There is something a little awkward about the late summer/ early fall months. It is usually still quite hot out, yet you are found craving cozy knit sweaters and muted autumn colors. It’s a peculiar transition period that has you caught between two seasons of fashion trends, and it’s hard to pick and choose which styles to hold onto, which ones to leave behind, which new ones to adopt into your wardrobe.
In the case of transitioning your summer wardrobe into autumn-appropriate fashion, it takes a lot of mixing and matching. The weather can be very bipolar, and you need to dress for a variety of climates that might take you by surprise. By blending certain summer styles with other fall looks, you get a very unique yet practical outfit. Here are some essential tips you’ll need to pull it off during this year’s season transition time.
Get good at layering
Layering is somewhat of a lost cause during the summer because it’s so hot, but once temperatures start dipping and the air gets a little more damp as nighttime falls, layering comes in handy. You can put a sweater on over your trusty chambray top, or you can start wearing your favorite lightweight cardigans over spaghetti strap dresses. For those summery blouses, there’s no better time to break out bellbottom or culotte style jeans (trendy ideas in this collection), so start bringing those into the mix, too.
Try new combinations
Other pieces of clothing you can layer include everything from shorts with tights to sandals with socks if you’re feeling adventurous. There are plenty of classy looks created this way. Make great use out of your floral dresses by pairing them with the right winter garments (floral dress example in this post). You’ll never know which unexpected pieces go together until you try, so don’t be afraid to play with new combinations you’d never dream of trying.
Mesh tones together
A crucial puzzle piece to ensuring your transitional wardrobe doesn’t look like a mish-mash of random items is to make sure the colors harmonize well. This part can be tricky, but you’ll find your sweet spot with enough experimenting. The key is to put summery hues with autumn shades so that you are not only mixing styles, but also the overall vibes of the garments you’ve chosen. Choosing a statement accessory in a fall color is a seamless way to incorporate the autumn tones into your outfit’s palette, or you can go for gold and pick a garment in a burnt tone. (color-mixing inspiration here)
It all comes down to being creative. If there’s a summer top you just can’t say goodbye to yet, find a way to work it in with some fall fabrics—such as a scarf—to balance out the look. There are endless combinations out there, you just have to be willing to find them. The key is to remember that you want an outfit that can work for when weather gets cool or stays hot. Versatility is everything!
This is a guest post by Linda Germaine, a freelance fashion blogger from Portland. She loves writing about the latest trends and how to take advantage of them with frugality in mind.