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How to Dress For "Fall" in Los Angeles


While we imagine that the rest of the country is snapchatting falling leaves, sipping spice lattes, and donning the over the knee boot de rigueur, October in LA means trying to convince ourselves that maybe, at some point in the day, if the air conditioning is on, it could get cold enough to wear that new velvet bomber jacket. So what's a girl to do during these awkward months where we're beyond over our summer clothes and our fall clothes are hanging in our closets - with the tags on - mocking us? Enter: transitional dressing, i.e. how to dress in a fall palette but not sweat your life away.

A classic white T bridges the gap between seasons, occasions, everything; it is the one piece of clothing that is appropriate for just about anything with the right styling. This one from Michelle Mason is light enough to shield you from the summer[like] heat of now, but the heavy zipper detail at the side seams separates it from its weightless cousins that will flood our racks come March. We paired it with fall-appropriate black shorts in a breezy summer fabric, and added a leather belt to really tie the look together (pun very much intended.)

For those of you (us) who just can't help yourselves and are feeling the need for the chunky knit, we present to you the perfect solution for summer-fall: a sweater without sleeves. It feels just right to reach for in the morning when the air is crisp, but you won't be boiling by noon when the sun is fully out to remind us that here in California, our summer is, indeed, endless. We indulged ourselves with these amazing leather pants from Iro, but you could easily do a lightweight jean when the temps are in the upper 80s this weekend.

For past few nights the temperatures have dropped to something that feels vaguely reminiscent of what we imagine fall must feel like, meaning it just might be time to dust off your favorite moto jacket (we like this grey suede version by The Perfext.) Throw it over a flowing silk floor length dress and look like you just ditched the company holiday party, took out your updo, and sped away on your boyfriends motorcycle. Or, hey, maybe you did ;)

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