Ready for fall fashion but it’s still hot outside? Story of my life here in Atlanta. It doesn’t start cooling down here until October, but my heart is ready to start wearing booties and layering scarves as soon as September hits. Fall is my favorite season to dress for, so I like to make the most of my fall wardrobe before it’s too cold. I’m sharing 11 style hacks so you can start dressing for fall now, even when it’s hot!

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Choose items with lighter fabrics and shorter hemlines

I love to style short dresses for fall by pairing them with fall accessories. Stick with short sleeves and tank tops when it’s still hot out.

Wear closed-toed shoes

Switch out your sandals for a closed-toe loafer or shoe. I love to wear mule shoes such as the Gucci loafer so it’s not fully enclosed when it’s still hot. If you’re wanting to wear booties look for an option with perforation or cutouts on the side to keep your foot cooler.

Add in suede or leather

I reach for a suede skirt early into the fall season. The material is great for Fall but the shorter hemline will keep me cooler.

Reach for darker fall shades

Think camel, earthy-tones, and rust for your fall color palette. You can also look for fall-inspired prints like plaid and buffalo check.

switch out your handbag

If you’ve carried a straw bag throughout summer, switch it out for a leather bag. You can also add in prints like snake or leopard print to add an extra touch of fall.

add a felt hat

One of my favorite accessories is adding a hat! I wear a straw hat throughout summer to protect my skin from the sun, but come fall season I switch it out for a felt or wool hat. I rounded up the best fall hats here!


throw up your hair

if it’s hot under your fall layers, throw up your hair into a chic bun or ponytail to get it off your next.

add flowy layers

Grab a light layer such as a kimono in a fall color or print to layer without the heat. You can also go for a vest since it’s a sleeveless option. One of my go-to outfits during early fall is pairing a stripe basic top with an olive vest.

deepen up your lip colors

I love to wear bright pink lip colors during the summer, but to give your look a fall touch switch it out for a deeper “your lips but better” or rosy toned lip color. This is my favorite everyday lipliner and lipstick!

switch up your nail color

Switch our your summer manicure for something more fall appropriate, such as gray or a darker shade. Neutrals will work year-round, though!

play up your accessories

If you don’t want to add extra layers don’t underestimate your accessories! Add-in a touch of leopard print, a flowy scarf in a fall color or print, etc.

play with balance

Don’t layer too much at once. If you’re going to wear jeans, stick with something much cooler on top such as a cami or short sleeve top to stay cool.

Wear flowy or distressed jeans

Wearing tight jeggings when it hot…no thanks! Instead of trapping in body heat with a skinny or tight fit, wear a distressed or boyfriend type jean to stay cooler.


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  1. Jen wrote:

    Love your style and all your recommendations! Can you recommend a good dupe for your leopard clutch from Nordstrom?

    Posted 9.3.19 Reply