Transitioning Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall ~ Do’s and Don’ts

It is hot outside. No wait, now I am freezing! How am I supposed to pick an outfit?! If this internal monologue sounds just a bit too familiar, you will want to pay attention. I have several fashion tips for what to wear during that tricky transition between summer and fall.

DO add tights to summer dresses. As you transition into fall, do not take your favorite summer frocks out of rotation. Throw on opaque tights under your pretty dress, and your friends will be too distracted by your put together ensemble to notice just how familiar it actually is.
DON’T let layering get the best of you. Layering is the perfect strategy for extending your summer faves into fall, but keep it simple to avoid looking like you are being eaten alive by your own outfit. They key is make sure you have no more than three levels of layering going on.
DO stretch out sandal season. One way to turn hard core fall pieces into great transition looks? Pair them with sandals. Keep your toes exposed as long as you can to make the start of fall flirty.
DON’T overdo it with accessories. A fun scarf, pretty knit cap or dramatic belt are your best friends when transitioning your wardrobe into fall….just do not bring ‘em all out to play at once.
DO try this cool color combo. Khaki, white and your favorite jeans are a never fail combination. You could invest in a neutral jacket, then you would have about a trillion easy, stylish fall outfits on your hands.
DON’T bare your midriff. Rolling up sleeves or cuffing pants? Fab-fabbity-fab ideas for fall transition wear. Trying to pull the same thing off with your shirt hem? Just DON’T!
DO start wearing fall hues. Channel those changing leaves. As you transition your wardrobe, start dabbling in fall’s signature hues like orange, red, rust and mustard yellow.
DON’T wear it if you are swimming in it. We get excited about wearing our favorite pieces from last fall too, but we always make sure that they still fit before resurrecting them.
DO become best friends with the scarf. Between seasons, a scarf will update any outfit. I dare you to try it out this fall.
DON’T bring hiking gear off the mountain. With the zillion adorable fall jackets you could pick, why choose your hiking fleece? “Camper-chic” just is not a term in my fashion vocabulary.
DO mix it up on the bottom. Try tailored leggings with your fall separates as a surprising alternative to shorts and trousers.
DON’T be a walking peep show. Avoid overexposure by being vigilant about fall’s semi-sheer fabrics. What is opaque in your bedroom may not be kosher once you step out into daylight.
DO be ready at a moment’s notice. Snag a tip from the Boy Scouts and be Prepared. Keep a pair of rain boots at your desk for the crazy ups and downs transition weather.
DO go tights-free as long as possible. If summer sticks around, go ahead and bare your gorgeous legs. You can give a nod to fall by opting for dark shoes and heavier fabrics on bottom instead of stockings.

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