What I’ll Be Wearing for Fall 2018

Styling fall polka dots {okay they’re really clouds but they look like polka dots} and what I’ll be wearing fall 2018! 

Fall Polka Dots | How to Style a Dress as a Skirt for Fall featured on Louella Reese

c/o sweater {to purchase} | c/o polka dot dress {on saleto purchase} | c/o woven shopper tote {to purchase} | c/o brown leather mules | c/o navy tassel earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

Okay, this should come as no surprise, Fall is my favorite season. Yes, I know, for us southern folks we still have about three weeks (maybe more) of summer. However, after visiting Blowing Rock and Wisconsin, I have had a full taste of fall and can’t wait for the season to officially hit Charlotte. With that said, I am easing into Fall here on Louella Reese. A couple of recent look that work for late summer, early fall: a cozy cardigan + shorts combination, the same cozy cardigan with a basic tee and jeans, a casual look with a feminine touch, and an ultra preppy fall ready look.

Today is no different! Take off the sweater and you’re set for those warmer September temps. Throw it back on for evenings or safe for full on fall. P.S. one of my favorite ways to style a dress for fall is to throw a chunky sweater over it: exhibit a (also my favorite sweater ever).

Fall Polka Dots | Preppy Fall Style featured on Louella Reese
Blowing Rock NC featured on Louella Reese
Fall Polka Dots | Cozy Sweaters for Fall featured on Louella Reese

Okay, like I said above, I’m crazy excited for the fall season. Crisp fall days call for chunky knits, great denim, loafers + booties, and really, all these cozy. So yes, outfit planning and fall buying has already kicked off. Are you with me? Excited for the new season? Already buying fall ready pieces? 

So I thought it would be fun to point out some of my favorite items for the fall season as well as top trends I’m loving.

What I’ll be Wearing for Fall 2018

Favorite pieces 

Cozy knits: Quite literally my favorite thing about fall. Big, oversized cozy knits. From pullover sweaters to cardigans. I love them all and cannot wait to snuggle up in them. 

Loafers: My shoe of choice come fall. Loafers and oxfords. Last year, I truly could not get enough of both. Especially oxfords, I wore them a ton. Both are great for more casual looks and also those a little on the dressy side. 

Midi Dresses + Skirts: I am ALL about the midi length right now and lucky for me, it’s in style again this season. Plus, the length is great for providing a little extra warmth. I’ll be opting for midi dresses and skirts over denim on most occasions. 

Totes: HUGE fan of totes as of late (including the one in today’s post). I would love to find a really great one for the fall season that could transfer into winter too. 

Basics for Layering: Bring on the basic tees and sweater tanks (told you I’m obsessed with it). Both are great for layering under flannels, sweater, denim jackets, and more. 

Fall Polka Dots | Kate Spade New York Cloud Dot Mid Dress and Joie Adaliz Sweater styled on Louella Reese
Fall Polka Dots | Kate Spade New York Cloud Dot Midi Dress and Two24 by Ariat Jubilee Mules styled on Louella Reese

c/o sweater {to purchase} | c/o polka dot dress {on saleto purchase} | c/o woven shopper tote {to purchase} | c/o brown leather mules | c/o navy tassel earrings | cable cuff | cable ring

What I’ll be Wearing for Fall 2018

Favorite trends

Plaid: This is probably a duh but plaid is going to be HUGE this fall! Maybe even bigger than normal! It was all over the place on the runways and clothing stores have already added a lot of it for early fall shopping. And I don’t hate it! I am all about the preppy pattern. 

Western Vibes: When we went to Kate Spade’s Presentation in February it gave us ALL of the western vibes! From boots to lots of denim to bandanas and prairie dresses. For this western gal at heart, I am pretty excited about it. 

New Prep (Clueless Edition): Okay 90s Laura is dying over this trend! Think uber preppy: varsity jackets, bright plaid fabrics (Cher Horowitz’s iconic yellow plaid suit), classic shoes, oversized knits, and fanny packs. 

Skirts: I know that really broad but truthfully skirts are going to be really big this year. Dresses and pants will be passed over on occasion for skirts. So make sure you stock up!


  1. September 6, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I don’t know when the Miami weather will allow us to wear cozy knits, but definitely looking forward to it 🙂 You look adorable in that skirt though!

  2. September 6, 2018 / 9:50 am

    I love how you threw a sweater over this dress! Such a smart idea for fall! How cute!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

  3. September 6, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Love this combo! People don’t always think of wearing bright blue in the fall, but this is the perfect way to style it.


  4. September 6, 2018 / 10:25 am

    Cute outfit, I’m in love with that fabulous skirt!!


  5. Liz
    September 6, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    What a cute outfit! I always love chunky sweaters with feminine skirts!

  6. September 6, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    Lovinggggg this skirt on you! I’m in the process of figuring out my fall wardrobe and these shoes are definitely being added to the list.


    • September 7, 2018 / 7:06 pm

      Thank you Rachel! Seriously my favorite, didn’t want to give it back to Rent the Runway! YES – you will LOVE them!

      xo Laura Leigh

  7. September 6, 2018 / 2:27 pm

    Love love love this look! I’m totally into the midi look right now too. And definitely ready for sweater weather!

    xx Rebecca

    • September 7, 2018 / 7:07 pm

      Aw thank you Rebecca! Aren’t midi’s the best?! Seriously hooked on them.

      xo Laura Leigh

  8. September 6, 2018 / 2:35 pm

    Love the loafers!! Currently growing a little loafer collection and I’m loving it!

    • September 7, 2018 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks Lauren! Truly obsessed with them. Actually wore them today! Seriously jealous – LOVE loafers!

      xo Laura Leigh

  9. September 6, 2018 / 3:12 pm

    OMG so excited for cozy knits and midi skirts and loafers .. you’re basically living my dream in these photos!

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    • September 7, 2018 / 7:09 pm

      Haha hopefully you (and all of us in Charlotte) will be experiencing it SO soon!

      xo Laura Leigh

  10. Danielle
    September 6, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I am allll about midis this season too! Also totally loving that we’re resurrecting Clueless style!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    • September 7, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      They are just the best things ever! Pretty sure I’ll be wearing that length 99% of the time this fall. I cannot WAIT to see you style some Clueless trends!

      xo Laura Leigh

  11. September 7, 2018 / 12:34 am

    This is such a cute outfit for Fall! I am loving this cute skirt and those leather mules!

    cute & little

  12. September 7, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    I am absolutely in love with this outfit! I’m not a big skirt girl but I love how you styled it with the sweater and mules!


  13. September 7, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    I love how this dress looks totally different when you pair it with the chunky sweater! So cute! You’re going to have great fall style- no doubt! 🙂

  14. ashley hargrove
    September 8, 2018 / 11:53 am

    These photos are absolutely stunning!! I am in love with that cozy sweater and can’t wait for Fall temps!!

    • September 10, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Aw thank you so much Ashley! Right there with you, ready for them to come and stay!

      xo Laura Leigh

  15. September 12, 2018 / 9:32 am

    I love polka dots for fall! They’re so classic and versatile.

  16. September 13, 2018 / 1:48 am

    Loving your fall ready outfit! That cloud skirt is super cute. I definitely can’t wait to add some more plaid to my closet as well as more western inspired pieces.

    xo, Laura

    • September 13, 2018 / 8:27 am

      Thank you Laura! Yes to all the plaid and western vibes. So excited for them!

      xo Laura Leigh

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