Wool Tights – A cold weather essential for those who get tired of wearing jeans everyday, wool tights allow you to repurpose those cute summer dresses you just can’t bear to put away for the season. Classic black and heather gray are great basic colors while navy blue, hunter green and crimson tights can add a pop of color and dimension to an otherwise bland fall wardrobe.
Boots – For men and women alike, boots are essential for survival on campus during a Maine winter. But let’s be practical here; Uggs do not qualify as fashionable or functional footwear. This season, invest in a quality pair boots, whether tall or short, heel or no heel, and keep them weatherproof using a water repellent spray (I recommend Meltonian Waterproof Spray, $4.99 on Amazon.com). Boots are an essential item in any fall wardrobe and will keep your feet dry and looking good while you trudge across campus during a nor’easter.
Oversized sweaters – The appearance of sweaters on campus is always a sure sign that fall has arrived. This season stock up on oversized turtlenecks, chunky cable knits and thigh-length cardigans that can be belted or tied around the middle. For men, layering a basic sweater over a colorful button-down shirt is both functional and fashionable. Choose solid colors for versatility and patterns when you want to make more of a statement.
Jewel Tones – The bright acid colors of summer have begun to fade, to be replaced with the rich jewel tones of fall. With names like emerald, garnet, amethyst and citrine, jewels tones certainly live up to their namesake. Try peppering a basic black outfit with one or two jewel-toned pieces of the same shade, or mix and match multiple colors. If that is too much, let your accessories do the talking with clutch bags, scarves and belts in rich tones.
A Clean Face – Makeup this season has a visible gothic influence, featuring colors such as grape, burgundy, charcoal and chocolate. September’s arrival means it’s time to retire the bronzer and self-tanners, and go for a more natural, clean skin tone. For the face, focus on one feature using bolder, richer tones. Use a lip exfoliating scrub (Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment $22.50, Sephora.com) and sheer gloss under cranberry and wine-colored lipstick to prevent chapping and flaking. For eyes, go for a softer charcoal or coffee-colored shadow and a slightly darker liner, as opposed to a traditional black smoky eye. Remember, the sun still shines even after the snow begins to fall, so please don’t forget your SPF!