Does anyone else feel like this summer just flew by?
Somehow it’s already fall, which basically means I need a whole new wardrobe – except I don’t exactly have the means for that. Luckily, a lot of the styles this season can make use of clothes I already have!
How, you ask?
Yes, I know, layers for fall is pretty obvious. But it’s also useful! You can turn all your trendy spring and summer pieces into fall ones.
Plus, this fall we aren’t just saying any old layering; we’re seeing mixing of fabrics and patterns that are completely new! Plus, we’re going back to 2000s era layering, where the skimpiest clothes go on top.
No, you don’t have to put away your slip dresses from this summer! My favorite option is just to throw on a thin (or thick, depending on where you live) turtleneck on underneath. If you’re shopping, you can also pick out a couple velvet slips – these work great over long sleeves!
Pair it with sneakers of short booties, depending on the occasion, and voila! You can also add tights/nylons if need be. White and black are great staple turtlenecks, but pick a couple fall colors like burgundy and burnt orange too!
This also works great with pinafores and overalls!
LONG SLEEVE OVER SHORT SLEEVE
Jules on Euphoria does this really well – she manages to make it not look too frumpy by mixing thinner textures like mesh in. Buy a couple mesh long and short sleeves to layer and you’re set!
But sometimes, you want to be frumpy.
We saw a lot of oversized men’s shirts and shorts this summer (and lots of logo tees and sweatshirts). Transition that to fall by adding a long sleeve underneath, boots and high socks with a loose sweatshirt, or switching from men’s button ups to men’s jackets.
The utility jumpsuit is also a great option. Put on some long sleeves or a turtleneck underneath and you’re good to go!
All right, enough of the layers! What else are we seeing this fall that’s a holdover from spring/summer?
We saw a lot of longer/midi skirts in the spring/summer – let’s hope you held onto them! If not, they’re still around – pick up a couple darker colors (or leopard!!) and layer with a sweater on top!
MATCHING SETS (/PLAID)
If you thought these were finally going away, you thought wrong!
Alright, you can’t exactly recycle your floral bandeau and matching miniskirt. But matching sets and monochrome are still in – especially with patterns like plaid!
Better yet, make it a suit!
Yes, monochrome is still in! Stick with more muted colors, like whites or tans in the same family.
You can still do colors – my favorite is purple. Just keep them a bit ashier/more muted than normal, or do fall colors like yellow!
You can even still wear flowy/flare pants that you loved so much in summer! Just pair them with a solid color turtleneck, like with the slip dresses. If you’re going to buy some more flowy pants, invest in darker colors and thicker materials like velvet or wool instead of linen.
As it gets colder and colder, things will change, but for now it’s still an easy transition! Stock up on some solid color turtlenecks, sweaters, and long sleeves, and maybe a couple fun mesh ones, and you’ll be solid until the snow starts falling!