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Fall Trends That Still Work For Hot Weather

Fehbe Meza |
September 21, 2014 | 1:29 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

With temperatures still hovering near 90 degrees, it’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. With the first day of fall on Sept. 23 and pumpkin spice lattes in full demand at Starbucks, stores are already rolling out their fall collections.

But, it’s hard to layer up with these chic new pieces when the weather calls for shorts and tank tops. Here are four fall trends that you can still wear now until the cooler weather arrives.

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The ‘60s are known as the era of civil disobedience and breaking free from social restraints. As social awareness rose, so did the hemlines. This season designers like Louis Vuitton and Gucci played up the mod trend by sending their models down the runways in sleeveless, sheath dresses and high-waited skirts paired with knee-high boots. 

How to wear it: Look for clean lines and silhouettes, short hemlines and color-blocking, but skip the flashy jewelry.

Gucci (Getty Images)
Gucci (Getty Images)

Refined Sporty

Refined sporty, or sporty-chic, was popular last season and is still going strong into fall. Chanel added knee-high sneakers to a colorful tweed suit on the catwalk, while DKNY topped a sheer skirt with a simple letterman jacket. It is the perfect trend for a casual day around campus.

How to wear it: This may be the easiest trend to follow this fall. Add in athletic pieces to an otherwise dressed-up look to tone it down, or pair tailored sweatpants with a leather jacket and a statement necklace for a quick brunch outfit. 

DKNY (Getty Images)
DKNY (Getty Images)

Bold Colors & Prints

No color in the rainbow is off-limits. For the most dramatic look, try wearing two bright colors together. Thakoon showed the beautiful result of pairing a bold print and bright colors together on the runway. If the idea of looking like a parrot is frightening, adding in one bold-colored item will breathe new life into an otherwise neutral outfit a la Christian Dior. 

How to wear it: The possibilities are endless! Red seemed to be a favorite on the runways from New York to Milan. A bright red scarf gives just enough sass to any outfit. Otherwise, have fun playing with dresses in fuchsia, red and green.

Thakoon (Getty Images)
Thakoon (Getty Images)

Dresses/Skirts Over Pants

This is a great option for the days when the weather just won’t make up its mind. But proportion is key with this trend. Pair flowy, loose-on-top with slim, structured bottoms. A clean silhouette will ensure the look stays on the chic side and doesn’t stray into frumpier territory. Draw some inspiration from Christian Dior and Balenciaga. 

How to wear it: It is surprisingly easier than ever to wear this trend. Think of the dress as a tunic top that would normally be paired with leggings. The same rules apply as slim pants will almost always be the best bet and pointy toe heels add more polish to the whole look.

Christian Dior (Getty Images)
Christian Dior (Getty Images)

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