Who says you have to turn over your entire wardrobe when the season changes? Certainly not us. We’re all about longevity. OK, so we do have some autumnal pieces that we look forward to pulling out each year, but that doesn’t mean we no longer want to rock our summer go-to’s as well.
Combine your warm weather wears—think crop tops, maxi dresses, tank tops—with these fall favourites—shirt dresses, boots, button-ups—and extend the life of your clothes well into the cooler months.
11 easy tricks for turning your summer style staples into fall favourites
Culottes + Over-The-Knee BootsCulottes were a huge summer trend, and wearing them into the cooler months is possible when paired with an over-the-knee boot. Mix textures for the ultimate style win ($50 at Urban Outfitters; $179 at Guess).Urban Outfitters, Guess
Crop Top + Shirt DressCrop tops, so hot right now. But too cold to be worn like you did a few months back. Instead, try layering your crop top over a sheer or silk shirt dress, one that's long and flowing, but thin in material so you don't get bulky fabric build up ($46 at Zara; $128 at French Connection).Zara, French Connection
Denim Jacket + Quilted VestA denim jacket was a must-have for those cool, late summer nights, and that same coat can be cozied up with an on-trend quilted vest. Wear over top for a snug-as-a-bug look ($472 at Vince; $74 at Abercrombie & Fitch). Vince, Abercrombie & Fitch
Mini Skirt + Long WaistcoatA mini skirt can still be worn well into winter, when you add a long waistcoat or vest overtop to protect your exposed legs. This extra layer will look cozy and oh-so on point ($36 at Zara;$630 at Alexander Wang).Zara, Alexander Wang
Maxi Dress + Chelsea BootsYou lived in your maxi dress this summer, didn't you? Swap sandals for a pair of Chelsea boots, and you can get away with wearing your go-to floor-length dress all season long ($40 at Old Navy; $120 at Aldo).Old Navy, Aldo
Jean Vest + Chunky SweaterThat denim vest you layered with everything earlier this summer still makes sense now. Pick a chunky knit sweater in a rich fall hue like olive, navy, copper, black, and pop the vest overtop. Rather than leaving it open, button-up the front for a fashion-forward look ($90 at Levis; $135 at Aritzia).Levis, Aritzia
Wrap Dress + JeansPulling on a pair of denim under your wrap dress is easy peasy—and we know you've got a pair or two in your closet. Opt for an ultra tight skinny jean and give the bottom a couple of thin cuffs; pair with pumps or heeled booties ($114.50 at Banana Republic; $103 at Free People).Banana Republic, Free People
Flats + Ankle SocksThose adorable leather flats that looked so good with everything from shorts to capris to slacks still make sense, you just need to pop on a pair of socks. Pick a pair with some personality like a ruffle, polka dot or floral ($15 at Payless; $4 at Amazon).Payless, Amazon
Sleeveless Tank + Collared ShirtDon't banish your fav sleeveless tank into hibernation just yet. Instead, wear a collared shirt. We recommend something with a bit of embellishment ($38 at American Apparel; $99 at DKNY).American Apparel, DKNY
Summer Frock + LeggingsAdding a pair of thick, wooly leggings will make any dress—no matter how hot weather-evoking the pattern may be—feel instantly appropriate for autumn ($78 at Asos; $25.50 at J.Crew).Asos, J.Crew
Ripped Denim + Long CoatSummer's air feels good on the skin when it blows through the holes of your distressed jeans, but when the mercury drops, the last thing you want is unnecessarily exposed skin. Consider a long wool coat that nearly touches the ground for the days you wear your ripped denim ($79 at TopShop; $70 at Zara).TopShop, Zara
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