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Summer-To-Fall Wardrobe Transitions

07/22/2015 03:44PM ● By Kimberly Boney

Fashion Trends

August 2015
By Kimberly Boney

North State residents are blessed with warm, balmy summer days that often extend far past the typical Labor Day summer cut-off. What favorite summer staples can stand up to the gradually cooler days and nights? Here’s a guide to transitioning your wardrobe with style, sass and pizzazz.

KEEP Maxi dresses, maxi skirts, shorts of all kinds, loose fit pants, chambray tops, denim or plaid button-downs, lace blouses, bright colors, floral prints, polka dots and gladiator sandals are all typical benchmarks of summer, but these lovelies can do double duty in the fall. Finding fresh ways to wear what you’ve got is more than just an opportunity to flex your style prowess. It ultimately translates to more money in the budget for a fashion splurge or an opportunity to squirrel away some cash for a rainy day.

STASH That white cotton eyelet dress, white ballet flats and “barely there” sandals are fabulous in summer, but may be a bit too hard to pull off as the air begins to chill. Stash them until next spring. They are classic enough to wait patiently while you play with some other pieces in your closet.

ADD A LONG-SLEEVED LACE BLOUSE: A sweet and sexy lace top adds even more femininity to a short summer A-line dress when paired with a slim belt. Make sure the blouse is loose fitting enough to give you some breathing room. A peplum-style blouse works best, but don’t count out a button-front version or a lacy buttonless duster. Ballet flats or classic closed-toe pumps will keep it sumptuously girly, but you can add a bit of edginess with an ankle- or calf-length boot in soft brown or black.

A SLOUCHY CROPPED SWEATER: This baby can extend the life of your favorite summer dress or pair of shorts. Just be sure the layer underneath is lean to eliminate the bulk factor.

A CARDIGAN: This timeless and elegant wonder gets a sassy update when paired with a short summer dress, a thin belt and a coordinating boot in any height. Add to the cool factor of your look by using the left over belt length to create a whimsical cross-knot.

A BLAZER: We can’t stress enough how versatile a blazer - cropped or elongated - can be, particularly in navy, charcoal or black. It works fabulously with a vibrantly colored maxi dress and instantly adds structure to your favorite pair of shorts, jeans or loose fit pants. Want to have jaws drop as you walk by? Have the confidence to wear the blazer draped over your shoulders in the style of a cape and you’ll get your wish.

A SCARF: This is the no-brainer way of stretching out your summer ensemble. Go as thin or as thick as the weather requires, but do opt for a variety of textures and colors. Nowadays, they are easily accessible and very reasonably priced, so there is no reason not to give yourself options in this department.

LEATHER JACKET: Be it moto-inspired or a vintage classic cut, this piece will stand the test of time. Pairing well with a variety of ensembles, it’s the perfect balance to a sweet floral summer dress, or the rocker-esque element that will make your favorite shorts, jeans or pants shine.

TIGHTS: Lacy, textured or opaque, this fashion accessory can turn virtually any summer staple into a fall-ready stunner. Imagine your favorite pair with a dress and boots, ballet flats or mile-high stilettos. They’ll keep you warm and add some heat to your ensemble, too.

LEGGINGS: These are paramount to every woman’s wardrobe. If you need something a bit thicker than a pair of tights, these will do the trick. If you need them for warmth but don’t want them to show, wear them under a maxi dress to prevent a draft.

A STYLISH HAT: Fall presents the perfect opportunity to up your hat game. Try a slouchy knit beanie, a wool beret or a structured fedora in place of the beach-friendly floppy little number you’ve been rocking all summer and you’ll make some fashion waves, for sure.

BOOTS AND BOOTIES: In 2015, all around the world, you’re likely to see ladies donning a pair of cropped boots, even in the dead of summer. But the fall, dear friends, is fair game for boots of every variety. Don’t be afraid to pair these with your summer dresses and shorts for a fresh summer-to-fall look. Invest in a few pairs in a variety of heights and colors to diversify your options. Cognac and black will expand your wardrobe, but a sassy pair in nude or charcoal gray will offer a fresh perspective while making your options virtually limitless.