Don't buy a whole new wardrobe just because the weather has cooled down. Follow these tips for using your current summer clothes to your advantage. Adding the right accessories (that are probably already in your closet) can turn your summery clothes into all-weather wear.
1. Reuse Your Sundresses.
Just because a dress is lightweight or a bright color doesn't mean it has to be banished to the back of your closet from October to May. Layer a denim jacket or chunky sweater over it and pair it with knee-high boots to counteract cold weather and create an all-new look.
2. Shorts + Tights = Winning Combination
Though this will probably work better with shorter rather than longer shorts, try layering these bottoms with chunky or textured tights of the same color for a fresh-off-the runways new look. Actress Zooey Deschanel shows you how it's done.
3. Layer, Layer, Layer
Tank tops and lightweight t-shirts don't to be retired as soon as the air turns cool. The trick is pairing these summery items with your favorite corduroys, wool skirts, cardigans and other fall staples. Notice how the model below makes a tank top look 100% fall-appropriate.
4. Choose Accessories Wisely
5. Keep Mesh and Sheer Pieces (Seriously!)
Do you have an open-knit sweater you layer for cool nights at the beach? Or your favorite night-on-the-town shirt with sheer panels? Don't retire those just yet. Layering a tank underneath or a leather jacket on top can take these pieces right through fall.
6. Borrow Your Husband/Boyfriend/Brother/Dad's Blazer
Menswear was all over the runways, and though you may think this trend will be hard to pull off, we promise you can do it! The main style factor to consider is that his clothes will most likely be big on you, so roll up the sleeves and choose tailored and fitted pieces to pair with it, like skinny jeans or a sheath dress. Too much volume will make you look sloppy instead of chic.
7. Retire Everything You'd Wear to the Pool
As soon as temperatures dip below the 70s, it's time to put away bathing suits, flip flops, strappy sandals, beach cover-ups and all only-summer clothes. These items are strictly seasonal and have the ability to look pretty ridiculous if worn at the wrong time.
-- Mara Betsch
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