Transitioning Your Style: Summer to Fall Fashion Tips

W144_24Autumn is upon us! Do you find it difficult to know what to wear this time of year? It’s cool in the mornings and then the weather warms up or it rains unpredictably. What about colors as we move from summer into fall? At this time of the year, I hear plenty of questions about wearing white and pastel colors.

Do you want to know how to transition your style into the cooler months? Here are my best tips for this tricky time of the year:

Wearing white pants past labor day?

White pants don’t necessarily mean winter white. Of course, you can wear winter white but you can also wear white jeans. Make sure you still follow the rules for your personal style and color palette.

Most women look good in either crisp white, cream, or winter white. It goes without saying that lighter weight fabrics need to be put away until Spring, but those white jeans and slacks are accessible this fall and winter. And it isn’t just pants, white skirts work as well.

When can you wear boots?

Mid-calf boots or booties are okay any time of year. When it’s warmer, wear them bare legged with a dress or a skirt. This is a fun and youthful look. When it’s colder, you can tuck long pants into mid-calf boots or ankle booties and your whole body will feel warmer.

Lightweight jackets are a good choice any season.

When it’s colder, wear a cashmere sweater underneath it. The jacket can be the second layer. Add a pea coat or puffer as a third layer as it gets colder. When it’s warmer, a jacket is a perfect layer over a dress.  Or for business casual, it can be combined with a pencil skirt and pumps or boots.

32520202-53f7-4c5b-8306-280a7bc2e95cLightweight cashmere cardigans are super versatile.

When it’s colder, wear a long-sleeved silk or wool t-shirt under it. Add a heavier jacket when heading outdoors. When it’s warmer, you can wear it open and loose over a tank and pants. Or drape the lightweight cardigan over the straps of your summer dress.

Wear long tanks in your colors for all year round.

When it’s colder, wear a long tank under a cashmere crew neck sweater. The longer inside layer can be a color accent to your outfit, add more interest and if you are long waisted this is a great look to show your silhouette at it’s best. When it’s warmer, a long tank is a perfect layer for under sheer tunics or paired with a lightweight eyelet or lace jacket.

Scarves are one of the best accessories for year round use.

When it’s colder, it’s great to wrap it around your neck and bundle up under a coat, cape or poncho. It can also be a great accent piece if it’s in a patterned print or one of your “wow” colors. When it’s warmer, it’s a perfect wrap to throw over your shoulders in a chilly air conditioned space.

Sleeveless dresses don’t need to be packed away for cooler temperatures.

When it’s colder, layer a long sleeved thin cashmere T-shirt under the dress. Add tights and tall boots. When it’s warmer, wear a full slip to your desired modesty level. Dress it up or down with heeled or flat sandals.

Having a wardrobe that tells your unique story takes time and when you find great pieces it helps to think about all the ways you can wear them and use them for varying temperatures. These tips will help add style and versatility to your wardrobe.

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