When the summer heat breaks and the cool, crisp air of fall enters, saying good-bye to all your summer favorites is hard! Luckily, there are foolproof outfits to carry summer wear into autumn-appropriate options. Here are 10 easy ways to transition from season to season.
Tights under denim shorts
When the air gets that chill, it may feel better than summer humidity, but wearing shorts just doesn't work anymore. Pair your favorite summer shorts with black, thin tights, and you have a great new staple to add to your fall wardrobe — and even carry into winter! (Urban Outfitters, $14)
They were everywhere this summer, and most likely somewhere in your wardrobe at one point. To wear your crop top into the fall, a good chambray is perfect on top. Really, a little midriff showing is nothing if a loose, unbuttoned chambray hangs around you. (Nordstrom, $30)
Black and white
Nothing is chicer than black and white, and that's good news for your summer whites. This prolongs a whole section of your wardrobe when you can just swap pants for shorts! (ASOS, $25)
Odds are, this summer you probably lived in tanks as you sweated out heat wave after heat wave. Hang onto the look by just throwing a chunky knit cardigan over it when fall hits. (Fossil, $38)
All the rules are out the window when it comes to wearing all white this fall. Go for it by pairing white denim with a white silk blouse or tailored jacket. Or if all white is too much, pair white pants with camel or light gray. (Theory, $190)
If you've worn a skirt or dress of a mash-up of prints, then just keep on sporting it! Mixed and matched collages of prints are still appropriate for fall. What seems to be all the rage? Mixing prints with florals for an over-the-top mash-up. (Nasty Gal, $58)
Whether you were wearing a tank, tee or jacket peplum this summer, wear it into the fall by pairing it with pants as opposed to shorts, and you're good to go! Try a tapered leg or super-skinny jean to accentuate the peplum. (Madewell, $70)
You know the romper you wore every weekend to the beach? You can keep wearing it even as the leaves start to fall! Just pair it with a light field jacket or chambray up top, and sheer or opaque tights on the bottom. (Swell, $75)
The hot — maybe the hottest — trend of summer 2013 was leather: skirts, tops, shorts, coated leather denim and anything else leather can be worn as. Wear your leather skirt or coated denim this fall with a chambray with patches of different colored shades of denim, or with a plain T-shirt and classic all-weather jacket in army green. (Shopbop, $187)
There's something that just looks so good about wearing shorts with a long-sleeved tee. Pair a plain, solid-colored long-sleeved shirt or sweater with denim shorts (and tights if it's chilly), or a bright, short bubble skirt for nights out. It will keep you warm and look weather-appropriate, but won't look disproportional. (Mango, $20)
Two hottest shades to wear this fall
- Green: From army field green to emerald shades, rock any green you have!
- Cobalt: Keep rocking any blue you've been sporting this summer.