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Tips for Transitioning From Your Summer To Fall Wardrobe

Tips for Transitioning From Your Summer To Fall Wardrobe

Autumn is well underway, and those of us who are fashion-inclined will tell you that fall marks the start of a new fashion season. That means setting aside our midi shorts and white sneakers in favor of some more autumnal looks.

Our tips for transitioning from your summer to fall wardrobe will help you embrace the changing seasons in style.

Focus on Color and Texture

It’s easy to call to mind the colors and textures of warm weather: bright, bold colors and breezy fabrics, like cotton and linen. We can call autumn to mind in the same way. Here are some color and texture principles you can keep in mind when transitioning from your summer to fall wardrobe:

  • Start incorporating darker colors
  • Bring in neutrals, like tan, black, and gray, with an emphasis on earth tones
  • Highlight autumn-specific colors, like red, orange, yellow, and forest green
  • Don’t be afraid of patterns, like plaid or herringbone
  • Bring out warmer fabrics, like wool, flannel, leather, tweed, and suede

Switch the Shoes

Many fall fashion rules are more practical than we think. For example, the idea of abandoning open shoes makes sense in cold weather. Here are a few shoe styles that are more appropriate and more fashionable for autumn weather:

  • Sneakers
  • Derby shoes
  • Knee-length boots
  • Combat boots
  • Cowboy boots
  • Ankle boots

Since fall is the perfect combination of cooler temperatures without excessive moisture, it’s the perfect time to pull out suede shoes.

Embrace Layers

Early fall weather especially is somewhat unpredictable. The morning may be cool, while the afternoon temperature may be closer to summer. That’s why layers are an essential part of fall fashion, and you can use this to your advantage to create visual interest in your outfit choices.

When layering your outfits, remember to keep the most form-fitting layer closest to the body. For example, wear a t-shirt or turtleneck underneath with a sweater, vest, or blazer on top.


If there are summer outfits that you love, you can convert them to a fall outfit by adding a layer. For example, add a leather jacket and some boots to your maxi dress for a look you can wear all autumn long.

Store Summer Clothes

In our rush to embrace the new season’s trends, we should avoid stuffing our warm-weather clothes haphazardly in the back of closets or drawers. This is a surefire way to end up with damaged clothes come spring.

Proper long-term storage for clothes is relatively simple. Fold or hang clothes in a space that is dark, dry, and cool. Packing them with cedar will keep bugs out without the harmful effects of mothballs.


It’s important to clean everything before it goes into storage, but that isn’t straightforward for every piece. Straw hat cleaning, for instance, requires some hand cleaning. Check your labels before putting anything in the washing machine.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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