Happy September, friends! Let's not even talk about where the summer months have flown to because I'll tailspin into a spell of mourning. Instead, let's just march forward and keep our eye on the prize: pumpkin spice lattes. Or, for those of you more style-minded this morning: layers. We're about to enter that time where we're reluctant to say goodbye to our summer pieces but we're starting to sneak in a few sweaters and tights into drawers while nobody's looking. So for today's Layering 101 edition, I'll show you how to navigate that tricky dance and help you move those summer pieces into a very Fall state of mind. Ready? Let's go!
While we all have ideas on how to move a summer dress into Fall, a summer print can be a tad trickier. It's all about the colors and coaxing them into a darker spectrum. Take this vintage scooter dress for example. Can't you see yourself wearing this during the Fourth of July, waving sparklers with one hand and requesting another red-white-and-blue sangria with the other? Now slip a chambray shirt underneath, add a camel colored duster vest to the mix, and pair it with some black leather gloves and bootie sandals, and you can just as easily see yourself sitting outside on a cafe patio, sipping your first hot apple cider of the season. Keep in mind that popping a chambray shirt under a dress doesn't only apply to sleeveless ones. It looks super cute under a short sleeved one as well, a la this look or this one.
- Jessamity striped scooter dress (only $36 for one day only!)
- Mango frayed denim shirt (only $29!)
- Mango duster vest
- H&M leather gloves
- Target Mossimo Kacie Peep Toe Bootie (only $18!)
I think the trick in moving your summer skirts over to the next season is in the textures. Take this vintage floral number. You can easily see it with a chambray shirt and a straw panama hat, and it'd be just the right look for picnicking on the beach or wandering through a farmer's market. Now add a long chunky knit (those uneven proportions will look amazing) with a fall-colored turtleneck underneath. The turtleneck gives you a traditional, autumnal feel, and offers a chance to incorporate more fall-like colors into the look. Continuing to play with the different proportions, pair the look with tall riding boots. Then, accenting the different textures, add a cable knit beanie into the mix.
- New Old Fashion Vintage 60's high waist skirt
- Mango long sweater
- Jessica Simpson Elmont riding boot
- Sole Society cable knit beret
- Uniqlo turtleneck tshirt (only $14!)
I know we're all very well versed on how to move those summer dresses over into the next season, but my my favorite option goes as follows: loose, baggy crop top sweater + chunky booties + knee high socks. I have been loving asymmetrical crop top sweaters lately, especially since they go so well with short and long dresses alike. The bagginess adds a casual, laid back vibe to the outfit, and then the chunky booties and structured backpack anchor the look back down to a trendier, more polished space.
- New Old Fashion Vintage mini baby doll dress (only $33!)
- Mango chunky knit sweater
- Leather Fashion Shop retro backpack
- Nasty Gal shoe cult corina platform bootie
- Forever 21 taupe knee high socks
Okay, I have been dying to try out an outfit like this in real life. The key in moving your shorts to nippier weather is to play with textures and proportions in the outfit. In this look I cozied up the shorts by pairing them with a thick, cable knit sweater. Then I took it a step further by popping a ruffled top underneath that sweater. That way the ruffles add a fun contrast against the heavy knit, and they add more autumnal colors to the mix. Pair the look with some oxblood, clunky booties, a metallic purse and brown tinted glasses, and your dark color scheme moved the shorts from summer crop tops to pumpkin patch dates.
- Fiery Finish Vintage Calvin Klein cut off jeans (only $25!)
- Mango cable knit sweater
- Marni floral print top
- Dorthy Perkins oxblood Chelsea ankle boots
- Mango metal fastening bag (only $25!!)
- J Crew meteor sunglasses with brown lenses
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