It's not official just yet, but summer is over. But here's a little good news: The pieces you've been wearing on repeat the last few months don't have to meet their impending end just yet. If you strategically cherry-pick a few transitional fall outfits for September, you'll be able to weave those breezy, beach-worthy styles into your not-so-distant future. The key is nailing the September high-low style trick: For every hot-day piece you put on, pair with one that's better suited to low temps.
A tank dress can make it into fall if you add a turtleneck underneath. If you still want to wear sandals and a slip dress, better be sure to add a blazer and tights. And while trends like bright green hues and pearl jewelry aren't going anywhere, they require the balance of a tailored tweed jacket or structured shoulder bag to fit the upcoming season's more serious feel. Below, you'll find 31 fresh outfit ideas to help you navigate the month ahead. You've outgrown the excitement of going back to school, but that doesn't mean you have to give up the joy of learning something new. Plenty of creative ideas to absorb below, and luckily there's no need to cram.
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Transitional Fall Outfit: Endless Summer
Transition your summer staples — like sporty sandals — by starting to style them with new season pieces.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Seasonal Stripes
Though you're not obligated to embrace rich fall hues — bold colors are trending after all — a multi-hued print is an easy way to get into the seasonal swing of things.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Fresh Leather
Incorporate unexpected leather (or faux) pieces into your ensemble to transition your look. A midi skirt works solo, or can be worn over sheer tights.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Dressed Up Denim
Take the fuss out of fall tailoring by styling a blazer with relaxed high-waist jeans.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Mix And Match
Break out the turtleneck early and style it with staples usually reserved for warmer temps — like bermuda shorts.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Swim Styling
Don't abandon your swimsuits just yet. Breathe new life into your beach staples by transforming your favorites into tops.
Transitional Fall Outfit: All About Texture
Begin to play with texture by swapping in one or two pieces of clothing that are a bit heavier than your summer wares. A soft coat or slick pair of pants will do the trick.
Transitional Fall Outfit: One And Done
Don't underestimate the power of a great jumpsuit. This simple piece makes getting dressed for work a total breeze.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Embrace The Trench
Classic trench coats are back in action, so find the one hanging in the back of your closet and bring it out anew.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Tights Trend
While printed tights and bold colors are both editorial-inspired options for fall, you can't go wrong with classic black. Style with your transitional dresses and a pair of cool boots or platform loafers.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Classic Cool
Extend the life on your denim cutoffs by styling them with more fall-worthy staples like a crewneck sweater and loafers.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Soft And Hard
Add some edge to your light florals by styling with slick patent and chunky black footwear.
Transitional Fall Outfit: All About Neutrals
Neutrals don't have to be boring. Layer slightly-varied colors all together at once for an outfit that has intrigue, but is still on the subdued side.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Balanced Romance
Style your favorite puff-sleeve top with relaxed light-wash denim for an outfit that's sweet but not overly so.
Transitional Fall Outfit: All Over White
Ignore the outdated rules about white after labor day and transition to fall with loose trousers and a lightweight button-up.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Comfortably Chic
Biker shorts and a blazer are an unexpected combination that looks more polished than you might first assume.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Sheer Details
A sheer top layered over your favorite dress or summer tank is a great way to get a jump on transitional dressing.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Scarf Styling
Even if you're not ready to break out a heavy cashmere number yet, you can begin to get creative with your scarf styling.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Chunky Chains
Chunky necklaces are an easy pick if you're searching for jewelry that will pop against higher necklaces and thick knits.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Plaids Please
Denim, sneakers, and a plaid top or sweater — it's a simple combination that feels just right for September.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Dress And Sneakers
Take a break from boots and style a sporty sneaker with a polished dress.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Keep It Simple
Like the aforementioned trench coat, a simple and sleek khaki skirt is an easy fall staple to help transition your look.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Not-Your-Average Tweed
Put a twist on classic tweeds by swapping in something cropped and unexpected.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Shoes First
If you don't want to worry about all the fall layering, you just need to remember one simple rule. Start with a pair of statement shoes and pick a few simple pieces you can wear with them.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Mixed Prints
Don't be afraid to mix and match contrasting prints together. Try staying within the same color story and varying print sizes to keep things simple.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Pop Of Color
If your usual style is a bit more subdued, style your usual navy, black, and neutral pieces with a pop of bold pink or pistachio.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Simple Perfection
To add intrigue to an all-black ensemble, play with texture by mixing in velvet, tweed, or cashmere.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Animal Alternatives
Though leopard, tiger, and zebra prints aren't going away entirely, consider a fresher take on these trends by finding looks in new colors, or with patterns that are a little less on the nose.
Transitional Fall Outfit: Add A Cardigan
Ease your way into sweater season with an easy cardigan you can throw on over a tank.
Transitional Fall Outfit: All Over Denim
Mix and match denim hues for a fresh take on the canadian tuxedo.
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