It's steamy out. No, wait, now I'm freezing! How am I supposed to pick an outfit?!
As much as we love planning cozy fall outfits, there is something sad about summer trends coming to an end. What will you do with all the purchases you made only two months ago? You will transition them! Fall signals a fresh start and a wardrobe change-up: It’s time to make way for cozy outerwear, knee-high boots, and deeper shades of lipstick. But before you consider a total wardrobe overhaul, keep in mind that with some strategic styling, your favorite summer whites (and even those off-the-shoulder numbers you’ve collected) can be repurposed for cooler months.
1. Lift –Up summer colors with monochrome dressing.
While your warm-weather style may have involved brightly colored sandals and accessories, you should opt for a neutral palette for fall. Monochromatic combinations elevate pale shades that are typically reserved for the hot season. White or cream wide-leg trousers are always so chic and you can pair them with a tank and flats in the summer, and later with a white cashmere sweater and white coat for an elegant, wintery-white look.
Bonus: A head-to-toe one color ensembles lengthens the silhouette.
2. Layer it up!
When there is a crisp chill in the air, layering adds warmth and a sophisticated element to skin-baring pieces. Give those slip dresses, cold-shoulder tops, and jumpsuits some extra mileage by layering them over tees, thin turtlenecks, and button-downs. You can play with hues and patterns to keep it fresh and make it feel like a new outfit every time. The same goes for shoes: Keep those mules, slides, and platforms in rotation long past Labor Day with tights or ankle or knee socks. A fun scarf, pretty hat or dramatic belt are your best friends when transitioning your wardrobe into fall—just don't bring them all out to play at once.
3. Invest in outerwear, boots, and luxe textures.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed even after brushing up on the seasons top trends, focus on practical wardrobe staples that are always worth the investment. Start with coats and shoes and then work around those key pieces.
If you have a classic stylish trench that you love for years, it always feels relevant. It's the perfect final layer when the temperature is variable. Also ankle boots; they are perennially in fashion and a worthy investment. As temperatures increasingly dip, these are the styles you’re bound to wear on a daily basis.
Along with surprisingly summer-friendly velvet, plush fabrics like corduroy, shearling, and lace add a chic update to any outfit.
Khaki, white and your favorite jeans are a never-fail combination—and if you invest in a gorgeous cropped neutral jacket, you'll have about a trillion easy, stylish fall outfits on your hands.
4. Mix in structured inspired details.
Sharpen the casual, softer silhouettes of summer with tailored pieces. Incorporate structured garments to update your warm-weather staples. If you have a stack of lightweight gauzy knits transition them for fall by pairing them with pencil skirts, which make for a less summery, sharper look. Button up light shirts that you have worn open over tanks all summer and tuck them into your favorite jeans.
Pairing dark layer like a black blazer over a pretty summer staple will add another few months to that flowy dress you can't bear to put away at the end of the season.