How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall

As the fall season approaches, you don’t necessarily have to put away all your summer pieces quite yet. I know weather varies greatly, depending on where you live. In Georgia, it stays pretty warm throughout September and sometimes even some or most of October. So it’s nice to be able to pull items from your summer clothes like denim shorts or a t-shirt and add a layer like a cardigan over the top, for those in-between-season days. Today we’re chatting how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall outfits. In the video below and throughout the post, you’ll see how to style items like jean shorts and white jeans into more fall-ready outfits. I like to play up my accessories this time of year to transition into fall while it’s still hot too.

You’ll also love the blog post where I break down how to dress for fall when it’s still hot.

how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe into Fall 


Trade Bright Colors for Warm and Neutral Tones

An easy way to transition your summer outfits for the fall season is to trade brightly-colored pieces for a warmer color pallet. I love wearing pastels and light and airy colors in my wardrobe. But when fall comes around, I work in a more jewel-tone palette with taupes, grays, soft greens, burgundies and soft animal prints.

This outfit has great transitional pieces. The top is a light material that has the option to come off your shoulders, but has warm tones. I paired with white jeans and a neutral sandal to complete the look. Also white denim jeans are not just for summer anymore. 🙂 You can wear white jeans all throughout the year. They’re a great neutral color to build different looks around. The sandals can be traded for a bootie or mules if it’s too chilly for sandals.

Wear Boots or Mules with Dresses

Dresses are a big part of my wardrobe throughout the year. When it starts to get a cooler, I trade my sandals for a more fall-appropriate shoe like boots or mules. If you have summer dresses that you enjoy wearing, then pair a neutral bootie like these. A cognac-colored bootie is a beautiful fall color to pair with a variety of outfits throughout the fall and winter seasons. You could also incorporate a knee-high boot or over-the-knee boots to give your legs more coverage, depending on the temperature. As you get into the October and November months, you can wear a maxi dress with boots too, for an added layer of warmth.

Incorporate Layers into Your Outfits

The evening hours are the first to get extra chilly in the fall. If you’re wearing short sleeves or a tank top, consider adding a denim jacket for an extra layer. I love wearing a bodysuit with shorts throughout the summer. Tip: I rarely snap a bodysuit because I find them a little uncomfortable after a while. So I just tuck them into my pants or shorts. You could also pair a leather jacket with shorts and a tank top or a skirt. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a jacket to add layers to your look either. You can wear a long sleeved shirt or turtleneck underneath a dress to extend your wear of sleeveless dresses.

how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

For workwear looks, you can add a cardigan over a dress or a blazer over a pencil skirt and bodysuit. The options are endless when it comes to adding layers to your looks. If it’s only slightly chilly, short sleeve ruanas are a great option to give you just enough warmth for those slightly cool days.

how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

Trade Straw Hats for Felt

Hats add a certain element to any look that completely transforms and elevates it effortlessly. Throughout the summer, I love wearing a straw hat. It acts both as a fashion statement and gives your face extra protection from the sun. However, when fall arrives, I like to switch straw hats for felt. Felt is more of a fall texture and also a bit warmer for the season.

how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

Layer in Fall Textures and Patterns

My last tip to transition your summer wardrobe into fall is to layer in fall textures. You can switch your straw tote bag or purse for a leather tote or crossbody. Leather is a great fall texture, especially in deep browns or hunter green. You can also wear a leather jacket over the top of dresses or with denim. If you like to wear blazers, a brown plaid blazer like this one is perfect to layer in with your workwear outfits. Another one of my staple items for the fall is a suede mini skirt like this one. Suede is a beautiful fall texture, and can work into different outfits. You can also wear a suede jacket if you prefer.

how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall

What’s your favorite summer-to-fall transition piece? Let me know in the comments below.

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