How to Transition Summer Clothes to Fall: 9 Easy Style Tricks

Fall is on the horizon. When the temps start dipping in the early morning and late evening, you start itching to wear fall outfits.

But you also know it’ s not sensible to pack away all of the summer clothes just yet. Fall can take it’s time arriving fully in some areas, and the last days of summer and first days of fall can still be quite warm. The weather can be unpredictable. These easy style tricks on how to transition summer clothes to fall will make dressing for this in between time a breeze.

Knowing how to transition your clothes from summer to fall will maximize your wardrobe as well. You can extend the wear of both summer and fall pieces by mixing pieces from each season into outfits for early fall.

Transition Outfits from Summer to Fall with Color

One of the easiest ways to transition from summer to fall is to start adding richer fall hues to your outfits. You can also start dressing in the fall color trends. This year the colors are bright and vibrant so the switch from summer to fall will be more subtle.

Wearing fall colors in cooler clothing is a great tactic for dressing for fall when it’s still hot.

Here a deep short sleeve plum top and rich brown crop pants give fall vibes.

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Wearing fall colors is a great way to transition your fall work wear. Add a spicy color like orange to basic black and add a plaid blazer.

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Sometimes all you need to do is swap one or two pieces to take your summer work wear to fall. The white blazer was replaced with a fall mustard color blazer and the nude pumps were swapped for darker pumps to create a fall work outfit.

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Transition summer clothes to fall by adding a light layer to the outfit.

A simple summer outfit of a white tee and denim shorts becomes a fall outfit with the addition of a cardigan.

cardigan as a light layer

Adding a light cardigan is the perfect way to wear a summer dress in fall.

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Other light layers that bring fall vibes to outfits are denim jackets, blazers, and vests.

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Swap sandals and open toe shoes for loafers, mules and booties.

Closed toe shoes will give fall vibes to an outfit. Swapping sandals for ankle boots is another easy way to transition a summer dress to fall.

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Add some texture to your outfits.


The easiest way to add some texture to give fall vibes to summer outfits is to use your accessories and shoes to do so. Suede, leather, flannel, velvet and faux fur will give fall vibes to your outfits.

Swap wicker and rattan purses and belts for suede and leather purses and belts. Add suede shoes to your outfits.

Summer to fall transition outfits can include summer items like tshirts, shorts and skirts paired with accessories that add texture and weight to the look.

See also 9 to 5 style- summer to fall transitions for more on using texture in your outfits.

Incorporate fall patterns into your outfits.

Plaid, houndstooth, animal prints and quilted items will give your outfits a fall vibe. Dark moody florals also indicate fall.

Tying a plaid shirt around your waist with a summer dress or shorts and a tee can elevate a simple summer outfit to a fall outfit. You can also opt to wear a plaid shirt with a tank, shorts and sneakers on a warm fall day.

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Add some length.

Instead of shorts and short sleeve shirts, or shorter dresses, opt to add length on the top or bottom. Wear a short sleeve top with long pants. Wear a long sleeve top with shorts. Opt for maxi dresses or maxi skirts for fall vibes.

See How to easily transition a casual summer outfit to fall for a take on swapping the same shade of shorts for jeans of the same color to go from summer to fall.

Another idea- pair a sweatshirt or hoodie with bike shorts.

Go darker to transition summer clothes to fall.

Trade your light color neutrals or light color backgrounds for darker colors. Light equates to summer, but dark and moody signifies fall and winter.

If you still want to wear sandals or slides, choose black leather or dark cognac brown to give the look a fall vibe.

Add a hat.

Adding a felt hat to an outfit instead of a straw hat or no hat can pull in some fall vibes.

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Switch up your makeup.

Summer may be the time for less coverage or bright lips when it comes to makeup, but fall calls for richer colors and more coverage. This year makeup trends are straying from the traditional, but make up can still be a great way to add fall vibes to an outfit.

Paint your nails in a rich fall color to add fall touches to summer outfits.

These are all simple and easy tips to transition summer clothes to fall. Even though you may be ready to pile on the cozy sweaters, the weather may not corporate. Ease into fall and give your summer outfit fall vibes by incorporating one or two of these tips.

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