Growing up, my mom was a master at extending our wardrobes into each season. With three girls, very close in age, she learned to be pretty thrifty and yet savvy at the time. When I was in my lovely preteen years (scratch lovely – more like moody, cumbersome, and awkward), I thought my mom was being kind of cheap. Now that I am much older and wiser, I realize how intelligent she was in utilizing our clothes to the fullest as well as having us look cute and chic.
As we transition from summer into fall, get the most use out of your entire wardrobe. Essential summer items that you have in your closet can easily be transitioned into the fall season. With a few accessories, layers and adding some deeper colors into your outfits, you can seamlessly transition from summer into fall with essentials from your current wardrobe.
3. Hello Jacket and Sweater Weather
The season that fashion jackets rein and are not covered yet by winter overcoats. Whether it’s a jean, moto, utility, leather jacket, blazer, or something more fun and unique, a jacket helps to ground an outfit and transition those summer shirts and lighter-weight pants, skirts, and dresses into the fall season. I do not want to stop wearing some of my most favorite summer shirts and blouses yet just because it is getting a little cooler outside. A stylish jacket layered on top enables more wear of my summer favorites. Jackets tend to be an investment versus other pieces in your closet. So, I typically shy away from styles that are too trendy and stick with cuts and colors that can be worn throughout many seasons and across different forms of outfits. Although every now and then I break the mold with a “to die for” piece, I just cannot live without. (Guilty.)
I am obsessed with sweaters, they are the ultimate comfy wardrobe item. I love being warm and comfortable, and a great sweater satisfies both of these needs. I like to pair a pullover with just about anything. Especially if you were opting for white cream or neutral color, it would complement most of your summer shorts, skirts, or dresses. Just remember to either half-tuck or French-tuck a bulky sweater into the front part of your shorts, jeans, or skirt since a sweater. One of my go-to fashion tricks, is layering a sleeveless or short sleeve sweater over top of a dress. If you need a little bit more definition at the waistline, then cinch with a belt.
When you just aren’t ready to pull out a jacket yet, cardigans are another must-have essentials for the fall season. Whether it’s cropped short or long, it’s a layering piece similar to the jacket that quickly brings an outfit together. If your cardigan has a matching sash, then leave it in your closet and choose another belt to give your outfit a more chic alternative.