How to transition your wardrobe into fall, especially on a limited budget, may post a yearly challenge for many women. For months, women everywhere have been wearing sleeveless and short-sleeved tops, lighted fabrics, softer pastels, shorts and capris. Sandals and canvas casuals have been the shoes of choice and tanks and camis the norm. As we approach September, it’s time to think about transitioning all these summer favorites into early fall and cooler weather. Some of these tips may prove to be helpful.
Go through your collection of camis and tanks carefully. It’s time to donate those that are faded or worn to charity or send them off to the recycling bin. Keep those that are bright and fresh to use as layering pieces for fall. Wash them in Woolite to help restore dark and vibrant colors. If you have four or five that look almost as good as new, they will be valuable wardrobe essentials during the transition and throughout the year. During early September, layer them with coordinating open front plaid or print blouses. As it gets cooler, layer them with scoop or deep V-neck sweaters to chase the chill. Wear them with a suit jacket to give a pop of color to an office classic throughout fall and winter.
Layering a tank, button-front shirt and sweater will serve you well year-round. Try mixing pastels with deep colors and unlikely combinations for amazing looks. Pink and burgundy or aqua and teal partner perfectly and yellow with blue, red with purple or black with green can be eye-catching. During September and October, especially during the time of harvest, bring the colors of nature to your wardrobe with touches of sienna, burnt orange, blackberry, eggplant and mushroom. Whether dressing for corporate or business wear or casual weekends, these layered looks will work well and be easy to mix and match.
Use sheer print infinity scarves to add touches of color that draw your look together during late summer and early fall. If your outfit is blue and white, add a blue, orange and teal or green, blue and red infinity scarf to bring out the colors. As we progress into cooler weather, choose long crochet and open-stitch scarves that can be double-wrapped or tossed over the shoulder. Again, choose prints, striped and patterns that accentuate the colors you are wearing. When there’s a chill in the air, try a chunky knit scarf. Scarves generally cost only about $3 to $20, depending on where you shop, and are well worth a small investment. Three or four scarves of varying weights will take you effortlessly into fall.
If you have nice looking shorts that you really like, try wearing them with tights for a trendy look that many women find comfortable and effective. Black Bermudas with black tights can be worn well for a flattering transitional look that will give a longer life to your favorite shorts. Try wearing your short summer skirts and print dresses with snug lightweight leggings for a youthful look that’s amazingly easy to wear and generally suitable for corporate and business casual wear. Pair a plain black or navy skirt with bright tribal, chevron or floral print leggings for a free-spirited look that’s right on-trend.
Sort through your jeans and choose those you like best for fall. The most versatile single piece any women can own, jeans go almost everywhere, mix and match with almost anything and dress up of down easily. The classics are always in style, so pair your jeans with tees, crew and V-neck sweaters and cardigans for laid-back looks that never go out of style. If you have a long sweater or tee, try belting it with a narrow, bright color belt. Narrow belts are very much in the spotlight and will bring new life to your transitional fall looks. For $5 to $15 you can add bright red, metallic gold and a shiny black patent leather belt. An excellent investment, belts will last for years and never go out of style. If you’re feeling creative, try giving new life to plain jeans by adding do-it-yourself studs or iron-on embroidered designs. They can be very effective and can be found in any craft store for only $3 to $8.
Hopefully these tips will help you transition into fall, enjoying the best of the season and staying within budget. As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~