warm fall outfit

13 Warm Fall Outfits That Will Help You Celebrate the Season Without Overheating

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When it comes to the fall season, I’m one of the lucky ones. Living in the Midwest, my autumns are crisp, cool, and cozy. But I know that’s not the case for everyone. For those that live in warmer climates, your autumns are more like fried to a ~crisp~, losing your ~cool~, and getting ~cozy~ with your air conditioner. But let me guess – fall is your favorite season and you still want to celebrate, all the while dressing appropriately. Inspired by classic style, I put together 13 warm fall outfits that you can wear to celebrate the season – without overheating!

1. cropped button-up + slip skirt + sandals

cropped button up and slip skirt for a warm fall outfit

skirt | shirt | shoes | earrings

When it comes to creating cute fall outfits that are perfect for warmer climates or hot weather, this combo is a great choice. Thanks to the cropped (but not revealing) silhouette and breezy skirt, this outfit is not only stylish but also comfortable, making it the perfect ensemble for those fall days when the temperatures are still on the warmer side.

The button-up adds a touch of sophistication to the look, while the slip skirt brings a flirty and feminine element. Pairing these two pieces together creates a beautiful contrast. The secret to nailing a warm weather fall look? The fall colors. Opt for a skirt or top in a fall color like mustard yellow, olive green, or burnt orange to really embrace the fall vibe. Balance out the rest of the look with neutrals to give your outfit a subtle nod to fall – not a full shake.

To complete the outfit, slip into a pair of sandals. This not only keeps your feet cool but also adds a casual and effortless touch. Choose a pair of sandals in a rich leather color to suit this new season.

One of the best things about this outfit is its versatility! You can dress it up with some delicate jewelry and a clutch for a date night or dress it down with a crossbody bag and a hat for a day of running errands.

2. tank bodysuit + mini skirt + ankle boots

bodysuit and suede mini skirt for a warm fall outfit

bodysuit | boots | skirt | bag

This outfit combines elements of warm weather and fall fashion seamlessly, making it perfect for this time of year. The tank bodysuit is a versatile piece that can be worn on its own during warmer days or layered with a leather jacket or denim jacket if and when the temperature drops.

Pair it with a mini skirt in a fall color like burgundy or golden brown to add a touch of autumn to your look. The mini skirt length also allows you to get some airflow on your legs, keeping you from overheating.

To complete the outfit, slip on a pair of leather boots. If you think you’ll overheat in knee-high boots, opt for ankle boots instead. Ankle boots are a fall wardrobe staple and instantly add a touch of style to any outfit. Opt for a neutral color like black or brown to keep the focus on the rest of the outfit. This outfit is a great way to wear fall in a warm climate without sacrificing style or comfort!

3. sweater tank + shorts + fisherman sandals

warm fall outfit idea

tank | shorts | shoes | bag

When it comes to creating a warm fall outfit that is still cozy and stylish, this outfit combo is a winning choice. This ensemble allows you to embrace the changing seasons while still staying comfortable in the fall weather.

A sweater tank is the perfect piece to keep you cozy without overheating. Opt for a chunky knit or a ribbed texture to add some visual interest to your look. Pair it with a pair of shorts in a fall color like rust or olive green. This combination creates a nice balance between warm and cool tones, giving your outfit a fall-appropriate feel.

To complete the look, slip into a pair of Fisherman sandals. These sandals not only add interest to your outfit, but they’re the perfect in-between shoe as the closed toes read fall but the open cutouts still say summer. Plus, they provide a comfortable and practical footwear option for those days when you’ll be out and about. Whether you’re running errands or meeting up with friends, this outfit is perfect for a casual yet stylish look and will have you feeling ready for any autumn adventure!

4. oversized button-up + denim shorts + sandals

warm fall outfit

shorts | shirt | sandals | sunglasses

Looking for an effortless yet stylish choice? Here you go. This ensemble combines comfort and style in the best possible way. The oversized button-up adds a touch of casual elegance to the look, while the denim shorts keep it relaxed and laid-back.

To rock this look, start with an oversized button-up in a fall color. Leave a few buttons undone for a relaxed and effortless vibe. (And airflow!) The oversized style is meant to not feel too restricting, but you can always cuff your sleeves as needed.

Pair it with a classic pair of denim shorts that fit comfortably and hit at the perfect length for you. Distressed denim adds some edginess to the outfit, while a clean, classic pair gives off a more polished feel.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of sandals in a, you guessed it, fall color. Lastly, top off the look with coordinating sunglasses. The end result is stylish, comfortable, and effortless.

5. vest + leather shorts + loafers

warm fall outfit

vest | shorts | shoes | clutch

Leather? In warm climates? It works. Leather is actually a breathable material, so you don’t have to completely rule this material out just because you live in a warmer climate. (Though just so you know, faux leather isn’t breathable, so keep that in mind based on how high your temperatures go.)

Incorporating leather into your look is a great way to rock a trendier look during the fall season. Leather shorts are a great alternative to black pants or traditional denim, and add a dose of edginess to the outfit.

Next, pair the shorts with a sleeveless vest in a neutral color. The vest adds structure to the outfit and gives it a polished and put-together feel. Opt for a tailored fit for a more professional look or go for an oversized vest for a more relaxed vibe. And if you love the idea of wearing a trench coat but know you’d get too hot, then a khaki vest gives the illusion of a trench coat, so it’s a win-win.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of loafers. Loafers are a comfortable and stylish shoe choice that adds a touch of sophistication to your outfit. Opt for a sleek design to add a polished touch to your outfit, or go for a chunky style to add some playfulness to your overall look. This look is perfect for a night out with friends or a casual date night!

6. shirt dress + mules

suede shirt dress for a warm fall outfit

dress | shoes | bracelet

The shirt dress is a wardrobe staple that can easily transition from summer to fall. With its loose and flowy silhouette, it provides a comfortable and relaxed fit while still looking chic and put-together. Opt for a shirt dress in a fall color to embrace the seasonal vibe.

Pair your shirt dress with a stylish pair of mules. Mules are a trendy footwear choice and whether it’s cutouts or an open back, shoes with some type of breathability will be your best friend.

Now, time to make this look your own. Accessorize with a wide-brimmed hat or swap out the belt tie for a statement belt to add some personality to your look. Some eye-catching bracelets or a beautiful handbag can also complete the look. This outfit is perfect for a day out shopping or brunching with friends. It’s comfortable enough for all-day wear, while still looking effortless chic.

7. maxi dress + sandals

satin maxi dress for a warm fall outfit

dress | belt | shoes | bag

When you have a busy day ahead, the last thing you want to worry about is your outfit. That’s when dresses come in handy. Practically a one-and-done look, a maxi dress is a perfect choice for those warm fall days when you want to look effortlessly chic and comfortable.

This maxi dress is a versatile piece that provides a relaxed and flowy silhouette, making it ideal for the changing seasons. Opt for a dress in a fall-inspired color to embrace the seasonal vibe. Pair it with a stylish pair of sandals that complement the dress. Flat sandals like ballet flats add a touch of elegance and femininity to the outfit, while strappy sandals provide a more casual and relaxed feel.

Accentuate your waistline with a belt and grab a suede bag to complete the look. This outfit is perfect for shopping, a casual outing, Thanksgiving, or even a date night!

Related: From Summer to Autumn: 5 Easy Fall Transition Outfit Ideas

8. sweater bralette + high-waisted midi skirt + flats

warm fall outfit idea

bralette | skirt | shoes | bag

This ensemble combines fall style and comfort in a unique way, allowing you to stay cozy while looking fashionable during the warm autumn days.

Start off with a cozy sweater bralette in a neutral color. The sweater bralette adds a touch of warmth, while still maintaining a playful and flirty vibe. Pair it with a high-waisted midi skirt in a fall color. The high-waisted silhouette elongates your figure and adds a touch of elegance to the top.

Complete the ensemble with a pair of flats. Whether you opt for ballet flats or Mary Jane flats, flats are a comfortable and practical choice for a busy day out, and they add a touch of casual sophistication to the outfit.

9. sleeveless sweater dress + mules

warm fall outfit

dress | shoes | bag

A sleeveless sweater dress in a fall color is the ideal piece since it perfectly combines fall style with warm weather. It provides a cozy and relaxed fit while still giving off a chic and put-together vibe. Plus, it’s versatile and easy to style!

Pair your favorite sleeveless sweater dress with a pair of mules or clogs. These shoes are a current fall footwear option that can update your look. Or maybe you’re going to be on the go all day? Swap out the mules for sneakers. This ensemble combines style and comfort, allowing you to stay cool and fashionable during these autumn days.

Now, accessories! Accessorize with a structured tote bag and your favorite jewelry to complete the look. This outfit is perfect for a casual day at the office or a brunch date with friends. You’ll look effortlessly stylish while staying comfortable all day long.

10. sleeveless polo tank + skirt + loafers

warm fall outfit

tank | skirt | shoes

For a stylish and preppy fall look, try this combo. This ensemble combines classic elements with a touch of trendiness, making it perfect for a casual day out or a more dressed-up occasion.

Start with a sleeveless polo tank in a vibrant color like navy blue or forest green. This piece adds a preppy and sporty vibe to the outfit while still being versatile enough to dress up or down. Pair it with a skirt in a complementary color or pattern. A pleated skirt in a plaid or tartan print adds a classic touch, while a solid-colored A-line skirt offers a more minimalist look. To lean into the preppy vibes, you can throw on a lightweight sweater.

Chunky lug sole loafers give that timeless touch but with a twist. And on the off chance that your weather is chilly that day, you can slip into a pair of tights. This outfit is chic, comfortable, and effortlessly stylish. And best yet, it allows you to embrace the preppy aesthetic.

11. sweater tank + shorts + mule slides

warm fall outfit

tank | shorts | necklace | shoes

“Sweater weather” might not mean much to you where you live, but what about “sweater tank weather”? This outfit combo is a good idea for those warm fall days when you want to look stylish without overheating. It strikes the right balance between comfort and fashion.

Plus, it’s a good day when you can turn your summer pieces into fall pieces, isn’t it? You may already have a pair of cotton or linen shorts in your wardrobe, making this an easy outfit to try. Pair your shorts with a cozy sweater tank in a fall color – the sweater tank provides warmth without being too heavy, allowing you to stay comfortable all day long.

Complete the look with a pair of mule slides. These keep your feet from overheating but add a touch of elegance to any outfit. So, want to be comfortable, stylish, and look effortlessly chic? Try this outfit!

12. t-shirt + skirt + woven sandals

warm fall outfit

twill mini skirt | black t-shirt | shoes

Short sleeves are a key thing when it comes to dressing for warm days. This outfit combination allows you to stay cool and comfortable while still looking chic and put-together.

Start with a comfortable and breathable t-shirt and pair it with a skirt in a flattering length and silhouette that suits your personal style. This cargo-inspired skirt suits the fall season, but the options are endless.

Complete the look with a pair of woven sandals. The texture adds interest to your outfit and solid-colored pieces. But you can easily swap out these block heels for a pair of woven ballet flats too!

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13. cropped denim shirt + shorts + clogs

warm fall outfit

cropped denim shirt | shorts | shoes | belt

The cropped denim shirt adds a touch of casual coolness (literally) to the look, while the shorts keep it relaxed and laid-back. Paired with clogs and a touch of animal print, this outfit becomes an instant fashion statement.

Plus, leaning into traditional fall shoe styles, like clogs, is a really easy way to add touches of autumn to your outfit, even if you can’t wear the traditional scarves and layers that others can.

On a warmer day, you can wear this ensemble as is, and if it gets a little cooler out, you can throw on a cozy sweater, providing warmth and coverage.

Want to keep building your fall capsule wardrobe? You can do that by crossing these fall essentials off your list! Up Next: Fall Wardrobe Checklist: These Items Just Scream “Fall”


Carolyn is the founder and creator behind My Chic Obsession. When she's not dreaming up new content, you can find her watching a funny tv show with her husband, raising her two boys, or planning her next trip to Paris.