Colorado may be best known for its snow-covered peaks during ski season, but as the locals know, one of the best times to head for the hills is in the fall when the aspen leaves glisten a golden hue in the late autumn sun. Although it can be quite sunny in October, the cool mornings and crisp night air means dressing in layers is essential for all your Fall ensembles. From hiking to biking, brunching to yoga, shopping to happy hour, check out our round-up of lovely layers for every occasion.
One of my go-to outfits is distressed jean shorts with a cute sweater, wool cowboy hat and western style boots or booties. I also love the versatility of a classic swing dress that can be dressed up or down. These looks will carry you well into winter.
Faux Suede Swing Dress $218 at jmclaughlin.com
Lucchese Two-Tone Roper Boots $1,050 at kemosabe.com
Black Scalloped Turtleneck $43 at amazinglemonsboutique.com
Steamboat Hatter Bluebird Sky $500 at steamboathatter.com
Citizens Of Humanity Joline Jeans $228 at a-line-online.myshopify.com
If you’re always on the go (who isn’t) and don’t have time for a full wardrobe change, your best accessories will be chic cardigans, trendy jackets, of-the-moment leggings, a large tote and some statement jewels. No reason to have to choose pilates over lunch.
Farm Rio Rainbow Stripes Midi Cardigan $$385 at neimanmarcus.com
Aquamarine and Pave Diamond Bead on Amazonite Cubes bracelet $440 at thewoodsfinejewelry.com
Carbon38 High Rise Legging $105 at carbon38.com
If you’re hitting the trails, a great pair of hiking boots or trail runners are necessary investments. Pair them with a tank top, midweight zip up, wool socks and quick-dry shorts. And don’t forget a cute hat for extra sun protection (and to hide sweaty hair) as well as a functional daypack to carry your water and snacks.
Los Gatos ½ Zip Up $99 at patagonia.com
Hand embroidered Colorado flag cashmere sweater $295 at etsy.com/shop/CarriganCollection
Women’s Moab Speed by Merrell $120 at merrill.com
Honeycomb Hat $45 at patagonia.com
Osprey Manta 24 hydration pack $160 at osprey.com
Marion Shorts by Flyflow Gear $70 at flyflowgear.com
Swap your go-to tee for a silky top and chunky sweater or a fall floral dress, and the hikers for cute western booties and you’re ready to hit the town!
Glass and Chain Earrings $22 at paisleyandpark.com
Iridescent Silver Cami $38 at amazinglemonsboutique.com
Liberty Silk Dress $328 at jmclaughlin.com
Flair Hem Leopard Skirt $68 at mainstreamboutique.com
Good Day Snake Skin Bootie $89 at mainstreamboutique.com