"Hello, it's me," may be the start of Adele's hit song, but it also accurately describes me, sitting here in New York City, asking the weather to please cool down. Though September 21 signified the official start of the fall equinox, outside it's felt like anything but. 85 degrees one week into autumn? We won't get into the whole global warming thing here, but since this collection is meant to help make getting dressed each month easier, well, we've been finding ourselves at a bit of a loss.
Normally, October outfits would be made up of black booties, leather jackets, trench coats, and other transitional pieces that come in-hand on those days when it's brisk on your way to work. But with things being unseasonably warm here, we've added tons of bare-legged and jacket-less looks into the mix. By this time next month we could be preparing for snow. But until it stops feeling like the dead of August, we're going to keep wearing those off-the-shoulder tops and mini skirts for as long as we can. Here's how to give them new life.
Contrasting stripes in coordinated colors make for the ultimate (and most stylish) optical illusion.
Altuzarra dress, Acne Studios shoes, Chanel bag, Celine sunglasses.
Red boots have magical powers, haven't you heard?
W Concept top, AG Jeans bottoms, By Far shoes, High Cheeks bag.
A shiny pleated skirt will never steer you wrong. Wear now bare-legged, wear later with tights.
Violeta by Mango top, Marks and Spencer skirt, Mango bag, Vagabond shoes.
The '70s are trending hard, and there's no better way to channel the decade's style than with a lightweight printed button-up.
Courtyard LA top, Duo NYC bottoms, LOQ shoes.
Party pants!!!! (Seriously, how much do these silver bottoms make you want to dance?)
H&M top, Ganni bottoms.
A solid ringer tee let's the focus stay on the striped maxi, the ultimate statement-maker.
Okay, so this puffer coat may take things to the extreme, but any variation of the silhouette is a win in our book.
Ashish x River Island coat.
Don't forget, plaid is the gingham of fall and winter.
High-necked, patterned, and ruffled? We just found the dress of our dreams.
Ganni dress, BOYY bag, Adidas shoes.
Say it with your slogan tee.
That whole bustier-over-a-white-tee thing is still going strong. All you have to do to make it work for fall? Add a trench and some booties.
ASOS top and jacket, Who What Wear x Target skirt, Torrid shoes.
This is a pure appreciation post, because HOW GOOD IS THIS DRESS?
Simone Rocha dress.
Cropped pants look great with flats, but they look even cooler with some pointed-toe booties.
ASOS coat, Eloquii pants, Zara shoes, Gucci bag.
A bright sweater that doesn't break the bank? Sign us up.
H&M top, Coccinelle bag.
Monochromatic dressing, for the win. Who knew there were so many ways to wear burnt orange?
Topshop top, Marques'Almeida jacket, Uniqlo bottoms, Ganni shoes.
From far away, this looks monochromatic too. But up close, you'll see some tan trousers peeking out from underneath the emerald green look.
This time last year we were obsessed with patent leather. One year later, and absolutely nothing has changed.
ASOS bottoms, Adidas shoes.
this is how you colorblock. Uterque top, vintage bottoms, Gucci sunglasses.
Play with proportions by layering an extra-large white top
under a super-short mini skirt — then layer the whole thing over a pair of cropped pants. Storets top, Dior shoes, Alexis Bittar earrings.
Turtlenecks are the ultimate layering savior. Stick a solid black one under a white blouse or button-up for added dimension.
Von Holzhausen bag.
Talk about a power suit. This look is straight from the Paris Fashion Week street style playbook.
Scotch & Soda suit, Adidas shoes, Burberry bag.
Bring the off-the-shoulder silhouette into cooler weather by ditching the cotton and linen for something knitted.
By Nadia Aboulhosn dress.
Underneath the statement coat, this outfit is an easy white T-shirt-khaki pants pairing. See all the different your outerwear can make?
Ryan Lo jacket, Nike shoes, POMS sunglasses.
Sky-high platforms may not be the easiest shoes to walk in, but we can't help but love the Spice Girl vibes they give off.
ASOS top, skirt, and coat, Public Desire shoes.
If there's one piece you should invest in this month, it's a plaid blazer.
ASOS top, New Look bottoms, Miss Selfridge jacket, Tony Bianco shoes, Saint Laurent bag.
A crop top can be autumn appropriate, too.
Sandy Liang top.
Looking to channel the '70s? Try contrasting and coordinating prints and silky fabrics.
Lane Bryant bottoms.
Want to wear sequins in the daytime but don't know how? Dress it up with heels, or dress it down with a sweatshirt. Or, in this case, do both.
H&M skirt, Prada shoes, Fendi bag.
A high-neck floral dress and sneakers — our forever favorite combination.
H&M jaket, Tara Zadeh bag.
Remember that one-shoulder top you wore all August long with denim shorts? Style it for fall with a pleated maxi skirt and some knee-high boots.
Rejina Pyo top, Mary Katrantzou skirt, Simone Rocha bag.
Crocs: the ugly-cute shoe we just can't see to get rid of (or get over).
Marques'Almeida bottoms, Christopher Kane shoes.