Late August and September can be a tricky time for dressing. One day its hot and the next it’s not. And the nights are starting to feel chilly, but you still want to look chic going out. Like any outfit combination, styling is all about balance. You can still wear many of your summer pieces into fall but you want to make sure you are wearing them alongside seasonally appropriate pieces.
Here are four categories I recommend starting with to easily transition your looks into fall.
1. FOOTWEAR – Bring out your loafers, ankle boots and closed toe heels. You can wear a flowy dress you rocked all summer when you anchor it with fall footwear. And on the flipside, this isn’t saying all your open toed shoes or strappy sandals need to be put away. You simply use the rule of balance and make sure if you are wearing a summer shoe, you style it with jeans, tank and a lightweight jacket for example.
2. DENIM – Start swapping white/light denim for darker washes. I believe you can rock off-white and lighter washes into fall but if you’re having a hard time creating an outfit with these, a darker wash will give you more options during this time of year. Especially if you wear jeans to work or out at night, I am steering clients towards traditional mid wash colors and darker. And I firmly believe stark white (not off-white or cream) should be packed away for the season.
3. FABRICS – Time to phase out the summer blends and lightweight materials for those with more structure and weight. Linens, lightweight cottons and eyelet fabrics in white scream summertime. You have a little more grace with these materials in darker shades, but you want to be mindful not to pair them with other materials in the same family. Think a linen trouser with a silky black or knit tank. Further offset the summer seasonality with a jacket or loafer.
4. LAYERS – It’s that time of year when layers can make or break your look. Reach for your timeless blazer or leather jacket and throw it over your “summer” outfit or dress. Not only is it practical for temps but it’s your best friend for fall looks. I’m not a huge fan of denim jackets unless you are rocking a very casual/athleisure look so try a classic trench or a bomber if a blazer feels too dressy. These pieces can still elevate your outfit and look more polished even if it’s over leggings and a t-shirt.
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