How To Dress For Fall When It’s Hot

How To Dress For Fall When Its Hot

I don’t know about you all, but here in Atlanta, the fall weather has been nothing BUT fall-like. The mornings have been cool and crisp. To be honest, they’re glorious. But come noon, it’s hot as can be and by 4pm we’re roasting outside! It can really be a challenge to dress for this weird in-between weather. Especially when you’re having a heatwave by 4pm.

Getting dressed for a day like that can be a true challenge. Should you wear a jacket? Do you still wear sandals? There’s a lot you can do but also still feel like you’re tapping into fall fashion without dying from the heat. I’m all about strategic layers. Opting for shorts but wearing a bootie. Or choosing jeans and a fall hued tank top. You just have to think about the season in a new way until we truly commit to real fall temperatures. Here’s how to do get dressed when transitioning from summer to fall the right way.

How To Dress For Fall When It’s Hot

When going from summer to fall, this time of year can be a real challenge wardrobe wise. I’m here to help solve that problem for you! When thinking about how to dress for fall when it’s still warm weather outside, think about these tips next time you’re staring at your closet and asking Google what the temperature is outside.

Go For A Fall Color Scheme

You can 100% get away with wearing more summer-like items if they’re at least in a fall colorway. Think burgundy, hunter greens, browns and navy. These colors feel like fall, so if you’re wearing a t-shirt dress in one of these colors, you’re already half way there. A great way to do this too when it’s super hot out is to grab those summer favorites like an eyelet dress but in a fall color.

Embrace The Tank Tops

I think the best thing for fall is a great tank top. This look is a perfect way to embrace the season of fall with summer temperatures. The tank is in a fall color palette, I’ve added suede shoes but I’m not dying from heat! Tanks also make a great piece for layering. Head to the next tip to learn why!

Choose Light Layers

When it’s freezing in the morning but hot in the afternoon, light layers are your best friend. This is why I love a great tank underneath any kind of jacket. Leather jacket, suede jacket, utility jacket or oversized cardigan. By keeping something super lightweight and ideal for hot weather underneath your more fall-inspired layer, you give yourself the wiggle room to get a little relief from the heat. They add enough warmth without going crazy with a full-on jacket. Personally, I love a great utility jacket or dark denim jacket. They’re light enough to wear all day but feel appropriate for the time of year.

Add In Fall Accessories

You can wear shorts and a tee but still look like you’re ready for fall if you add in all the right fall accessories. Add a suede bootie, or a wrap or kimono. Swap your summer bag out for something more fall inspired like suede or shearling. Little nods to the season can make all the difference in transforming your simple summer outfit.

Opt For Dresses

The trick I’ve been using the most, great dresses. I’ve been taking my go-to summer dresses and toning them down for fall. Add a utility jacket or chambray shirt over them for a quick fall switch. Swap your sandal for a bootie or loafer. Just keep in mind what kind of dress you are wearing. Not all of them will work so definitely keep your true summer dresses (anything linen or eyelet) stored once the season switches over. But I love a great dress since they let you stay cool thanks to showing some leg or the breezy silhouettes! This one has been great to add a jacket around my waist and simple bootie!

Warm Weather Fall Outfit Ideas

To get you inspired for this crazy-ass fall weather, here are a few of my favorite warm-weather fall outfits to recreate.

Shorts With Booties

This combination is so easy for the weekends. It’s one of my favorite combos to wear. Again, when you think of your color scheme, go for fall hues. My plum bag, brown suede shoes, all feel like fall!

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Dresses Styled For Fall

Just take some of your favorite dresses and pop an easy light layer and fall shoe. Voila, fall outfit without dying from the heat. A few of my favorite looks here, here and here.

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The Best Light Layers

This is such a great way to not only look the part for fall, but also pull a nice outfit together. A third piece like a jacket or cardigan makes an outfit feel so much more put together. Whether you do a utility jacket or leather one, or a light cardigan or wrap, you’ll easily transform any look for fall with this trick.

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Fall Colors

When you choose fall colors, you instantly look like fall. Even if you’re wearing a short sleeve top, or mini dress. These looks perfectly resemble my style come fall when it’s hot out. Fall booties and leopard prints, but still keeping things light so you can stay cool.

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Jessica is an Atlanta life and style blogger. Aiming to bring practical tips to your every day life. Tips that you can easily tackle and make your life feel just a tad more 'put-together'.

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  1. 9.30.19

    I feel like it’s never gonna get cool here in Atlanta! Love all the looks!

    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

    • 9.30.19
      Jessica said:

      Nope. Never. Gonna die of heat stroke this week!

  2. 9.30.19
    Rachel said:

    The weather up in Boston has been so hot and cold, it’s driving me nuts!! I never know how to dress. Love these tips and can’t wait to incorporate them into my fall style!


    • 9.30.19
      Jessica said:

      Driving me bananas. I just want a chill in the air!