The chill in the air is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Although it is a force that is definitely not here yet in LA (and maybe it will never come our way), I know some of you are feeling it, especially as the sun starts to go down. I am not going to lie, I am a little jealous of you who are starting to feel fall, as the heat is starting to get to me over here. Sometimes you just want to wear a sweater, ya know? So this post goes out to you, all you non-Angelinos, who are taking on the chill full-steam ahead!
Transitional dressing is some of the hardest for lots of reasons. What colors do you lean towards? Is it still okay to wear white? Are pretty florals out until the heat comes back? Is houndstooth okay for spring? Who cares about all of these rules anyway?
No worries, I’m here to tell you to do what you want! And I’m here to SHOW you how to do your summery dresses for fall. I know, you would be lost without me, so let’s get started…
It all starts with that summery floral print dress that you so loved all summer. But why give it up now? You have to put it away for months on end just because it’s started to get a little chilly? NO WAY! The key is layering something nice and toasty over it, and pairing it with the right shoes for a fall touch. I used the most playful, summery, spin-worthy dress there ever has been and ever will be, from Family Affairs and added the best pumpkin-spice-worthy pieces to complete my looks!
First I went with a pull over wool sweater and maroon oxfords. I really like the way the dark autumnal colors are juxtaposed against the light airy palm pattern of the dress. I wanted to have something that was just as easy breezy as the dress itself, so the pullover sweater was perfect for tying around my waist when I got warm and just as easily put back on. This could work with a sweatshirt just as well! I also made it a point to show a little sock. Socks just scream warm and fuzzy, so I think they are a nice touch to push the outfit more into fall territory.
My second look with my summery style dress was with a button up sweater. This, just like the look before, could be translated into so many different outfits, with so many different pieces! A leather jacket, for example, would be perfect for this. I turned to my trusty vintage cardigan, that I left open and airy to show off the dress.
What’s really awesome about this look are the boots. Bright in color, but still covering your toesies all the while, they keep the dress looking fresh while still really driving home the fact that you are aware fall has come. I think the key to pulling summery style dresses off into the fall is having mostly everything else in your outfit be geared toward cooler weather. Ie. Try to stay away from sandals and wool sweaters, unless those sandals are paired with a killer pair of socks of course…
How do you guys do your transitional dressing? Do you think summery dresses can be done into fall? What about the winter? Let me know in the comments below!
Dress: Family Affairs Legends Palm Dress // Both Sweaters: Vintage // Maroon Platforms: Zara // Brown Bag: Diesel Black Gold // Blue Boots: Aldo // Box Clutch: It’s a long lost childhood friend.
Photography by Eli Sims