The days are getting shorter, and the pumpkin-spice season will be here sooner than you think. While it may be warm outside, the mood is changing. You’ll want to dress accordingly in outfits that channel the autumn ambiance. As you bring out your jeans and long-sleeved tops, hang on to your summertime vibe by keeping your summer skirts and dresses in the mix. With a few new additions to your closet and some brilliant accessories, you’ll feel ready for the cooler days on the way. To prepare for the new season, follow our tips for putting together transitional looks.
Wear Light Layers
You can stay comfy and chic in stylish layered outfits as the weather cools. Ease into fall and extend the life of your summer wardrobe by pairing your leggings or a bodycon midi dress with a hip-skimming tunic or chunky V-neck knit. You can also put a fresh spin on your favorite summer dresses by throwing on a boxy sweater. Add ankle boots or vintage-style sneakers and an extra-large carryall tote to complete your look.
Add a Statement Jacket
When the sunlight turns golden, look for an on-trend bomber jacket in a rich autumn shade like chocolate brown or forest green. It will add contrast to bold summer colors while creating a coordinated look. You can also complement your summer midi dresses with a tailored, double-breasted blazer. If you pick up a few cute jackets in neutral shades that go with everything, you can easily elevate your outfits.
Another great choice is a loose-fitting, updated barn jacket that sits at the hip in canvas or quilted denim. All of these options will look smart with a pair of high-quality boots in brown, cordovan, or black.
Update Your Hosiery
Tights and stockings are necessities that can keep you warm while changing the whole mood of your outfit. They’re a great way to add a bit of runway flair to your transitional look. Fishnet tights and sheer hose are an easy way to update a midi or maxi skirt. Rainbow-bright matte tights can turn a basic summer dress or bright T-shirt and skirt combo into something new and special. Add a pair of chunky Mary Janes, ballet flats, or point-toe pumps and confidently step into autumn.
Rethink Your Dresses
Taking your summer dresses into the fall is a surefire way to look great, no matter the weather. To bring your style in line with fall’s put-together looks, define your waist with a belt, then throw a jacket or cardigan on top. Coordinate with a clutch or handbag in warm-toned leather or a heavier textured fabric.
Add Jeweled and Deeper Hues
A change in season should bring new hues into the color palette of your wardrobe. This fall, be vibrant in saturated shades like sapphire, ruby red, and amethyst. You can contrast these shades with your summer pastels for a contemporary and artistic look. Keep the textures balanced and complementary.
You can start with open knits or light, flowing fabrics in candy colors. Add an oversized, draped, or high-volume jacket in an earth or jewel tone to enrich your look and keep it feminine. Add a pair of statement earrings to make your outfit pop.
Switch Your Shoes
When summer is on its way out, put your sandals on standby. Closed-toe shoes like sneakers and brogues will give your summer clothes an autumn vibe. This is the perfect time to bring some suede booties, flats, or lace-up shoes into your wardrobe. The texture signals warmth without being heavy or fussy.
Perforated leather is another great choice for shoes or booties. It’s versatile, easy to style, and adds panache to your look. Keep things lively with footwear in neutral and bright colors that will coordinate with dark and light shades alike.
Show Off in a Scarf
Scarves are a beautiful way to add color and texture to your outfit and keep yourself cozy. They look warm and stylish and can instantly dress up your outfit and draw attention to your face. Silk, rayon, and cashmere blends in earth and jewel tones will add a luxurious touch to a coordinating top. As you add scarves to your wardrobe, choose versatile pieces that can be tied or worn loose so you can change up your look as the season progresses.
Cuddle Up in a Cardigan
Adding a cardigan to your look is a no-brainer when it comes to transitional weather dressing. This year’s best models include cropped or grandpa-style V-necks with statement buttons. You can wear them with anything, especially cute pants and jeans. While dark and neutral tones are always appropriate, a bright primary color or fair-isle knit can bring personality to your summer staples.
Swap Out Your Bag
Fall styles typically infuse a little formality into your look, and a structured bag will keep you looking sharp. Bring your look up-to-date with a cherry-red shoulder bag or a sleek trunk bag in black. Your bag can set the tone for your whole outfit, so having several options on hand is good. Crocodile prints, circular shapes, and shiny metallic fabrics will tell the world you’re ready for the season ahead.
Top Off Your Look With a Hat
A trendy hat makes a perfect finishing touch, making your outfit look intentional and complete. Move from the wide brims of summer to more head-hugging styles. You have many options this season, from cozy wool berets and bucket hats to fisherman’s caps and rancher styles that will look great with jeans and tailored jackets.
Ease Into Fall With Great Transitional Style
As the lazy summer days come to a close, you can look forward to a beautiful fall season filled with warmth and color. These tips can help you stretch your summer wardrobe while keeping on-trend with the season. Wearing looks that go with the flow will keep you feeling fine.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2018. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.