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What to Do, What to Wear: Fall Festivals


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The first days of fall are upon us, and the fashion world is greeting the season with open arms in anticipation of layering, cozy sweaters, chunky scarves, and boots.

One of my favorite ways to celebrate the autumn season is to attend a fall festival. What is a fall festival, you ask? It is the epitome of all things fall — think pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hay rides, and warm food… all while being surrounded by gorgeous orange and red foliage.

So if I have convinced you to attend a fall festival, you may now ask, what do I wear? Do not fret: I have put together three outfits that would be perfect for frolicking through a fall festival. (Say that five times fast!) Because most of these festivals take place outdoors, I included multiple layers in each outfit – that way, you can add or remove pieces throughout the day.

Note: I realize I neglected my “warm all year round” states with my what to wear to a football games post last week. (I’m so sorry, I fell so hard for fall, my mind assumed cozy sweaters and boots for all!) This week, I’ve included a special outfit for you guys to make up for my lapse in climate judgment. Enjoy!

Fall Festival Outfit 1

Fall festival fashion: Burgundy skinnies, sweater, knit scarf, ankle boots, rustic accessories
Sweater: H&M, Jeans: H&M, Scarf: Topshop, Boots: Charlotte Russe, Jewelry: Modcloth, Polish: NARS, Tote:

This is a great outfit for picking out pumpkins, taking a hayride, and munching on some grilled corn — all while looking fashionable and staying warm.

Take your super trendy burgundy jeans and pair them with a cozy, neutral sweater. A scarf is a great addition, as it can keep your top half warm when the wind blows and can be thrown into your bag when the sun is shining. Brown combat boots are the perfect shoes to wear for tromping around outside, while a gray nail is perfect for fall. Keep the jewelry simple by adding just a fun ring that pays homage to leaves. Finish off the ensemble with a tote — after all, you may end up leaving with corn, apples, pumpkins, and an assortment of pastries in tow!

Fall Festival Outfit 2

Fall festival outfit: Tunic/dress, knit tights, knee-high boots, cardigan, tote bag
Tunic: Mango, Tote: Etsy, Cardigan: Amazon, Cuff: Guess, Socks: Tea Collection, Boots: Target, Earrings: Wet Seal

The lovely thing about fall is that you can still get away with baring a little skin! Save the full on opaque sweater tights for winter and instead put on some thigh-high knit socks. Put on your favorite tunic dress and layer on a cardigan for warmth. Throw on your favorite boots, making sure that some of the knit sock peeks out from the tops. Finish off the outfit with some statement pieces, like a bold two-tone bracelet and black studs. Again, find your favorite tote and bring it along. I LOVE this one, as giraffes are among my favorite animals.

Fall Festival Outfit 3 – For Warm Climates

Fall festival outfit: Plaid shirt, denim cutoffs, lace-up combat boots, knit beanie
Shirt: Buckle, Boots: DSW, Sunnies: Madewell, Nail Polish: Essie, Shorts: PacSun, Beanie: John Lewis, Tote: Muji

This outfit is dedicated to those of you living in climates that don’t experience a major fall temperature change. Despite the lack of foliage change, I’m sure you’re all still just as obsessed with pumpkin and fall colors as us northerners!

To create a fall outfit for warmer temps, I went with a destroyed denim short and a plaid top. The plaid pattern screams FALL, but the light, breathable material keeps you comfy. A knit beanie would definitely add to the “fall feel” of the outfit, but feel free to forgo it if the temperatures are going to be hot. Bring some shades to protect your eyes, and paint your nails a pretty shade of oxblood red. Finish the outfit off with a tote and some low, chunky heeled boots.

Your thoughts?

Are YOU excited for fall? If so, what are you most excited about? Pumpkin, like me? :) Do you go to fall festivals? If so, what is your favorite thing about them? Let us know in the comments section below!

Posted on on September 29, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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23 Responses to “What to Do, What to Wear: Fall Festivals”

  1. 1
    September 29th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    The first and last outfit are absolutely adorable! Seriously in love with the first look.

  2. 2
    September 29th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I love all three looks! The first would be the one I would mostly likely choose for myself but I would definitely wear them all!

  3. 3
    September 29th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    loveeee these! thank you for including a fall outfit for warm weather states!

  4. 4
    September 29th, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    I definitely own the entire first outfit. Those boots are awesome and I love that nail polish color.

  5. 5
    September 29th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I love outfit number 1.

  6. 6
    September 29th, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Love all these outfits! And I WISH I lived somewhere where I could wear the third one, I’ve started wearing my winter coat out already! I think the first is probably my favourite though.

  7. 7
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    These outfits are absolutely LOVELY. Fall is my favorite season! And my favorite outfit is Outfit Number One. I love the colors mixed together, it’s perfection.

  8. 8
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I absolutely adore outfit #1!

  9. 9
    September 29th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love the first outfit! In fact, I probably own something like it already, lol!
    I’m so happy we’re starting to see fall clothes on here!

  10. 10
    September 29th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Ooh! Now I wanna go to a fall festival! beautiful outfits! <3

  11. 11
    September 30th, 2012 at 5:10 am

    I absolutely love the first outfit! It’s gorgeous and it brings the urge to go out and shop for those specific items!

  12. 12
    September 30th, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Thank you all for the feedback! I love that you’re all as excited about fall as I am! Outfit number one seems like a hit! :)

    Are there any other activities you’d like to see outfits for??

  13. 13
    September 30th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Love all of these!!!!! Im so excited for fall foliage. I didnt grow up with it in florida, but going to school in Mass makes up for it a lot.

  14. 14
    September 30th, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    That fern ring is rad! Nymph style – it’s about to happen, I just know it.

  15. 15
    September 30th, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I love all of these outfits!!! Especially the pants from the first outfit!!! They are adorable!!!

  16. 16
    September 30th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Really like all of these outfits– especially the one for warmer climates! Danielle, you should do a post on what to wear to places like Halloween Horror Nights or similar haunted houses/Halloween attractions. I’d love to see what you could come up with!

  17. 17
    October 1st, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    I can’t wait for it to get cooler! I have started a growing collection of boots for fall! Chinese Laundry has a really cute selection right now and a few pairs that are under $100!

  18. 18
    October 1st, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Super cute socks in outfit 2 – It’s just too bad that with the largest size being “7/8Y” they’d probably only fit on my arm…maybe stick to sites that aren’t selling childrens clothes?

  19. 19
    October 2nd, 2012 at 7:28 am

    the first outfit is gorgeous!!!
    love every bit of it

  20. 20
    October 11th, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hey, nice outfits. I’ll definitely wear them to a festival in fall. Can you do a post on theme parks in fall? I know College Fashion has several posts on theme park outfit ideas, but they are all for summer.
    Thank you for these outfit ideas and nice post!

  21. 21
    October 16th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    LOVE outfit #3. Unfortunately,being a permanent resident of a ‘warm all-year round state’ my freezing point is in the 60s! I would probably find myself in something closer to number 2- I can’t stand the cold.

  22. 22
    August 8th, 2014 at 4:52 am

    i really love them. outfit 2&3 were so cute & fabulous.

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