Our hearts say, “boots, knits, sleeves”, but the weather says, “welcome to summer in LA part two. It’s about to get sweaty.”
I dont know about you but I am so ready for some change in all the ways imaginable. But one of the most fun parts about the seasons changing is arguably getting to switch up your wardrobe! It’s always been a bit of a bitch to really change things up – wardrobe wise – in LA, but we are not as limited as we may think. I’ve been mastering dressing for “Fall” in this town for years, and even if 90% of my looks these days consist of the same three pairs of sweatpants and any number of my pile of free promotional t-shirts, sometimes I leave the house and sometimes I look like this! (Getting dressed still feels good dammit!)
The key to dressing for “Fall” in LA (and not sweating your ass off) is balancing pieces/textures/fabrics. Pick your Fall item of choice (duster, cardigan, boots, etc) and work around it with lightweight pieces. Wanna rock some knee high boots? Throw on a pair of shorts and a tank top. Dying to wear that long sleeve mini? Be sure the fabric is breathable, and polish it off with a pair of sandals. I’ve always found luck in light layering as well, especially if you, like me, love outerwear. (I live for coats, cardigans, dusters, trenches, etc.) And you know what, at the end of the day, if you’re a little hot so what. Did you feel great putting it on? Did you snap the pic? Then wonderful, now peel off a layer or two and grab you an iced PSL! (If you’re into that sort of thing.)
HOW TO DRESS FOR “FALL” IN LA
Without further ado, here are 5 quick outfits to attempt with some pieces you likely have in your own closet! Watch, and then we’ll dig into the details!
OUTFIT 1 | TRY: TALL BOOTS & SHORTS
I have been dying to wear these boots for months. It alllllmost feels appropriate, but screw appropriate, I’m forcing the issue. The only reason I won’t pass out in this look is because I’ve got a comfortable pair of denim shorts, a super lightweight tank top, and I threw on the neutral blazer for fun (great for transitioning into the evening).
OUTFIT 2 | TRY: OFF THE SHOULDER TOP & LONG SKIRT
I love, love, love, one shoulder/off the shoulder tops, especially ones like this with a dramatic sleeve! The great thing about this top right now is that it’s quite literally the perfect Summer to Fall transition piece – it’s a little bit of both seasons. I am really big into *stretchy* skirts right now (lord, anything comfortable) but I love that a long maxi skirt can jazz up an outfit instantly without sacrificing comfort. Pair the look with a pair of sandals and boom.
OUTFIT 3 | TRY: A LONG SLEEVE MINI DRESS
The long sleeve mini has been a trend I’ve actually been seeing a ton of lately while doing my fake online shopping (you know, that thing we do where we just add things to a cart and pretend like we have the money to hit “purchase”) and I think it’s a perfect item for the seasons transition. Bonus points for the more “babydoll” ultra comfortable minis (I hate the term “babydoll dress” but you know what im getting at), extra bonus points for Fall colors like orange, neutral tones, browns, and even reds! This dress might be a little much for Fall, but I’m a little much. (I’d like to think Alexis Rose from Schitts Creek would totally wear this, amiright?)
OUTFIT 4 | TRY: A SHIRT JACKET & ANKLE BOOTS
Another super hot trend I’ve been seeing a lot while perusing the internets has been shirt jackets, or “shackets” as they’re alternatively referred to as (but please don’t call them that… that name is like nails on a chalkbaord to me). I have been a collector of fine flannels and shirt jackets since the times when they only exisisted in the men’s department, so I am thrilled to see they’re making more female friendly options with sexier (?) silhouettes. Get you a shirt jacket already girl! And throw it on over a mini skirt, a pair of skinny jeans, or a pair of shorts and then for the sake of Fall put on your favorite pair of ankle boots. I love these more “cowboy” looking booties personally, and love the comfortable low heel that works well with the casual nature of the shirt jacket.
OUTFIT 5 | TRY: A SLIP DRESS WITH A LIGHT WEIGHT DUSTER
There is no greater feeling in my opinion than wearing socially acceptable pajamas and have that be considered chic. I absolutely love slip dresses and slip skirts, and while I truly think they’re acceptable to wear year round, there’s something particualry fitting about them for Fall I feel like (especially if they’re a darker color). If you, like me, are terrified by the idea of wearing a slip dress, dont be crazy – wear Spanx gf. Another one of my favorite pieces of all time is a dramatically long duster or cardigan – I love being comfy and cozy, have I mentioned that? Throw one over a slip dress, maybe even take it off your shoulders for an even more dramatic look (also for overheating purposes) and pair it with a pair of booties and voila!
DETAILS: Slip Dress – Anine Bing | Duster – no idea it’s my moms (cute similar style) | Booties – Zara (old, similar style) | Spanx – Thinstincts (so light and comfortable, but just enough to smooth things out)