Summer Dress for Fall (Tips for Transitioning Your Wardrobe)

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It’s that time of year again (almost). You go into your closet and you’re not sure which dress you can still wear now that the weather is starting to get down into the 90’s. No for reals. Right now is the best time to sort through your closet because the weather hasn’t changed yet, but it’s liable to any day now, and you want to be excited and prepared, right? One of my favorite tasks, and key components to any fall Sort, Shop, and Style session or Seasonal Update is to go through your summer pieces and decide which can be worn in the fall and winter.

Here are a couple steps I take when transitioning a summer to fall wardrobe:

1. Sort Out By Color First. The easiest way to parse apart your summer from your winter dresses is color. Bright white cotton dresses are more difficult to style for winter, but cream-colored, thicker fabrics can look great. This navy dress of mine is super easy to wear all year long because it’s utterly and completely neutral.

2. Sort Out By Shape. Next, I take the passably winter and fall colored dresses and parse them out further by their shape. Bright-colored cotton dresses may still be wearable with the right layers in winter, but bright-colored backless halter dresses might not be salvageable. Same goes for those sundresses that have straps you have to tie in little bows, lightweight pale-colored shorts, and any t-shirt with a surfing logo on it. I just threw that one in, but I’m pretty sure that’s a good thing to store.

3. If You Aren’t Sure, Try it With a Blazer. Or a cardigan or a jacket. Throw that questionably fall sucker on and try it out with your favorite fall layering piece. See if it works. My favorite is to wear a v- or crew-neck sweater over my vintage dresses in the winter. It totally changes the outfit and makes for more wears.

If all of this sounds totally boring or totally time-consuming or both, contact me and we will do it together! I will help you fully transition your wardrobe to fall in a few short hours, make it fun, and help you shop for what you need to make the most of the wardrobe you have. Saving money and time is super fun, after all.

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transition your dress to fall

transition your dress to fall

Blazer: F21, Dress: Anthropologie, Loafers: via Goodwill, Turban: from sash of dress, Earrings: Kendra Scott

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September 15, 2011

11 Responses to Summer Dress for Fall (Tips for Transitioning Your Wardrobe)

  1. What a great post!!! This is really helpful :)

  2. Jennifer K. says:

    Great tips, as always. I love go through my closet and boxing away pieces that I know I won’t wear until next season. I just unloaded my favorite fall sweaters!

  3. Jamie Rose says:

    Great ideas! I think I’ll try layering a sweater over one of my more summery dresses when the weather gets cool. I just have to get a pull-over sweater now!

  4. What do you charge to just come live in my closet?? You can just live in the back and I’ll put on outfits and you can hold up cards that say things like “Bitch please!” or “You’re on fire!!” or “Looking fierce” or “Really? Are you serious?” I think that would help me a lot……

  5. Peach says:

    Yet another flawless outfit…
    umm, did you read my mind? I have seriously been on a blazer lookout all week. Guess it’s time to sign up.

  6. Aarti says:

    such a lovely outfit!
    i love the mix of the navy and neutral blazer… so classic.

  7. Sharon says:

    Love the slipper-inspired loafers! So glad we ate, drank and laughed together last night. Hope to experience more of that…

  8. I so need this! We used to have a big change o the season partay when I was little but now that Im grown I have no idea ever what to put up or keep out

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  10. Rachel says:

    I love your blazer!

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