It happens every year, but it always takes us by surprise. One day in mid-September we walk out the door into a muggy, summer-like haze (like today in NYC!). The next day it’s completely different. You walk out the door and all of a sudden it just feels like fall. The air is crisp, leaves crunch under your feet as you walk down the sidewalk and you find yourself reaching for a jacket, and everything pumpkin spice.
Dressing for these transition periods can be tough. We’re not at the point where we want to start pulling out our chunky knits and puffy jackets. In fact, we’re actually hoping to get a couple more wears out of our favorite summer dresses. The good news is, you CAN keep wearing many of your summer favorites well into autumn and beyond. Some simple styling shifts can help ease you through to winter.
Here are some of our favorite summer pieces and how we plan to keep wearing them for months to come:
Floral dresses: Florals seem to be big every season (we think that’s a good thing!), and this fall is no exception. Keep those floral dresses in rotation - especially ones in a darker print. Pair them with a bootie and a denim or leather jacket and you’re good to go. Speaking of leather jackets, colored leather is really modern. If you already have a black leather jacket consider a burgundy or a rich plum. One of these hues will add depth to your wardrobe and pair perfectly with your floral dresses. Add tights or go bare, it's all about personal preference and comfort.
- Off the shoulder / cold shoulder tops and dresses: If you went pretty deep in this trend over the past few season, it would be a shame to pack them up come fall. A chic way to extend the life of these piece is to layer a paper thin turtleneck or long sleeve tee under the top or dress. Make sure the color you choose for the layering piece makes sense. Trust us, this works!
- Cropped wide leg pants looked great this summer when paired with everything from a fashion sneaker to a sandal. No need to retire them just yet. Wear them now with a bootie (purposefully showing some skin between the top of the boot and the bottom of the pant) or a tall boot. The key to pulling off this look is to think about the fabrication of the pant. If your pant is sear sucker or a light linen, this wouldn’t work.
- If you’re like us, you’ve been wearing your white jeans all summer long. We don’t subscribe to the antiquated ‘no white after Labor Day’ rule. We love winter white and believe it can be worn all year long. In the Fall, pair your white denim with a textured blazer, thin knit or a lightweight trench.
While we love a good shopping spree to celebrate the change of seasons, it’s really not necessary. A few smart purchases and these styling tips should leave you with plenty of options to get you through the fall, and beyond.
What’s your favorite summer piece that you’d love to keep wearing?