How to transition summer clothes to fall with ease

If you want to know how to transition summer clothes to fall with ease and style, this blog post will walk you through how to do this in a few easy steps.

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As much as I love summer and all the cute summer clothes, I know fall is coming. While fall has lots of its own benefits, I tend to hold on to summer as long as I can. The lazy days, loose schedules, vacations, and throwing on a sundress with flip-flops as the daily outfit are hard to say goodbye to.

One piece of the season you can cling to for a bit longer is your clothing choices. How to transition summer clothes to fall is the topic du jour. There are simple tweaks you can make, we’re going to talk all about it.

How do you winterize summer clothes?

We’re going to do more of a fall transition, but you get the idea. There are simple steps to take, tweaks to make, and pieces to add and takeaway. I’ll walk you through each of them and provide a few visual samples as well. 

Add layers 

This is hands down the easiest way to extend the life of your summer wear. Add a denim jacket, light sweater, or scarf to any sundress, shorts, and a t-shirt to make the item wearable as the day cools off in the evening. 

Your scarf can act as a wrap around a sundress, then as things chill even further tie it around your neck and add a jacket. 

Maxi or midi dresses will take you further into the fall season as their length provides more warmth as well.

Add in fall colors

If you’re wondering how to transition summer clothes to fall, then add darker/fall colors to your essential pieces and summer clothes. When adding in layers be sure to reach for those in traditional fall hues. This makes that summer dress look more like fall.

This is where a capsule wardrobe can shine. You can wear your summer essentials or your 8 basic essentials and add in pieces from your fall capsule.

This striped sundress paired with a floral scarf in brown tones, creme suede loafers, and an off-white cardigan, looks like a dreamy fall outfit. This is the perfect example of adding layers to a summer item so that it can be worn in the fall. The basic medium wash jeans and white tank top that you might wear on a summer day, are now fall forward when you add in classic fall color, rust, with the front zip sweater and patent mary janes.

Use accessories to transition from summer to fall

Swap out the brightly colored tassel earrings for brass, leather, or metal ones.

Put away your raffia or crochet tote bag and instead grab your leather purse or woven clutch.

Wear heavier bracelets in tortoise or metals.

All these minor swaps make the outfit lean towards fall instead of summer.

Swap out your shoes to transition from summer clothes to fall

This one is the hardest for me, I love flip-flops, slides, and sandals, but they don’t keep my feet warm when it starts to cool off.

So closed-toe shoes are necessary, but will still work with my cute summer dresses. Ballet flats, chunky loafers, and booties push the outfit toward fall.

A chambray sundress styled for summer and fall. Pink flip-flops, a raffia purse and earrings make a great summer look. While adding a camel colored sweater, gold earrings, olive colored purse and suede ballet flats make this fall ready.

This summer to fall look was easy to achieve with the addition of leaf gold earrings, suede ballet slippers, a camel colored sweater, and olive suede tote. The Oxford cloth dress can be worn through two seasons instead of one with the exchange of accessories, shoes and adding in a layer.

Wear long sleeves instead of short

While this is a basic concept, it’s one you should use. Continue to wear your shorts and summer skirts but instead of a tank top, add an oxford shirt. Wear a long sleeve heavyweight t-shirt instead of your summer short sleeve one. This breathes a little bit of life into your summer bottoms and gives you a fall vibe at the same time.

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