July 25, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment
Sadly, summer seems to be coming to an end faster than any of us want it to. Before we know it, we’ll be heading back to class and getting cozier in our outfits for school. But contrary to popular belief, donning those new outfits does not mean we have to buy a whole new wardrobe. Summer staples can easily be transferred to being fall statement pieces if done right. In this blog we’ll show you how to do just that.
When it comes to the transition from summer to fall, layering is key. Not only does layering utilize pieces you already have, it’s also really practical to accommodate how finicky the weather can be during the start of fall with cold mornings and warmer afternoons keeping you guessing what you should wear to class. Pair your lightweight long sleeves underneath your strappy summer dresses and jumpsuits to get more use out of those signature sunny pieces. Make your favorite graphic tee a focal point and pair it with a neutral-colored jacket and a cute beanie. Get creative with your layering, but make sure not to go overboard. A couple of good rules of thumb are to not have more than three layers and create a good loose-tight balance (if you have a looser top, have tighter bottoms like leggings and vice versa) so as to not lose your silhouette.
While you should not have to fork out a ton of cash for a whole new wardrobe for the cooler fall season, there are a few signature pieces you should be willing to invest in to keep your outfits for school on the warmer side. First and foremost, you need to invest in a good jacket. Go for more neutral colors that can be paired with any outfit for any occasion. This is the end-all-be-all item to making sure you keep warm in the autumn season--and even into winter--while still maintaining a put together feel. So, don’t be afraid to invest in something that gets the job done and gets it done well.
The next thing you need to invest in for fall is some good pairs of opaque tights and/or leggings. These are crucial to the aforementioned layering strategy. They’ll help you get more wear out of your summer dresses and tunics while still keeping you warm. Tights can typically be bought in packs with multiple pairs. So, make sure to make the cost-efficient purchase of buying a pack or even two (if you’re big on showing off your legs, even in the colder seasons). If you’re more of a leggings girl, try to get 2-3 pairs for you to wear throughout the week when you’re tired of jeans or just use the leggings you were lounging in in the summer and pair them with chunky sweaters you’ve had in the back of your closet for the past four months.
While your first instinct may be to ditch the pastels and lighter shades of summer in exchange for the deeper, richer shades of autumn, don’t be too hasty. You can still rock those lighter colors by pairing them with more autumnal materials like denims and plaids to create a warmer look (while actually keeping you warm at the same time). Leather is an especially fun fabric to play with when it comes to this style method. The softness of lighter colors mixed with the harder look of leather creates a bolder, more fun style that keeps the summer fun alive while still being practical.
If you're feeling a little more playful, you can also try mixing the lighter shades of a color with its darker shades. This is known as monochromatic styling and it's a great way to add some fun depth to your outfit. To add to the intrigue of this styling method, it's very big in the world of high fashion, which makes it the perfect choice for you fashionistas out there who are looking to make your outfits for school stand out in a fiercely beautiful way.
School may be just around the corner, but you can still hold onto your summer style by layering a few things, investing in some more autumnal pieces, and playing with textures and colors to make your seasonal styles blend together seamlessly.
Jazmin is a Florida native with a love for the Utah mountains. She loves getting lost in a book or a good movie, but she also doesn't mind a friendly game of ultimate frisbee on the weekends with friends. Pizza and dancing are her favorite pastimes.
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