Fall Outfit Ideas: 3 Ways to Ease Into Autumn

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Crisp mornings, technicolor leaves, pumpkins lining neighborhood porches… What’s not to love about fall? It’s been slow to arrive in Indiana, but we’re finally getting a taste of “sweater weather.” That means it’s time a great time to freshen up your wardrobe, try a few new things, embrace layering, and ease into the new season! Looking for fall outfit ideas? I teamed up with Chicwish to share 3 ways to “fall-ify” your style, even in the midst of unpredictable temperatures.

1) Embrace the Dark Side

Does your weather still feel a bit summery? All you need to inject a fall feeling is a darker color palette! No need to dive into heavy fabrics just yet. You can keep wearing your warm-weather favorites, just swap out tops/accessories in lighter shades for something moodier. The Pantone Color Institute (which tracks color trends) suggests hues like chili pepper, biking red, dark cheddar, etc. Neutrals like black or camel also do the trick, as you’ll see in my example below.

fall outfit ideasfall outfit ideas 2019 Lace Top | Pleated Wrap Skirt | Bow Heels | Pearl Hair Clips (12 for $9)

For instance, I remixed this pleated wrap skirt in Pantone’s chili pepper (been wearing it all summer with white tanks) by adding a delicate lace top, fun bag and statement heels. When it’s 70+ in October, black lace will keep you cool, while allowing you to make the seasonal transition. My skirt is sold out right now, but Chicwish usually restocks its most popular pieces (this skirt is among them). Meanwhile, here is a similar option from Ann Taylor and one from ASOS at a lower price point.

I’ve styled this to be a dressier look, but you can easily downplay the formality with ballet flats and cardigan or blazer. Both the skirt and the top are from Chicwish. It has the most comprehensive skirt collection I’ve found to date. If you’re looking for something particular, give it a try! So many unique pieces and lots of classic, feminine lines. I’m especially excited about all the knit options for fall and winter. Here are few pieces I have my eye on…

But be forewarned… You might just go down the rabbit hole and spend hours browsing fall outfit ideas. Chicwish is kinda addictive!

Bowknot Knit Dress (Also in Navy) | Long Sleeve Version | Beaded Hoop Earrings 

2) Try a Lightweight Sweater Dress (Or Skirt)

Usually when I think fall, my mind immediately drifts to chunky, heavy knits. In reality, middle and lightweight fabrics are the way to go in early October. They allow for layering on cool days, but won’t have you sweating if the temps soar.

There are a ton of darling middleweight sweater dress options on the market right now, including this bowknot dress. It offers Chanel-like elegance, but at a pricepoint (under $70) savvy shoppers can appreciate. This particular piece also comes in navy and long-sleeved versions. The A-line shape is very figure-flattering, and I couldn’t be more impressed with the material. It has just the right amount of stretch for comfort. It’s tough to see in the photos, but the skirt also has pleating on it, offering an additional touch of interest.

fall outfit ideasTurtleneck Sweater | Jeans | Tassel Bag

3) Find A Swoon-Worthy Sweater

Ironically—and in contrast to my previous point—my final fall outfit idea involves ferreting out a sweater that makes you smile! Whether it’s color, texture, or a touch of whimsy, there is a statement sweater out there for all of us. In fact, if you look at cost-per-wear, statement sweaters are a really smart investment due to their versatility.

For me, that piece was the Knit Your Love Turtleneck. How darling are these poms? Can you spot the subtle heart shape? It is so darn fun. While this piece is chunky and very warm (40 percent wool), you can mix it with skirts for hotter days and pair with jeans/leggings as the weather cools. I have been wearing this to death. It really doesn’t get any cozier. Here are some other swoon-worthy sweaters to try…

Special thanks to Kelly McPhail Photography for helping me share some of Lafayette, Indiana’s most beautiful spots with you! If you’re local and in need of family/infant photography Kelly does incredible work!

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