I (Haley) love everything about fall. I love the changing leaves, the crisp air (still waiting on that), pumpkin cookies, and the holidays (Halloween anyone??). But more than almost anything else, I love the clothes. All summer I've been wearing gym shorts and the thinnest tees I can get away with because it is SO FREAKING HOT here. If you met me in the last three months you'd probably think I didn't have much of a sense of style, but the truth is that it just doesn't come out until fall, when I can layer to my heart's content. If you're more of a summer kind of gal and are wondering what to do with your sundresses, tanks, and shorts during the fall and winter, or just need some inspiration for layering, you're in the right place. Everything shown was taken from my personal closet (some of which is for sale!) and you've probably got similar pieces you can mix and match with using these tips:
1. Add Some Denim
Denim and fall go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you have a tank or summer dress you want to keep wearing throughout the fall, throw it on with a denim jacket or chambray overshirt and you're in business! Also note the addition of a vintage fedora and and ankle booties--hats and boots just scream fall.
2. Add a Blazer
I have several blazers and tend to only wear them for business and more formal occasions, but blazers can be an excellent way to make your summer pieces into great fall outfits. Throw one over a sundress, as shown here, or over a tank paired with a skirt or jeans. They're a great alternative to sweaters, since they can be dressed up and easily removed if things warm up.
3. Add a Scarf and/or Plaid
A scarf, even just a light one, instantly makes your outfit a bit cozier and amps up the fall factor. They're a great way to layer because they add a lot of warmth but are also easy to remove once you're indoors. And, more than any other print, plaid goes hand in hand with fall. Add it in a shirt, scarf, socks, coat, or even pants!
4. Add Tights and Boots to Shorts and Short Skirts
Normally shorts are the first thing you pack away once colder weather hits, but you don't necessarily have to! Shorts, especially high waisted ones, can be a great fall staple if you wear them with tights and a heeled boot. Throw on with a comfortable cardigan and necklace to help balance things out, and you've got an ultra put together, slightly edgy look for autumn. This method also works great with mini skirts!
5. Swap Out Your Hat and Shoes
You don't always need to add something to create a new outfit--sometimes you just need to switch out existing pieces for more weather appropriate ones, like trading your floppy sunhat or baseball cap from summer for a beanie, fedora, or beret for fall. Or swapping your flip flops or sandals for boots, flats, or tennis shoes. Start with your central piece and then dig around your closet for hats, shoes, socks, belts, sweaters, purses, etc. that coordinate--I bet you'll be surprised by how many outfit options you have!
Which one is your favorite look? Do you have any favorite fall fashion trends or tricks? Let me know in the comments!