Although the temperature may still be high and there may still be a few more weeks of bare feet and beach fashion, fall is just around the corner. But don’t pack the sundresses in storage just yet; there are a few easy pieces you can add to your wardrobe that will keep the summer spirit in your outfits while easing you into the fall season.
A Lightweight Jacket
Having a fall jacket in your closet is essential for transitional fashion. With the right jacket just about any summer outfit can be worn until Halloween. The key is to keep it short. Cropped jackets are flattering and trendy and can be found in an endless variety of styles.
If you prefer a clean and polished look try a blazer over your summer sleeveless tops or to clean up the tee shirt and shorts look. Urban Outfitters carries a Silence and Noise boyfriend blazer ($78) that comes in seven colors and features a luxurious satin lining.
Another trend for fall is the motorcycle jacket. This edgy leather look pairs well with a basic tank top and denim skirt. Another great option is to wear it over a light and feminine sundress to combine styles in a fashion forward way. To look luxe without paying the high leather price tag go faux, like Target’s Coffee Shop Juniors casual motorcycle jacket ($49.99). Choose a neutral color to achieve versatility and to maximize your ensemble options. Browns and tans work well with bright summer colors and also transition nicely into darker fall colors. It is also important to select a material that is not too heavy or thick as too much of a seasonal contrast can appear awkward. If done right, a fall jacket can provide numerous options to ease from your summer wardrobe into the colder weather.
Short boots and booties are an extra easy and fun way to make your summer dresses and skirts look wearable through the fall. And breezy sundress can be paired with a light jacket and a pair of ankle boots to immediately be transformed into a chic fall look. The Pink & Pepper Kanteen Booties ($49.95) from DSW are perfect for just about any personal style. They come in black or brown and can create a dressed up or a casual look. The heel is a manageable height and the buckle on the side creates a bit of an edgy accent.
Once again, neutral colors are key to maintaining versatility within your outfits. Choosing a fashionable yet timeless pair of boots will ensure that you are able to wear them all the time instead of collecting dust in your closet.
Light and Comfortable Sweaters
It is certainly not time for heavy knits yet. However, a light cashmere or wool sweater can be paired with shorts or a skirt for a great outfit on cooler evenings. These sweaters are also a great way to keep bright colors in your wardrobe long after the summer has passed. J. Crew offers classic sweaters in gorgeous colors to fit most style preferences. The Tippi sweater ($79.50) is made of soft and cozy merino wool and features a modest crew neck and three quarter sleeves and is available in fourteen different colors. The simple design leaves endless possibilities for creative pairing and accessorizing to make it reflect your own style.
Great jeans are a staple of every fall wardrobe. In the transitional months between seasons jeans can be worn through hot days and cold nights with flowing summer tops or warm fall sweaters. When you are stocking your closet you should be sure to check out The Buckle (either online or in the Towson Town Center) for fabulous designer jeans with manageable price tags. This awesome boutique only sells the trendiest jeans and you are all but certain to find at least one pair that you will want to live in throughout the fall and winter months. The BKE Payton Boot Stretch jeans ($86.95) are a great mix of classic and trendy. The dark wash is flattering to every figure and the white accent stitching is modern and fashionable. Experiment with different cuts and styles to find the best look for your body and your style.
Maryland is a great place to live to experience the changing seasons and it is a lot of fun to evolve your fashion with the shift in weather. Since one day in September might be 85 degrees and the next day could bring temperatures of 57 it is important to have great pieces that you can rotate in to your summer wardrobe that will make you feel like summer is not gone until the snow starts falling