Happy Tuesday, ladies! I hope you had a great weekend. I spent mine in bed with a cold? Flu? Not sure. All I know is that it was incredibly annoying. I have to give a shout out to Chris though – he’s never dealt with me really sick before and he’s been such a champ. And I’m admittedly a major handful when I’m feverish. Anyway, let’s talk fall – because the first day is just around the corner! Today I want to share a few tips for transitioning your wardrobe into fall, especially how to cope with hot weather and making fall styles work in those temps. And make sure to stay tuned for Thursday’s post where I’m sharing my must-have transition jacket for fall!
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TRANSITION TO FALL IN THE SUMMER HEAT
My favorite part of fall is incorporating knits and boots. I love a good comfy sweater, and no matter how large my collection gets, I always want more. But boots and chunky knits are just impossible to wear when the September sun is baring down on you. There’s a few places that are lucky enough to experience more mild temps in September, but as someone who heats up way too easily, those places are few and far between. So I look for looser knits in fall colors and tones and short booties with lots of cut-outs or open toes to keep me cool.
What’s even better is that those looser knits can be used to layer over warmer base layers as the temps cool down, so you can keep wearing them all winter and summer. Plus, it’s so easy to wear a cute base layer under a looser knit that you can lose inside where the heat is kickin’. Check out this post for more ideas on that!
WHAT TO KEEP OUT & WHAT TO STORE
Put away all your summer pieces in bold summer prints. Or at least start transitioning them out. But hold on to summer dresses and layers in patterns that are less seasonal. One of my favorite ways to transition to fall is to layer a tunic sweater over a summer dress, like in this post. It adds a layer of warmth (or implied warmth, if it’s too hot for a true thick, cozy kit) without giving up a summery shape.
And keep out those white basics! Imagine this with me: white denim, cognac booties, and a Merlot sweater. Uh, yes please. White bottoms are a great way to add a layer of freshness to an otherwise rich and dark fall look. I’m also keeping out any and all of my pom and fringe pieces in darker tones and colors because I’m so not over that trend – and I don’t think you should be either!
HOW TO TRANSITION AS IT COOLS DOWN
So as it does cool down, you’ll want to keep adding more warmth. But September also comes with days of intense heat, followed by cold, followed by more intense heat. So to cope with those days in between, keep a stash of short and ultra warm socks that you can fit in your booties. Keeping your feet warm will keep your body warm.
You can also top your look with a cute beanie, again because it’s a place where you lose a lot of warmth. Plus a pretty beanie just looks so good on curls. I also love to add just another base layer or thicker layer under what I’m already wearing (for example, I might put a tank under the dress in this look) or add sheer tights.
You need just enough to cope with a few degrees of difference, but not so much that you’ll end up dying from heat if the sun decides to shine that day. So shop your closet. Pay particular attention to pieces that you avoid in the middle of summer because they’re too hot, and the HOW TO TRANSITION YOUR WARDROBE TO FALLmiddle of fall because they’re too cold. Those are going to be your golden items to take you through this transitional season!
How are you transitioning to fall this year? What summer pieces are you keeping in your fall wardrobe?