Monday, September 2, 2013

Dressing for Fall... when it's still 90 degrees! (With Erin from Fleur de Lis and Football)

Hey y'all! I'm Erin from Fleur de lis and Football and I'm so happy to fill in for Haley while she's off in Europe. {By happy, what I really mean is that I'm ridiculously jealous that she's galavanting around some of my favorite places and I'm grading papers...} 

Fall is hands down, my absolute favorite season. What's not to love about crisp leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, cool mornings, and absolutely perfect weather? The only drawback to my love of fall is my location. I love living in Alabama, but sweating it out with 85 degree temps while stores are stocking scarves tends to get a girl down sometimes. 

Over a lifetime of whining about the temperature in flip flops when everyone else is skipping in their riding boots, I've found a few tricks for 'faking fall' while not melting when you walk outside.

Here's how I do it:

1. Add a (lightweight) cardigan

I'm a big fan of dresses and skirts, and by adding a lightweight cardigan in a pretty fall color, I can double my closet without sweating. 
Fall cardigans

2. Substitute tees or blouses for sweaters

I want to wear a super warm sweater as much as the next girl, but I would die of heatstroke. These long-sleeve fitted tshirts fit the bill nicely, while still looking seasonally-appropriate. They'd be cute with jeggings or skirts, too.

3. Change your color palette.

Sometimes you can still wear short sleeved items, just in a more 'fall' color scheme. See? Totally works.

Fall dresses

4. Two words: shirt dresses.
Looks like fall, feels like summer. Done and done.
Shirt dresses

Shirt dresses by eeb314 featuring long dresses

Lastly, I'm a huge fan of wearing my riding boots sans tights and (very sheer) scarves when I'm craving a little more fall in my life.

Alright Southern girls, how do you inject a little fall into the sweltering temperatures where you live?


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