Fall, like spring, is one of those seasons that starts very differently than how it ends. On day one, it will probably still feel like the hottest of summer days, and by the end of it, it’ll feel so cold, you’ll already be unpacking your winter coats. In some places, though, it may stay in the 80s or 90s all season long. I live in Los Angeles, where I’ll argue there is a distinct feeling in the air come autumn, but even so, it’s still capital-H Hot. But the nice thing about a warm autumn? It means you don’t fully have to abandon some of your favorite pieces from summer. Ribbed-knit tanks? Keep those! Padded-shoulder tees? Definitely leave those hanging in your closet. Baggy denim? That isn’t going away anytime soon.
I think the key thing to remember when dressing for hot weather any time of year is that layers are your best friend. Fabrics and styles that give you that cozy fall feeling—knits, turtlenecks, blazers, trousers—all have cooler alternatives. Shop knit tanks and crops with mock necks; look for thin, breezy blazers and baggy trousers; choose dresses and skirts that look just as cute with tights as they do without. I personally love a chunky school-girl shoe in the fall, too. Something about them creates that leaves-are-changing-color feeling I always seek out in the fall, and they look great with everything I’ve shopped out here: from ribbed-knit dresses to denim and leather miniskirts. Keep reading to get my tips for dressing during a hot fall.