How To Dress For Fall if You Live Somewhere Warm

written by BELLA GIL

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Source: Raeann Langas
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Year after year, I get giddy with the idea of fall outfits, cozy sweaters, and changing leaves. And then, year after year, what happens? It’s October, and it’s still 90 degrees where I live. I don’t know about you, but living in a warmer climate is all fun and games until the fall FOMO hits.

Sure, I love and appreciate the endless summer, but being unable to truly live out my Stars Hollow or Bella Swan fantasy always gets overtaken by a sheen of sweat under a knitted sweater and my fan on full blast throughout the night. It doesn’t help that I’m surrounded by in-your-face fall content. (Is it just me, or does apple picking truly look like the most fun anyone can have in October and November?)

Despite it all, I still love to participate in what I believe is best about this time: fall fashion. Sure, it’ll take a while to be able to layer and bundle up—and even then, it only lasts about a week—but who’s to say you can’t adhere to the season while still wearing some of your summer pieces? While the principle is the same, fall fashion looks a little different depending on what kind of climate you live in.

My favorite way to get into the fall spirit is through my clothing. And even though I may be a little restricted, I’ve got some tips for you below. 


Incorporate fall-inspired pieces and textures with your warm-weather staples

Leather, loafers, warm tones, denim, repeat—the options are abundant. It’s easy to get into the fall spirit with this idea. All you have to do is focus on a fall-inspired piece of clothing (think: a leather boot, denim dress, rusty orange jacket, etc.) and pair it with other pieces that work in warm weather. From leather boots and a dress to a rusty orange jacket and your fave pair of shorts, this option is easy, comfy, and cute.


Keep the sandals and slip-ons close by

Don’t put away your summer footwear just yet, because chances are they’ll work all season long. However, instead of pairing them with sundresses and linen, opt for denim or trousers. A classic pair of sandals or slip-ons work well with a great pair of jeans and a cardigan. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me. 


Add a pair of tights

Believe it or not, a thin or sheer pair of tights aren’t as heavy as you may think. To me, a pair of tights and a skirt have always given the ultimate Rachel Green fall vibes. Along with a lightweight sweater and some loafers, this outfit combo is essential. 


Commit to the season in small increments

Incorporate your beloved fall sweater into your outfit, but then wait a couple of weeks to pair it with another warm piece of clothing. This is a great way to slowly dive into full-on fall fashion. Sure, it may be too soon, but no one’s going to blame you for celebrating the season through your personal style expression.


How I’ll be dressing for warm weather this fall:


A denim dress and brown leather details

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A collared shirt and wide-leg jeans

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Oversized trousers and a comfy tank

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A long sleeve top and straight jeans

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A blazer, skirt, and tights

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