How to Dress for the Fall When the Weather Still Feels Like Summer

The leaves are changing color, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are on sale, Halloween candy is front and center in the grocery stores… and yet the weather doesn’t quite feel like fall. How can you dress for the season and the warm temperature? Here are a few hints.


Look for Light Fabrics

During this time of year, your first instinct may be to reach for your chunkiest sweater or fleece-lined, plaid flannel. However, if you throw that on before the temperature lowers, you’re going to find yourself sweating all day long. Instead, build your early-fall wardrobe around pieces in lighter, more breathable fabrics.

Lightweight blouses or jumpsuits will keep you cool while still creating the classic fall look. Or, if you’d rather hang on to your summer tank tops a little longer, pair them with a flowy kimono-style cardigan. Layering like this will protect you from crisp mornings, but you’ll also be ready for the warm afternoons.

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Incorporate Autumnal Colors

Every year, thousands of people come to the Northeast to watch the trees turn incredible shades of yellow, orange, and red. And, if you want your look to celebrate the season, you’ve got to get some of those shades in your outfit!

Playing with prints and color palettes is one of the easiest ways to make your summer wardrobe, including rompers, skirts, and dresses, work well into the fall months. Fill your closet with rich colors, like burnt orange or maroon, and complement these with neutrals like brown, khaki, or cream. Adding these shades can help your summer clothes last longer; trust me, there’s nothing chicer than a long-sleeved fall top and a skirt!

Bust out the Ankle Booties

As soon as September rolls around, most ladies have a paradigm shift when it comes to their shoes. Our footwear should still be cute (of course), but it also has to be practical, keeping our feet warm and dry against the cold, rain, and snow. But don’t reach for your winter boots yet; we have another solution for early autumn.

The first shoes you’ll need are a pair of cute ankle boots. These provide more structure and protection for your feet than your summery sandals and slip-ons, but they won’t be too cumbersome (or too warm on your shins and calves)!

Accessorize Appropriately

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Of course, the easiest way to dress up your look is with the right accessories. During the fall, your accessory style should shift from relaxed and carefree (think beach totes and floppy hats) to classy and versatile.

Look for understated pendant necklaces, stud earrings, and stackable bracelets in shades of gold or silver. Fall is also a great time to bring light scarves into your look. Not only do these add a polished feel to your ensemble but they will keep you warm during those cool breezes. If you get too hot, simply take it off.

With these tips, you’ll be able to rock your favorite fall styles — even if the heat’s still on. So get out there, grab a PSL, and show everyone that you know how to dress for the season!

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