7 Tips to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall Clothing Fashion
The easiest way to make your summer pieces more fall appropriate isn’t to ditch them altogether, but to cook up new ways to wear them. Here are some of the simplest ways to stretch your wardrobe and make all your old favorites work until winter.
1. Cotton Dresses
At home, on the beach, or for a weekend shopping trip. Cotton dresses are easy and cool for those hot summer nights. But before you relegate them to the back of your closet, refashion them by wearing them with long sleeves. Whether it’s a belted blazer, a chunky-knit sweater, or even a knotted chambray shirt. The trick to wearing a cotton dress in the fall is to layer up, and then define your waist to offer added structure. The end result is a beautiful fall casual outfit.
2. Add Tights or Leggings
Adding tights to your outfit can be a fun way to play with patterns, color, and texture for the fall. By stocking up on tights, we offer a buy 2 pairs of leggings and get one free deal! You will have a way to extend the life of your favorite summer skirts and dresses. Look for opaque tights – I love cable-knit versions with tons of texture. A pair of gray textured tights worn with your favorite khaki skirt and boots is about as autumnal as a pumpkin patch. Shabby Chic will be getting in all kinds of textured and colored tights 09/28/17! Be on the look out!
If you’re not into tights, try leggings. Some styles look a lot like pants, but have tons of stretch. They’re perfect to wear under your summery tunics for more coverage, while still staying fashion-forward.
3. Layer Up and Wear it different Ways
Layered looks aren’t only fashion-forward – they’re also completely functional. As you layer up your summer clothes, you create new looks that will actually keep you warm in a brisk breeze.
But how do you know which looks to layer? Try this rule: Layer long over lean. This means matching up longer-length tops (think tunics or boyfriend cardigans) over leaner bottoms, such as tights or skinny jeans. This can help you extend some of your summer favorites, such as a long tank top.
The “long over lean” rule helps to avoid the bulkiness that can sometimes be a result of overenthusiastic layering. Then, just add a sweater or jacket, a light scarf, and a pair of boots to finish your perfect fall outfit.
4. Taking Casual To The Next Level
My favorite place to spend my fashion budget is definitely casual and comfortable wear. Comfy clothes can make such a big impact on your wardrobe. You can wear it casual or dressed up. By paring it with unique accessories. I love this new sweater that just arrived. It has lace detail that gives it a great feminine feel. This look paired with our new Chucks is comfortable, but very chic!
Also new this week, are theses new stripped long sleeve t-shirts! You can see how we took this look and added a fall cap, rugged jeans and a pair of Chucks to make it edgy! We are now able to make graphic t-shirts in the Creative Studio's shop! These striped t-shirts will be perfect for any occasion once you add your own statement! For example, Halloween or football t-shirts for those lazy fall days or rooting on your favorite team. You can see examples below!
5. Add Deeper Colors
I love the deeper colors that come with the changing of the leaves. The pastels and neons of the spring and summer give way to rich jewel and earth tones. But don’t worry if your closet isn’t already stocked with turquoise, plum, and ocher. You can add a couple of pieces to extend the life of your lighter summer clothes.
Take a lavender dress, for instance. It was perfect for that summer garden wedding you attended, but do you have to put it away for fall? If you add some heavier textures and jewel tones, you’ll be able to keep wearing it. Consider pairing it with a plum cardigan and a sleek pair of booties. Suddenly, the addition of a deeper color tones down the brightness of the lavender, resulting in a more cohesive and fall-appropriate outfit.
6. Ignore the Rules
One of the reasons fall shopping can be so expensive are all the supposed “rules” that surround dressing in cooler weather. Whether it’s not wearing white after Labor Day, skipping tights with open-toed shoes, or even pairing black with navy, these silly rules severely limit the scope of your fall wardrobe. Feel free to wear white after Labor Day (a chic, yellow-toned winter white looks perfect with jewel tones), or wear your favorite open-toed booties with a pop of colored tights. Don’t spend too much time thinking about whether or not an outfit is fall-appropriate, but that it’s weather-appropriate and makes you feel great, regardless of the rules.
7. BUY FALL SHOES
Boots are an autumn staple that easily make all of your summer outfits warmer and more functional. And while you can spend a ton of money on good-quality boots, purchasing a few pairs of lower-cost fashion boots (more about looks for the fall than function in the winter), you’ll extend everything from dresses, to jeans, to shorts.
Try a summer dress worn with knee-high boots and a leather jacket. Or, be daring and treat your beloved lace short-shorts like a skirt: Add over-the-knee boots and chunky sweater for a “city look.” You can even buy booties and wear them with your favorite skirt and cardigan combo. Boots are an ideal item to stretch your wardrobe, so allocate some of your fall fashion budget on scoring a couple of pairs in different heights.
It would be really easy to blow your fashion budget on buying ALL new clothes for the fall, especially with Shabby Chic's many tempting window displays and sales. But the turning of the leaves doesn’t have to mean buying a completely new wardrobe. By adding a few key pieces and keeping out some of your summer clothing that is darker colors you save money to splurge on functional winter clothes.
How do you transition your closet for fall?
- Christina Christopher