Ask CF: How do I Dress for Fall in Warm Climates?

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Dear CF,

I'm totally loving all the fall outfits you guys are posting; it's getting me so pumped for the cold! However, I'm in school in central Florida, and it's still 85 degrees here, WAY too hot here to start piling on flannels and leather jackets. I was wondering if you could post some outfits geared towards fall in Florida? Thanks so much!


"Fall" in Florida

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Dear "Fall,"

I may not be in Florida, but I do live in L.A. and girl, I feel your pain. These past few weeks alone, temps ran in the mid 80s and even reached up to 100 degrees at one point. And coming from someone who is obsessed with knit sweaters, comfy jackets, and ankle booties, this weather is definitely cramping my fall style.

However, just because temps are warm, it doesn't mean we need to miss out on these fun fall trends altogether. With a little creativity, we too can embrace the best of fall without breaking a sweat (literally). It's all about adapting the trends. Too hot to wear a leather jacket? Try a pair of leather shorts or a skirt instead. Flannel shirts got you "glistening"? Try tying one around your waist or finding a similar pattern in some material other than flannel. To see some of these tips (and more!) translated into an entire look, keep on scrolling. Thanks for the question and enjoy!



Outfit #1

Ask CF-Warm Weather Fall-Short Sleeve Sweater

Product Information: Sunglasses, Shirt, Backpack, Necklace, Shoes, Ring, Shorts

If there's one item I gravitate toward every time I go shopping, it's sweaters. But sadly for me, my collection has been tucked away anxiously awaiting temps to drop. And so, I bring you this pullover. I love how this top has the pullover sweater feel without fully committing to long sleeves. To keep the look warm weather-appropriate, pair it with high-waisted cutoff jean shorts. Lastly, finish the look with the ever-popular fall ankle boot, and add key accessories like this pendant necklace, a snake ring, tortoiseshell sunnies, and a flannel-inspired backpack.

Outfit #2

Fall fashion for warm climates - polka dot dress, denim vest, ruffle socks, oxfords

Product Information:Vest, Dress, Glasses, Socks, Ring, Lip Stain, Bracelet, Shoes

I'm not from a cold-weather climate, but if there's one complaint that I hear most often from those who are, it's that wearing tights day in and day out can get really old, really fast. So with that being said, why not go bare-legged since you can? I love this dress, especially its fall color scheme. Pair it with a jean vest that'll add extra dimension to the look (like a jacket would) without adding on too much bulk and heat. To play off the school-girl vibe of this dress, I brought in some glasses and oxford shoes accessorized with ruffly socks. Finish the look with dainty jewelry and -- my favorite fall beauty trend -- a bright red lip.

Outfit #3

Ask CF-Warm Weather Fall-Hat

Product Information: Over-shirt, Top, Hat, Bracelet, Earrings, Shoes, Shorts

The sporty look is another trend that has recently been gaining a lot of popularity. With a baseball tee-inspired top, a baseball cap with leather details, and oxblood studded sneakers, you will be well on your way to emulating this trend for yourself. And if it's too hot to wear this camouflage shirt, try tying it around your waist. (We promise that this it is totally okay to do.) Bonus: if it does cool off in those lecture halls or after sunset, you'll be prepared. Complete the look with some art deco-inspired statement earrings and a simple bracelet.

Outfit #4

Fall fashion for warm climates: Layered tops, faux leather skirt, smoking slippers, fall jewelry

Product Information: Bag, Shirt, Ring, Skirt, Earrings, Shoes

For this last look, I wanted to bring in a leather piece. I liked the idea of choosing a skirt in place of shorts in this instance because there is less skin-to-material contact. Pair the look with a top that demonstrates fall's take on printed florals. Lastly, some dainty statement earrings, a stand-out cocktail ring, and burgundy loafers add feminine details to the look, while this metallic bag keeps that urban feel alive.

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What do you think?

What's the weather like where you live? Is it warm like it is in Florida and Southern California, or are you already adding on the layers? Do you have any other tips to share?  For those of you in colder climates, how would you make these looks work for you? Which is your favorite outfit? Please leave a comment below to let us know what you think! 

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