Nobody wants to admit it, but the cool September wind is definitely creeping it’s way back around. And while I love summer, and I’m sad to see it go we get some of our best weather in September. Albeit, it can be unpredictable but I’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you transition your wardrobe for fall.

On a particularly humid day (you’ll notice my curls fell entirely flat) I caught up with ” Halifax wedding photographer ” Chantal Routhier who happens to be an old friend of mine that I met in residence at Dalhousie University. Chantal is a lovely human, so sweet, and caring, and also really really funny, not to mention a very talented photographer.

In a world where it appears we are our own “bosses” I’ve actually never believed this to be true, when money is exchanged we all “work” for someone.  Chantal and I both run our own businesses, and as result we both have very service heavy jobs, so it’s REALLY nice just to shoot and collaborate on something just for fun it once in a while. With no real plan we decided to roam the north end and kind of see where the day took us, and it was AMAZING.

I think all creatives crave this freedom now and then, we all love to create, but when there are no limits you really get back to why you started in the first place. I really found this day to be both good for me mentally, and creatively. Chantal and I bonded over so many things it really reminded me of why we became friends in the first place. Bottom line, she’s lovely and so talented, so if you find yourself in need of a photographer of any kind definitely hit her up on her website or social media @ChantalRouthier.

WHAT I’M WEARING | Dress, Sandals (I’m obsessed with the heel height and comfort of these shoes), Sunnies, + Clutch c/o Le Chateau



Opt for a maxi dress

We all have our stash of maxi dresses, and realistically I don’t wear mine so much in the summer because I find it too warm. I love this Floral Maxi Dress from Le Chateau that is the perfect in-between dress.

With it’s flirty high low hemline, and 3/4 sleeves I’m REALLY looking forward to sporting this dress to an upcoming wedding I’m attending in the fall.

I love that it’s a faux wrap dress so you get all the flattering aspects of a wrap (cinches at the waist) but there are no worries of it coming undone or the slit being too high for your fuller bottom. This happens to me a lot with wrap dresses, they never seem to close on my legs and well as you can imagine it’s not a good look).

Keep Your Dark Florals

If you have any dresses from summer that are backed by darker hues like this navy one definitely keep those for fall! You can effortlessly pair your moody floral dresses with booties or a leather jacket for a more edgier vibe. I actually happen to LOVE this look. You can also play around with various textures too, so think like chunky knits, and cardigans!


Speaking of adding leather jackets, and cardigans the best way to survive fluctuating temperatures for fall is to layer. It’s likely going to be cooler in the morning, and then gradually get warmer throughout the afternoon, and it’ll dip back down again in the evening. One of the things about fall though is that it’s all pretty gradual so as long as you have a little something with you, you should be okay.


Consider tights or knee socks etc

One of my favorite tricks for keeping the good times going with my favorite summer dresses, skirts or even shorts is to wear tights! Pop on a pair of stockings and you’ll probably be good to go, and if the temperatures come up again you can always haul them off before leaving the office at the end of the day or before hiking it across campus to another class.


Swap your footwear

Toss the sandals and instead consider closed toe shoes, I tend to push the boundaries on this one in September because the weather is still so nice, but usually come October I tend to opt for booties over sandals.


Hope you found this post helpful, and if you have any questions please feel free to leave them below, or reach out to me on social media @shortpresents

Special thanks to Chantal Routhier for these photos



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  • Reply Shelley D’Anjou August 29, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome suggestions Kayla!! I want to go shopping in YOUR closet!! Let me know when you’re doing a purge!! 💕😘

  • Reply Gina Bell August 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    That dress is gorgeous!!!!

  • Reply Reg September 1, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Great tips! I love the dark florals suggestion, and can’t go wrong with maxi dresses.

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