We’re lucky! “Transitional style” is something that is easily accomplished here in southern California. Because our weather typically stays quite warm well into the autumn months, it is easy to fall into style and convert some of our favorite summer pieces into a stylish fall wardrobe. So, let’s look in our closets and see what we can revamp for the changing of the seasons.
Start with the basics:
Tank tops – Many of us own several of these hot-weather staples. For the fall, they can easily be worn under a jacket, blouse or sweater and dressed up or down.
Tee shirts – Try combining your tees with tweed (which is big this fall). This classic fabric can look young and sophisticated with a more casual feel when worn with a tee shirt and appropriate accessories. Try a tweed jacket with a tee and jeans. Or…wear your tee with a tweed skirt and a big, bold necklace.
Summer dresses – A sleeveless, summer dress can easily transition into fall by adding a little sweater. You can also layer with a long-sleeved tee underneath, depending on the style of the dress. Adding a belt is fun and changes the style even more. Since Bohemian Chic continues to be in vogue, take that flow-y, long patio dress and wear a fitted cardigan with a thin leather belt over it at your waist and you have a fun fall outfit.
Skirts – Get out your boots that have been hibernating in your closet all summer. They are cooler-weather perennials and can add a stylish twist to your favorite flirty skirts.
Denim – We all love our jeans. Start working your way into a darker wash for the fall. But…don’t be afraid to wear your colored or white jeans, too! Pairing them with tops in darker, more muted tones, such as navy, gray or chocolate brown will make them season-appropriate. Your summer cropped-style jeans will transition well when teamed with tights and boots.
Open-toed shoes – Just because it’s autumn, doesn’t mean we can’t wear our high-heeled sandals. Tights give them a fall-feel and yes, you can wear them with an open toe. Just make sure your sandals have a heel…don’t wear tights with a flat, beachy sandal.
Vests – If you don’t already own one, a vest is something you might want to try. Menswear is still very much in style and it is an excellent transitional piece. You can wear it with a tank or tee under it in hot weather or a classic shirt and trousers when it starts to cool down.
Accessories – Probably the quickest way to update your basic clothing pieces is with accessories. Belts, handbags, scarves and jewelry all add new life to any wardrobe.
There are quick and easy ways to take your summer favorites into the fall. A general rule of thumb is: “Think layers.” Start by “shopping your closet” for classic and transitional items and then, if budget permits, head to the sale-racks. Summer staples are on sale, as well as select fall pieces. Realize that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to update for fall, especially if you stick with classic pieces that span the seasons. And…don’t forget to check out the sales on sunglasses…they are a fashion necessity year-round.
Kathleen Cokas is a free-lance writer in Orange County.