my favorite pre-fall dress

Fall in Florida. Is there even such a thing?!

If the progression of my hair from the first photo in this post to the last is any indication… there’s enough humidity in the air here to fill up an Olympic-sized swimming pool. And that is NO exaggeration!

My new home has also brought me a new challenge as we enter into the very first few months of autumn. How on earth to transition to fall when cold temperatures are still a ways away! Today, I’m thrilled to be partnering with Forever21 to share a few amazing pieces to do just that… keep you cool while still looking seasonally-appropriate!

DRESS pleated mini dress // BOOTIES faux suede booties // JACKET denim jacket // PURSE pearl bag // BELT faux leather belt

My favorite way to transition out of summer is to stock up on lightweight, long-sleeved dresses in pretty, muted hues. This pleated mini dress is a perfect example. The uper soft, lightweight material in a beautiful, rich navy makes for an autumn look that still fits summer temperatures! And can we just talk about the fit?! So, so fun. It also comes in a muted khaki color too, and I’m thinking I need it as well!

My favorite “hack” for turning any summer look into something autumn-appropriate is to throw on a denim jacket over it. This one, in particular, has a great cut to it. Not too loose and baggy, not too short or tight. Plus, it comes in this light wash and a deeper one as well!

Finally, I’ve always felt like adding a few tan accessories gives a timeless, true “fall” feel to any ensemble. This belt (which sits at the hips, I just rigged it to tighten at my waist) and these heeled booties (which are still in stock but are selling out quickly!) add a perfect touch of warmth that I’ll be throwing into outfits all season long.

The best part about this entire outfit, in my opinion, is that each piece is under $50! That’s one of my favorite things about Forever21. So many adorable, on-trend pieces at an affordable price point!

Speaking of… Forever21 has an amazing Labor Day Sale going on right now! Extra 60% off sale items now & 30% off sitewide starting Saturday through September 3 with the code “LABORSLAY”. Extra 60% off sale items (starting now) with the code “add2cart”.


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Happy shopping, friends! One more day until the weekend!

Love from the Sunshine State,


Thank you, Forever21, for sponsoring this post.

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  1. Deanna said:

    Fall starts September 23rd less than 30 days, try to hold on. Although us gals living in Florida may still be in summer clothes. It’s nice to dream.

    Published 8.29.19 · Reply
  2. Emily said:

    I actually love the humidity hair beachy waves look on you! Do you get balayage or highlights and if so, please could you do a post on it? It’s something I’m looking in to but want to learn a bit more about before taking the plunge!

    Published 8.30.19 · Reply
  3. These are the shoes from your inventive tripod experience! Great shots Kate and you can never go wrong with a pearl accessory. 💕

    Published 8.31.19 · Reply