When that crisp air begins at the end of summer, you know autumn will soon be upon you. The days are getting shorter and cooler, and it’s time to replace your tank tops for flannels. But, transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall doesn’t mean you need to run to your favorite store or go on an online shopping spree.
You might already have everything you need for the season on hand. If not, you can utilize pieces in multiple ways so you only end up buying a few new things. In today’s economy, saving money wherever you can is important, and there’s no reason you can’t look your best this season without breaking the bank.
Let’s look at some simple ways to transition your wardrobe for cooler weather so you can save time, money, and space.
Depending on where you live, temperatures shouldn’t change too drastically right away when the calendar says it’s the first day of fall. You can continue to wear a few of your summer staples into the fall season by adding or subtracting different pieces.
For example, a tank top or short-sleeved shirt can be worn year-round by adding a cardigan sweater, jacket, or blazer. If you want to wear a mini skirt, pair it with tights or leggings and a pair of heeled boots for a fun-yet-sophisticated look. Maxi dresses are also, surprisingly, perfect for fall. They’ll keep your legs warmer with the extra coverage. Change the summery look by wearing a jean jacket or blazer on top.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and fabrics to give your summer gear a different feel. Try combining wool and silk or cashmere and leather. By layering up your materials, you can choose more subdued autumnal tones and give the appearance of warmth, even if you’re technically wearing “summer” pieces.
When it comes to any fall items you already have, think about how they can mesh with summer items to create a completely new look. If you’re looking for inspiration, consider checking out the latest trends for the season and using what you already have to create something unique that fits those looks.
It seems like fashion trends go in and out of style so quickly each year. People get excited about cooler weather and layering up their clothing and colors. That doesn’t mean last year’s trends are obsolete, however. If you consider yourself to be something of a “fashionista,” consider splurging on one or two trendy pieces this year and combining them with your previous looks for a unique twist on current trends.
For fall 2022, some of the biggest fashion trends include:
- “Back-to-school” with a mature spin;
- Faux fur;
- Heavy leather jackets;
- Luxe leather;
- Oversized blazers;
- Plaid everything;
- Power suits;
- Sheer standout pieces;
- Statement boots;
- Vintage, upcycled style.
Upcycled, thrifted items are in style, which is great if you’re trying to save money. Head to your local thrift store or consignment shop for retro jewelry (boho-chic is back!) or other statement pieces that will easily fit into your wardrobe without costing you an entire paycheck.
If you want to invest in a few fall staple pieces, consider things that don’t ever go out of style, like flannel shirts and dark-washed denim. They can be paired with just about any upcoming trend, you can wear them in multiple ways, and they’ll keep you cozy and chic all season.
Whether you decide to keep a few summer pieces in the mix or you’re fully in fall mode, you’ll end up putting the majority of your summer apparel away. Instead of shoving it to the back of your closet, take the time to care for your seasonal apparel properly to ensure it remains in excellent condition through the winter.
You’ll thank yourself next summer. Start by purging your closet. Get rid of any clothes that are:
- Not your style;
- Out of fashion.
Anything that’s in good condition but you don’t want anymore, consider donating or selling to make a bit of extra money for your fall wardrobe. As for the rest of your clothing, try to remove any stains and make small repairs before storing anything away. Doing those things now will make life much easier when you take your clothes out next summer.
Your clothes should be stored in air-tight containers or bins. You can provide your stored items with an extra layer of protection by rubbing the bins down lightly with a mixture of white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, soap, and borax to prevent pests from getting in and chewing holes through your summer clothes.
The days might be getting cooler, but there’s no reason you have to invest in a completely new wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your apparel this fall. After all, it’s a season filled with color. Take risks with your layers, fabrics, and hues, and you’ll see how easy it is to seamlessly transition your outfits from summer to fall without spending a lot of money.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.