Fall Is Upon Us…Well, Almost.

September 12, 2017

Where exactly has the summer gone? It has sped by at supersonic speed! Well, technically, we still have approximately two more weeks before Fall is officially upon us. However, you would be forgiven for thinking it’s already the holiday season, given the stealthy emerging of holiday decorations and gifts for sale. Perhaps we should get through September first, before we fast forward to Thanksgiving and beyond? Can we hold our horses? One season at a time, please. *chuckle*

With the end of Summer 2017 drawing to a close, and with it, the forced bidding adieu to warm weather, we are in what can be an awkward style phase. It is still too warm to be decked out in full-on winter coats, but the temperatures are dipping, and with it, the window to wear lightweight clothing pieces is gradually closing. This is where  Fall transition styles come into play. I’m here to tell you that this donut hole in between seasons does not have to land you in a style pickle. There is hope, my friends. *fist pump*

This week’s outfit is a spur of the moment Fall transition showcase style I put together. The year was 2017, the month was September. The weather took an unexpected turn for the worse, with temperatures suddenly dipping. Gasp, what would I possibly wear? All my colder weather clothes had been packed away months ago. My, what would I do? *gasp* I had a light bulb moment and approached my closet, armed with game-changing knowledge–pair a long-sleeved top with a sleeveless dress. Eureka! All was well again in my style world.


Layering summer outfits can be the perfect Fall transition styling option. I would most definitely not have been able to wear a long-sleeved shirt slap bang in the middle of summer; however, now that the heat index is dropping, I’ve brought out my full style artillery of long-sleeved tops. This particular white, ruffle number gives off a fun, playful vibe. The material is light enough to be breathable and warm enough to weather crisper temperatures at dawn and dusk.

The A-line dress is sophisticated given its length. Also, because it is an A-line cut, there is no visualization of additional bulk when paired with a shirt underneath.  While it is possible to pair a sleeveless pencil dress with a blouse underneath, ensure that the blouse is well fitted, to avoid adding extra lumps and bumps to your silhouette.

In as much as I love bold, vibrant colors, I’m equally drawn to neutrals. I particularly love the minimalism and associated effortless sophistication that neutrals emit.  Add classic yellow gold jewelry to the mix and we have a styling force to be reckoned with.  In keeping with my slight gold obsession, for this look,  I opted for a classic yellow gold watch, a gold chain link necklace, and a  matching gold bracelet. The jewelry tied the whole look together, transforming it from sophisticated minimalism to sophisticated minimalism with a dash of sugar and spice, and all things nice. I opted for a pair of two-tone fuschia and black heels to add a pop of color to the neutral look. It was a neutral business at the top and vibrant party at the bottom combination!

This is an effortlessly stylish look that is versatile enough to be worn everywhere from work to non-corporate environments. For a more casual look, you can switch the heels for a pair of booties, or if the weather still permits, a pair of open toed sandals. Your styling options are limitless. Feel free to be creative.


Outfit Details

As always, I don’t keep my style details to myself. For ease of access to all the aforementioned products, you can shop my entire look in one place via 

Note that some of the outfit pieces are out of stock; therefore, I have linked similar pieces.

The bag is a gem from Marble of Sweden   You can purchase it here. 

Now go forth and be dapper!   🙂

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  • Reply Christie Brown September 14, 2017 at 7:20 am

    This is such a cute outfit – perfect for Autumn (I’m dying on the inside that it’s currently Spring here in Australia). I love the look of an A-line dress layered over a simple blouse and pairing it with bright pumps looks amazing! Great look, girl. 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:19 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely statement. Layering is so much fun because you can be so creative with it. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Reply Amber Myers September 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    You look fabulous in this dress. I just love it! Your shoes just pop as well. Great look!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:14 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment.

  • Reply Ryan September 14, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    How can it be Fall already? I feel like Summer just started!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

      Lol yes the year has flown right by.

  • Reply Rose Dela Cruz September 14, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I like the outfit. So girly yet with an air of authority while at the same time being fashionable and classy. I love it.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:13 am

      Thanks so much. The neutrals are serious, and the pop of pink is fun.

  • Reply Nina September 14, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    This is my kind of look! I love dresses like that that flare out from the waist. Layering is a wonderful idea and something I will have to try when it starts to get colder where I am.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:12 am

      Yes, A-line dresses are so flattering. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  • Reply Ola September 14, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Ok so I seriously need to be following this blog regularly now. I NEVER would have thought to pair this outfit with pink shoes. But it works. Okay, that’s it, I’m signing up.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:11 am

      Thanks so much! I’m glad I could be of some style inspiration to you.

  • Reply Nellwyn September 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Layering outfits for fall is one of my favourite things about the fashion of the season. This outfit is super cute and I love the bright pop of colour from the shoes!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 15, 2017 at 3:10 am

      I love Fall fashion the best; however, I could do without the freezing temps lol. Thanks for stopping by and for your positive feedback. 🙂

  • Reply Karyn Locke September 15, 2017 at 10:22 am

    I love the time of year when summer is changing over to autumn but, you’re right, fashion decisions can be hard! This dress, paired with the hot pink heels, is giving me a Kate spade moment.

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 18, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Ah Kate Spade! One of my favorites. Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

  • Reply Anosa September 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Definitely loving your fall style and tips, what a gorgeous outfit you’ve put together. I am a summer baby so always looking for outfits that will look warm but also stylish

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 18, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      I hear you on that; I prefer warm weather too. Thank you for the lovely comment. 🙂

  • Reply C-Ludik September 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    This is a cute outfit, perfect with these pink shoes… Really, the Fall is already there ? I cannot believe it ! Layering is such a great idea… you can be so creative with it. I definitively keep this in mind 🙂

  • Reply Sophie September 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Loving the cute outfit and those pink shoes!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 18, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      THanks so much.:-)

  • Reply Stuart Brazell September 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    This is such a cute outfit. I really love your pop of color shoe too!

    • Reply Afrostylicity September 18, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks so much!

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