It seems silly to put too many clothes into winter storage. Sure, you’re not likely to wear that bathing suit anytime from September through April (unless you have a tropical vacation planned, which, in that case, I’m jealous). Still, you spend money on those clothes, so having them hidden in the murky corners of a closet for half the year just seems fiscally irresponsible.
Instead of simply dismissing all your summer favorites, go through your closet thoughtfully and consider whether or not you can transition those pieces into your fall and winter ensembles. Check out the following four ways you can transition summer fashion favorites into fall and winter for some inspiration.
Fall lends itself to layering — both for comfort’s sake and aesthetics. Tank and spaghetti tops are especially ideal for layering. Try them under a blazer, sweater, cardigan, light jacket or even underneath another t-shirt. On your bottom half, try a skinny jean, narrow boot cut or something that’s slightly more casual. Seal the deal with a fall boot in either a neutral shade or a color that complements the rest of your outfit.
Summer dresses are one of my favorite parts of the warmer season, so saying adieu to them is not something I necessarily enjoy. For that reason, I’ve made a concerted effort to make them work well into fall and winter. The easiest way to transition summer dresses into fall? Tights or leggings. They come in a bajillion different colors and keep your legs toasty warm. Plus, you can wear just about any shoe — stiletto, flat, mid-calf boots or wedge — with this look. If you’re concerned about keeping your arms warm, pair the dress and tights with a blazer or, my personal favorite, an oversized, belted cardigan. That’ll show off your figure while keeping you warm.
While cropped pants are typically considered a spring or summer look, you can transition them into fall and winter pretty easily. The key is to choose an appropriate shoe and to give off a fall/winter-esque vibe on your top half. A stiletto or pump looks fabulous with capris, as do booties (boots that hit at the ankle). Basically: don’t cover up the exposed calf area with your shoe. As for the top, try a cropped cardigan or cozy sweater. To keep proportions from going wonky, make sure your top hits at or above your hips.
Yep – you can take that maxi skirt right into fall. While it doesn’t work especially well for winter (a lady’s got to keep warm), it can work during the less frigid temperatures of autumn. For your top half, try a thick and cozy cardigan or sweater. Alternatively, try a long sleeved, form-fitting top and a chunky cableknit scarf. Since the shoe is mostly covered, choose something that’s comfortable but also complements your skirt/top when it peeks through. in other words, don’t go wearing a pair of beat up sneakers or flip flops.