I was leafing through the latest issue of Instyle Magazine for the fall fashions. The good news is color. Lots of color. Rich russets, glowing gold, burnished browns instead of black, charcoal and that green that hasn't decided whether it's really grey, beige or green.
The bad news is that fall fashion means heavy fabrics and while the rest of the country is looking forward to crisp autumn mornings it's still reaches over 100 degrees as the high in September in the Southwest Desert. And the upper 90's is not unusual for October.
Fall fashions aren't wearable here until late November at the earliest and then it seems we should be moving on to winter fashions.
One compromise is to take the colors of fall but not the fabrics. Take the idea of layers but use lightweight cottons, short sleeves, and vests rather than heavy sweaters and long sleeves.