Transitioning between seasons can be difficult for any fashionista. By the time summer’s winding down, you’re so over the season’s outfits that you can’t imagine wearing them for another second. But, transitioning is about pairing summer and fall styles to work together. Here, fashion designer and expert Claudia Patel shares her favourite looks to take you from summer to fall with ease.
Add tights to summer dresses
Have a favourite dress you’ve been wearing all summer long, barelegged and fancy-free? Try it with tights! “With so many fun options for colored and textured tights these days, you can get really creative with your dress collection. Pair unexpected colors and patterns together for a fresh, fashion-forward look, utilizing the dresses you’ve worn all summer long,” says Claudia.
Pair summer sandals with fall ensembles
Dying to work your summer sandals for just a little bit longer? As Claudia suggests: just do it! “The transition between summer and fall leaves a lot of room for fashion rules to go out the window. Pair a decidedly fall outfit with sandals to keep things interesting, and take your outfit to the next level of fun. Nothing is more sophisticated than a skinny jean with a high, open heel.”
Fall into colour
A great way to start switching up your wardrobe focus is to start to wear fall colours in summer silhouettes. Claudia explains, “Bringing in classic fall tones, like oranges, reds and rusts are so flattering on summer styles. Start to transition to these colours with your summer wardrobe and you’ll fall into the part in no time.”
Accessorize with purpose
What’s more versatile than a scarf? Nothing, according to Claudia: “Scarves are just about the most flexible accessory you can wear. Take summer outfits into fall by adding a light scarf or wear one with a fall ensemble to bring it all together. Either way, you’re making a serious style statement that’s both flattering and fun, and also keeps you warm when that unexpected fall chill enters the air.”
Bare at least one area
It wouldn’t be a transition if you were totally bare or covered up, now would it? Claudia explains, “It’s important to balance out your look when you’re transitioning your wardrobe. For instance, wear a t-shirt with skinny jeans and a scarf, baring your arms on a warmer day, or go with a dress that exposes your legs but has long sleeves for cooler temperatures. Looking chic is about fashion equilibrium.”
As Claudia puts it, “Fashion is fun, and expressing your personality should always be your ultimate goal when it comes to putting together your look. Transitioning doesn’t have to mean buying a whole new wardrobe, just as long as you know the tricks to pairing unexpected items together!”