The heat has been record-breaking in the northern hemisphere this Summer. A cool Autumn will be a welcome change, but while some people will experience cool, crisp and rainy Autumns, others will stay hot. If you’re among the former group, sleeved dresses with bare legs and boots can be a fab way to dress in the Autumn. Add a topper if needed. If you keep the colours earthy, it will have a traditionally Fall vibe.

Of course, you can wear Fall-coloured dresses year round in seasonally appropriate fabrics. But if you enjoy wearing them to transition into Autumn, here is some outfit inspiration. These are patterned dresses, but you can also choose solid colours.

1. Elegantly Sacked

An earthy leaf-patterned unstructured shirtdress looks autumnal. The shorter length adds some structure to the dress by showcasing more leg. The mustard complement of structured satchel and espadrille slides picks up the spice colours of the pattern and adds polish to the outfit. The palette beautifully matches the model’s hair. The addition of a brown belt creates waist definition if that’s your preference. A fab way to dress on a warm Fall day.

Elegantly Sacked

2. Nod to the West

Wearing an earthy, flowing and soft patterned fit-and-flare midi dress with cowboy boots has a Western vibe that might be just your cup of tea. Here the boots are tall and a light neutral. But you can wear them shorter and in a darker neutral. A dark brown boot would pick up the browns in the pattern. Note the mix of jewellery. Dainty items, but many of them.

Nod to the West

3. Pattern Mixed

This dress isn’t as earthy as the others because of the purples in the palette and Summery hibiscus flowers in the pattern. That said, if you look closely, the pattern has an earthy component. Furthermore, the animal patterned bag adds a lovely Fall touch. Black slides that match the bag are a fab way to keep it breezy on a hot Fall day. The patterned strap of the bag cleverly repeats some of the colours in the bag and dress. I love how the patterns harmonize here.

Pattern Mixed

4. With Chunky Boots

Neutral animal print has a Fall integrity to it, like this more abstract one on the dress. The swooshy empire-cut silhouette is very comfortable. A pair of mid-calf and chunky tan lug sole boots create a rugged contrast with the pretty frock. They are extra fab with their sporty orange soles. The light neutral bits in the pattern perfectly pick up the light hair of the model and complement the tan boots. Combat boots are another way to go if lug soles aren’t your thing. Add jewellery, bag, eyewear, and watch as desired.

With Chunky Boots