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Transitioning Your Wardrobe: Summer to Autumn

With the weather finally cooling off, it's time to start thinking about getting your wardrobe ready for autumn. Transitioning your wardrobe is something that you should be doing every season. That being said don't put all your summer clothes away just yet. We are in that in-between time where we are cooler in the morning and warmer in the afternoon. Transitioning your wardrobe does not mean that you are just stopping wearing your summer clothes but rather adding some autumn staples to your summer wardrobe until such time that summer clothes are no longer able to be worn (i.e. it's just too cold). I have compiled a list of 9 different ways that can help you transition from summer to autumn fashion.


Layer Up

Layers are definitely going to be your friend during the summer-to-autumn transition period. Your mornings may be cool but as soon as the sun starts to rise you can definitely feel the heat. Your base layer should be something that you can wear on its own. Think of a t-shirt (or tank top if you prefer), and then add on top of that. The next layer should be something removable; think a chunky sweater, blazer, cardigan, etc. Another way is having a long sleeve be your base layer but adding a vest on top for added warmth for the cold mornings.


Blazers, Cardigans, Sweaters, etc.

Blazers, cardigans, sweaters, jackets, etc. are a perfect way to express yourself while still having added warmth. Summer fabrics and designs are complemented by jackets that are more fall-appropriate since they add a warm glow. A jacket or blazer can expand your collection by enabling you to pull together different outfits and always look polished and put together.


Keep Your Summer Dresses

Before you pack away your summer dresses, give them a new look by adding long sleeves, tights, etc. The key to wearing a maxi dress in the fall is to layer up and then define your waist to create more structure. This can be done with anything from a belted blazer to a chunky-knit sweater to a tied denim shirt. Short summer dresses can be worn into the fall as well, utilize tights, boots, and layers to be able to wear them even when it's chilly.


Swap Your Shoes

Swap out your sandals for flats, booties, boots, and sneakers. This doesn't mean don't wear your sandals or heels but rather wear the right shoes for the weather. These shoes are a fall wardrobe necessity that will instantly make all of your summer clothing warmer and more practical. Everything from skirts to pants to shorts will look better by adding a pair of booties or slip-on sneakers. It's also the ideal season to wear suede shoes because autumn offers the ideal balance of colder temperatures without excessive humidity; basically, you can enjoy your suede boots without having the excess water of winter destroy them.


Hats & Scarves

Hats and scarves are the perfect way to accessorize during the transition season. There are so many fun styles and colors of hats that would pair well with any outfit. And, adding a hat creates a stylish look. There are plenty of reasons to wear a hat, including keeping your head warm, disguising a bad hair day, and adding style to your ensemble. Scarves are also a fantastic accessory to add to your outfits as the temperature drops. When the weather starts to become chilly, scarves keep you warm while also adding a splash of color or print to your outfit. When buying scarves, first look at your wardrobe and identify what colors you wear most. Then you can purchase scarves that go well with those colors and will work with many of your clothes.


Structured Bags

It's time to put away your summertime straw bags (if you use them). From deep, saturated hues to unique prints, a bold bag effortlessly elevates the vibe and lets you flaunt your gutsy side. Easily transitioning from work to an after-work event, a beautiful, structured bag not only creates an eye-catching outfit; it also enlivens your mood and adds personality to your look.


When in Doubt Denim

Jeans are usually the first thing that I think of when I think of autumn fashion. This is true you can style up or style down denim easily. There are many versions of denim as well utilize cropped jeans, white jeans, black jeans, etc., and make them work for you.


Jewel & Earth Tones

This time of year rich jewel and earth tones replace the neons and pastels of the spring and summer. Think burgundy, emerald green, sapphire blue, rich plums, darker greens, and blues, as well as mustard and various shades of brown. Black and white will always be a staple as well. This doesn't mean that you can wear your neons and pastels, just add in another darker hue to soften it.


Swap Textures

Instead of reaching for your linen or cotton staples of summer, which you can still use just under layers for added warmth. Consider swapping them out for knitwear, velvets, leathers, suedes, etc. This includes your shoes as well.


Don't Worry about the Rules

There are so many alleged "rules" on how to dress for cooler weather. These silly rules significantly restrict the variety of your fall wardrobe, whether it be by banning the wear of white after Labor Day or matching black with brown. Think less about whether or not an outfit is fall-appropriate and more about whether it is weather-appropriate and makes you feel amazing, no matter what the rules say.


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