{fall fashion for hot weather}

As a Miami-an, it's tough to accept that I won't be donning that perfectly fitting faux leather bomber jacket, the one that instantly makes me look way cooler than I really am, until maybe late November (If I'm lucky!)... But, instead of complaining, us Floridians and Arizonians must learn to adapt to the reality of our weather conditions and tweak the beloved fall-fashion trends a bit to better suit our sweaty-asses. Yea, we all have them.

Here are some of my personal tips on how to wear fall fashion, even when its borderline hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Tip #1 - Pick ONE fall piece and keep the rest of your outfit light. Don't try to pack too many items from your fall wardrobe into one outfit or you'll end up wishing you had an icepack glued to your forehead all day long. For example, if you're dying to wear that chunky knit circle scarf in a chic bundle around your neck, ditch the socks & boots and keep the bottom half of your body on the cooler side by wearing open toed heels or a pair of ventilated flats that keep your toes cool. On the contrary, if you can't hold off on wearing your biker-chic mid calf boots another day longer, then rock them! But keep the rest of your outfit light by pairing them with an over-sized t-shirt dress or some light denim and a flowy top.

Loving these chunky knits and "go-with-everything" booties. Click through to shop!

Tip #2 - Adopt a fall color palette. We all know spring and summer encourage us to cover our bodies in bold brights and pretty pastels. Come fall, it's time to vamp things up a bit and start gravitating towards richer, warmer colors: Burnt orange, forest green, burgundy, navy blue, charcoal grey, etc. Putting together outfits inspired by fall color palettes will make you feel like you're embracing the season's fashion, even if the fabrics are still light and suitable for hot weather. Cotton tees and tanks in richer shades add depth without adding bulk. Accessories in these colors will also enhance the look. Adding a deep burgundy tote to an otherwise neutral colored outfit completely transforms the ensemble without adding any extra layers to worry about.

Quick Tip: Take runway inspiration and adapt it to suit your wardrobe and personal style. 

Quick Tip: Take runway inspiration and adapt it to suit your wardrobe and personal style. 

Tip #3 - Be smart about your weight. No, I don't mean the number you see when you step on the scale. I'm referring to the weight of the fabrics you wear. Let's face it, all sweaters are not created equal. A sweater can be worn year round, including on the hottest of days, when it's made out of the right material. With that said, when picking out your knits, look for fabrics that are forgiving of the heat. Sheer, loose/open knit, over-sized, slinky: all adjectives you want to be looking for. These are the sweaters that will allow you to continue layering (over thin tanks, that is) without having to Hulk-rip them off the second you step out of your car.

The ideal boho-chic "basic" sweater for the warmer fall climates. Click through to shop!

The ideal boho-chic "basic" sweater for the warmer fall climates. Click through to shop!

Tip #4 - Play with your prints. For the most part, fall prints are absolutely breathtaking, not only because of the rich color palettes (see tip #2), but also because of their depth and dimension. Whether you gravitate towards edgy geometric designs, earth-toned nature prints, or classic stripes and plaids, stepping up your print game is a must for fall fashion in hot weather. Incorporate timeless fall prints by rocking a plaid scarf over a striped v-neck and you'll be surprised at how well the two mix. The key to mixing prints is to keep their colors complimentary and their sizes a similar scale. Use that formula and you really can't go wrong.

Sneak peak into my scarf collection. 

Sneak peak into my scarf collection. 

Tip #5 - Keep it tight! It's no secret that by now your summer tan is fading away and your legs might by looking a little less South Beach and a little more Irish countryside. Don't fret, you can take any summer outfit headfirst into the fall season by adding a pair of tights. While they may not be ideal for daytime just yet (thanks scorching sun!), they might come in handy on a night out where you're feeling a little risk-ay and hope you don't get an instant sweat mustache the second you walk into that trendy hot-spot. Tights are great because you have an endless array of colors, textures, and finishes to play with. If you keep the rest of your outfit "light" (see tip #1) you should be good to go. It's all about balance. A less-sweaty alternative to tights are thigh high stockings or socks. Grab a pair in a light weight fabric with an edgy sparkle finish and rock them with some booties on your next girls night out, because let's face it, our guys just don't get the fashion we like! ;)

We obviously can't sit with them! (#meangirlsreference) Click through to shop these looks!

We obviously can't sit with them! (#meangirlsreference) Click through to shop these looks!

The subtle polka dots add just the right amount of "quirk" to a pair of otherwise basic (and classic!) sheer pantyhose. Click through to shop!

The subtle polka dots add just the right amount of "quirk" to a pair of otherwise basic (and classic!) sheer pantyhose. Click through to shop!

Tip #6 - Avoid trend overkill. Don't overdo it with trends and fads if they don't work for your body shape or if you don't feel 100% comfortable rocking it. A head-to-toe trendy outfit is tough to pull off (depends on where you are going and how you carry it or "make it work") but incorporating one or two trendy-ish pieces will keep you feeling fresh and current on fall fashion without looking like you just spent 3 hours on set of the next Forever21 catalogue photoshoot. Remember, the goal is to look effortlessly styled while indeed putting effort into it. #fashion

Tip #7 - Dress your mood! I've found that most of my favorite outfits stem from simply "dressing my mood." You feel the most confident when your appearance reflects your true emotions. Opt for classic monochromatic outfits when you're stressed, anxious, or feeling too tired to dive into an elaborate outfit planning session before school or work. When you're feeling a bit more up-beat, take it up a notch and be bold with your styling options, stepping outsize the comfort zone JUST a little so that you're challenging your personal style but not feeling like you're trapped in someone else's clothing.

 Xx Laura