How To Rock Fall Fashion In A Warm Climate

You know I am so jealous of you who are enjoying a True Autumn now. The changing leaves, cool breezes, pumpkin lattes and the boots! We in the southern climates still yearn for new Fall fashion, but we have to be more patient and more creative. Or bite the bullet and sweat through our cashmere.

I put away my floofy lightweight summer tops, so I am left with classic tees, a couple of print blouses (similar), my favorite boyfriend jeans (sim), some fab new cardigans (sim) and my best oxfords (sim). This will be my uniform till the chill arrives. And I need to add just a couple of new (or thrifted) pieces to round out my Florida Fall fashion.

The keys to dressing for Fall while still warm are the usual style components we all have learned: color, fabric, details, and silhouette. The colors tend to be deeper – more emeralds and burgundys for me; the fabrics cozier and the chiffons put away; the details more rich; and the silhouettes a bit crisper.

And here is my wish list for the next couple months:
Dark boyfriend jeans. I already have a pair but a second would be grand. I like them slim but not tight and cropped or rolled at the hem:


These are one of my favorite pair – cool and classic and not too low-cut or snug.

A leather or leather-like skirt. Some days I feel like a skirt, but not my white eyelet one. I have an A-line denim skirt and it’s a core piece, and I’d like to add another skirt in a Fall neutral:


I love the look of a faux leather (if retail) or real leather (if thrifted) slim skirt. This goes with every top in my closet, and it’s not “ordinary.”

Cashmere vee-neck sweater. Ahh, the best fabric of Fall. And a lightweight cashmere sweater is wearable now, and later with a blazer. I have a medium gray one that I thrifted, but it’s not my best color. How about a Red Ochre? I’ll wear this one with the skirts and of course the boyfriend jeans.


Soft and cozy and not too weighty. This sweater comes in ten colors, and it’s under $100.

Cool closed-toe shoes. I have enough (what?) boots and booties for the moment but would like to add something funky, comfortable and lively:


I’m crazy for these Dr. Scholl’s suede and patent loafers.

And last but far from least, some new tights/leggings. I have black covered so I plan to expand my collection:


These harlequin print tights will be fun to add.


No heavy sweaters, velvet pants, or sherpa jackets yet for us down south, but we can still party on in Fall fashion. What’s on your Fall shopping list?


Stay fabulous,


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  2. Love this post as I live in hot, humid Houston, TX. We definitely have to be creative to trick ourselves into dressing for autumn. I also change my color palette wearing pumpkin, rust and brown to kinda make up for the lack of changing leaves color. I’m into making vests at present because sweaters would be too warm and have (mostly) put away my sandals. Love the loafers you mention.

  3. Oh, I agree, Patti! I’m just so ready for fall, but it’s still a/c weather. I’m doing very similar things: long sleeves, vests, light layers, richer colors. But I’m longing for sweaters, jackets, boots!

  4. You had me at “cashmere” – that is my go-to wrap to pair with both pants and skirts.

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