Fall weather is slowly starting to show up and I’m excitedly preparing my wardrobe. However, for us coastal girls, there's a bit of a hiccup in that seasonal process. We really don’t get to see fall like others do. Here in Miami—and having lived in Los Angeles I can say the same for them—our fall temperatures are a drop from the 90s to the high 70s. It’s not nearly cold enough to wear a complete fall outfit so you’ve got to work with what you have. That’s why I’ve put together a guide on how to tackle a fall wardrobe with only four items when you live in warm climates.
Fall is all about layering. So layer! The trick here is to go light and layer very thin pieces. This is where vests play a big role. Vest are easy and versatile pieces to throw on over almost any outfit. It's that extra layer of light warmth that screams fall! Below, West Coast Crystalin added a a denim vest to her casual fall look. Click here to see how Crystalin wears denim vest for any occasion!
Fall vests aren't just limited to denim! We love leather, cargo, fur, and tweed! Shop other great vests:
My second must-have items for fall wardrobing in warmer climates is shorts. If you want to wear a fabulous fall sweater or jacket like the one Blair is wearing below, you simply cannot afford to wear pants with it too—unless you have a meltdown wish. This look fuses fall in warmer places perfectly. You can wear a sweater, layered over a lightweight chiffon blouse, and leather shorts.
Shop fall short options here:
My third fall must-have is a great pair of booties. Wearing booties with shorts, overalls, skirts, and even pants can get you into the fall spirit without making you sweat the reality of high temps. Krystalin pulls off this semi-warm ensemble by incorporating layering—a leather jacket and booties paired with easy short overalls.
My fourth must-have is a leather jacket! Leather jackets are the end-all, be-all of the fall season. In my opinion, leather jackets are the one item you must purchase this fall! They're in almost every store and come in different styles and colors—you're sure to find the perfect one! Like I said about shorts, if you're going to wear a heavier top, dress appropriately on the bottom—you don't want to melt in the coastal heat. Below, Nicole gets this trend just right. She layered her leather jacket over her gingham blouse and paired the two with easy-breezy shorts to stay cool.
Remember, the pieces you need to have this fall to create any of these outfits are:
- A vest
- Denim, leather, or tweed shorts
- Leather jacket
When you begin to crave cider and hot chocolate, but find yourself with your AC blasting just remember, you can keep your summer pieces around all year long by adding vests, shorts, leather, and booties here and there. It's a fair compromise.
Find more fashion inspiration from Nicholl at The Chiffon Diary!