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Summer Clothes That Work in Fall

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Transitioning your wardrobe from the sweltering days of summer to the balmy portion of autumn can be a bit tricky. The days grow shorter, but the temperature may quickly climb before plunging. Fall is so fickle that your wardrobe needs to be fierce, fabulous, and flexible so you’ll look great whether the temperature ebbs or flows.

Having a core selection of clothes that can transition from season to season not only conserves your precious closet space but also saves you money. To help you get extra mileage out of your summer wardrobe while incorporating some fall must-haves, I’ll share the tips and tricks I use during this transitional time of year.

When it comes to transitional wardrobes, layering is your best friend. When done right, you will be able to carry your look from very hot to moderate and from day to night with the simplest additions to an outfit.

Wearing cropped cardigans, sweaters, and jackets are some of my favorite ways to accessorize on cooler days. I’m not talking about midriff-baring clothing, but rather tops that hit you at the very top of your hips or just above. This style elongates your legs and, when worn with mid-rise bottoms, it detracts from any “problem” areas around the mid-section.

A favorite outfit when the weather is warm is a pencil skirt, a fitted sleeveless top, and a pair of block-heeled sandals. Classic and cool, this look never goes out of style. Should the temperature dip, I’ll ditch the block-heels for a pair of pumps. Add a faux-leather motorcycle jacket for some warmth and you’ll also gain a little style edge.

Not just for summer, a pair of tailored shorts works well into the fall with just a few additions. On a sizzling day, you can pair your tailored shorts with a fitted tee shirt and gladiator sandals. When it’s cooler, swap the tank for a cropped cardigan (maybe like the flamingo-printed one I love) and the gladiator sandals for a pair of pumps. If the weather is nippy, wear opaque pantyhose for an added layer of warmth and style.

Linen trousers are quintessential summer apparel that should be in everyone’s wardrobe (I came to that conclusion recently; having been previously averse to attire that requires so much ironing). My perfectly casual but cool summer outfit has been a pair of linen trousers with sandals and a loose tank top — it’s a very Bohemian look that amplifies summer vibes. For the fall, I’ll swap out the tank top for a cropped sweater and a pair of wedges. The switch will keep me warmer and give the outfit a little more structure.

As summer departs, we say goodbye to flip-flops while staying acquainted with less casual sandals and wedges. Block-heel sandals are one of my absolute must-have footwear items at this time of year. Reminiscent of past chunky trends, the block-heel has made a strong comeback despite its bad rep in some fashion commentaries. While not the daintiest of looks, block-heels make a definite statement whether you choose to go sky high or wear heels that add just a smidgen of height.

Wedge heels are a must-own wardrobe essential that is never out of style. They are that rare type of shoe that works with almost any outfit, letting you flaunt your feet nearly year-round as you pair them with shorts, jeans, dresses, or skirts. In the summer, I love a strappy wedge heel, and in cooler months, I prefer closed-toe wedges so I can wear them with a pair of tights when needed.

Frau im Sommer

By Raven Peterson

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was born and raised in Port Jefferson. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States in search of new adventures and culinary delights. Her three favorite things in life are friends, food, and fashion.

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