9 Ways to Transition Your Summer Clothes into Fall Posted on

Fall is on the horizon!

This means we’re one step closer to Pumpkin Spice Latte season, cooler weather, and holiday festivities. Before you go bust out your chunky sweaters or riding boots, you’ll be surprised how easy it is for you to transition your summer clothes into fall — especially, if you’re not quite yet ready to give up your maxi dresses or distress shorts.

Let’s break down nine easy tricks you can use to turn your hot summer clothes into fall staples.

1.) Add Seasonal Accessories: When it comes to transitioning your summer clothes into fall, one of the most effective ways to do this is by mixing up your jewelry. By adding new colors and textures to your outfits, you can easily make your favorite summer outfits more appropriate for the season.

The possibilities are endless! So, start experimenting by combining jewelry with different thicknesses, adding more earth tone colors, or wearing long chain necklaces. For those who want to be more daring, try single earrings or thick chokers!


2.) Go Darker: This trick is the oldest in the book! You can make any summer outfit scream fall with a few pops of brown, beige, maroon, evergreen, marigold, muted blue and burnt sienna. Bonus: All these colors are flattering on all skin and body types.

Get started by grabbing a few pieces that have jewel or earth tones. For example, if you have a pastel blue dress, try pairing it with a sapphire blue cardigan and a sleek pair of boots. And, if you want your outfit to have all the fall feelings, top it off with a brushed felt fedora!

3.) Attempt Denim, Denim, and More Denim: Whether it’s a dark denim mini-skirt or a streamlined pair of jeans, denim is a classic fall staple that’s sure to turn heads (and keep you warm!). With a few touches, you refresh your favorite summer tops by adding a pair of jeans, black ankle booties, and a trench coat. Or, if you have a beloved pair of summer sandals, simply add jeans and a long-sleeved top.

4.) Go for the layered look: As temperatures drop, layering will help you create new looks that keep you warm. How do you layer?

Try this rule: Layer long over lean. When you match up longer-length tops (like your favorite summer long tank top) over leaner bottoms (think tights or skinny jeans), you’ll extend the life of some of your summer outfits.

5.) Mix florals with boots: This is the best way to combine summer florals with new textures. Also, the combination of florals with boots gives your summer look a little fall edge that never goes out of style. To get this look: Take your favorite summer floral looks and swap out a pair of boots that best matches the style. For example, if you’re wearing skinny jeans try ankle or knee-high boots.

flowy florals and boots 6.) Pair Sandals: Just because the weather is about to be cooler, doesn’t mean you have to pack away your favorite summer sandals just yet. However, always make sure you’re using this rule-of-thumb: Never pair sandals with full-length bottoms that aren’t fitted snugly around your ankles (think skinny jeans). This means flare or wide-leg slacks to be avoided at all costs.

7.) Try Tights: Tights are a cheap and easy way to protect your bare legs from the crisp autumn breeze. You can also snag cute pairs in different patterns and jewel tones. This is a quick way to add more warmth, layers, colors, and patterns to your go-to summer style.

8.) Upgrade Your Summer Maxi Dresses: Maxi dresses are one of the best ways to revamp your summer style! All you have to do is add long sleeves, a belted blazer, a chunky knit sweater, or even a knotted chambray shirt!

Keep in mind: When rocking the maxi dress for fall, make sure you try to define your waist for structure.

9.) Explore Different Textures and Silhouettes: While we’ve covered this a bit in all our other tips, fall is the best time to take your summer style game up a notch! This means really thinking about how you can add some extra “oomph” to your look.

end of summer feels It’s simple: If you add darker or more colorful jewel tones with unexpected fabrics (think corduroy, velvet, or leather), you’ll be on your way to adding more dimension and warmth to your look.

With these nine tricks, you’ll be all set for transitioning your summer go-to outfits into fall. At Peter Harris, we have so many great deals on accessories, denim, and more that you won’t have to break the bank trying a few (or all) of these trends! Stop into a Peter Harris near you to see how you can transition your summer looks for less.