How to Wear the Latest Fall Trends Now (and Layer them Later)

Posted by Stacey Thomas on

August can be such a tricky month for dressing because fall is all anyone is talking about, stores have already transitioned their lines, and let's be real it is still way too hot outside to wear a sweater. If you're living in the south like me, you also know that anything resembling fall temperatures are still many months away. So, I'd like to show you five of my must-have pieces for fall and how I'd wear them now (while the weather is still hot) vs. how I'd wear them later (when the temperatures actually drop)


An animal print midi skirt definitely needs to be on your shopping list this fall, and since spring was clearly all about the leopard midi, I thought I'd change it up a bit and show you how to style a python one. These skirts are so versatile and can literally be your best friend when transitioning from summer into fall. 

 For my "wear now" look, I took this python midi skirt from Pink Lily Boutique and paired it with a simple black and white graphic band tee, studded slip-on sandals, and my royal blue statement earrings for a pop of color. Transitioning this same skirt and earring duo into fall is super simple. Swap the graphic tee for a cropped pullover (or tuck it in!), change the sandals for a pair of white booties, and voila you're ready for a crisp autumn day. 


The second item that I think is a total must-have this fall is a corduroy mini skirt. Corduroy, earth tones, and natural materials go hand-in-hand, so I kept all of those elements in mind when I was building these looks. 

 Right now, you can easily pair your corduroy mini skirt with a neutral ribbed tank like this square-neck one from American Eagle. To emphasize the 70's vibe, I wanted to incorporate some natural materials with the accessories, so my extra long wood beaded dangle earrings do the trick. I also included a wood beaded crossbody bag to play off the earrings. With all the texture and detail of the other accessories, I wanted to keep the shoes relatively simple; I reccomend a lace-up gladiator like these

 Taking this look from summer into fall is super easy, just think layers and coverage! Instead of the sandals, go with an over-the-knee boot, and instead of the tank top layer a retro cardigan grandpa sweater over a graphic tee. I also switched up the crossbody for a wood beaded tote, and added a cute free spirit wood hair accessory to complete the look. 


The button-up maxi dress is a really versatile transition piece because it can be worn as both a dress and a duster. Make sure you choose one in a deep color, like this dark green grounded ditsy floral, and make sure the buttons are functional. 

For the "wear now" version, we're going to wear this piece as a maxi dress. Ditsy florals always read boho to me, so adding a wide brim felt hat is a really nice accent. For the shoes and earrings, I wanted to keep it in the rich brown family, so I chose these wooden boho beaded statement earrings and cognac wedges. 

When the temperatures drop, this boho maxi can be worn as a duster. I chose these light wash mom jeans as the base layer with an easy v-neck crochet sweater tank for warmth as well as texture. A block heel taupe bootie pairs nicely with this ensemble, and then to top it off I added this complementary colored skinny scarf which can be tied around your braid or wrapped around your head as a headband to complete the look. 


The fourth and final trend that I LOVE is paper bag waist pants. The sky really is the limit with what you can do here, but I wanted to show you a more classic take on them. 

For my "wear now" version of the look, I'm keeping it neutral and classic by pairing with a silky cami tank top. Chances are you already have one in your closet, so it's easy-peasy. Snakeskin shoes are a great yet subtle way to add some flavor to your look, and these slides work great in this ensemble. For the accessories, we're doing little pops of metallic gold all over, from the gold hoop resin earrings to some stackable rings to some delicate metallic barrettes

To take this look into fall, just swap your white cami for a one-pocket white button up shirt, and change out the sandals for some boots. I am a huge fan of snakeskin boots right now, and these ones from ASOS have a really fresh feel to them. Finally, I recommend a gray trench coat or jacket like this one to really tie everything together. 

I hope this helps you see how to effortlessly transition some of fall's biggest clothing (and earring) trends from summer into fall.  

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