• Susan Padron

Fall Forward: How to Dress for the New Season

How should I dress for the "in between seasons" season?

You know what I'm talking about. The "in between" season time when the seasons are starting to change, but they're not fully committed yet. It's like the weather is starting to date fall, but isn't quite over its ex, summer. Think September. The mornings feel a little bit chilly, but the afternoons can still reach 80, and you just want to go apple picking with your family without sweating.

So how do you handle the big temperature fluctuations? If you wear a sweater, you'll be comfy in the morning and overheating in the afternoon. If you're in a t-shirt, you'll have the opposite level of discomfort in the morning. My solution to this common problem: lightweight jackets and layers!

Fall Must Haves: Lightweight Jackets

A lightweight jacket is a key piece for fall. My personal favorites are anoraks, trench coats, and denim jackets. They can be worn over a t-shirt or dress, and provide protection from that little bit of chill you experience in the morning.


An anorak is a short rain coat. My go-to color for an anorak is olive green. Green doesn't feel too bright for a chilly fall morning, but it's not as drab as black or navy. Plus, it's still a neutral color, and it goes with everything! The anorak is the perfect type of jacket for taking your dogs for a walk before starting your work day. It's not too heavy or bulky, and you can put the hood up if it starts to drizzle.

Trench Coat

The trench is a classic. Trench coats are also made with lighter fabrics, so like the anorak, they're great at blocking the wind, and protecting you from a light rain. It's typically in a more elevated category when it comes to jackets and outerwear. Wearing a trench automatically gives an outfit a polished look.

Pro Tip: To make a trench coat look like it's part of your outfit, tie the belt in a bow in the back, instead of in the front. It allows you to wear the trench coat open (showing off your outfit), and defines your waist at the same time.

Denim Jackets

Even though the denim jacket is strictly in the casual genre, its versatility is unmatched. Denim jackets can be layered over just about any casual outfit. You can wear them over a dress, t-shirt, tank top, a hoodie, a long sleeved shirt, a blazer. I mean it, you can wear them over anything, and it's a cool look.

My personal preference is a cropped jacket, one that hits above my hips. I find that this length allows me to wear it with anything, without feeling overpowered by the material.

Where to Find These Jackets

To find these styles locally, check out shops like Cash and Clive, Tehen, Maxwell James, The Boutique Bar, and thrift stores like Village Thrift!

You can also always find these classic jackets at stores like J.Crew, Banana Republic, LOFT, Ann Taylor, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Gap, and Old Navy.

If you're looking for any help with your shopping, contact Susan Padron stylist!

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