In Georgia, we’re faced with quite a challenge when it comes to dressing for Autumn: it’s much too warm for multiple layers of sweaters, bulky scarves, and hats almost all the way through the majority of fall! We must be strategic with our outfits when it’s fifty degrees in the morning and eight-five by the afternoon. However, when it comes to incorporating trends and new pieces, the suede fringe and quilted riding vests that don our autumn imagination find itself too hot to handle- literally.
So how do we layer when we should think about fluctuating temperatures? I’m going to show you two ways how to layer, one a neutral every day look and the other a pattern mixing layer technique with a western twist.
First we need to start with a good base: medium washed jeans (distressing optional), a white tee from Banana Republic (find this store at Avalon), and nude flats. One of my favorite trends for Fall is the duster cardigan. You can find a lot of great options from Francesca’s located in Avalon and North Point Mall. Dress Up Boutique on Windward Parkway also has stylish options for affordable prices. One thing to keep in mind about a neutral outfit is that your clothing should have some texture to it. Whether that be with the addition of a fringe trimmed draped cardigan, or a chunky knit duster, texture is key to keeping your outfit interesting.
Finally, add some fun accessories to the mix: chunky bangles, scarves, a felt hat, and a pendant necklace all add nice layers and finishing touches to the simple outfit you’ve just put together. You can find a variety of great accessories at Sis & Moon’s and UB4Me Apparel located in downtown Alpharetta!
While I love a good neutral outfit for most days, sometimes I need to add in some mixed patterns for a fun twist on my day-to-day go-tos.
When it comes to mixing patterns, there are a lot of different directions you can go and my main rule of thumb is: be mindful of the colors you mix and keep them in the same family. So, if you have a patterned skirt with pops of navy floral, perfectly acceptable to pair with navy stripes. For this outfit, I dressed up a simple windowpane flannel from J.Crew (located in Avalon) with a magenta patterned scarf. I wanted to make the outfit a little more western so I added an oversized belt and some scalloped booties. If you’re looking for a good pair of western boots, you can find a great selection at Leather N Pearle!
Overall, when it comes to layering for fall in Georgia, keep in mind the temperature change for the day and start with a good base that can easily be worn on its own without the heavier layers you may tack on in the morning.
A Georgia girl’s new take on the old South. Cynthia curates an experience for all Southern enthusiasts to relate to and engage with by exploring Southern heritage one outfit, dish and adventure at a time. Follow her fashion tips and adventures on her blog, Darling Down South.