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Proof You Can Wear Fall Colors in the Summer—and Beyond

Earthy green, burnt orange, rich camel—you can wear these colors all year round.

By Madeleine Kim

Back in my stylist days, I’d often work with M.M. customers who liked to curate their wardrobes around seasonal palettes. “I’m a ‘winter,’ so I can only wear cool jewel tones,” they’d say, or, “I’m a ‘fall,’ so I never wear blue.” There’s something to be said for creating wardrobe guardrails and narrowing down your choices to make shopping easier. But working within a set color palette can also be limiting and may even stop you from considering pieces that could end up as favorites.

As you reimagine your wardrobe for life in 2021 and beyond, why not challenge yourself to think outside the color-coded box? Maybe you’ll try a bold new hue you never knew you could pull off. Or maybe you’ll brave brunch in an all-white outfit—as long as everything is machine-washable. 

Let’s start with an easy one: Rethinking old norms about which colors are “seasonally appropriate.” Earthy green, burnt orange, rich camel—it all sounds just a tad autumnal. But I’d argue that you can wear these colors all year round (in fact, wearing unexpected colors for the season is a simple way to make a statement). Here’s how to style four of our favorite Earth tones this summer—and beyond.


SEDONA

For Warm Weather

Wearing fall colors in summer silhouettes feels a little contrarian and a lot chic. Opt for the sleeveless Louisa top and textured Fletcher shorts to keep you cool. The gold Luna earrings and the Andie belt, with its tortoiseshell buckle, will complete your color palette.

For In-Between Weather

Pro tip: To ease Earth-toned tops into warmer months, pair them with some light, neutral bottoms. The Charli top in Sedona looks right at home with the Chester pants in biscotti. The Rowan flats in snakeskin and two-toned Mardy earrings add subtle flair to the ensemble.

For Cool Weather

When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with a polished top, comfortable jeans, and fresh sneakers. The Brodie top is an M.M. employee favorite, and with some stretchy FRAME jeans and a pair KOIO x M.M. sneakers, you’ll be ready for anything.

Fern

For Warm Weather

The Nejvi top in fern doesn’t just look perfect for summer—it’s also machine-washable, odor-resistant, and wrinkle-resistant (meaning it’s overnight bag-ready). Pair it with the Caitlin shorts in tusk and the Rowan flats in snakeskin for a complete outfit you’ll want to wear all weekend long.

For In-Between Weather

The Carrie top has full-length sleeves, but its light, airy fabric means you won’t overheat. Tuck it into the flowy Zhou culottes and add the Beebe belt for a look that’s both easy and on-trend.

For Cool Weather

If you haven’t tried the Rogala culottes—stretchy, swingy, and surprisingly versatile—I recommend that you do so at your earliest convenience. Pair them with the Bridget top in fern and some gold hoops for a fit that’s relaxed but not overwhelming.


SANDSTONE

For Warm Weather

Sandstone paired with poppy is a color combination straight out of left field—and that’s what makes it so great. Pair the Louisa top with the Fletcher shorts for an outfit that feels simple but looks like the work of a seasoned style pro (because it is).

For In-Between Weather

The Charli top and Cobble Hill skirt both have subtle texture that makes them look extra elevated in person. Pair these two together for a color-blocked look, and add some slingbacks when you’re ready to head out the door.

For Cool Weather

Cool weather calls for comfy outfits. Try the Brodie top in sandstone with the Milo jeans in fawn and Grace loafers in brown for a tonal outfit that’s relaxed yet put-together.


CANYON

For Warm Weather

Sometimes, all you really have energy to throw on is a T-shirt dress. Luckily, the Hayden dress in canyon pretty much speaks for itself, thanks to its rich color and beautifully textured knit. Add a lightweight linen jacket and some hoops if you want to accessorize a bit.

For In-Between Weather

The thing about in-between weather days is that you can go from sweltering to shivering within a matter of hours. A simple solution: Pair your jeans with a lightweight tank top, like the Rochelle, but keep the matching Tyler sweatshirt handy in case it gets cold.

For Cool Weather

Speaking of the Tyler sweatshirt, I’ve been in at least five Zoom meetings where everyone is wearing it—it’s just that comfortable. Pair the Tyler with your trusty Foster pants in russet and you’re good to go anywhere, all year long.

Madeleine Kim

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is a Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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