Easy Summer to Fall Transitions

December 8, 2019

Holly Bell, Owner, Maxx Models & Talent

It seems like summer just arrived but the seasons speed along and now it is time to think about how to transition some of those summer pieces into fall. The strongest silhouettes to come out this fall and the absolute best item to shop for is a cape or it could be a poncho, oversized scarf, or blanket wrap. These look so stylish thrown over anything from jeans and a T-shirt to a black dress. You will find yourself donning this piece throughout fall and winter. Just throw it over a summer dress or top in September and continue to layer under it as the weather warrants. Another quick and fashionable way to keep warm this fall is the faux fur vest. It has been popular for a few seasons and will continue forward. Faux fur is here to stay. Elegant and luxurious, there will be a plethora of novelty vests and colors to pop over your summer tops for a chilly evening.
Designers also brought back the belt for fall. Blazer jackets once again will be hot and may come with built in belts. Dresses and jackets also took on the cinched waist ornamentation. Any and all belt widths will be in fashion along with the chain belt reminiscent of Chanel looks. If you feel your shape is not belt friendly, try a thin belt belted loosely around your center. It adds a fashionable note, is comfortable and creates a waistline.
Lift your spirit with sparkles this fall with the addition of shiny fabrics such as satin along with beads and sequins accents. It seems fashion houses never tire of adding reflecting embellishments to their fall and winter collections and this year there is sparkle and shine all over the runways. The disco ball look will be everywhere. This year gold shine will be especially popular. Along with shiny fabrics, we like to channel textures such as velvet. It was revived last year and is coming always is strong for fall. Try a velvet T-shirt with a summer skirt for a cute juxtaposition.
The power shoulder has been sneaking into collections the last two seasons and will be seen full force for fall. Coats and jackets will definitely be looking to the 80’s. If you don’t want to make the investment into a new jacket, try purchasing a pair of detachable should pads. They do the same job following the trend. They also bring a cute new look to summer t-shirts and blouses.
Cool weather doesn’t mean we have to put away our colors and go back to black and grey for winter. This fall color will be important and fun with the top color choices that graced the fall runways being purple in every tone. From lavender to crocus petal to deep dark purple that I call Prince Purple. Hot pink or fuchsia is also gorgeous for fall, worn with black of course. You may have these colors in your summer wardrobe. Just keep wearing them. Add a wrap and boots and you are on trend!
To go with all this, you can finally put away your tiny purse as we welcome its heftier counterpart: the oversized tote. The only problem with an oversized tote is we tend to throw everything but the kitchen sink into them making them a burden on our shoulder. My take is nesting your tiny bag with your essentials inside the tote to have available when you are shopping. Lugging a heavy tote around all the time may be detrimental to your posture. I must say though; it is so nice and handy to be able to bring an extra pair of shoes and your lunch in your handbag rather than carrying multiple bags.
When we think of fall, we often think of plaid and this year is no different. The plaids this year will be anything but the usual. Very different colorways that will inspire you. And don’t forget animal prints. Spots and stripes will be very strong this coming season. The easiest way to sneak a little wild into our wardrobe is with a leopard print. Teamed with black it is a universally chic choice. Designers have become quite creative this season with offerings in zebra and snake prints. All done in bright colors! The bright colors will be fun to wear but be cautious. It is likely a short-lived trend.
So, as we say goodbye to summer, it’s fun to work in some new layers, textures, and shine bringing a fresh look to our wardrobe without doing a complete changeover. Fashionistas’ always welcome new ways to wear existing favorites. All you need is a little creativity and few new pieces for a perfect transitional wardrobe.

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