Oh, the weather outside is frightful—that’s for sure. It always is for Houston this time of year, as we emerge from hurricane season and into the muggy first days of "fall." We’re all in for PSLs and suede booties, and yet Mother Nature turns away and ignores our pleas while, elsewhere in the country, folks can wrap up in cozy sweaters as temps begin to drop.

Indeed, a Houston fall is different from those of mulled wine, fur vests, and Halloween movie marathons by mid-September. But we're not immune to the call of autumnal colors and textures down here, and we don't need to live in our sundresses until November. For inspiration, here are a few transitional looks from Houstonians working their pre-fall fashions.

Return of the Romper

Don't pack away your summer jumpsuits just yet—extend their lifespans by layering a plain tee or turtleneck underneath for an easy seasonal transition.

Comfy in Camo

Take a seasonal trend and make it work for the heat. Camo is a tried-and-true fall pattern, and it needn't require heavy hunting coats or oversized overalls.

Mix-and-Match Textures

Anticipating the polarized temps to come, a chunky knit says fall while a flowy skirt makes it bearable now. Call it a balancing act.

Slouch a Little

From gauchos to parachutes, slouchy pants with a little breathing room are both pleasant in the heat and to look at.

Blaze of Glory

You can't go wrong with jeans and a tee during warm weather. Throw a fitted blazer into the mix and it's instant fall chicness.

Animal Attack

You’re still going to see summer’s safari-inspired trend on every street this fall, so it's the perfect pattern to rock between seasons, too.

Snake Charmer

The former logic still applies if you're feeling more reptilian than feline.

Witching Hour

It is the season of the witch, after all, so we say go ahead and start leaning into Stevie Nicks-approved aesthetic right now.

Add Some Flavor

Mustard is virtually everywhere by September 1. Pick up a cardigan, top, or handbag in the hue, and you're instantly ready for the harvest.

Pumpkin Perfection

Copy and paste...but with burnt orange. Nothing tricks the senses into thinking it’s a pleasant 65 degrees outside like a little pumpkin spice.

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