There’s nothing like taking out the pumpkins and lighting fall candles for the new season when it’s still “summer” weather. Are you guys over it, yet? I am. Fall, I am seriously ready for you!
Unfortunately, it’s still hot most days here in Philly. Ugh. And….I haven’t forgotten about the fall fashion lovers that have hot weather all-year round. For what it’s worth — (in case you haven’t noticed) I despise the heat and love fall fashion, so I’ve been struggling with this topic on the daily. BUT. It’s been another fun challenge and even I can even say I’m feelin’ a little more love for the never-ending heat. Maybe? Positivity.
It’s Still Hot Out. Dress For Fall With These 11 Pieces.
Pessimism aside, I know most of us are itching for some fall wardrobe inspo. Is it not the best? Chic coats, badass boots, allll the cozy loungewear. What a dream. So, what does one actually do when it’s still hot? You can definitely do what I do and fight back by wearing fall clothes anyway. But…I’m usually the one that loses.
Instead of that, I took a look at some of our old posts, investigated fall trends, discussed all of the findings with S (serious business here, people) and came up with 11 tips and staples for a warm-weather, fall wardrobe.
Our biggest tip overall: pay close attention to the fabric content. Look for lightweight materials like cotton, silk and linen. Viscose is generally lightweight, too. When in doubt…look for breezy, loose silhouettes.
1. Think Fall Colors In Summer Silhouettes
Look for linen tanks, Juliet tops…(anything flowy or lightweight, really) in warm fall tones. Or — if you’re anything like me — wear the pretty black top…it always gives a cold-weather vibe.
2. Look For Dresses With Sleeves
Trade bright, sleeveless sundresses for some long-sleeves in richer patterns and deeper tones. Milkmaid/peasant dresses, shirt dresses, babydoll dresses — just some of our fave styles to look out for. They’re typically breezy enough that you can get away with wearing them on a hot day.
3. Dark Floral Anything
Not only does a dark floral pattern give us all the moody fall vibes, but you can often find it in warm-weather silhouettes. Dresses, tops, skirts, jumpsuits…endless possibilities. Just add your go-to sneaks and some pretty fall accessories.
4. Silk Midi Skirts Instead of Shorts
Shorts are a no-brainer when it comes to dressing for the heat. But sometimes, we want something a little special. Look no further than a silk skirt. Chic, breezy and much easier to style than you might think. Slightly tuck a graphic tee and pop on some sneaks, or (if it’s not too hot) add tall boots like Scotti.
5. Or Try Tailored Shorts
Thanks to tailoring, these shorts vibe less like easy-breezy summer, and more like Fall’s Official Business. You can never go wrong with a chic black pair, but if you wanna go full-on fall, go with some autumnal tones.
6. Swap Out Your Sandals for Clogs, Sneaks or Boots
For footwear that’s still cool but a little more fall-esque, we like Vans, Converse or Clogs. If you’re still lookin’ to try boots…Amy shows how you can rock a warm-weather dress with those pretty green boots shown below.
7. Choose Rich, Suede & Shearling Accessories
When it’s too warm for a soft moto jacket or a pair of suede booties — accessorize! You can stick to the classic suede bags in all the rich, autumnal colors: chocolatey browns, caramel tones and olive greens. OR. A recent fav trend? Shearling bags. Sounds funky, and…it definitely is, but it’s the interesting accessory I didn’t know I needed for fall.
8. Pair Lightweight Cotton Sweaters With Shorts
You can see us wearing cotton sweaters and cut-offs all summer long, but they’re also great for transitioning into fall. Cotton sweaters are the perfect topper for a chilly night, but (thanks to the breezy cotton) still work well with the lingering daytime heat. And, they can totally give off a fall look — trade the sandals for clogs and the cream colored sweater for a richer toned one.
9. Wear Fall Makeup & Dark Manicures
Try doing an all-brown smokey eye or swapping out your light manicure for a dark, moody wine. And don’t forget to take a look at the dark lippies —nothing screams fall more.
10. Linen Pants in Fall Tones (Think: Navy, Army Green)
Pants? In this climate? Typically, only if it’s linen. Sometimes we can convince ourselves to wear a loose pair of jeans, but let’s be honest…there’s nothing like some lightweight linen pants to really do the trick. Stray away from the summery beige and cream linen, and look for navy and army green instead.
11. Layer With An Oversized, Lightweight Jacket
We’re not talking about wool…but try pairing cut-offs and a tank top with an oversized, lightweight shacket. The look is v. nonchalant. (And happens to be a team favorite trend right now).
Happy fall-ing, guys!