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Turning Heads Linkup-Transitional Fall Outfit- Wearing the Colors of Fall When It’s Still Summer

Hi friends,

As my English friends would say, ” It’s bloody hot!”

or poignantly said, by Miss Jane Austen, English novelist,  “What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps us in a state of inelegance.”

I really just want to quote her when I am out, wiping the sweat from my brow. 🙂

Transitioning to Fall with COLOR

What’s a lady to do when we have visions of  cable knit sweaters and fabulous leather booties  dancing in our heads? As we impatiently await the next season’s way of dressing?

We must do what any good Southerner would do. Keep fantasizing, and in the meantime, wear the COLORS of Fall.

I typically love to do some transitional outfits in between Sept and October, but I did get a bit impatient this year.

September is still one hot month here  in NC, so instead I look through my closet for colors such as greens, mustards, red, and burnt orange.

Today’s look involves a satin type dress in a warm, toasty shade of rust. You know it is one of my favorite Fall colors, but I have to be careful not to overwhelm my closet with this shade. Think of leaf colors and go from there.

I bought this satin-line midi dress from one of my favorite stores, Mango. I liked the clean lines and simplicity, and saw myself styling it nearing Fall and into winter with boots and other layers.

The croc brown strappy sandals are also Mango and a great transitional shoe when its too hot to stifle those tootsies, quite yet.

I love to add a scarf for pattern and to add more interest to a look. I’ve had this one for years, from Poshmark.

I certainly would wear this dress in Fall and as it got chillier, adding a moto jacket and some tall boots as an option.

This outfit, again, combined a shade of brown ( rust) with black. Notice i Have done this with accessories. If you had missed my other posts on Combining Black with Brown, have a read.

I’ve styled it with and without the belt to show you how the addition of certain accessories changes the look.

Have you styled some Fall colors yet? In the hotter climates, how do you transition to Fall?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Jess xx


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  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 17:24h, 01 September Reply

    I love this outfit, these colours are fabulous together. Do stop by the blog, you are featured blogger this week. Jacqui x

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 08:47h, 01 September Reply

    This is such a beautiful colour on you! I love the darker accessories with the dress and the pretty scarf. It’s feeling quite autumnal here already – I’d much rather have another month of summer, it seems to have gone by so quickly! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 10:07h, 30 August Reply

    This is just gorgeous, Jess! I love that color on you. What a fabulous dress with the sheen of the fabric and the fit. I like it with the belt and without. It is still hot up north too, although, I think today is the last really hot, hot day. Like you, I am anxious to start wearing my cozy sweaters, fun moto jackets and ankle boots. – Amy

  • Lisa Balthaser
    Posted at 23:22h, 29 August Reply

    I love this dress with the sandals! So classy!!
    – Lisa

  • Jacqueline (Jack) Perez
    Posted at 10:43h, 29 August Reply

    That’s a fabulous color on you…. hmmmm.. I think it’s one of my colors too…. Here’s to redheads… natural, or not.

  • Lucy Bertoldi
    Posted at 15:57h, 27 August Reply

    You look amazing! That dress is gorgeous; style, colour- everything!!

  • Marijke Doldersum
    Posted at 01:16h, 27 August Reply

    This is a gorgeous dress and the colour is just my kind of thing. I never have rules about wearing colours at a certain time to be honest.

  • Midlife and Beyond
    Posted at 16:22h, 26 August Reply

    These are your colours Jess, this dress is beautiful on you and I love the sandals. Our weather in the NE of England is feeling very autumnal, I’ve even worn boots a few times, hopefully the heat will return shortly, but you never know with our crazy weather. x

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 10:55h, 26 August Reply

    What a pretty dress! I can completely relate being in Florida. It feels like Fall actually never gets here, so I am all for just wearing the colors to get into the spirit.


  • The Grey Brunette
    Posted at 06:31h, 26 August Reply

    LOl I love your comment about what the English would say, “It’s bloody hot!” and you’re absolute right!! I’ve been saying that a lot lately lol!
    You look absolutely stunning in this outfit, Jess. I adore this gorgeous colour. Unfortunately, I haven’t quite been ready to style Fall colours just yet. But it is cooling down just a little these past few days so perhaps I’ll soon be ready!
    Suzy xx

  • Graceful Rags
    Posted at 01:58h, 26 August Reply

    This dress is such a beautiful color! That’s a great tip to use color to transition to fall when it’s otherwise still hot out… It’s been hot here too and I’m still soaking up all things summer!



  • Wendy
    Posted at 13:27h, 25 August Reply

    The dress is beautiful on you and I love the shoes!!

    Wendy The Inspired Eater

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 07:04h, 25 August Reply

    Gorgeous outfit, Jess! I love these fall shades on you so much. That dress is really fabulous and I love the big wide belt on it! I haven’t even started thinking about fall yet since we still have at least a month of summer left!


  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 00:24h, 25 August Reply

    I wish it were bloody hot here—we’ve had one of the coldest summers on record! Love your autumnal dress, though—it’s making me want pumpkin spice everything!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Jodie
    Posted at 20:18h, 24 August Reply

    That dress is so gorgeous Jess. I do tend to think colors first with the fall transition, but it’s still summer here too!! Definitely bloody hot, LOL

  • isthismutton
    Posted at 14:31h, 24 August Reply

    Love seeing you in fabulous fall colors. Such a beautiful dress.

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 13:58h, 24 August Reply

    Fall colors complement you so perfectly, Jess! I absolutely love the dress!

  • Sinziana
    Posted at 12:59h, 24 August Reply

    The color of your dress is one of my favorite colors – I just bought a light knitted camisole in this color. You look great and the fall colors are suiting you very well!

    Thank you for hosting this nice link party!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:21h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you Sinziana! It is one of mine too! I love rust and the Fall colors. I appreciate you joining us!

  • Lizzie
    Posted at 12:20h, 24 August Reply

    Aw thank you for sharing my post <3 I love the rust color on you! It's perfect! I also love the scarf – what a perfect match!


  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:58h, 24 August Reply

    Wow Jess, stunning look on you! Beautiful dress and the color looks amazing on you. Love the scarf/necktie too.

  • aquamarinastyle
    Posted at 11:51h, 24 August Reply

    Love the quotes!! They are so true, and even more so when trying to take photos for a blog post! Lol! This dress is gorgeous. I love it both ways, but the brown belt and sandals is really stunning. Beautiful way to style “fall,” Jess.

    xx Darlene

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 11:44h, 24 August Reply

    It is dreadfully hot here, too! Upper 90’s all week and my poor son has cross country after school in this heat! I love the fall colors in this dress, the belt is so flattering and really dresses it up even more! I am getting excited about fall clothing, even though it doesn’t feel like fall!


  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 11:35h, 24 August Reply

    Here I am dreaming of layers (I just bought 2 light weight toppers (a denim/sweatshirt hoodie jacket and a plaid bomber) knowing I can’t wear them for a while! Love the idea of wearing more fallish colors: I usually am drawn to jewel tones.

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 10:59h, 24 August Reply

    Beautiful outfit, Jess! While I have no rust in my closet, it’s one of my favorite Fall colors. Of course moving to a state that actually experiences Fall may change that.


  • Di
    Posted at 10:49h, 24 August Reply

    You shine in fall colors! This dress is perfect for the bridge season, and beyond. It’s hard to think about autumn with the current heat wave, but wearing fall colors in lightweight fabrics is the perfect solution. Thanks for the link up and have a good week.

  • Nicole Mölders
    Posted at 10:48h, 24 August Reply

    Rust is so your color. You look stunning in it. That’s why you can wear it year round and for all occasions.

  • carmen
    Posted at 10:35h, 24 August Reply

    The colours of fall suit you anytime of year Jess! You sure know how to turn heads! Love those shoes! ❤️


  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:50h, 24 August Reply

    How chic! I love that color. It is gorgeous. I do the same thing in the fall, I wear summer clothes in fall colors.

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 07:35h, 24 August Reply

    That dress is stunning! You are so right, it’s all about wearing the colors of fall for us in hot climates and Jane Austen nailed it too – oppressive heat is inelegant!
    Back to the dress – it looks like it was made for you – just gorgeous from head to toe!

  • savvysouthernchic
    Posted at 05:58h, 24 August Reply

    Gorgeous dress! I have to dress in lightweight fall colors or basics because of the heat in most of September and October.

  • dousedinpink
    Posted at 05:57h, 24 August Reply

    The color of your dress is gorgeous! Loving this fall transition outfit!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

  • Nancy
    Posted at 05:54h, 24 August Reply

    Ah we are both in orange! Thank you so much for the feature! This colour looks so amazing on you. You know exactly what colours to wear.

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 05:25h, 24 August Reply

    That dress is stunning Jess. I’m popping over to mango from here praying that I will find it. I just love the colour! xx

  • Pamela Graham
    Posted at 04:49h, 24 August Reply

    Elegant simplicity, looking good Jess
    Pamela x

  • Mica Away From Blue
    Posted at 02:28h, 24 August Reply

    That rust dress is beautiful on you! 🙂 Hope you get some cooler weather soon! It’s nearly spring here so I’m enjoying that it’s warming up!

    Hope your week is off to a good start! 🙂

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:22h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you Mica! I appreciate your comment. I think it is going to be some time -the heat will be here in Sept, but perhaps not as humid! Glad you are enjoying the Spring!

  • Katie
    Posted at 02:13h, 24 August Reply

    Love this dress! It’s hot here too so I am also trying to transition to fall colors while still wearing things that keep me cool!


  • Joyce
    Posted at 01:20h, 24 August Reply

    Yes, I’m beginning to wear my summer darks as I transition into autumn. I won’t wear white after Labor Day.

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