I would surmise that those of us who read and/or write style blogs take ourselves fairly seriously to some extent or another. We appreciate looking a certain way and how that makes us feel. Whether for ourselves or others (or a combination of both), there seems to be a definite level of thought that goes into dressing. Never is this more so the case than in F/W. The weather is serious. The colors are serious. The layering is serious. Hell, even the fabrics are serious. And the results, while often very well put together and admirable, can often come off as a bit joyless. I realize I don't speak for everyone, but I am sure some of you will agree. And you know what? Some people really dig that and that's totally fine. At the end of the day you should always dress comfortably both in the literal and figurative sense. But for those of you looking for a little levity don't believe for a second that you can only go that route when the weather dictates. I'm not advocating wearing your next-level "go to hell" S/S wardrobe in the dead of winter by any means, but merely putting forth the idea that you can find an aesthetic middle ground. Being deadly serious or seriously lighthearted are not mutually exclusive. Maybe you start wearing a lapel flower on your tweed sportcoats. Or maybe you grab some lively socks to go with those 2" flannel cuffs. Or maybe you buy a L.L. Bean boot novelty tie on eBay for twelve dollars that a friend sent your way. Just sayin'.