Look 1: Summer
Look 2: Fall
Summer to Fall Transition
*Sigh* I wish summer would last all year long. It’s my personal favorite season. I love the sunshine and simple ease of warm-weather dressing. So how do you stretch your favorite summer duds into the cooler months? It’s a challenge for sure, but there are ways to shift a super summery outfit into something "fall-ish' and wearable during the upcoming cooler months. (Without looking like a wandering vagabond.)
I purchased this ruffled off-the-shoulder top and dusty rose maxi skirt back in the spring, with vacation in mind. These pieces have gotten a lot of screen time this season as I’ve worn this exact outfit for multiple occasions. Specifically, a romantic ocean side dinner date with my husband while in Cancun, and for a ‘splashy’ photo shoot with my sisters this past July. <3 (As seen below.)
This goldenrod pom-pom adorned top is as spicy as a salsa dancer. It’s a warm weather hero, but it’s also a great option for fall because of its color. The OTS (off-the-shoulder) top, which has been hugely popular this summer season, is possible to transition as temps drop. Take cover in laid-back layers, by tossing on a fringe poncho, cropped jean jacket or leather jacket.
A bright and boho-inspired poncho always pairs well with ankle booties (with cute socks to keep your toes warm) and a wide brim hat. If a poncho isn’t your thing, a long cardigan or blanket scarf work just as well.
As for the dusty rose maxi skirt, it’s in a shade that also works with the warm, rich hues of fall. Mixing the right shades is key in bringing summer colors into a fall pallet. What I love about maxi skirts is how they feel appropriate for almost any occasion. It’s an easy piece to dress up or down. In this post I featured a full and billowy maxi skirt, and as you can see here, the difference a more fitted profile creates.
Again, play around with layers. Take your favorite summer skirt or dress and slide on a pair of thick ribbed tights under that maxi, or mini. Once it feels too cold, raw-hem jeans, vintage flares or leather bottoms are also great options for accosting crisp weather.
Maximizing your summer wardrobe just takes a little remixing. That sweet floral party dress just needs an edgy jacket. Military, once again seems to be everywhere this fall. Layers are key.
Don’t forget you can always use accessories to update a recurring look. Jewelry is a fantastic way completely transform an outfit. Layer on additional necklaces, switch up your earrings. Swap out your straw clutch for something sleek with texture. And as always, add a pair of big oversize shades -- no matter what the season!
Do you have any special tricks you use to take a look from summer to fall?
Look 1: Summer
Bag: Gypsy Soul Shoes: Madewell (similar here) Sunglasses: Forever 21 Necklace: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Earrings: Stella & Dot Triangle Ear Climber Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (now on sale)
Look 2: Autumn
Poncho: Francesca's Collections (old, similar here) Boots: Urban Outfitters Sam Edelman Petty Suede Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters (similar here) Hat: Madewell Biltmore Bag: Stella & Dot City Slim Clutch Necklace 1: Stella & Dot Luna Pendant Necklace 2: Stella & Dot Double Horn Pendant Earrings: Stella & Dot Seine Threader Bracelet: Stella & Dot Bridge Rings: Stella and Dot Aurora Stackable Set (on sale)
A special thank you to my lovely Stella & Dot Stylist Hannah Creager for partnering on this post!