Shorts For Fall: How To Master The Trend

It comes as no secret that San Francisco has a serious Indian Summer. That said, how do you conquer fall feels with summer weather? It’s all about the layering. I know layering sounds like it would just make you even more overheated, but hear me out. Cooler layers, that is: I like to mix fall fabrics like leather and sheer legwear with summer styles. I’ve been reaching for these faux leather shorts all season, as they go with pretty much anything you can imagine: plaid flannels, turtlenecks, and my favorite mule slides, which are all fall appropriate.

The easiest way to transition your warmer weather pieces into fall includes a great set of statement hose, my personal favorite being fishnets. They won’t cause you to overheat, yet give you that fall-ready approach to styling. Since it’s been extra hot in San Francisco, and here in New York during Fashion Week, I opted for my larger patterned fishnets to give it a covered yet comfortable feel. For an extra pop of fall fashion, trade your sandals for a pair of fun suede booties or over-the-knee boots.

Since it’s been super warm here in the city, I opted for my new favorite mule slides from Nordstrom, and trading my favorite summer bags for this amazing velvet backpack for an added touch of fall feels! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t too sure how much I’d use this backpack given the size, however, it’s proved to be a useful staple this past month since I picked it up at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It holds a surprising amount of stuff: it fit my large Canon DSLR (with a huge lens!) alongside my iPhone 6s Plus, wallet, sunglasses case, and more!

Outfit Details

Blouse: Something Borrowed Shirt, ADAY

Sweatshirt: Dry Versa Training Crop, Nike

Shorts: Faux Leather Shorts, Zara (OLD) similar here

Tights: Fishnet Tights, Nordstrom

Choker: Metallic Faux Leather Choker, Forever21

Bag: Julian Velvet Backpack, Rebecca Minkoff

Choker: Future Love Holographic Choker, Nasty Gal

Makeup Details

Prep: Son & Park Beauty Water

Foundation: Luminous Silk Foundation, Armani

Contour: The Celestial Bronzing Veil, Tropical Nights

Highlighter: Fresh Glow Highlighter, Burberry

Lashes: Sephora Lashes Luxe, in Amour

Lips: Confession Ultra Slim High-Intensity Refillable Lipstick, Hourglass

Photos by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

Makeup c/o Caitlin @ Sephora Union Street


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  1. Danielle
    September 14, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    I feel like I could never pull off this look but you are abs slaying it girl! The black + white looks so chic!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  2. September 14, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Wow, this is a killer outfit! I LOVE the wide-weave fishnets! When I was in France this spring, I saw them all over!

    • Mandy Gragg
      September 14, 2017 / 2:33 pm

      Aww thanks! And omg they’re fun but so hard to put on 🤣🤣

  3. Nicole of What Nicole Wore
    September 14, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    Look at you with the super chic layering! Such a fun look for fall!

  4. ashleyharg
    September 15, 2017 / 12:59 am

    This look is badass!! I love all of the different details! So chic!

  5. September 15, 2017 / 2:14 am

    I love this look! I’ve been eyeing that nike sweatshirt but would have never thought to pair it with this… looks SO good!

    xo, Shelby

    • Mandy Gragg
      September 16, 2017 / 11:17 pm

      Aww thank you! You totally need to throw this crop into your mix too!!

  6. Ashley
    September 15, 2017 / 4:18 am

    Such a fun look! I love your velvet bag!

  7. September 15, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    I love how you are showing how to carry over shorts into the fall! I love how you styled this entire look!

  8. Maggie
    September 15, 2017 / 8:00 pm

    Please give me this entire look! I love that top!

  9. September 16, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Love shorts any time of the year! You look amazing!

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