FLORIDA’S FALL FASHION FORECAST
How to Dress for Fall in Warm Climates
BY BECCA Z. TOWERY
The Fall Fashion challenge has come once again for Florida fashionista’s. Dressing for fall in Florida can sometimes prove challenging with our hottest temperatures and highest humidity levels being in September and October. No need to sweat, Just because temps are warm, it doesn’t mean we need to miss out on the fun fall trends altogether.
For my readers, who live in Florida, where it will be a long time before the thermometer will dip, I wanted to share some tips and trends you can embrace this fall even though it is still hot. With a little creativity, you can embrace the best of fall without breaking a sweat (literally). It’s all about adapting the trends. Too hot to wear a leather jacket? Try a pair of leather shorts or a skirt instead. Flannel shirts got you “glistening”? Try tying one around your waist or finding a similar pattern in some material other than flannel.
If there’s one item I gravitate toward every time I go fall shopping, it’s sweaters. But sadly for me, my collection has been tucked away anxiously awaiting temps to drop. And so, I bring out my pullover. I love how this top has the pullover sweater feel without fully committing to long sleeves. To keep the look warm weather-appropriate, pair it with high-waisted cutoff jean shorts. Lastly, finish the look with the ever-popular fall ankle boot, and add key accessories like a pendant necklace, a snake ring, tortoiseshell sunnies, and a flannel-inspired backpack.
Being from a cold-weather climate, there’s one thing I don’t miss wearing now that I live in Florida – tights day in and day out. With that being said, why not go bare-legged while wearing a dress, especially one in a fall color scheme. Pair it with a jean vest that will add extra dimension to the look (like a jacket would) without adding on too much bulk and heat. Finish the look with dainty jewelry, a peep toe ankle boot and — my favorite fall beauty trend -a bright red lip.
The sporty look is another trend that has recently been gaining a lot of popularity this fall. With a baseball tee-inspired top, a baseball cap with leather details, and oxblood studded sneakers, you will be well on your way to emulating this trend for yourself. And if it’s too hot to wear a camouflage shirt, try tying it around your waist. (This is totally okay to do.) Bonus: if it does cool off after sunset, you’ll be prepared. Complete the look with some art deco-inspired statement earrings and a simple bracelet.
For another fall look, bring in a leather piece. I like the idea of choosing a leather skirt in place of shorts this fall because there is less skin-to-material contact. Pair the look with a top that demonstrates fall’s take on printed florals. Lastly, some dainty statement earrings, a stand-out cocktail ring, and burgundy loafers add feminine details to the look, while a metallic bag keeps that urban feel alive.
Real Style challenges you to putt some looks together that embrace an autumn attitude. Keep cool and look fashionable this fall!