At the end of last week, I put up a poll on my Instastories asking you folks what you thought about this sudden burst of heat and humidity we've been getting in NYC. A whopping 70% of you who voted said that you were ready for the fall! I didn't think so many people would be over it. I feel like I've been begging for the summer to show up, so I get it! I've been disappointed with more rainy days than I can count, especially on weekends when I'd actually have the time to enjoy some sunshine. :( So with that, I'm putting up a huge middle finger to this summer weather! I'm sooo over you!
Anyway, I wanted to talk about a topic that can be particularly tough on one's wardrobe: How do you transition your wardrobe from summer to fall, particularly when the weather can be so hot and cold? Well, I have some tips and outfit examples that I swear by to get me through these trying times! (>^_^)>
Tip #1 - Don't Throw Away Them Summer Staples Just Yet
My first step is treating this transition for exactly what it is -- changing from one state of conditions to another. There is no rush to completely switch into your fall gear just yet, particularly in the beginning of the summer/fall transition. What I tend to do is start mixing my summer and fall pieces together to make a comfortable, yet cohesive outfit. This is when having staples that can work year round come into play (if you don't know how, I'll reserve a post for this soon!). For instance, check out my outfit below! I'm wearing some shorts that I got from a Bonobos sample sale last summer and a lightweight mandarin collared shirt from Kirrin Finch that I can wear practically year round. The shorts keep the summer vibes going, while the mandarin collared shirt can provide me the coverage needed for if it gets a little windy! Overall, this outfit keeps me cool, calm, and collected. This look works for both long/short sleeved button downs, and t-shirts, so feel free to tweak this look to how you feel comfortable!
Tip #2 Start Incorporating Them Fall Colors
I get excited about the changing colors of the leaves, warm cider, and the smell of pumpkin spice when I think of the fall. So on top of keeping yourself cool, calm, and collected, my next tip is to start incorporating some fall colors into your wardrobe. The key is to keep it bright and vibrant-- I call it, "An Ode to the Last Summer Sunset" (I'm real dramatic, lmao). The highlight of this outfit is this vest I thrifted from Urban Jungle for about $8.00. I love this vest because it incorporates all of the colors I start to associate with the fall-- burnt orange, deep yellow, and red. I paired this with a textured shirt I got as a second hand gift and some cropped slacks I got at the top of the summer from Forever21. All in all, this is a great mid-transition look for heading out on the town or for dates.
Tip #3 Layer it Up
As you get to the end of the summer/fall transition its time to layer it up! Layers are super important because they allow you to play it safe in terms of this finicky weather. Start incorporating overshirts, light zip up jackets, and sweaters to your looks. I like to wear something short sleeved underneath, just in case I start to heat up. I got this overshirt below at my local Topman store on clearance for $18.00, but I found it online at Nordstrom Rack for $31.99 if you’re interested. I then paired this with a short sleeved button down that I got at Forever 21 this summer and some Calvin Klein jeans I got at Topman on clearance. Here is another reminder to always get pieces that you can wear throughout multiple seasons. Your pockets will thank you for it, believe me! This outfit has got me ready to do some apple picking already-- What do you think about it?
If you have any questions on what I've written above please comment below or send me a quick DM on Instagram. Feel free to tell me your favorite look out of these three, as well! Follow me on Instagram for updates and see you next week for more ;)
Photo Credit for this post by: Roxanne R Campbell