Fall Fashion in the Time of COVID

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It is my favorite time of year: fall. I am always eager to write pieces on fall fashion (see my transitional fall piece of the past here), but found myself stumped this year. This fall is remarkably different from the ones we have seen before. Time has seemed to stop. What is fall? Are we really already halfway through it? How can we bring fashion into this brave new world that seems to know nothing of time? How do you stay chic while limiting your interactions? The places we go are different and the things we engage in are certainly not the same. However, our ever-changing world keeps spinning, despite a pandemic. So naturally, us fashionistas (and fashion-forward gents) must evolve as well. Here at Houston Hotel Magazine for our seasonal fashion piece, we consider at-home fashion options, a few outfits to have on deck for events we might attend, and end our fashion analysis by asking readers to consider treating yourself for sticking it out during this exhausting year.

Diamond and Ruby solitare ring in 18k gold – DeBoulle Jewelers

Around the House

First, let’s talk about loungewear. It does not take a rocket scientist to calculate that we have been using all of our “around the house,” genre of clothes ad nauseum for the past several months. So why shouldn’t we treat ourselves to the coziest of options? This author recently had a birthday and I was gifted the most magnificent set of cozies I have owned to this date. Behold, Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Ultra Lite set.

(image courtesy of Magpie’s Gifts).

What makes this set special is the adorable pullover, that, believe it or not, can be worked post quarantine. The pullover has a drawstring waist and is made of a fabric so soft, you’ll feel like you are being kissed by angels. I myself have discovered that it looks fantastic with your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Good news for our male readers if this set doesn’t come in your size-you too can feel the fuzzy joy in the form of a blanket that is also available here. Happy lounging ladies and gents!

Gameday or Watch Parties

Many of us have a circle of friends or family members we have had the opportunity to keep in our “inner circle,” mid-pandemic. If your friends are from the South, like ours, you know football or sports, in general, have stopped for no man (or woman). This season is no exception! College football will be around until the championship on January 1st, so there will be plenty of time to support your favorite team. I have had the honor of watching more than one football game with trusted friends and found myself asking-what should I wear? Luckily the lovely ladies of Hemline River Oaks stepped up to help us with some styling. Their location has a collection of cute shirts for every team you can imagine.

Longhorn or Aggie? They have you covered. Check out their curated feed of looks here on their Instagram to get an idea of the quality of clothing and styling you can expect when stopping into their store!

We loved working with this group to put together this look below-you can snag everything from boots to purse from Hemline River Oaks. For football watch parties, comfort is key, so the team paired a cozy spirit t-shirt with an adorable leather-textured skirt. Because it is fall, no matter what the thermometer says, the team paired a pair of cowhide booties with a felt hat for a look that reads “gameday fall chic.” We are taking notes.

Outdoor Weddings

For engaged couples, this year has been troubling, to say the least. While they would love to be supportive “in sickness and in health,” that does not mean that couples want to take a risk with their wedding guests’ health. Based on CDC standards, many venues previously used, might not be safe now.

As a byproduct, 2020 has seen a wave of outdoor weddings. From ranches to beaches to backyards, betrothals have been given a breath of fresh air-literally. Since the staff of Hemline River Oaks was so helpful in our outfit planning, we decided to see what the crew had in mind for attending an outdoor wedding.

The Hemline team styled our lovely model in a universally flattering silk piece that could be used to attend an outdoor wedding, or for another formal, outdoor event. This maxi length dress elevates a timeless fabric via beautiful draping. This perennial piece is available in a variety of colors and would look lovely under a classic coat if the weather cools off.

The Hemline team styled our lovely model in a universally flattering silk piece that could be used to attend an outdoor wedding, or for another formal, outdoor event. This maxi length dress elevates a timeless fabric via beautiful draping. This perennial piece is available in a variety of colors and would look lovely under a classic coat if the weather cools off.

Treat Yourself

It’s no secret that this year has been hard on all of us. We think it’s time for a little TLC. Our favorite kind of self-care sparkles. Cue a visit to our friends at deBoulle. We have written about how they are the coolest jeweler in the area, and we mean it. This jeweler is known to provide exceptional quality service to its clientele. Some say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I believe that rubies are a girl’s best friend (sorry Marilyn…) and you can find your new best friend at deBoulle. They have a gorgeous ring, featured at the top of this article, that will light up any room. Rubies have a rich coloring that harkens to fall or winter and warm our hearts. Local Houstonians will know deBoulle has a collection of drool-worthy timepieces to suit any watch lover. Consider grabbing one if you don’t want to be late to any more Zoom conference calls. Another pick we loved from deBoulle provides more of the glitter you might need to light up your world right now-a set of beautiful bangles. Nothing can help you beat the quarantine blues like a wrist full of chic glamour. This versatile set, pictured below, can be dressed up or down, and will surely become a staple in your day to day wardrobe. 

In Closing

This time next year we hope to share fabulous fashion from around the Houston area again. We hope to be sharing outfits to wear to travel in or outfits to attend the ballet in. We hope to be sharing a great gown for a gallery opening or gala, but while the world is slowly starting to open up again, we hope you stay safe, sound, and stylish in interim! 

Outside of analytics, Nicole finds pleasure in photography, fashion, art, puppies, and all the greatness Houston has to offer. Her personal, eclectic style is always changing but came together after years of following fashion shows, vintage shopping, and working with stylists.