Summer is fading fast, and it’ll be football season before we know it.
This time next month, we’ll be dusting off our favorite jackets, trading sandals for boots and sporting perpetual hat hair.
If you’re already dreaming of cozy sweaters, here’s a tease of what fall in KC will look like.
These six locals excel at showing off their personal style on Instagram, and now they’re taking it to the streets and sharing their fall fashion inspiration.
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Tamra and Tasha Wright
Tasha and Tamra Wright may live in different states, but they stay close through their fashion blog, Made Alike Style.
The 30-year-old twin sisters, who were recently featured as guest editors in the July issue of Marie Claire, post photos of outfits multiple times a week to their blog. They regularly pull pieces from Forever 21, where they both work. Tamra is a visual merchandiser in Kansas City, and Tasha is a fashion merchandising manager in Chicago.
Tamra and Tasha both name another affordable fashion store, Zara, as one of their favorites.
“Every time I’m in a state that has Zara, I’m in the store for about three hours,” Tamra says.
Though they share love for Zara, many of the sisters’ style choices seem to diverge from there: Tamra is into lace-up oxford shoes for fall, and Tasha is dreaming of platforms and booties. Tamra is all about classic blue denim, but Tasha is rocking emerald green and mauve.
Both women name velvet as their favorite fall trend.
“I’m excited about velvet, leather, fur and suede coming together and becoming best friends,” Tasha says.
Another must-have they agree on is lipstick. Tamra recommends Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, a bold red best paired with a swipe of confidence.
If you run into Seth Anderson this fall, he’ll probably be rocking a neutral bomber jacket, an oversized scarf and black leather Rag & Bone Chelsea boots.
“I love how easy it is to amplify the most simple look with a bomber jacket,” says Seth, 25, who lives in midtown Kansas City. The bomber shape is surprisingly versatile.
“You can keep it casual and comfortable by going the knit route, or sleek and trendy with a silk quilted bomber for a more edgy look,” he says.
Seth works on the visual merchandising team at Halls on Grand, 2450 Grand Blvd., where he designs window and mannequin displays. When he needs a jolt of creativity, he heads to New York City, where he once interned for Elie Tahari.
“When I’m in New York, I always have to make a stop at Barney’s,” he says. “They carry the most current and up-and-coming designers, which are always so cool to see in person.”
At home, Halls is his go-to, of course.
“Whenever new shipments come in, I start making a mental checklist of all of the things I need to buy,” Seth says.
Anaphora, a boutique in Overland Park’s Prairiefire development, 5601 W. 135th St., is another favorite, especially for basics.
“They do such a good job with bringing some coastal vibes to the Midwest,” Seth says. “The store’s overall aesthetic is clean and minimal.”
“Clean and minimal” also describes Seth’s skincare regimen. He freshens up with toner in the morning and in the afternoon. He swears by Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist by Kiehl’s.
“I don’t want to hear, ‘Oh, well, guys don’t use toner!’ ” he says. “Your face will thank you.”
When it comes to pulling off a strong and confident look in the Midwest, Seth has one big tip: “Be real in who you are, the way you carry yourself, and the way you dress,” he says.
“You don’t need to try to impress anyone. Unless you’re going to an interview — then you need to slay.”
Follow Seth on Instagram @vulgarminimalist.
Carina Spencer designs knitting patterns for a living. Her designs are published in magazines, sold on her website, carinaspencer.com, and in her self-published book, “Midwestern Knits.”
So it’s obvious what fall fashion trend Carina is excited to sport as the weather cools: knitwear.
“I usually reach for a shawl or bandana-shaped cowl first,” she says. “They add instant texture and coziness to your look and are practical for keeping warm.”
Carina is also into slow fashion, which places emphasis on building a wardrobe out of handmade, quality items that last a long time. She says the movement is all about becoming “more mindful and informed about where our clothing comes from, and what environmental impact our buying habits may have.”
For inspiration, Carina follows @slowfashionoctober on Instagram. In turn, she inspires more than 3,200 of her own followers with snaps of nature, knitwear and her dog Lu. (Follow her @carinaspencer).
Whether she’s shopping or knitting garments for herself, Carina keeps an eye out for specific colors.
“My favorite color for fall is pretty close to one of Pantone’s picks for fall, Spicy Mustard,” she says, “but with a hint of olive mixed in, like a warm, golden green. I’m loving this color worn with accents of aubergine or pumpkin.”
Those warm fall colors will look great with a bit of a summer sheen, which Carina fakes with Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer.
She says a dot of the luminizer added to moisturizer or primer “makes your skin glow and looks lovely on everyone.”
Carina’s best fall fashion advice: “Wear what makes you feel good about how you look regardless of arbitrary ‘fashion rules’ based on age and body type.
“When your style matches who you are, you feel confident.”
Dominique Smith, a model and H&M employee who lives in North Kansas City, has confidence for days.
His Instagram, @01.03.96, is a combination of styled photo shoots and candids with friends, but Dominique always looks pulled together.
His confidence secret: “Believe in anything!” says Dominique, 20.
“If you think you can pull something different off, be that guy or woman — pull it off and be different.”
Outfit must-haves for Dominique are bracelets or a watch, a fresh haircut and a basic shoe. He’s looking forward to wearing a lot of olive green and cream this fall but doesn’t have his eye on any specific trends.
Dominique’s approach to style is simple.
“Have an open mind and enjoy styling yourself,” he says.
“Be different — you can either set trends or follow trends.”
Ashley White’s 6-year-old fashion blog has been featured everywhere from PopSugar to Marie Claire. Le Stylo Rouge is her place to share killer outfits with a boho vibe.
She also shares style shots with more than 11,800 followers on Instagram; check her out at @ashrockchalk.
The place she drops the biggest bucks, though, is Nordstrom.
“At this point, they should just set up a cot in the back for me,” says Ashley, who lives in Overland Park.
Right now, she’s scouring those racks for a dressed-up bohemian vibe, a look she spotted on fashion runways.
The 31-year-old style blogger has a few tips when it comes to pulling off runway-ready fashion.
“Do your brows, smile big, have fun,” she says.
Her best accessory is a classic pair of aviator sunglasses.