6 Tips on How to Get Ready for the Fall Dress Season

With the fall really having its effect right now, you should make the necessary changes to adapt to the weather. However, that does not necessarily mean that you should throw your summer ensemble. In fact, it’s possible for you to wear all your summer dresses. With the right modifications, they would be perfect for the autumn climate.

Five simple and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall

Whether you want to be “in” no matter what the season or simply wear what feels most comfortable, there is a fall outfit that would work for you. Check out these super tips on how you can get yourself appropriately dressed for the fall dress season!

1. Match Your Summer Dress with a Warm-Colored Bolero

There are colors naturally associated with summer or spring that would make it seem that all your bright-colored dresses have to rot in the closet until after winter. Don’t fret! There are simple solutions such as simply adding a bolero to your outfit—you will not look out of place for the whole season.

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Moreover, the weather becomes more chilly in fall, and much more so as it ends. Your bolero can keep you warm, at least for the beginning of the season. Look great and fashionable with your summer dress, even in fall.

2. Wear Your Favorite Tights Under the Dress

As winter nears, you’ll definitely need more than a bolero. If you have medium-sleeved dress, you’ll be glad to know that can look great with tights. The good news is that these babies are very affordable—you can get them for $6 to $15 a pop.

Fall recipe: Layered apple crisp with granola topping

Choose one with a neutral or dark color pair it with your favorite dress. Do not be afraid to experiment in the colors. Prioritize gray tights, because that looks good with almost anything.

3. Go for Printed Dresses with Fall-Friendly Patterns

As dark colors like the reds and the blues are more fitting for the fall season, you may want to get dresses having these colors. For some time, unless you can match it with bolero or tights, you may want to avoid cheerful floral patterns, and other loud prints.

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You can try those having a dark background to the pattern. The rich texture of your apparel would contrast the cool weather you are experiencing right now.

4. Dress Fabrics Matter Too

As you aim to also feel comfortable in your dress, you may want to try dresses made with cotton or with lace. Everyone loves silk, but that fabric is simply too light for fall. The right fabrics can help you survive the cooling brought about by fall and winter, while still letting you rock your look.

5. Put a Scarf on It

During fall, you are advised to wear clothes with a higher neckline, like the turtlenecks and the cowl-necks. In the absence of these stuff, you can just put a scarf on your outfit. It adds texture and heaviness to the whole outfit, and saves you from the chilling sensation at the same time. Besides, no one wears a scarf and doesn’t look fabulous…

6. Add a Dark-Colored Trench Coat

The good news is that a trench coat goes well with everything. The better news that it’s like having two outfits in one. Wear it in a way that people can still see what is under, or have it totally closed when you are feeling chilly. Purchase one in a darker neutral color to match the autumn color scheme, while still wearing your summer dress under. This is so easy to pull off that you’ll never keep looking at the mirror to see if your outfit looks good!

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Fall fashion: Millennial trends underscore effort to look good

With the right accessories, you can wear your summer dresses in fall. But if you have the cash, buy new ones and just be done with it. Either way, have fun with choosing your outfits and look fabulous the rest of the season!

Five simple and inexpensive ways to decorate for fall

With the air getting colder and the leaves changing color, the autumn season is beginning to hit us full force. To make your dorm room feel warm and cozy this fall, try out one of these easy and low-cost ideas.

String leaf garlands around your room

One easy and cheap way to decorate your dorm for the season is to buy simple autumn leaf garlands at a local craft store. These garlands can give you the feeling of being outdoors, sitting underneath the colored leaves, even if you are inside your room doing homework. You can hang them above your doorway, around your mirror, or if you have a loft bed, you can string them around the bed frame.

You can find fall-themed leaf garlands at retailers such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby in store or online.

Incorporate some classic fall scents

There are a variety of classic activities people enjoy during the fall: visiting an apple orchard and sipping homemade cider, jumping into a tall pile of raked leaves, toasting marshmallows by a chilly evening bonfire and, of course, eating a whopping, delicious slice of pumpkin pie.

Once the autumn season arrives, many stores begin to carry candles and air fresheners that feature these classic fall scents.

Most dorms do not allow candles; however, you can choose to buy a plug-in air freshener that will give your room the sweet fall scent you desire. Try checking out Bath and Body Works in the Muncie Mall or online for a variety of signature fall scents.

Add some miniature pumpkins to your decor

In a dorm room, everything is shrunk down from normal size: small closets, mini fridges and just a lack of space in general. Although pumpkins are a staple in fall decor, it may be difficult to lug a full-size pumpkin into your room. Instead, try purchasing some miniature pumpkins this year. They may be smaller in size, but they still add the same aspect of the autumn atmosphere full-sized pumpkins would, and are usually less expensive.

Try placing mini pumpkins in a cute basket or ornate bowl. You can even purchase some miniature gourds or small ears of colorful Indian corn to place along your petite pumpkins.

You can find any of these items at Meijer or Walmart, as well as almost any other grocery stores you visit during the fall months.

Update your bedding

The fall season in Indiana brings in cooler temperatures — why not grab a new throw blanket to keep you toasty as well as add a twist of autumn to your room? If one of your favorite parts of fall is bringing out your stylish sweaters to keep you warm from the cold, many stores offer throws made from the same warm fabric.

Try checking out Target for a variety of these types of blankets in some traditional fall colors.

Another easy way to give your room a new spin is to buy some fall-themed decor pillows to display on your bed. Try checking out Kohl’s or Target in store or online for a large but inexpensive variety.

Get crafty

If you love DIY projects, then try out this fun do-it-yourself pumpkin craft that is made from an old book.

What you’ll need:

  • A book (one that you do not mind cutting up)
  • Orange spray paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • A branch to use as the stem of the pumpkin
  • Plastic bag or protective material
  1. Start by creating a stencil for your pumpkin — take a sheet of paper and fold it in half, then draw a semicircle along the crease to represent the shape of half of your “pumpkin.”
  2. Next, open your book to about the halfway mark. Lay your stencil along the crease of the book, then begin to cut around the stencil using your scissors. Your scissors will probably allow you to only cut 11 to 12 pages at a time. Continue this process until the entire book has been cut out.
  3. Stand your pumpkin up and line up the two spines of the book. Take the branch that you plan to use as the stem and hot glue it between the two spines. Then, fill in any spots along the spines with hot glue to make sure everything stays together.
  4. You may notice that your “pumpkin” may have some gaps between the pages; you can fix this by slightly crumpling the pages of your pumpkin, making it appear fuller, or by gluing some of the pages together in order to make them stay in place.
  5. Lastly, lightly spritz the edges of your pages with the orange spray paint. Wait for paint to completely dry on a plastic bag or protective material before using it to decorate.

Fall-Friendly Decor Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

As the air takes on a crisp, new form, we are reminded of things like cocoa, family, and sweaters. Whether you’re looking forward to feasting with family and friends or devouring a new book with a hot beverage in hand, you should do so with the backdrop of autumn’s naturally rich colors.

Fall colors look great on leaf-covered streets, but they’re equally inviting in your home, too!

This fall, we’re finding interior decor inspiration in the colors: sage green, cinnamon brown, wine red, blustery blue, and turmeric yellow. Check out how to incorporate this palette into your home for an unforgettable fall season.

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Fall recipe: Layered apple crisp with granola topping

If you’re going apple picking this season, or simply have an overflowing fruit basket full of fall apples, this wholesome layered apple crisp with a crunchy granola topping is the perfect dessert idea.

This recipe uses just seven ingredients, with lots of easy substitutions based on what you have on hand: brown sugar for coconut sugar, butter or another oil for coconut oil, or any nuts you have on hand instead of walnuts. I hope this is a no-fuss recipe that you will fall in love with, and that you adapt to make it your family’s new favorite.

A mandoline slicer will make the job of thin apple slices easy (as it does with so many other vegetable prep jobs), but you can also use a sharp knife and try your best to get slices around 1/4 inch or smaller.

Layering apples for apple crisp. Photo: Marisa Westbrook

Layering apples for apple crisp. Photo: Marisa Westbrook

The above photo shows how you want to layer the apples — just enough overlap to form some structure, but still covering the whole pan as best as you can. Don’t stress about any gaps — it’s just a crisp, after all, and crisps are supposed to be a quick way to get a fruity dessert on the table.

For more seasonal meal ideas and grocery shopping inspiration, check out my October Seasonal Produce List on Uproot Kitchen. Enjoy and be well!

Layered Apple Crisp with Granola Topping

Serves 9

Note: Use brown sugar as an alternative to coconut sugar. Coconut oil keeps the crisp neutral-flavored, but you can also use butter to get the topping more crispy (this substitution will make it non-vegan). For a gluten-free version, use certified gluten-free oats. Vanilla ice cream makes a great accompaniment.

5 large apples, mix of tart and sweet
1/2 cup coconut sugar, divided
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup chopped raw unsalted walnuts
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/8 tsp salt

Layered apple crisp with granola topping. Photo: Marisa Westbrook

Layered apple crisp with granola topping. Photo: Marisa Westbrook

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan with oil.

Using a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife, slice apples as thinly as possible, avoiding the core and seeds. Slice any smaller pieces you end up with as well.

In a small bowl, mix together 1/4 cup of the sugar with 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon.

Make a layer of apples directly into the bottom of the pan, layering the slices as pictured. Sprinkle with some of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Repeat until you have four layers of apples, with cinnamon-sugar between each layer.

To make the topping, combine the oats, walnuts, coconut oil, salt, the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and the remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a medium bowl. Mix with your fingers until the oil is well incorporated.

Press the granola topping on top of the apples until evenly distributed.

Bake uncovered for one hour. Remove the pan from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Fall fashion: Millennial trends underscore effort to look good

The best of 1930s glamour — body-conscious, A-line sheaths and collarless jackets — are joining the coolest of 1970s disco chic (think belted trenches and printed tunics) to create a millennial style that’s as dressy as it is sporty.

And, perhaps, that perfectly defines the modern woman.

Whether for a schoolteacher or CEO, the boss-lady wardrobe requires a level of professionalism that extends beyond the combination of leggings, tunic, blazer and boots.

For fall, fashion experts say, women are investing in better-quality pieces: Dresses and skirts are longer and stop just below the calf. Women also are moving away from chunky cardigans to fine-knit sweaters and blouses featuring cute bows at the neck.

Pants remain slim-fit but not skinny. Shoes, neither stiletto nor flat, are thicker and more comfortable for walking.

Mauve will be a key pastel for winter, but the bulk of the wardrobe palette will go dark. Look for navy blue and burgundy’s gallant return. And, when appropriate, outfits will be topped with a blazer, or pulled together with a fedoralike cloche.

“Young professionals are graduating from law school, completing residencies, and finishing up graduate degrees,” said Nataliya Yermolenko, assistant buyer for women’s clothing at Boyds in Philadelphia. “They are trying to enter the workforce and want to be taken seriously and maybe even appear a little older.”

This doesn’t mean women have abandoned comfort, she said. To the contrary. Elements of “athleisure,” especially easy-to-wear tunics and dresses fashioned from viscose stretch, are among the more sophisticated fall looks.

“The difference is that previously . . ., you were cooler if you looked like you didn’t try,” said Maureen Doron, who owns two boutiques near Philadelphia. “Now, when going to work, a cocktail party, or a charity, we are going to see people put more of an effort into really looking great.”

It’s too early to tell whether glamour is making a comeback, though.

One thing’s for sure: No matter what social ills define a decade — unemployment, racism, poverty, the kind of sexism that makes glass ceilings more like concrete clouds — we often romanticize women’s fashion of the day.

Fashion’s most-glamorous decade was widely considered to be the 1930s — even though everybody was broke. The glamour came from the simplicity of the looks: a sheath that melted into the body, textured accessories, and deep lips.

And now, decades after the Great Depression, ’30s fashion has found its way back.

Actually, two decades are represented among the fall trends.

“They are both decades that feature softer silhouettes and a certain purity of line,” said Clare Sauro, fashion historian at Drexel University and director of the school’s 14,000-piece costume collection. The silhouette of a 1930s Claire McCardell dress, for example, is very similar to a 1970s Halston.

But, Sauro added, it’s not just the drape of the dresses that connects the ’30s to the ’70s. The women of the interbellum generation — born between 1900 and 1913 and entering adulthood by the 1930s — and early baby boomers, in their 20s for most of the ’70s, had much in common.

“The feminine ideal was more assertive,” Sauro said. “The sweet girl next door of the 1920s and the … 1960s grew up.”

In other words, the young women of the ’30s and ’70s decided it was time to dress like a boss.

“When you have less, you spend a little more wisely,” Yermolenko said. “Instead of buying 15 party dresses, my customer is getting just what she needs. She is starting to respect fashion more.”

Talking fall fashion with Tacori [Partner]

This weekend Diamonds Direct Southpark is bringing a little bit of the California sun into their showroom. This exclusive annual event features brand new designs just in time for the change of seasons straight from Tacori’s design studios in Los Angeles, California. Here are some of our favorite trends we’ve gotten a sneak peek at:

Geometric designs- For all of the trendsetters, these fun new designs are ideal for mixing, matching and layering.dd1Mixed metals- Gone are the days of matching your jewelry to the hardware on your purse. Have some fun and show your personality!

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Fall hues- Dusty roses, deep jewel tones…pumpkin spice? We’re falling for (pun intended) all of the colors walking right off the runway this season!

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Vintage shapes- While round diamonds are still the most popular, vintage shapes like oval, pear and marquise are making quite the comeback. For those looking for something unique yet still classic, this might be right up your alley.

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Stackable pieces- Layering is key for the chilly weather, and we’re not just talking about scarves and hats! Whether you need a little something extra to put with your everyday necklace or a couple new bands for your right hand, we can’t get enough of the layered look.

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Come by this Friday and Saturday for some tasty treats and amazing gifts with purchase, not to mention all of the sparkles that will be prime for a girl’s day playing dress up!

Landon Clements is So Over This Fall Fashion Trend

The Southern Charm girls don’t only have wit—they have some impeccable style. On the heels of chatting with her pal Cameran Eubanks about all things fall fashion, we asked Landon Clements to answer the same questions for us. She spilled which new fragrance might make her put down her beloved Chanel, and what carries her through Charleston’s hurricane season. But if you want to know where she finds her famous statement earrings, you’ll want to make sure your passport is current.

What back-to-school outfit will you never forget from your childhood?

I had to wear a uniform to school when I was very little. I remember the first time I got to go back-to-school shopping it was a feeling of excitement I had never felt before.  Getting to roam the mall with a pocket full of cash—I mean, I had never felt so grown up! I don’t remember my exact outfit, but I do recall trying it on a dozen times before the actual first day of school. It was a big right of passage for me and that feeling of excitement stuck with me.  Every year when the mercury drops, I get anxious to replenish my wardrobe.

What’s the wardrobe essential you change up every fall? 

You can’t go wrong with a good pair of boots, a fresh pair of jeans, and killer leather jacket.

What fall fashion shows were you most excited to see?

Chanel its always the best show. They have gotten so clever with their set designs and show locations. I am always curious to see how they will top themselves. I also love the younger hip labels like Public School—those guys are so cool. And I love Cynthia Rowley. She is my surfer-chic go to, and her shop in Charleston is one of my favorites.

What’s your signature fall fragrance?

Chanel Noir—but I just tried Tom Ford’s Black Orchid and I might have to change it up this season.
What makeup colors do you gravitate toward for fall? 

I am not a huge makeup person, but I do love a fresh mascara and a bold lip for fall.

The ’90s look is still superhot: will you try any of the trends? 

My mother told me you only wear a decade once. This was her reply when I asked her why she didn’t want bell-bottoms in the 90’s when I was wearing them. I guess I feel the same about a slip dress with a t-shirt underneath, with a choker. Kate Moss and I already did that—show me something new.

What’s the piece of style advice you give most often? 

Be comfortable.

Which celebrity, or Bravolebrity’s, closet would you love to raid?

Is it ok to still be in love with Sienna Miller? I just love the boho chic I’ll wear it until I die.

Where do you get your awesome statement earrings?

All over the world. Little markets when I travel, or from our ladies we work with throughIbu. I also love estate sales. My style is basically really simple clothing pieces with fun accents. Anything that has a story I cherish.