Fashion Friday: From Summer to Fall

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Transition from Summer to Fall

One of the easiest ways to stretch your wardrobe budget is to “shop your closet”. Take an item you wore one season (say, summer) and wear it all through fall.

I took one of my favorite summer dresses—this strapless, cotton dress from J.Crew (thrifted, of course!)—and transitioned it to fall using items I already had in my closet.

Fall fashion

Tips for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall

1. Change up your accessories – I feel it’s much easier to pull off heavier, statement jewelry as you start adding layers in the fall. Here I chose a mixed chain necklace with a pretty industrial feel. Other easy accessories to add or change in the fall: scarves, a baggy knit hat, leather handbags and boots (see below).

2. Invest in a good pair of boots (or two). – Yep, I feel this is a stand-alone tip. That’s how much I wear mine once the temperatures drop. Under skirts and dresses, over skinny jeans and leggings. If it’s fall or winter and I’m outside the house, it’s a pretty safe bet I’m in boots. These Clark’s boots – as comfortable as they are stylish – are  hands-down my favorites, and have already gone the distance for two full years. Bought on sale (and still a splurge), but well worth the money.

3. Layer, layer, layer. – I grew up in Wisconsin, so I know layering. Cardigans are an absolute must. I like to find simple, basic cardigans in a range of colors as well as a few with additional details and texture (like the grey, ruffled cardigan below). A classic blazer can easily bump a t-shirt and jeans to the next level, while also keeping you warm. Wear a thin, tissue-weight layering tee under a short-sleeve summery dress for another layered look. Tights and boots (surprise!) worn under skirts and dresses are another classic combination.

Fall layers

How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?

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  1. says

    Love the ruffle cardigan you have on, it looks wonderful on you!!! Great advice, I am looking forward to pulling out the boots in a few weeks when we finally get some colder weather!

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