From Summer Staples to Fall Favorites: How to Transition Your Wardrobe for the Weather

What happens when summer starts to wind down to a close?

No, I’m not talking about how crazy people get about Halloween and those darn pumpkin spice lattes that I can’t seem to wrap my head around. I’m talking about the weather.

It gets pretty cold…and pretty fast, I might add. Therefore, you have to say goodbye to your favorite cutoff shorts and switch out your strappy sandals for a trusty pair of durable boots.

If you’re like me then you might have a harder time saying goodbye to some of your favorite summer pieces.

Needless to say I’ve devised some ways to transition some of those pieces from a summer outfit to a fall outfit.


That little black shift dress you leaned towards all summer because it was easy to toss on when the weather got too hot? Yes, you can still wear it. Swap out your sandals for some ankle boots and tone down bright sunglasses for a more neutral pair.

You’ll need something to carry all of those school books in so if you want, you can swap out your purse for a tote bag (not pictured). Oh, and throw a jacket overtop too. Like I said, it gets chilly.


I’m not the only one who likes to mix up a sea of shorts with a pair of jeans every now and then, right? It’s way too hot to wear skin tight jeans in the summer so I invested in a new pair of “mom jeans” paired with a silk camisole.

For the fall season all you have to do is swap the camisole for some long sleeves, the slides for some sneakers or ankle boots, and don’t forget your backpack.


If I had to name a single piece of clothing that is versatile for any season, I’d most likely choose a basic tee. If I’m running super late, the first thing I gravitate towards is a basic tee and cutoff shorts. You can’t go wrong and there are plenty of ways to dress it up or dress it down.

For fall, ditch the shorts for a pair of jeans and leather jacket. Swap the sneakers for a pair of heeled booties.

Don’t get me wrong, there are dozens of pieces in your summer wardrobe that have the capability of being versatile for fall. The same goes for accessories. I like to keep things simple, but it’s your choice to add as much or as little as you want.

As always, feel free to interchange anything to fit your personal style. These ideas are based off of things I’m starting to transition that match my preferences. Use this as a guide in case you happen to be in a fashion rut…we’ve all been there before.


Francesca Aloe, '18

I'm a Disney fanatic who happens to also watch baseball and soccer like it’s my job.  Oh, and I'm probably a Jedi.