The seasons are changing and you've packed away the bikini in favor of jeans and light sweaters. But moving from summer into fall doesn't mean you need to pack away all of your favorite outfits from the warmer months. Here are a few tips on how to transition your summer wardrobe into fall weather.
Summer Sundresses: Tights and Belted Cardigan
Updating a summer sundress might seem easy: toss on some tights and a cardigan and you're good to go. But sundresses tend to have bright, summer colors and maybe even a bold floral pattern. Those designs might look a bit odd in the drearier weather of fall.
Look for tight and cardigan colors that are neutral enough to balance the bright color without overpowering it. For example, pair a hot pink dress with black tights and cardigan since the pink is strong enough to shine on its own. But for a baby blue dress, use heather gray for your tights and cardigan.
You can further update the sundress by adding a belt around a loose-fitting cardigan. This changes the silhouette of the dress into something a bit slouchy and bohemian.
Let T-Shirts Shine as the Top Layer
Layering tends to put t-shirts under cardigans and hoodies. But if you collected t-shirts over the summer that have beautiful artwork, you still want to allow them to shine as much as possible. You can do that by layering those t-shirts over a fitted long-sleeve shirt or thermal.
The key to making this look fresh instead of like an early '90s grunge revival is to ensure that all of your layers are fitted. This also includes the jeans you pair with the look. And you do want to do jeans, not a skirt and tights, as too many layers just looks like you couldn't decide what to wear and threw it all on.
Wear Those Open-Toed Shoes a Bit Longer
There are a couple of ways you can keep wearing open-toed shoes into the fall -- aside from simply letting your toes get cold. The first way is to wear tights with the shoes. Yes, the tights will be visible in the toes, but if the opening is fairly small, it isn't obvious to other people.
The other way is to make it look like there isn't an opening there. You can cut out small pieces of cute fabric and tuck them into the opening, securing with small pins or staples on the inside so that you can remove the fabric again next summer. Pull the fabric as tight as you can before securing to make it look like it's a natural part of an offbeat but interesting shoe design.