You can almost feel the excitement for fall fashion in the air once the calendar flips to October. Although I’m more than ready to wear big comfy sweaters for the foreseeable future, the thought of having to plan a trip home to switch out my summer wardrobe for my cold weather clothes is a little daunting. Usually, I don’t want to commit to not wearing dresses until the spring, especially when the weather gets unpredictable. But don’t start packing your breezy summer dresses away for the fall just yet. Think about incorporating them into fall dress outfits first. With some clever styling, even the most floral, flowy sundress can be at home in your fall closet. From adding accessories to new layering ideas, read on for inspiration from our community members for bringing a little bit of summer into the new season.
Layer a Cozy Turtleneck under a Swingy Maxi Dress
Making a sleeveless dress fall-appropriate by throwing a long sleeve shirt underneath is a classic move. This particular version has a little something special though with the added detail of bell sleeves on the turtleneck.
Add a Textured, On-Trend Hat
If it doesn’t quite feel cool outside where you live, wearing a baker boy hat with a summer dress will satisfy your fall feelings—even if the hot weather says otherwise. Bonus points for using classic autumnal plaid and mustard yellow.
Try Layering an Unbuttoned Maxi over Jeans
This trend seems to be popping up everywhere lately, and the novelty still hasn’t worn off for me. While wearing a dress over pants might seem like you’re breaking some sort of unspoken rule, adding a fun beret and bright white boots pulls the outfit together.
Pile on the Layers for an Athleisure Look
For those mornings where you just want to be cozy in class, but still let your classmates know you’re trendy, play with oversized layers. This combination of chunky white sneakers and two types of outerwear with a fun mini skirt is an eye-catching mix of proportions.
Contrast Edgy Leather with a Girly Dress
A sweet and simple pink maxi dress pairs perfectly with a tough pleather jacket. It’s the easiest outfit ever. The addition of white sneakers and sunglasses make this a perfect option for running errands or exploring your city.
Give yourself a lift with chunky platform boots
A substantial platform and a thick heel keep these booties comfortable. Pairing them with a ruffled white dress like the one above adds a feminine vibe to the outfit. Top it all off with a classic denim jacket so you can adjust to the quickly changing fall weather.
Add Some Sass with Thigh-High Boots
Thigh-highs basically count as wearing pants, right? Pair some with a cute overall dress and a long sleeve shirt or turtleneck. This’ll keep it from looking too club-y for the classroom.
Go Wild in Animal Print and Faux Fur
Take a summery leopard mini dress and top it with a fluffy faux fur jacket for a full animal-inspired look. Sheer tights and ankle booties make this outfit even more fall-appropriate.
Opening image by @emilyciavattaa
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