It’s upsetting to think that summer will soon come to an end (say it isn’t so!). And while there’s still plenty of time to rock your floral dresses, cute shorts, stylish sandals and, of course, trendy swimwear, it’s time to think about that in-between period when the weather is cooling off but still warm enough to sport summery pieces.
When it comes to transitional dressing, it’s best to strategize outfits with the pieces you typically reserve for the summer months and get creative with the ways in which you can layer them. Think skin-baring tops, swingy skirts and lightweight dresses. Another excellent approach is looking to the fall trends you’re most excited about and figuring out ways in which they’ll feel appropriate in less than chilly temperatures. Perhaps you’re ready to invest in a new-season bag or want to get a head start on the newest dresses. You can also consider pieces you spent a little extra money on this season like a wedding-guest dress, a perfect pair of white jeans or an of-the-moment trend like this year’s summer suit. This approach is perfect for getting a little extra mileage out of items you may have otherwise only worn once or twice. Who doesn’t love extra bang for their buck?
To help inspire a few transitional outfits, we took it to our Instagram feeds to find three fresh ensembles featuring various summer staples. Not only are these looks flawless for the intermediate season, but they come with that It-girl flair we know you’re after with every outfit. Scroll on as we break down three innovative formulas. Compliments and ‘likes’ are imminent.
A Mini Dress
A flirty floral mini dress is quintessentially summer but not exactly a piece at the crux of your fall wardrobe. Before the weather takes a dip, try layering it! A classic white crew-neck T-shirt is a versatile base layer to the skin-baring mini while distressed cropped jeans provide coverage on the bottom for an unexpected juxtaposition. Keep accessories light and style in woven mules and a cute mini bag (this one just happens to touch on fall’s croc-effect trend).
Croc-Effect Tote Bag
Dolce Vita Aton Heels
White jeans are to summer what boots are to fall, totally essential. That hardly means they’re exclusive to sunny days, however. Switch it up from a nautical-inspired look and experiment with earthy tones and texture for the in-between season. An oversized blue blazer atop an olive green camisole is dynamic with your favorite white-wash pair. As you cling to summer, finish the look with a wide-brim straw hat and wooden hoops. The result is breezy, yet polished.
Supersoft Best Loved Cami
ICN Wide Leg
Warp + Weft
The Small Pine Hoops
A Summer Suit
Whether you rocked a suit this summer or are still contemplating the trend, this outfit formula is proof that the look is so easy to wear. Start with a checked set in a lightweight fabric, it will feel comfortable in moderate weather and still be suitable in the thick of fall. In place of sprightlier accents, black creates a moodier effect and we're for sporty accessories to keep the look directional and effortless. A belt bag and knit sneakers punctuate this look perfectly.
Fashion Union Plus Tie Waist Check Blazer Two-Piece
Gucci GG Marmont Quilted Velvet Belt Bag
Metallic Round Sunglasses
Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer