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How to find the Seasonal Balance in AZ

Since moving to Arizona just a few short months ago, I’ve had one realization: no matter what month it is, the weather is a blessing and a curse… always hot! Now, I know that is probably obvious to you reading this, but it still shocks me that in November I don’t need to be bundled up in a parka and boots. Whether one day it is 90 degrees and 70 the next, or the mornings start out quite chilly and the afternoons are causing you to break a sweat, trying to find a balanced way to dress has been a challenge. So, here are some examples of how to stay comfortable, and look on-trend this season.



Photos by Courtney Mally

I personally love this outfit. The contrast between the preppy-ness of the collar underneath the crewneck and the edgy look of the destroyed jeans is a little unexpected, but they balance each other out for a relaxed but put-together look.

This outfit also gives you the option of taking the crewneck off and still looking on- point when the temperatures rise in the early afternoon. Layering is the key!


Now, this is the perfect example of the, “I really didn’t want to get ready but I had to because I have stuff to do” outfit. Which I think we all understand at this point in the semester! And honestly, it still looks great. The leggings allow for comfort, but give an equalizing factor with the short-sleeve t-shirt so if the temperatures are a little lower one day, you won’t be freezing. The beanie is not only one of the best ways to hide a bad hair day, but adds the right amount of fall color to tie the entire outfit together.

When I was planning my move out here, I bought a lot of summery clothes like dresses and skirts in order to bear the early-to-mid-August scorching temperatures. Since the weather, although not drastic, is taking a turn toward cooler weather, here is an example of utilizing a summer dress for your fall/winter needs!


The light, airy fabric of this dress allows for a lot of layering, without overheating. I simply have a black slip on underneath this dress; however, if it is a chillier day you could wear leggings or tights underneath. Or pair the boots with a jean jacket, or even wear a long-sleeve t-shirt to compensate for the colder temperatures. I love the simplicity of this black dress, because it allows for various uses and a lot of outfit options.

I hope this helped inspire some not-too-warm, but still hot fall looks! What is your favorite outfit combination for fall in Arizona? Post or comment below. Thanks for reading!

Photos and Article by Courtney Mally

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