While there are some items in our closet that fit squarely into one season and not any others (looking at you, beloved puffy parka and barely-there bikini), we love to get as much use out of the rest of our wardrobe as we possibly can. That means finding ways to transition one season’s trends to the next—without looking like we’re running a few months behind. These six pieces we wore on repeat all summer are rather easy to carry on into fall, with just a few minor styling tweaks. Here’s how to make them work…even as we speed on toward Thanksgiving.
Before you confine your feet to boots for the next five months, give your favorite strappy sandals one last go. They’re a particularly great way to nail transitional looks on those days when the autumn chill hasn’t quite settled in but the desire to wear your new oversize blazer is just too strong to resist.
Yes, puffy sleeves and billowing skirts will still be going strong in September, October and November. Lucky for us, long sleeves and maxi hems provide warmth and coverage as the mercury starts to drop. Balance the volume of a loose prairie dress with some sleek pointy toe pumps or slim-fit booties to keep everything in proportion. And try to stay away from delicate or bright florals—a solid color is your best bet here.
While the weather is still warm enough to sport bare legs, you might as well continue wearing perhaps the biggest trend to come out of summer 2019: the shorts suit. We’re particular fans of layering a thin knit under your blazer and finishing the look with a back-to-school-inspired pair of loafers or even some sporty sneakers.
Mix and match beachy shells (real, resin, metal or whatever you prefer) with gold and silver pieces or layers of delicate beads to help transition the summer staple into cooler months. Bonus points if you opt for one piece that incorporates both shells and a fall jewelry trend, like chunky chains or baroque pearls.
Contrary to its very summery reputation, tie-dye has the power to transcend seasons. As long as you adjust the type you’re wearing, of course. Opt for darker colors rather than rainbow swirls, and try to stick to items that feel more classically fall, i.e., a long-sleeve tee, a chunky sweater or a midi skirt.
This summer it felt like every single time we scrolled through Instagram there was someone else wearing a spotted midi. Turns out the trend is only becoming more and more popular. Wear yours with a cozy black sweater and white kicks or have some pattern-mixing fun by layering it under a gray plaid blazer.