This time of year can be the worst time of the year for getting dressed.
I am sick of how long and hot the days are. I love that the nights are cooler, but loathe that I’m sweating as I walk my son to school each morning. Every once in a while, there is a cool day thrown into our long Indian summer, or the mornings are chilly while the afternoons heat up.
I’m dying to update my wardrobe with some new fall finds, but I don’t want to slink past a closet full of still-out-of-season clothes just yet. So how does one transition a summer wardrobe, still at the forefront of their closet, into something that looks more fall-worthy?
Here are some suggestions:
Your favorite khakis have been in a heap on your chair all spring and summer. They are worn in and comfortable, and they match everything and go everywhere. While you may have paired them with T-shirts, sneakers or sandals, and your farmer’s market tote, it’s almost time to change gears.
Add one of the season’s hottest trends — Merlot-esque tones — with bigger jewelry and larger totes. I also found wedges in the same dark corduroy fabric, but still with open toes and espadrille heals. You can also add suede or metallic flats to this casual ensemble.
Shorts are obviously a summer staple — especially when your summer is hotter than Hades. These cute black, high-waisted shorts are laid back with a sailor tee and sandals. But you can take them into fall with a structured top and tights. (Eggplant is another big trend this year.)
Prints were big this summer. If you aren’t ready to put away your favorite printed trousers, pair them with a fitted blazer instead. Add a structured bag or briefcase for work, and get at least another month — maybe two — out of your printed pants.
Is your closet filled with lots of cute, summer dresses in prints and solids? Pair them with fall cardigans and skinny belts to cinch your waist. A tip: wear a skinny belt right under your rib cage to make your legs look longer. Layer statement-making jewelry, slip on knee-high boots, and choose a textured bag in a darker color too.
Most of these items are pieces that women in almost any age group can wear. If you’re older, you may be more comfortable in shorter heels or smaller earrings. But these examples are just that, examples. Find similar items in your own closet and try wearing them a whole new way.
You may even feel like you have a different wardrobe altogether.
Amy Grace is married with two children. Read her Fridays on momaha.com