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6 Instant (And EASY) Ways To Transition Your Wardrobe Into Fall

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Are you not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to summer…just yet? OR, are you burnt out on the heat and looking forward to all things fall? Either way, it’s not too early to be thinking about how you can take your summer wardrobe staples and transition them into fall. With just a few simple style tweaks, your favorite sunny season pieces can easily become fall ready. I’m all about versatility and maximizing wear-ability especially when you invest in quality clothing! Keep scrolling for my secrets on how to wear your favorites across multiple seasons.

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Transitional Style Tips

#1) Update To A Fall Color Palette

The little white dress is a heavy hitter for summer, but you don’t need to relegate it to the back of your closet come fall! On the left, my summer look includes an Alexis mini dress that probably seems like a summer-only piece, right? Especially when paired with the white Bottega Veneta handbag and colorful Veronica Beard wedges. But, you can easily make it fall-ready! I added a neutral-toned boyfriend blazer by Reiss and a Rag & Bone felt hat. I also swapped out the wedges for some neutral booties and the white handbag for a taupe clutch.  A taupe, honey brown, beige or black bag will help “fall-ify” your look.

TIP: When wearing a dress, matching the booties to your skin tone will elongate your legs.

 

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#2) Wear Boots or Booties

Another really easy way to make summer tops, skirts, jeans, and dresses look more seasonally appropriate is to swap your sandals for boots or booties. The cinched waist and v-neckline on this BB Dakota mini dress are so flattering and lovely. It is on the shorter side (even for me at 5’4″) so if you’re taller that might be a consideration. In the summer, I’d paired it with a retro pair of Dolce Vita wooden platform sandals. Then….to send it right into fall, I added a black faux leather blazer by Alice + Olivia. This blazer is buttery soft and the leather turns the entire look up a notch! I also added some sheer gray tights, a fun western-inspired belt, and my favorite Isabel Marant booties that I bought in Spain last year. See how easy that was?

Check out a few more ways I styled this dress (which is under $90 by the way) here!

 

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#3) Swap Shorts For Pants Or Jeans

This Reiss top is very lightweight and summery, but I can make it transition effortlessly by simply swapping the shorts for jeans. This is the easiest way to transition all of your summer tops!  On the left, I’m wearing some comfy AMO shorts, a white Prada bag, and See by Chloe wedges. To transition to fall, I threw on the same Reiss blazer I’m wearing in #1 and swapped out the shorts for a pair of Moussy Vintage jeans. I also decided to switch to a black YSL handbag and See by Chloe combat boots. The black boots and bag definitely make the outfit more appropriate for fall. Think about what you already have in your closet that can help you make these wardrobe transitions!

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#4) Add A Layer

Let’s face it, a white tee is one of those basics you need for all seasons…short sleeves, long sleeves, or elbow-length like this Nation LTD crew neck t-shirt. Add a moto jacket, blazer, or a bomber over a white t-shirt and jeans to make your look more appropriate for the fall season. In my summer look, I’m wearing the white tee with Paige flared jeans that are the perfect length for me (I’m 5’4″), and some shockingly comfortable black L’Agence pointed-toe heels. For my fall look, I just added some black booties and…the star of the show…a Sam Edelman mixed media trench. I love this trench so much! The faux leather details against the olive green (it looks brown in the photo, but trust me it’s green!) just scream fall.

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#5) Add A Chunky Sweater or Cardigan

Your dark floral print dresses in blacks and browns are fairly easy to transition from summer to fall. But making your traditionally more summer floral dress feel like fall takes some thought and strategy. Am I up for the challenge? You bet I am. This beautiful pink Saloni dress sold out so fast but I linked a similar option above. Paired with mesh ankle wrap sandals, it’s a head-to-toe summer look. With light/bright florals, the trick is to stick with a lighter color palette for the whole look when you move into fall. On the right, I’m wearing an oversized, cozy, fuzzy cardigan by Elisabetta Franchi that I bought in Spain and tall white, croc-embossed stiletto boots by Schutz. So, yes you can extend the life of your summery floral dresses into fall with a light-toned sweater.

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#6)  Try A Longline Vest

You might be thinking this white embroidered top has a limited shelf life. Or maybe you think of light denim as a summer-only wash. BUT when I added a longline vest and Rag & Bone sneakers, even though they are in a lighter color palette, you can see how it instantly looks fall-ready. Vests are great transitional pieces because they offer you some coverage and warmth but less than a heavy coat or jacket. This vest keeps going in and out of stock, but you can achieve the same look with a similar option. I bought these sneakers in both black and this neutral color because I loved them SO much and can’t get over how comfortable they are.

Are you starting to think of ways you can take your summer looks and get more mileage out of them this fall? Which look is your favorite? Leave me a comment below!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
Erin Busbee
After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of well over 1 million dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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