How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall

Once the leaves start changing and window displays at local stores begin preparing for fall, you may be reminded that your autumn wardrobe is severely lacking. It may also remind you that you don’t have a limitless credit card to do a complete overhaul of your wardrobe. Don’t fret—there are plenty of ways you can reuse your summer staples to mitigate your clothing budget.


Below, we’ll go over our top tips for transitioning your summer wardrobe to fall. From layers to boots, take a look at ways you can look chic and comfortable this fall.

1. Add layers

The fall brings crisp mornings, warm afternoons, and cool nights. This means you need to focus on layering, so you can easily adjust your outfits for the changing temperatures throughout the day. Layered looks are a fashion-forward trend that is here to stay. 


To create a cohesive look that’s timeless and comfortable, it’s important to abide by the golden rule: layer long over lean. This means layering longer tops, such as boyfriend cardigans, ponchos, and jackets over leaner bottoms, such as skinny jeans or tights. This way, you won’t be walking around in a bulky outfit that’s uncomfortable and not flattering.


To top the look off, throw on a sweater, faux-fur scarf, and a pair of boots, and you’ll be fall-ready in no time.

2. Invest in boots

Boots are essential for completing a fall-inspired look. Not only are boots fashionable, but they’re practical during these cooler months. They keep your feet warm while also protecting them from the cold November rain and occasional snowfall in the later months. 



Boots are extremely versatile and pair well with a variety of garments, such as shorts, dresses, skirts, and jeans. However, when you’re walking through the shoe section of your favorite store in the mall, you may become overwhelmed. There are numerous types of boots, such as:


  • Over-the-knee boots

  • Knee-high boots

  • The Chelsea boot

  • Duck boots

  • High-heel desert boots

  • Flat ankle boots

  • Oxford booties

  • Lace-up boots

  • Riding boots

  • Rain boots

  • Combat boots


Just because there is an endless list of boot types you can choose from doesn’t mean you need one of every pair. Unless you struck rich on the lottery, buying a pair of tall boots, such as over-the-knee boots, and a pair of shorter boots, such as Oxford booties or the Chelsea boot, will suit you just fine. Just make sure to buy your boots in a neutral color, such as black, brown, or tan, to increase their versatility and matching potential.

3. Accessorize

Accessories are the key to pulling any outfit together, especially in the fall. Some tried-and-true autumn accessories include watches for women, flowy scarves, and statement earrings. The options are endless, but some of our top-favorite fall accessories include:


  • Equestrian-inspired hat (Channel Lady Gaga’s Joanne cowboy hat)

  • Opaque-toned mask (yes, it’s 2020 after all!)

  • Slim sunglasses (think Bella Hadid or Emma Chamberlain)

  • Colorful beret (pretend you’re French for the day)

  • Statement clutch (like Lizzo’s 2019 AMA red carpet clutch)


There are endless options when it comes to accessorizing your fall wardrobe. In most cases, you probably already own most of these pieces. Just be creative and curate your own outfits with your jewelry, even if you break some rules.

4. Break out the tights

Tights are another must-have fall wardrobe staple. Even better, they’re pretty affordable, ranging anywhere between $5 and $30. With tights and leggings, you can play with color, pattern, and texture, and turn any summer garment into a fall outfit.


Rather than putting your summer skirts and maxi dresses in the back of your closet, keep them front and center. Pair them with your favorite tights, and you’ll be able to rock these pieces all year long. For example, keep it classic with a pair of black tights, a sleeveless dress, and a long-sleeve white shirt underneath. Or, pull your favorite fall colors together with gray-textured tights, a khaki skirt, maroon knitted sweater, and knee-high leather riding boots for the ultimate ensemble. 

Wrapping up 

This fall, you don’t need to max out your credit card just to update your wardrobe. Using your summer items and layering them up with tights, cardigans, jackets, and sweaters, you’ll be able to be fall-ready without breaking the bank. With these four tips on transitioning your summer wardrobe to fall, you’ll be strutting the streets in style.


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