At what point does summer end and fall begin? Some say it’s Labor Day, but there’s no telling when the weather will get the memo that it’s time to change. It might be hot one day, cold the next, then rainy, then hot… there’s no pattern until one day it’s suddenly fall. For good.
This constant change in weather poses an obvious issue for fashionistas everywhere: what do I wear? It’s not quite time for a full-on fall wardrobe, but summer’s over. Fortunately, many style lovers have paved the way before you, seamlessly blending their summer and fall wardrobes until it’s time to fully transition to fall.
Here are five of the best ways to keep your style consistent, even if the weather’s not doing its part:
Pare Down the Bright Colors With Black and Neutrals
As soon as the first warm breeze of summer rolls in, you probably already have on your favorite pastel shorts, tank or nail polish. They’re not traditional fall colors, but you can still keep them in the rotation as seasons change.
Though designers and fashionistas will undoubtedly style their pastels in myriad ways, an easy transition from summer to fall would be pairing your brighter colors or light pastels with black. A black turtleneck, motorcycle jacket or pair of jeans can make a pastel article look subdued and ready for chillier weather. If black isn’t your favorite, try some deep auburns, earthy browns or even some army green!
Keep Those Sunshiny Accessories
Don’t put away your favorite beach bag just yet: it can keep your fall outfits just casual and summery enough, should the weather stay warm for a bit. All you have to do is put together your go-to fall look and pair it with an accessory that acknowledges the fact that it’s almost time for pumpkins, lattes, pumpkin lattes…
The same goes for sandals. Wearing head-to-toe fall can get a tad steamy on days that are a bit warm, too. A pair of sandals gives you a bit of ventilation and makes your look feel that much breezier. Your boots will get their moment — don’t worry — so enjoy every second with your sandals.
Add Tights, or a Jacket, or a Cardigan
Your summer wardrobe probably overflows with breezy sundresses. They’re easy to wear when it’s warm, but you have to be creative if you want to keep them in rotation until it’s officially Fall.
One quick fix is to pop a pair of tights underneath the dress so that you have added warmth. As with the pastel pieces, the dark tights will make your sundress seem a bit more fitting for the season. To that end, you can wear a short or long-sleeved tee under a spaghetti-strapped summer dress so that you’re warm and it’s weather-ready, too. If it’s really starting to get chilly, pop a motorcycle jacket or slouchy cardigan on top.
Double Up on Denim
There’s denim for all seasons, and the summer-to-fall transition is no exception. Take it up a notch by wearing an outfit that’s completely denim. The combination plays to both the casual, warm summer vibes, as well as the desire to stay a bit warmer come fall — denim’s pretty thick, durable and cozy, after all.
Mixing denims is a trend that tends to cause a bit of confusion for first-time wearers, so consider some of the rules of thumb. Perhaps the most important is to wear darker wash pieces on body parts you want to flatter and lighter wash denim on areas you want to accentuate.
Just as there’s no rhyme or reason to the weather right now, there’s no right or wrong way to dress during the seasonal transition. The best thing to do is incorporate a little bit of everything — and a lot of what you love — in order to build outfits that’ll carry you into a crisper season.