wide trousers this fall. Sissy's pick: Gray Matters Micol Heel.
Wear this year-round essential alone on hot days and layer it under sheer tops this fall. Sissy's pick: Elise Ballegeer Cami Top.
Wear it with flat strappy sandals on summer nights and and with high heel ankle boots and a swing coat in fall. Sissy's pick: Penny Sage Lily Dress.
Wear them with scoopneck ribbed tees and pvc wedges in summer and with statement blouses, a trenchcoat and pointy-toe kitten heels in fall. Sissy's pick: Rachel Comey Workwear Pant.
Wear them with cotton tanks and sandals in summer and with a big wooly jumper and statement heel boots in fall. Sissy's pick: Simon Miller Alder Wide Leg Pant.
Let's see what we can do about that.