How to make your favorite summer staples work for the fall

March 9, 2023

Glancing at a calendar will show you that fall is coming. Although autumn officially starts on September 22nd, weather forecasts will remain the same. For a few weeks, sweater weather can feel like tank tops or shorts for some people (especially those on the east coast). It’s essential to adapt your summer wardrobe to fall’s unpredictable weather.

Cool mornings accompany warm, humid afternoons at the beginning of autumn. You can be sipping a hot PSL one hour, and then you are shedding layers and drinking ice water the next. It’s not about what you drink but how you transition from summer to fall.

For example, take a white tank top. This timeless wardrobe staple was named the “basic top” of summer 2022. According to Stitch Fix stylist Molly Roe, it can easily be transitioned into fall with the right layering pieces, such as a vegan blazer. It is essential to make looks that can be worn in any situation. Roe shared her top tips for making summer clothes work in early fall. We asked Roe about the hot trends for summer 2022.

Roe tells Style that tennis core was the dominant summer trend in 2022. She says she often styled clients in skirts by EleVen from Venus Williams. Roe suggests that anyone who wants to keep their tennis skirts in Style for fall should consider using denim jackets and cropped graphic hoodies. She also said layers could be added or removed depending on the temperature.

Okay, pink is only sometimes the first thing to mind when considering autumn. However, Roe says vibrant magenta, which Stitch Fix predicted would become the year’s most popular shade at the beginning of 2022. Any color in the Barbiecore umbrella can still be a bold statement during the brisker season.

Roe says that fall is often associated with muted tones. However, you don’t have to give up your pink dresses. For a mod Twiggy-inspired autumn look, layer a black turtleneck over a pink mini skirt or a moto jacket on top of a blush slip dress.

Skirt hems should be longer as temperatures drop. However, your autumn wardrobe has a place for mini or micro-mini skirts. Roe suggests pairing the summer’s staple with cozy knitwear like a neutral-toned tie-dye sweater. Roe tells InStyle that a mini fall skirt should have a more polished look. To achieve this look, Roe suggests pairing the pleated skirt with a textured sweater and finishing it with neutral-colored boots.

Crop tops and baby tees are another micro-moment for your fall wardrobe. These Y2K classics can be worn as summer and fall transitional items. Roe recommends finding the right pair of high-waisted jeans to maximize the wear of your favorite pieces during cooler seasons.

“Good American, Levi’s, and Madewell are my go-to brands for styling my clients,” the stylist told InStyle via e-mail. For cooler days, pair your tube or crop tops with fall staples like a brightly colored denim jacket or a vibrant, oversized blazer.

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