outfit: how to dress for fall (when it’s still hot!)

October 8, 2014

Every time around this time of year every Florida girl (and probably add in at least Texas and California girl) are craving fall attire, despite temperatures rarely dipping below 80 degrees. Sad reality.  Two ways to inject a little fall: 1.. find pieces with touches of leather (err, well faux leather in this case). From dresses to blouses, it just adds edge. I picked up this dress in late August and am just getting to it. 2. Check out your footwear. Booties, particularly open toed with a fun pop of polish showing, is another great tip to have fun for fall, and they’re awesome with dresses, skirts and skinny ankle length denim and pants (definitely work appropriate).


striped dress + faux leather details
dress: ann taylor (on major sale!) // booties: sole society (last season; similar) // purse: kate spade (for less: this or this) // necklace: ℅ baublebar // watch: ℅ skagen (obsessed with this studded option!)


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  • TheDecorina

    I love this striped dress! Fall is always challenging for us Florida girls, isn’t it? I am always so envious of the sweaters and jeans I see in the Northern states, that is, until February comes, and it is simply beautiful here.

  • http://www.pennypincherfashion.com/ Kimberly

    Such a cute little dress & love your tips here!

  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com/ Lyddiegal

    I love that dress, and I’m now craving something with leather sleeves. It is a really fun detail. My posts these days are along the lines of “how to pretend it’s still summer when it’s actually fall”


  • http://www.asequinloveaffair.com/ Shira

    Gorgeous! I loved that dress when I saw it in store and now I regret not picking it up!


  • Heidi D.

    This is perfect! Love this dress paired with the booties. Super cute look.

    Heidi D.

  • Cory

    This dress is a steal! Just bought it and can’t wait to style it like you have here. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • http://www.lovelucygirl.com/ Kayla Wallace Gilbert

    You’re just too cute Alyson! I want to give you a big hug! Love the leather sleeves on that dress! : )

  • Katie L

    This is quite helpful!!! It’s 96 degrees at this exact moment in Northern California and it gets increasingly challenging coordinating outfits :-)

  • Happinessatmidlife

    I do have to fake fall too since it’s so hot in CA right now! I bought this dress recently and love how comfy it is.

    BTW, I host a weekly TBT Fashion link up and hope you will join me this Thursday.


  • danielle ericsson

    You look gorgeous! Great photos! This outfit is just amazing!

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  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    This dress is perfection on you, I love the leather details!

  • Laura S.

    Great ideas! I love the dress and the booties!
    xo, Laura

  • http://www.thestylizedwannabe.com/ ashleigh

    Lovely look, the bag and booties are fab and the darker color palette definitely screams cool weather, even if you aren’t having any!

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