5 Tips for a Fall Wardrobe When It’s Still 90 degrees

It happens every year. I run full-fledged into summer, embracing all the bright colors and fun new trends.  I enjoy going to the beach, to the pool, feeling the sun on my skin and wearing sundresses and sandals every day. However, along about late-July/early August I start thinking about fall. And even though I’m kind of not ready, it’s kind of inevitable, what with the famous #NSale that starts mid-July (for cardholders, anyway) and runs for three weeks, school starting back up and pre-season football games.  Just about every blogger and instagrammer I follow are posting pics with boots, sweaters and jeans. And yet here in the South, true fall weather won’t arrive until October, maybe even November. Not that I’m complaining - I love summer. But even I start to hear my OTK suede boots calling (hello, luvvvah!) after several hot and humid months.  So for anyone else out there who lives in a virtual heatwave until mid-fall, here are some tips on how to incorporate a little bit of autumn without overheating.

1.  Pair your favorite summer top with black or gray denim instead of white. This simple tip is essentially the reverse of what we do every Spring & Summer to create the perfect warm weather outfit. So just switch out your white denim for gray, black denim or even wine-colored like I picked up recently from Target (not found online, check stores for availability). Layer on some silver jewelry and off you go.

2.   Find summer silhouettes in fall colors. Whether it’s a sheath dress for work, a day dress for running weekend errands or a tee – select one in a rich Fall color like emerald green, deep turquoise or mustard yellow.

3.       Rock those booties! This trend has been ongoing for a few years now and I’m so glad it’s continuing. They are such a great transition piece that can be worn with a flowy dress, jeans or cut-off denim shorts. And with open-toe versions, there’s no worrying about getting too hot.

4.  Wear light layers. Pair a chambray button-down top with a summer skirt. This works well if you work in an office that blasts the AC or for those cool mornings and hot afternoons that fall can bring.  Wearing a solid tee or a sleeveless top underneath plus a statement necklace works for the office and a graphic tee with sneakers can take you through the weekend. Also, if you are headed out after work or get warm while running errands, the button-down still looks cute tied around your waist. Another layering option is a lightweight scarf in a fall color. I like the casual but put-together look of a scarf with a tee and either shorts or a skirt.


5.  Change out your summer bag. I know, I know…you’re still swooning over your perfect summer bag... (me too!). But adding a structured tote in a rich cognac, exotic texture or a neutral metallic can be just the accessory you need for fall.