Yesterday was technically the first day of fall and I’m sure I’m not alone when I say my Instagram feed was flooded with photos of changing leaves and riding boots. Sadly it’s still pretty hot in Dallas (and my parents are saying the same about Connecticut, so I imagine many of you are experiencing the same!) so I thought I’d challenge myself to come up with an outfit that feels appropriate for the new season but also not totally out of sync with, you know, the actual weather.
Here are my tips on how to dress for fall when it’s still hot outside. First, look for fall colors on lightweight fabrics. Wearing a cashmere sweater when it’s 80 degrees outside will make you miserable, but wearing a silk tee in a fall hue like burgundy or navy is an easy compromise. Second, consider adding one fall piece (say, a navy blazer or ankle boots) to an otherwise summery outfit (white tee and denim shorts) for a transitional outfit that won’t have you layering from head to toe. Third, bring in fall textures in your accessories as opposed to your clothing. If it hasn’t cooled down enough to wear your favorite leather-trimmed trench coat or suede skirt, look to bags, belts, and shoes to incorporate those materials. In this outfit, an army green silk shirtdress incorporates a fall color palette on a year-round fabric and an equestrian-inspired leather belt and suede sandals nod to the new season without actually adding any layers.
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