7 Ways to reuse your summer wardrobe in fall

Sep 29, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. ET

This year, fall begins on Sept. 23. And although fall may have an official start date, that doesn’t necessarily mean our wardrobes have one, too.

As the weather transitions into a crisp, new season, we’ve got to adjust our outfits gradually. The transition period is all about mixing and matching, coupling opposite fabrics and getting creative with seasonal patterns.

These streetwise, savvy bloggers show us a few ways to make the most out of your summer favorites while pairing them with some warm and cozy fall staples.

1. Get the boot

rain boots fall outfit

Image: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Nothing says “fall’s here” like a good pair of boots. Swap your summer sandals for a trendy set of ankle boots, lush knee-highs, cute rain boots or your tried-and-true cowboys to add some weight to your breezy summer dresses. Or, pair them with shorts and a comfy cardigan to add warmth to your outfit while still showing off your sun-kissed legs. And if your toes are missing their freedom, try using inserts, like Dr. Scholl’s DreamWalk Comfort Insoles — they’ll help your feet feel comfortable as they adjust to new shoes.

2. Blend patterns

mixing summer and fall patterns

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There are patterns for summer (like florals and stripes) and there are patterns for fall (like geometrics and plaids). But you don’t have to choose one or the other — incorporate both! Combining mismatching fabrics can be very tough at first, so try to keep these rules in mind:

3. Play opposites

summer skirt and fall sweater

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Like combining two seasonal patterns, you can also step into fall by pairing two seasonal pieces. For example, take a flirty and whimsical summer skirt and top it off with a thick fall cardigan. We know opposites attract — but they also balance each other and are a perfect way to transition your wardrobe.

4. Add some plaid

plaid scarf with summer dress

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This may sound just too easy, but it’s true! Plaid is so fall. And by adding a hint of it to your summer outfit, you’ll be transported from ocean to orchard in no time. A little goes a long way, so start small by including a single plaid item, like shoes, a scarf, a skirt or even just a bag.

5. Pop with summer

pop of color for fall outfit

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Go-to fall colors are generally neutrals — think soft grays, toasty beiges and sleek blacks. So, before the neutrals completely take over, don’t be afraid to brighten up your look with summer neons. You can do this with just a colorful bib necklace or an eye-catching shoe, or you can amplify the amount of color by wearing a bright cardigan, pant or skirt. Vivid nail polish works, too!

6. Grab a jacket

leather jacket with floral dress

Image: Kenza Zouiten

Adding a leather jacket or a blazer to a summer outfit immediately gives your look structure. Summer pieces tend to be lighter/thinner and flowy. By wearing a jacket, you even out the outfit, blending summer with a heavier fall piece.

7. Warm up with a knit

knitted sweater

Image: Flower Patch Farmgirl

Like plaid, incorporating a knitted piece into your outfit will update your look for fall. Knits are super-versatile, too, because you can throw on one piece (like a hat) or mix and match a bunch of knitted items, like layering sweaters or completing your look with knitted socks and a scarf.

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