Now that we’re headed from the summer to fall season, it’s a great time to start thinking about transitioning your summer outfits to fall outfits. No need for a new wardrobe or fashion trends! Fall transitional outfits are all about adding and exchanging a few summer clothes to make it fall-ready.
When looking to transition into a new season, I definitely think comfort is key. When the weather starts to cool, it’s best to layer clothing that will not only look great with what you already have but also keep you comfortable.
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I wanted to start with a piece that is simple to transition into fall and winter and will give you a few options to consider. We’re kind of in that place where it’s still pretty warm and we won’t necessarily see temperatures drop for a few weeks or even months.
We’ll focus on this gorgeous Petal & Pup floral-print midi dress. I chose the floral pattern because I feel a lot of people associate florals for spring or summer dressing — think spring flowers.
But there is definitely a thing like fall florals. Fall florals are a bit moodier and tend to lean towards a darker tone. This dress is covered in dusty rose-pink flowers with mossy green leaves set on a backdrop of black fabric.
The high neck and short sleeves also make the transition to fall much simpler. My dress also comes with long sleeves which is just as gorgeous.
Things to Consider When Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall
I think the most important thing to consider when transitioning your summer wardrobe into fall and winter is the material. There are many materials most associated with warmer months and for good reason.
Switch From Summer Fabrics to Fall Fabrics
The reason we see a lot of linen, seersucker, and cotton is because they are breathable and lightweight. You also want to consider other materials for your accessories that are best left behind. Cork and espadrille materials in shoes are definitely summer favorites — so let’s leave them there.
Layers, All About the Layers
Next, you’ll want to break out the light layers for the next few weeks. Layering is going to be your best option when transitioning your summer outfits into fall.
We’re talking cardigans, turtlenecks, vests, and sweaters. As the temperature cools, depending on where you live, you may even have your coats and jackets handy. Here in Houston, we usually don’t see temperatures fall past 70 until around Thanksgiving.
A denim jacket or blazer will also look great layered over a floral dress.
Don’t Forget To Switch the Accessories
We already mentioned shoe materials but you’ll also want to consider your hats and earrings. Leave the shell earrings for the beach and instead opt for gems and always-appropriate studs.
Also, your hats and fedoras will need some updating. Change out your straw and rattan hats for wool or felt hats. And of course, speaking of layering, a nice, warm scarf is always on-trend.
How to Transition a Floral Dress into Fall
As I mentioned before, it’s easy to transition this summer dress into fall because of the midi length and capped sleeves. Short dresses can still be transitioned into fall when paired with a tall boot and/or stockings.
But I definitely feel you should really put the focus on longer midi or floral maxi dress in the fall. I decided to share three ways to style this dress because this time of the year can get a little tricky trying to forecast the weather.
One of the easiest ways for fall styling a floral dress is by changing out the shoes. While strappy heels are perfect for warmer months, changing them to a closed-toe pump instantly transforms the dress. You could also add a blazer or cardigan on top of this look for added warmth. It also elevates the look to a dressier option.
If it’s a bit cooler where you stay, you could add heavier outerwear like this faux-leather jacket. I paired it with open-toed booties to complete the look. I love the juxtaposition of feminine florals with edgier leather. You could even switch for a taller boot and it will look great this fall.
Another great look for the winter months would be to pair this floral midi dress with a long coat. Try to keep the coat as long, or as close to, the length of the dress.