How to transition your summer clothes for fall and stay on trend

by Sylvia

how to transition summer clothes for fall |

Fall’s arrival doesn’t mean you have to put all your summer clothes away and invest in a whole new wardrobe! This year especially, there are plenty of runway trends from the Fall 2017 shows that integrate some of the most popular summer clothing staples into fresh and fashionable fall style. Here’s how you can transition your summer clothes into fall and stay on trend.

1. Summer jeans

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Denim is big for fall 2017, like Ralph Lauren shows us in the runway image above, so don’t put your jeans away too soon. The overall denim look for fall takes on a Seventies or Western vibe. Some ways you can transform your summer jeans to fall denim style include:

  • Wearing a head-to-toe denim look by pairing your jeans with a denim top or matching denim jacket.
  • Wearing boot cut or wider-legged jeans.
  • Adding suede and fringe accessories.
  • Adding velvet (another big fall fashion trend) accessories or an indigo velvet jacket.
  • Wearing a boot or bootie with your jeans.

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2. Summer dresses

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Flowy dresses and floral patterns will be strong for fall. This is good news if you own some longer, flowing summer dresses. They’re easy to layer and create a modern fall season look like the runway image above. Here’s how:

  1. Add a wide, stretch belt to accentuate the waist line. If your dress already has a wrap or tie detail, you can still add the belt over it.
  2. Wear your dress with knee-length boots.
  3. Layer with a scarf or a cardigan, depending on how cold it is outside. If adding a scarf, think about using the fall trend patterns of plaid, stripes, florals and leopard print.
  4. Add a structured, statement bag. Red is the “it” color for fall.

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3. White pants

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There is an old rule about putting all white clothing and accessories away after Labor Day. Well, this rule doesn’t apply this year. The 2017 fall fashion runways like that of Isabel Marant‘s in the image, were filled with looks featuring white, pastel and light color pants, jeans and clothes. So your white capris or jeans have a few more months of life left! Here is how to wear white pants for fall:

  • Add black to create an on-trend, black and white look.
  • Wear a leopard sweater with your white pants for a modern look.
  • Add the fall trend of metallic to your white outfit.

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Let’s wrap it up. To transition your favorite summer clothes to fall:

  • Get to know the latest fall trends. You can sign up for our weekly newsletter where we link to our latest trend articles.
  • Take your summer piece(s) and layer for fall weather with scarves, tights, boots, cardigans or jackets.
  • Don’t be afraid of working white or light colors from your summer wardrobe into your fall wardrobe.
  • Patterns like leopard, plaid, flowers and stripes will add the fall look.
  • Suede, velvet, metallic and fringe textures are also very Fall 2017.
  • A bold red is the biggest color for fall and works well with nearly any print or color.

How will you transition your summer clothes to fall?

P.S. I’ve created a 13 piece fall capsule which is exclusive to members of the 40+Style club that will allow you to create more than 63 unique fall outfits! Want to get access too and have fun sharing your outfits with the member community? Come join us!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Elaine Lascher

Super article It’s already turning colder where I live. Love these outfits and I already have some similar items to work with. Thanks!


2 Sylvia

Great! You’re ready for the fall capsule then (I used one of your buys for the capsule 🙂


3 Elaine Lascher

Can’t wait to see!


4 Ellen

Fall is coming!!!


5 Cynthia

Sylvia, I’m so excited about creating a 13 piece capsule wardrobe for 63 outfits! Also I love this article about transitioning summer pieces to fall. These topics are both great options for stretching our wardrobes.


6 Sylvia

I think you’re going to love the capsule Cynthia and I’m sure you will add your own personal spin to it.


7 Sherry Edwards

NO!!! I don’t want to think about this yet. Transitioning for me will be very easy. Since we didn’t get much of a summer I didn’t need to bring out my summer clothes or buy ones. So, I guess you can say I’ve already transitioned.


8 Sylvia

What a pity you did not get a good summer Sherry. Let’s make the most of fall then in terms of style!


9 Dawn Kolkman

Can’t wait for cooler weather so I can try all of these fabulous ideas!! Bring on fall


10 Sylvia

Good to read you’re ready for fall Dawn. It’s already a lot cooler in New York where I am at the moment so bring on the jackets!


11 Greetje

Hmm white trousers with booties. Hadn’t thought of that. Good one.


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