While it's now officially autumn, it doesn't necessarily mean we're in full blown fall weather season. The midday temperatures are still mild and you are probably struggling a little with what to wear to keep warm on your morning commute, yet not feel overheated on your lunch break.
It's easy to sit back and make fun of the girls out there in leggings and Uggs on a mild 65 degree evening. It's a little harder to suggest what you should be wearing instead. So I've tried to come up with a list of suggestions, in both work and casual attire, for how to make your summer and fall clothes help you in this tricky transition time.
First of all, let's revisit a few things that are out of season now that summer has gone. Basically, anything that's really white. No white jeans, no white shorts, no white eyelet skirts and dresses, no summer white pants, and definitely no white linen. Put away your white pumps and true white handbags, unless you live in Florida or SoCal.
But what's not yet in season for fall? I'm not sure we're quite at full-blown corduroy season. Same goes for too much suede, though you can work in shoes. Ease up on anything that screams winter, like wool scarves and velvet blazers.
So where does that leave us? Here's a few ideas of how to work your wardrobe for the next couple weeks.
1. Pull out those dresses you usually wear with tights and boots in the fall. Pair them with cute suede, peep-toe wedges and leather belts, because it's too soon for tights and boots. Add a lightweight blazer if you get chilly in the mornings.
2. Take that favorite skirt and sleeveless shell outfit you've been sporting this summer (as long as the skirt isn't white eyelet) and add a bright cardigan. Yellows and oranges are great transition colors. Switch out summer sandals for a fall peep-toe or ballet flat.
3. Add a blazer to a work dress you've been wearing all summer without the blazer. Again, change out the summer shoes.
4. Wear your favorite summer work tops with pants instead of skirts and bare legs.
5. Pull out some of your favorite fall and winter jewel-tone pieces and add a color-blocked statement necklace. That great purple wrap dress? Add a green necklace and some cognac pumps and you have a perfect transition outfit.
On the Weekends:
1. Pair your favorite summer tops with jeans and skinny pants instead of shorts. Simple as that.
2. Add a belted military vest or jacket or a boyfriend cardigan to your favorite summer striped dress.
3. Change out your sandals for ballet flats and instantly feel less summery.
4. Keep shorts in rotation, but with a chambray button down and looped scarf instead of a tank.
5. Evenings only: When it's really chilly, start breaking out the boots. Just don't break them out on these 80 degree days.