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10 Styling Tips to Transition Summer Basics To Fall

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Kate MurphyGuest Blogger
October 06, 2016 · 1.8k Views

Yes, there are warm weather garments like bathing suits, lightweight tank tops, and sandals that can be packed away until next summer. But don't box up your entire summer wardrobe just yet. With these 10 styling tips, a little inspiration and some creativity, you can wear key warm weather pieces well into the coldest days of fall (and even winter).

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Easy Fashion Tips to Transition Your Outfits from Summer to Fall fall leaves


1. Joggers



Joggers (or some may call them drape pants) are a summer basic and you loved wearing your favorite pair with a tank top and sandals. Make the seasonal transition by wearing drape pants with a long sleeve blouse or turtleneck sweater and ankle boots or sneakers. Check out these drape pants from UNIQLO.


2. Sleeveless dress


sleeveless dress


While clothes made from linen look completely out of season, a frock cut from silk, chiffon, or similar material can work with smart styling once the temps begin to dip. Pair a romantic summer dress with a leather jacket and tights for a look that is feminine, but has a bit of edge. We love this paisley print dress available at the Gap.


3. Black shorts


black shorts


Unfortunately, your favorite blue cut-off denim shorts have a casual summer vibe that won't pass for fall. But, those black shorts do. Wear them with black opaque tights, heels, and elegant blouse for an untraditional take on formal attire. At just $19.50, these black chino shorts from J.Crew Factory are a steal.


4. Denim skirt

denim skirt


Make a denim skirt that hits just above the knees (or even higher) fall ready by pairing with a cream or jewel toned blouse. Top off your outfit with this season's hottest shoe trend – pointy toe heels, or even opt for a pair of chic sneakers. For a unique take on the standard denim skirt, check out this button front style available at Target for only $15.99.


5. Floral skirt

floral skirt


Florals are one of this season's most surprising trends. And with the right styling, you can wear your favorite flower print skirt while admiring the colorful fall foliage. Just trade in summer’s lightweight tank for a classic oxford shirt or slim fit sweater. We love this look of a blooming circle skirt paired with a mock turtleneck available at H&M.

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6. Pleated skirt

pleated skirt


One of last summer's best looks was the pleated skirt. Don't be limited by color or print, anything goes here. Just opt for a solid color top like a jean jacket or chic blouse paired with boots. For styling inspiration, look to this skirt-with-top ensemble from Zara.


7. Light colored pants

light pants


Don't completely fade to black and gray now that summer is over. You can still wear those blush pink pants by styling them with a black leather jacket and warm, solid colored scarf. We love the shade of these relaxed fit pants in cherry pink from Loft.


8. Turn-of-the-season outerwear

military jacket


Add layers under lightweight military jackets, sleeveless coats, and ponchos for extra warmth. Some of your best layering options are a slim turtleneck and wool crewneck sweater. Check out this long utility jacket in gartland green available from the Gap.


9. Layer-up

layer up


There’s no smarter way to stay warm this season than throwing on a few layers. Throw a chunky wool cardigan over end-of-the-season staples like a long sleeve crewneck or tunic. For a base layer, check out this long sleeve henley neck t-shirt available at Uniqlo.


10. Bright scarf

bright scarf


Don’t pack away that collection of bright colored scarves just yet. You can still get some wear out of them as the days get chillier. Just make sure to style your scarf with an outfit made up of mostly solid colors. We love this flower multi colored scarf sarong shawl available at Target.

The change of season is an exciting time for anyone with an eye on fashion. But it can also mean shelling out a lot of money for a wardrobe update. But if you stick to a few styling tricks, you can get longer wear out of summer basics and save some money in the process.

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Kate Murphy is a native of Pennsylvania. After receiving a degree in art history, she moved to New York City to test the waters. She enjoys writing about art, culture, fashion, design, and travel. In addition to writing, Kate works with artists, leads, street art tours, and moonlights as an illustrator.

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