Dressing for the In-Between Season

September 18, 2015  
Filed under Fashion

Use fall’s rich colors to make the summer-to-fall fashion transition. Try sophisticated pieces, such as this Vince Camuto tie-neck blouse. (Contributed photo)

Use fall’s rich colors to make the summer-to-fall fashion transition. Try sophisticated pieces, such as this Vince Camuto tie-neck blouse. (Contributed photo)

By Sharon Mosely

Cooler weather may be just around the calendar corner, but in the meantime there are plenty of warm days that require our summer wardrobes to stretch into fall. But don’t sweat it: here are some ways to make the transition in style and stay cool at the same time. Move over to the dark side. Yes, the old rule of not wearing white after Labor Day has gone by the wayside, but for many of us who have worn our white jeans thin over the summer, fall is a time to make the switch to darker colors. Change out those white jackets to more autumnal hues such as burgundy or teal green. Add black trousers or dark blue jeans. Toss on a jacket. It doesn’t have to be heavy and weigh you down, but a lightweight jacket will make that sleeveless shift dress feel and look more polished for the office. This season, update your wardrobe with long jacket “vests” to give skirts and pants a fresh twist. Add a piece of leather. You don’t have to save that leather jacket until the first freeze. Instead, pare down the layers underneath — a cotton camisole or T-shirt — and team with gauzy skirts or jersey culottes for a breezy transitional take on the popular fashion statement. This fall, look for leather-like leggings to add some serious style to your wardrobe. Trade in your tank tops. Blouses are back in a big way and they are the perfect way to give your summery separates a feminine boost. Watch for high neck “bow” blouses to return as a sassy alternative to the crisp white menswear shirt. Wear them sans jacket with a sophisticated knee-length pencil skirt or flared trousers. Check out new prints. Fling the funky florals to the back of the closet. Opt for a new jacket or sheath dress in a graphic windowpane plaid or houndstooth check. Black and white make for a great transitional combination. Change out your handbag. Leave the canvas totes behind at the beach. Now is the time to bring out the leather or suede handbags that hopefully you bought on sale last spring! If you’re shopping for a new tote this fall, scope out the bags swishing with the latest fashion fad: fringe. Go for the gold. If you’ve been sporting silver jewelry all summer, mix in a few gold bangles or a chunky gold cuff for a change. Lighten up the gold with pearls. The gold pearl ear cuff is a new way to update your jewelry collection. Step out in boots. Slip out of the sandals and flip-flops and into a pair of boots. It may still be a little too warm for the thigh-highs, but ankle boots instantly give whatever we wear more fashion energy, even if we wear them with bare legs. The perfect transitional boot? A “shootie,”— an open-toe shoe boot in suede (with fringe of course). —CNS

 

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