5 Ways to Effortlessly Transition Summer Outfits to Fall

Looking to get the most out of your favorite summer items and transition summer outfits to fall? We’re sharing top styling tips to easily get the most wear of your favorite clothing no matter the season. This post may contain affiliate links at no extra cost to you. See the full disclaimer here.

how to transition summer outfits to fall

It seems like everyone is eager to start transitioning their summer wardrobe to fall but let’s be honest, this heat is not going anywhere — at least not here in the south.

We’ll be experiencing warm temperatures through October. But that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning our summer outfits for more fall-inspired looks.

Fall transition style is adding, or swapping, a piece (or two) of clothing into your existing summer wardrobe. We usually change the sandals for loafers or add on a thin cardigan.

The trick here is to get more wear out of your current wardrobe so you’re not having to do a whole closet swap.

This is when having a good capsule wardrobe comes in handy. Capsule wardrobes will consist of items that can be worn again and again — denim jacket, blazer, loafers — so no need to buy anything new.


The time between summer and fall can get a little tricky to style. While we may still experience warmer weather, the mornings and evenings tend to be a little cooler. During this time, it’s best to add pieces that are easy to take off and put back on.


Layering is going to be your best styling hack when it comes to transitioning your summer outfits to fall.

You can’t go wrong with adding a cardigan, blazer, or lightweight jacket. Especially if you work in an office or school. The best part is that a classic denim jacket, black faux leather jacket, or cardigan goes well with so many outfits and prints so it’ll be an easy addition.

To get the most wear out of your transitional cardigans, opt for neutrals like ivory, black, tan, gray, or navy.


Something to keep in mind when styling for fall is looking for season-appropriate items. This means keeping your espadrilles in the closet and swapping them out for a cute loafer or mule. Not only are closed-toed footwear right for the season, but they also add a bit more sophistication to an outfit.

If you’re looking for a more casual look, swap the slides for white sneakers. White sneakers give a fun feel to a sundress or skirt.


Accessories play a big part during the transitional summer to fall-season. This time of year, swap out your rattan purses and straw hats for fall-inspired embellishments to dress up an outfit.

Try a light oversized scarf to throw around your shoulder. Also, a cute fedora hat will keep your head warm during the chilly fall mornings.


Transitioning your outfits to fall is not just about altering your existing wardrobe but also considering the material and making it season-appropriate.

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that fashion has no rules. Whatever makes you feel fabulous is fair game. But, there is a time for linen pants and I just don’t think they belong during your fall family photo shoots (but that’s just me.)

So while wearing a floral summer dress under a faux leather jacket is great, maybe it’s time to put away the crochet tops and linen pants.


The summer season is all about showing off those arms in short-sleeved tanks and tees. During the fall, opt for a statement sleeve or long-sleeve tee.

If you are going to wear shorts, change the tee for a cute statement-sleeve top for a fresh fall fashion look.



Layer your transitional pieces with your favorite summer outfits for an updated, season-ready look. Here are a few outfit suggestions using the key fall fashion finds above.

  • Denim Jacket + white tee + jeans
  • Sleeveless Dress + poncho + mules
  • Cropped Denim + tank + blazer
  • Mini skirt + blouse + long cardigan
  • Denim + loafers + button-down blouse
  • Stripped sweater + trousers + loafers

how to transition summer to fall outfit IDEAS

Summer to fall transition outfits is all about taking what you loved wearing in the summer and tweaking it to make it more season-appropriate. What you’ll see is a lot of outerwear, closed-toe shoes, and heavier fabrics like denim, wool, flannel, and fleece.

Here’s how you can transition three pieces of summer clothes into fall outfits:

As you can see, transitioning your wardrobe from warm seasons to cooler seasons is all about layering.?Be sure to grab a few fall capsules wardrobe outerwear pieces like a denim and leather jacket, blazer, and cardigan to get the most out of your transitional outfits.

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