Can you believe in just a few weeks it’ll officially be FALL? Before we know it, it’ll be time for pumpkin spice everything. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk fall fashion. Sure it’s the season of boots and sweaters, but trust me, there’s no need to leave your favorite summer trends behind just yet. In fact, a bunch of those heatwave-friendly Summer pieces you’ve been wearing on repeat can easily be reworked and become great pieces to transition into Fall. Keep on reading to see which of your favorite summer trends you should hold onto + all my tips for making them more fall appropriate!
SLIP SKIRTS & DRESSES
If it’s the one summer trend I could never get sick of, it’s the slip trend. I love how versatile a slip skirt or dress is and that I can pretty much pair them with any top or shoes. For fall, all your breezy slips will remain a key piece in your wardrobe. The rule of thumb is to layer according to the weather. Light sweaters and strappy sandals are perfect for easing into the season, but as the crisp air begins to arrive, layer your favorite leather jacket over a turtleneck and swap the sandals for boots! I also love the idea of layering a t-shirt underneath a slip dress for an extra layering a la Alexander Wang.
Think florals are a no-go for fall? Think again! You can easily re-wear a ton of your favorite floral dresses with a few layering tips. Any strappy dresses with a low neckline, v-neck or sweetheart neck are great ones for layering turtlenecks underneath. My signature is pairing florals with combat books (Docs are my favorite) and a leather jacket for the perfect girly meets edgy combo. If you have a floral mini you want to keep around, add some tights and a pair of thigh-high boots to make it more seasonal.
I fell in love with the puff sleeve trend this summer, so I’m definitely keeping a few of my favorites around for fall. Styling them with some dark wash denim and combat boots makes for the perfect summer to fall transitional outfit. If you’re feeling a little chilly, drape a leather jacket or oversized blazer off your shoulders. These make for such great transitional tops!
This year has been the year of animal print and it shows no signs of slowing down this fall. That leopard dress you’ve been wearing with lace-up sandals and block heels? Switch it up this season and style it with suede ankle booties and a chunky knit cardigan. If you’re feeling more daring, pair it with some snakeskin boots for an unexpected mix! Other animal prints that are trending for fall are tiger, zebra, cow print and snakeskin (love snakeskin for boots and purses!).
White denim always screams summertime, but with the right styling, it can be super fall-friendly. The easiest way is to darken up your look with a black sweater, jacket/coat, and some black booties. An equally chic option would be to keep things tonal. Throw on a camel sweater and a cropped sherpa (I wore mine a ton last year) and you’ll be good to go. I actually adore how whites look in the colder months.
If you’re like me, a denim jacket is probably your go-to layering piece. It’s the perfect piece for summer nights when the air gets cooler. For some of you, it might be “too cold” for a denim jacket in the fall, but if you choose your layers wisely, you can totally keep your denim jacket around. My tip is to add a fitted base layer under like your favorite knit sweater before throwing on your denim jacket. The base layer works as an insulator to keep you warm! I also love a good open front hoodie paired with denim. It always looks so effortlessly cool. For bottoms, I love adding texture with a leather, vinyl or corduroy pant. Denim on leather is always a winner though!
The barely-there strappy sandal went viral this summer and I can already predict all the fashion girls will be holding on to this trend for as long as possible. Of course, depending on where you live, you may have to ditch this trend sooner than later. If you live in SoCal, you can get away with wearing your barely-there sandals with all your favorite denim and sweaters. I definitely want to hold onto this as long as I possibly can!