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Easily (and Cheaply) Transition Your Wardrobe From Summer to Fall

The the onset of fall comes added pressure to have an all-new wardrobe that will make you look fashionable as you tacke the cooler weather. We love fall layers, boots and tights, but it can be exhausting making sure you are constantly up on the latest fashions and trends. 

The good news is, you can get your wardrobe autumn ready without needing to buy all new outfits. So many pieces you’ve been wearing all summer can easily be worn in the fall with a few simple adjustments. Odds are, with the clothes you already have in your closet, you can mix-and-match your outfits to score some chic fall ensembles – without breaking the bank.

Celebrate the changing seasons, and get ready for those awkward chilly-in-the-morning-but-warm-in-the-afternoon days with our six tips to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall. Make getting ready for work or an event a piece of cake by incorporating these simple transitional pieces! 


Add a Scarf

Image via Michael Stars.

Probably the easiest way to get ready for fall is throwing on a loose scarf with nearly any outfit. Scarves look sharp with dresses and skirts, or even worn with jeans and a casual T-shirt. For only a few dollars, you can really have a seasonally-appropriate ensemble.


Wear Dark Tights Under a Summer Dress

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Hold on to your favorite summer frocks and give them a fall makeover with a simple pair of black or colored tights. You can throw on a pair of pumps or booties, and even a cardigan if the weather is chilly enough. Even the most summer-looking dresses can be fall-appropriate with a couple simple adjustments.


Pair Ripped Boyfriend Jeans with Booties and a Sweater

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As good as your favorite pair of ripped boyfriend jeans looked with a tank and high wedges, they’ll look just as great (and be just as comfortable) with a long-sleeved sweater and booties. The casual fall outfit is perfect for weekend errands, coffee dates or trips to the pumpkin patch. Add on some leather accessories for a really street chic fall ensemble.


Dress Up Shorts With a Button-Up and Blazer

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You don’t need to pack away all of your shorts just yet. With temperatures still in the warm range, you can rock a pair of shorts in the early fall with a long-sleeved blouse and even a blazer. Throw on a pair of booties or high heels for a more polished look, and keep showing off your stems after Labor Day.


Layer Knit Sweaters Over Maxi Skirts and Dresses

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Keep your favorite flowy maxi dresses and skirts, and add on some layers for fall. Maxi dresses look fall-ready with a sweater layered on top. When the weather really gets chilly, pair a long, flowy skirt with a thick chunky knit sweater for a polished and comfortable outfit.


Trade in Your Sandals for a Pair of Oxfords

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Pretty much any outfit you wore with a pair of flat sandals can also work with a pair of Oxford shoes. The lace-up flats look great with jeans, shorts, slacks and even dresses. They add a bit of structured and masculine style to any outfit, and are perfect to wear into fall.

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