While the majority of the rest of the country is putting on their chunky sweaters and riding boots, Orlando still has another month of that classic hot, humid and often unpredictable weather (as I sit here typing this article, it’s 80 degrees outside). Don’t get me wrong, I’m a self-proclaimed “Florida wuss” in regards to weather and I LOVE wearing shorts and feeling the sun beat down on my shoulders. But I do feel a tinge of jealousy toward Northerners when I see all the fabulous Fall fashions they get to wear NOW. Like a friend and I were discussing, Florida girls get so excited to dress for Fall with the boots and coats and accessories (maybe even more so because we get the chance less frequently) but it’s still just too darn hot. Here are some ways to be stylish without sweltering.
Leggings are a sure sign Fall has arrived. They are comfortable and easy to wear. And they are a great layering piece for when it does actually get cold. In the mean time, make sure to stick with thinner and more breathable fabrics like cottons and cotton blends (save the leather and wool for later). For a casual look, try the James Perse brushed jersey legging available on shopbop.com. Pair these with Tory Burch Reva ballet flats and a printed oversized tunic or flirty mini dress in Fall colors. Also available on shopbop.com, are lightweight capri leggings by David Lerner. Try these with a pair of stacked wedges or sky-high Louboutins and a sequined tunic for a night on the town. For the fashionably daring, Free People created the Pucker lace legging (available at Bloomingdale’s) and Diane von Furstenberg created the Emerald printed legging (available at Nordstrom). These both pair well with cutoff denim shorts or a miniskirt a v-neck tee and booties. Leggings are a great way to get the Fall skinny-leg look without the bulkiness of skinny jeans or pants.
Lace is a holiday and end-of-year staple and it’s back again this Fall. Lace can be bold and fierce or subtle and sophisticated. Either way, it screams femininity. It is a fabric that can be very lightweight and breathable and pairs well with many other fabrics. I’ve lived in Florida for 30 years and I spend way more than half of my life in shorts. Lucky for me, and other Floridians, both Madewell (available online) and Free People (available at Bloomingdale’s) offer lace shorts! These will look chic yet casual with a tucked in black v-neck tee, tan lace-up booties and a lightweight scarf. There is no shortage of great lace tops during Fall. Sleeveless or short-sleeve is best to stay cool in the Orlando heat. Try Nanette Lepore’s rich bouquet lace top (available at Neiman Marcus) and Marc By Marc Jacobs’ Dahlia lace top (available at Bloomingdale’s) with a pair of this season’s must-have wide-leg pants.
Designers channeled the 70s and style icons like Bianca Jagger and Charlie’s Angels for this Fall’s must-have wide-leg pants. They are tailored so they elongate the legs, which gives a classy and stylish look. This style is actually great for warmer climates. Because of the width of the leg, the pant allows more air to circulate and helps keep fabric from clinging to your legs. For further comfort, look for lighter-weight materials like jersey, silks or thin denim. Tuck a silky racerback tank in to Theory’s Ruta matt jersey pants (available on Theory, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s websites) and wear with a pair of patent leather closed-toed pumps for dinner on Sandlake’s “Restaurant Row”. For a more casual look, go with denim like the Bette by JBrand or the Hutton by Citizens of Humanity (both available at Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus). Try either with stacked wedges and a flowy sleeveless blouse in Fall colors.
Just because Orlando is a little behind with cold weather and the Fall season, doesn’t mean we Central Floridians have to be behind with Fall fashions. Take these trends and hints above and make them your own to look cool AND feel cool