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Fall Fashion: Summer Wardrobe to Fall

Don't worry if the changing window displays at your favorite stores remind you that you are not yet ready for fall. Always think that you have the chance to have a great autumn wardrobe in your closet already. Here are some of the simplest ways to stretch your wardrobe and make all your old favorites work until winter.

Keep Your Maxi Dresses

Equally at home on the beach as it is weekend shopping, maxis are easy and cool for those hot summer nights. But before you relegate them to the back of your closet, refashion them by wearing them with long sleeves. Whether it’s a belted blazer, a chunky-knit sweater, or even a knotted chambray shirt, the trick to wearing a maxi dress in the fall is to layer up and then define your waist to offer added structure. The end result is a beautiful fall casual outfit

Add Tights

Adding tights to your outfit can be a fun way to play with pattern, color, and texture for the fall. A pair of gray textured tights worn with your favorite khaki skirt and boots is about as autumnal as a pumpkin patch. If you’re not into tights, try leggings. Some styles look a lot like pants, but have tons of stretch. They’re perfect to wear under your summery tunics for more coverage, while still staying fashion-forward.

Layer Up

Layered looks aren’t only fashion-forward – they’re also completely functional. As you layer up your summer clothes, you create new looks that will actually keep you warm in a brisk breeze.Try this rule: Layer long over lean. This means matching up longer-length tops (think tunics or boyfriend cardigans) over leaner bottoms, such as tights or skinny jeans. This can help you extend some of your summer favorites, such as a long tank top.

The “long over lean” rule helps to avoid the bulkiness that can sometimes be a result of overenthusiastic layering. Then, just add a sweater or jacket, a light scarf, and a pair of boots to finish your perfect fall outfit.

Add Deeper Colors

The pastels and neons of the spring and summer give way to rich jewel and earth tones. But don’t worry if your closet isn’t already stocked with turquoise, plum, and ocher. You can add a couple of pieces to extend the life of your lighter summer clothes.

Stay on the lookout for low-cost pieces in jewel tones that can pull a summer wardrobe into fall. A pair of rust-colored skinnies, a turquoise statement necklace, or a mustard scarf can all add a pop of fall-appropriate color on the cheap.skinnies, a turquoise statement necklace, or a mustard scarf can all add a pop of fall-appropriate color on the cheap.

Invest in a Statement-Making Jacket

Consider any one of the following:

-A military-style cargo jacket with a waist that cinches, perfect for skinny jeans and flat booties.
-A leather jacket with moto styling, which you can wear with summer dresses and boots.
-A well-cut blazer (I love ones with military styling). Toss it over your light summer tops for a night on the town.
-A classic trench coat in a darker neutral, such as gray, navy, or camel. This is a wardrobe workhorse that goes with everything while fending off inclement fall weather.

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