6 Tips to Transitioning From Summer to Fall

We look forward to summer as a way to embrace the breezy, naturally languid ease of the season. Fall is here, I got so excited for the new crop of outfit ideas and layering opportunities the new season brings. From over sized blazers and modernized outerwear trends to cozy knits and sweater dresses, there is much to play with. I’m wearing OSMAN YOUSEFZADA Marguerite Tiered Trench Coat (sorry no longer available) loved the way it felt, was a statement piece to say the least! I got so many compliments on it. 

Here’s my 9 top tips and tricks. And seriously, stay warm out there.

Tip #1: Become a layering pro:There is a reason layering is always on-trend in the winter: It’s a massively practical way to dress when it’s really cold. So don’t be afraid to pile on the layers. A turtleneck, under a sweater, under a jacket, under a coat, for instance, will definitely keep you warm. So will a dress or skirt over a pair of pants (much warmer than a pair of tights).

Tip #2: Keep Your Maxi Dresses— Equally at home on the beach as it is weekend shopping, maxis are easy and cool for those hot summer nights. But before you relegate them to the back of your closet, refashion them by wearing them with long sleeves. Whether it’s a belted blazer, a chunky-knit sweater, or even a knotted chambray shirt, the trick to wearing a maxi dress in the fall is to layer up and then define your waist to offer added structure. The end result is a beautiful fall casual outfit.

Tip #3: Bring Your Blanket-– One of our favorite parts of the cold-weather season is the copious amounts of coat options. When the chill starts to kick in, the larger, the better. Opt for an over-sized teddy and a hue that will match everything already in your closet.

The perfect outerwear for fall, trench coats are a classic you can wear year after year.

Tip #4: Autumn scarf with Style — Scarves are one of the easiest ways to add panache and color to your outfit at any time of the year but particularly when you’re between seasons and often don’t know what to wear! Add a scarf and transform a simple dress or separates into an outfit with a confident flair. A scarf can frame your face with softness and instantly create a chic statement adding sophistication to the young and a flattering delicacy to the more mature. Every woman needs scarves and a small selection of sizes and colors will give you great accessorizing opportunities from the warmest weather through to the depths of winter.

Tip #5: Say it with fur– Fur is back! You can choose eco-friendly faux fur, or you can treat yourself and buy the real thing. You’ll see fur everywhere — in capes, collars,  shoulder wraps, and elegant back shrugs for cocktail dresses or gowns. And of course, you’ll see plenty of luxurious-looking fur coats which take us back to the golden days of Hollywood. Sheepskin is also making a comeback, so you can have fun coordinating sheepskin outerwear and boots with flannel shirts, sweaters, and jeans.

Tip #6: Perfect Trench Coat– A classic trench never goes out of style. While other wardrobe items may be more flashy or fun, the trench coat remains a closet cornerstone that always feels current. 

It would be really easy to blow your fashion budget on buying new clothes for the fall, especially with so many tempting window displays and sales. But the turning of the leaves doesn’t have to mean buying a completely new wardrobe. By adding darker colors, richer textures, and a little added warmth, your summer clothes get to stick around for another season while you save money to splurge on functional winter clothes.

How do you transition your closet for fall?


Len Parent

“The most important thing to remember is that you can wear all the greatest clothes and all the greatest shoes, but you’ve got to have a good spirit on the inside. That’s what’s really going to make you look like you’re ready to rock the world.” —Alicia Keys

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