Now that the humidity has finally decreased, it's time to start thinking about moving into your cooler wardrobe.
Embracing fall trends can be tricky when you live in a tropical climate. Fabulous outer coats, turtlenecks and tall boots just don't really work when it's still 70 degrees. But there are many trends that will easily help you make the transition from your summer wardrobe into fall.
Thankfully, many of the trends that were big this past spring are still relevant for fall. Emerald remains a big color and is actually more wearable with other fall tones instead of your typical bright hues and pastels for spring.
When trying to figure out how to work a trend into your wardrobe, it's always best to start with small pieces such as accessories and to make sure you will wear it into future seasons. Review the list of fall trends below and then add a few key pieces to your wardrobe to update your look.
Each year, Pantone declares a color of the year and this year's shade is the elegant and lush emerald green. This rich shade was harder to implement into a spring and summer wardrobe but is perfect for fall, so now is the time to embrace it.
Pair it with neutrals such as black, winter white, tan, gray or metallics, or color block your look by wearing this radiant hue with other jewel tones such as garnet, amethyst and sapphire. I also love this shade paired with polka dots or black and white stripes to keep it from looking too wintery in our warm climate. Add heels or a big necklace in this vibrant hue to create a dramatic ensemble.
This spring, we saw a lot of floral and kaleidoscope patterns but for fall it's all about bringing back the classics.
Hounds tooth, plaid and pinstripes are big this season and have been around forever, making it very affordable. You can find these prints everywhere, from secondhand stores to your favorite upscale boutique.
Leopard print is another print making a big statement on the runway. Although the classic brown and black leopard print will always be in style, try adding a little fun into your wardrobe with a blue or black and white version. Remember that a little print goes a long way.
A head-to-toe ensemble in print is never recommended. Instead, try wearing one of these classic patterns in a lightweight blazer that could be paired with skinny jeans for the weekend or over a skirt for the office.
Layering is one of the best ways to create a dynamic ensemble but can be difficult to do with our warm weather. Transition a summer dress into fall by layering on a lightweight scarf and a fitted jacket.
Layering can also be a great tool to add a pop of color into your outfit; just be sure not to go overboard on too many colors and patterns. Stick to the rule of three by wearing no more than three colors.
To add texture to an ensemble, try mixing in a new texture you don't wear as often. Leather is really big this fall and is lightweight enough for the cooler months in the Keys. Instead of a traditional leather jacket in black, opt for a new look by trying leather in a rich burgundy or emerald green.
Go bold with a leather skirt or try a more subdued approach to adding texture by opting for a shirt or dress with leather trim.
When in doubt, opt for black and white. It's classic, never goes out of style and looks good on everyone.
Leah Maki is a fashion-obsessed style blogger. More of her fashion advice can be found on her blog, LeahsFabulousFinds.com.