6 Fall Fashion Statements For When it's Still Hot Outside

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Mock Neck Tank Top

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As much as I can’t believe it, fall is in full swing! I’m not sure how we found ourselves here again so soon. 2018, can you slow your roll, PLEASE?

To be clear with you guys, fall is one of those seasons that’s a total myth and mystery to me. I’ve never in my entire life lived in a place that experiences a proper ‘fall’ – the type that warrants PSLs, changing leaves, and first signs of snowfall. To me, that just sounds like a fairytale! If you, too, live in the parts of the world where fall is literally just summer with a cool breeze, I’m sure you can relate when I say that the struggle to dress for this season is very real. I’m sometimes envious of my friends in other parts of the world who can pull their boots and jackets out of the closet and venture outside without breaking a sweat, until I remember how much I love the predictable weather in California. All that aside, it’s tough to want to acknowledge the changing seasons and dress appropriately without dying of heatstroke. But, there is a way! Here are 6 fall fashion statements I’m currently loving that are perfect for when it’s still hot outside.

6 Fall Fashion Statements When It’s Still Hot Outside

1. Ribbed Sleeveless Mock Neck Top

Wear With: Blazer, Denim Mini Skirt

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Mock Neck Tank Top
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Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Mock Neck Tank Top
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Mock Neck Tank Top

Mock Neck Ribbed Top | Forever 21 • Plaid Blazer & Denim Skirt | H&M • Aviators | c/o Flower Eyewear • Chukkas | Steve Madden

If there’s one thing I love, it’s a mock neck top – hold the sleeves, please. I’m all about tops like these, especially if they’re knit, because you get all of your cold weather vibes without needing to bundle up. And, if it does get chilly, you can easily layer up with a cardigan or a plaid blazer like I did here.

2. Sleeveless Slip Dress

Wear With: Cropped Tee (layered underneath), Combat Boots

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Silk Sleeveless Slip Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Silk Sleeveless Slip Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Silk Sleeveless Slip Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Silk Sleeveless Slip Dress

Slip Dress | 4si3nna • White Tee | Zara • Denim Jacket | American Eagle • Combat Boots | Steve Madden • Waist Belt | Vintage

This slip dress probably only makes an appearance once a year in October, I mean, just look at that color! But in all seriousness, a silky slip dress makes for a perfect fall look because of the rich, jewel-like texture. Too much va-voom for daytime? Try adding a cropped tee, combat boots, and a denim jacket for a more toned-down approach.

3. Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Wear With: Leather Mini Skirt, Sneakers

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Chunky Turtleneck Sweater
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Turtleneck Sweater | Vintage • Leather Mini Skirt | ANGL * White Sneakers | c/o Aureus • Waist Belt | Vintage • Earrings | c/o Make Collectives • Backpack | Free People

Every year, around this time, it seems like everyone and their mother pulls out their entire collection of sweaters and knits and then this happens: I get jealous. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love flowy dresses and tank tops, but there’s something about a sweater that just feels like a hug, and I’d wear them more often if it was actually acceptable in California. If you want to start easing your way into your sweater collection while the weather is still in transition, ditch the jeans and over-the-knee boots and go for a mini skirt and your favorite pair of kicks. Decidedly more casual, and decidedly more cool – figuratively and literally.

4. Midi Sweater Dress

Wear With: Pointed-Toe Ankle Boots, Belt Bag

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Midi Sweater Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Midi Sweater Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Midi Sweater Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Midi Sweater Dress
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Midi Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, Earrings, & Belt Bag | c/o Make Collectives • Booties | Lulus

If you thought sweaters felt like a hug, imagine a midi sweater dress. It’s practically a socially acceptable snuggie that you can wear in public! Instead of wearing tights and a coat, go for a simple pair of booties and a fun accessory like a belt bag to dress up the look without adding bulk or unnecessary layers.

5. Patterned Neckerchief

Wear With: Booties, Mock Neck Sweater

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Neckerchief
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Neckerchief
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Neckerchief
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Neckerchief
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Neckerchief

Neckerchief | Zara • Mock Neck Top | Pac Sun • Military Crop Pants | c/o Make Collectives • Booties | Next Official

There was no stopping it – cheetah print came back with full force this season, and I am definitely not mad about it! But, since I sometimes find cheetah print a bit overwhelming, I snagged this cool patterned neckerchief from Zara to get the look down without having to overhaul my wardrobe. That said, neckerchiefs are perfect fall attire – they’re more lightweight and versatile than a full-on scarf, so you can wear them tied around your neck, knotted around a statement bag, or even with a funky hairstyle.

6. Teddy Jacket

Wear With: White Booties, Black Pants

Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Teddy Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Teddy Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Teddy Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Fall Fashion Statements - Teddy Jacket

High-Neck Tank, Joggers, & Teddy Jacket | c/o Fabletics • White Booties | H&M • Sunglasses | c/o Make Collectives

For reasons I don’t yet understand, teddy jackets are also having a big moment right now. Pair that with athleisure (which I can absolutely get behind), and you have a look so comfy and snuggly you might catch me hibernating in this look come winter!

And there you have it! I’ll be rotating these 6 fall fashion looks all season while I patiently wait for the temperatures to drop. Hope you find these ideas helpful! Tell me – do you live somewhere where it’s warm pretty much all year long, or do you get to experience changing seasons? What’s your go-to fall look?

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