Though Summer doesn’t officially end until the third week of September, Labor Day typically signals the end of our Summer lifestyle. Some of us woefully say goodbye to outdoor barbeques, pool parties and bikini season, as others happily welcome the oncoming comfort of hot cocoa, apple pies and pumpkin spice lattes.
While Summer usually means endless maxi dresses, cut-off shorts, rompers and tank tops, Fall brings us an entirely different reality. In fact, as the weather slowly starts to cool throughout the month of September, women will ditch their open-toe sandals for ankle boots, their shorts for skinny jeans and leggings, and their tanks tops for chunky sweaters.
This doesn’t mean, however, that the clothing you purchased for your cute Summer outfits will be useless until next May.
In fact, it is during this transition that the most stylish women set themselves apart. For those who are not as comfortable with shopping or styling, sometimes all that’s needed is a few visuals that showcase just how transitional many Summer staples actually are. This can not only save you money, but makes you think styling in a whole new light; you’ll come up with ensembles you’ve never thought of before, and your style will likely become multi-dimensional. Besides saving on money, this will allow you to create a fresh and updated look to the pieces you already own. Or, buy some of these pieces, which are likely on sale right now, and keep them in rotation!
Layer Your Favorite Dresses
Don’t push your favorite short dresses to the end of your closet. After all, you probably only wore those dresses a few times! Breathe new life into them this Fall by adding a few layers over or under them. For example, pair your dress with opaque tights, an open blazer, and closed-toe heels or knee-high boots like this London Fog Riding Boot . Throw on a chic scarf and you’ve just transitioned your favorite Summer dress with little effort!
2. Style Your Shorts With Tights
Did you buy fabric shorts this Summer? You most likely have numerous pairs of shorts you’ve collected over the years. Update them for the cooler months by styling them with tights and a blouse. If you’re looking for an edgier and sexier look, you can do the same with your cut-offs.
3. Wear Pink: It Looks Stunning During Fall and Winter
You no doubt have a pink Summer staple in your closet. Pink is perfect for Summer days because it’s a light and airy color, but can also lend a level of femininity to your Fall and Winter wardrobe. If you own a pink dress or pink skirt, you can style it with a chunky open cardigan or with a leather jacket to add a little edge. On cooler days, slap of some tights and heels or thigh-high boots and you’ve styled a feminine and weather-appropriate outfit.
4. Use Scarves for Warmth and Added Detail
NEVER underestimate the power of a scarf! If you’re low on wardrobe ideas or time during your morning routine, all you really need is the right scarf and you’ll look Fall-ready in no time. For instance, throwing this Lightweight Scarfover your bodycon dress can instantly make your dress office-ready AND cocktail-hour ready, too. For a relaxed, casual yet chic look, style a simple scarf with your boyfriend jeans and a pretty sheer top. TIP: Invest in a striped scarf like this Plaid Blanket Checked Scarf because it complements so many different colors and wardrobe staples!
5. Use A Black Or Camel Faux-Leather Jacket
Fall is a great time to find the perfect faux-leather jacket; you’ll soon find this Fall staple indispensable. A black leather jacket will add structure to feminine pieces like a maxi skirt or maxi dress. It’ll also lend the perfect amount of edge to skinny jeans, a bodycon dress, or a pencil skirt. That’s what I call versatility! Camel is a very autumnus color, so it’ll effortlessly transition into Fall outfits.
6: Summer Florals Can Be Worn During Fall and Winter, Too!
You probably have a floral dress, or floral top that you’ve worn throughout Spring and Summer. Guess what? Florals fit effortlessly into a Fall wardrobe; just add some layering! Throw on your faux-leather or faux-suede jacket over your floral dress, and top off your look with some opaque tights and ankle boots.
7. Don’t Too Our Your Maxi Dresses Just Yet
Some of the most stylish celebrities wear maxi dresses during the cooler months. It’s also an airport-style favorite, given how comfort they are. Style your maxi dress with an ankle shoe and tie a chiffon or blouse over it. For more structure, try it with a black blazer.
8. Pair Lace With Other Fabrics
Lace always makes a big appearance during Summer but it can add a lot of femininity to Fall outfits, too. Imagine how pretty an ivory lace dress would look with an olive green cape blazer or a cargo jacket! It’s the perfect reason to add a little grunge to an otherwise girly and frilly outfit.
9. Chambray Top
Perhaps no other piece of Summer clothing is more transitional than the long sleeve chambray top. If you threw it over your maxi dress or cuttoffs during Summer, now you can pair your chambray top with leather leggings or leather camel skirt and an embellished jacket.
10. Black Maxi Skirt
Don’t think you need to say goodbye to your black maxi skirt just yet. A beautiful and comfortable alternative to the skinny jean, a maxi skirt will look beautiful this Fall when paired with the right accessories. In fact, you can style it with your other Summer staple, the basic white tee, and layer it with a blazer or open cardigan and your favorite boot or booties. Throw on a statement necklace and dark-colored nail polish, too.
Now that you’ve got a better idea of which Summer wardrobe staples you can keep on rotation throughout Fall and Winter, you can rest assured that you’ll be looking pretty chic during the next few months. Remember, all you need is a little creativity, some layering, and you’ll be on your way to re-imagining your wardrobe!