I’ve come to love this transitional time between summer and fall. How sweet to experience two of my favorite seasons at the same time, just for a little while. I love feeling hints of cooler weather in the mornings, yet still getting to enjoy the warm afternoon sun. Nothing is extreme yet — the oppressive heat has passed, the cold can wait. It’s the best of both seasons.
And in terms of our closets, this in-between season gives us space to play with fall clothes, without the need to bundle up just yet. (Yay!) I’ve been fully enjoying my first few steps into fall style this year, and I thought I’d share three outfits I’m excited about for this transitional time. Try to spot the fall and summer elements in each one.
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Mules by Nisolo (made responsibly) *I’m usually a 7 or 7.5, and got a 7.5
As much as I love my lighter summer color palette, I can feel myself giving in to the seasonal shift and leaning in to this darker palette that’s all fall — although I snuck a light colored straw bag in there as a nod to summer.
Lately, I’ve been about outfits that don’t constrict the waist / stomach area. But I still love super high rise, vintage looking jeans — what’s a girl to do? Well, I grabbed these jeans for starters. They have that vintage, super high rise (11.5 inches! I haven’t found any that high anywhere else!) but they are s t r e t c h y and actually hold their shape over multiple wears. Love ’em.
Mules are magic for that space between summer and fall. You can channel a fall vibe, without going full on with booties — practical for mild weather. I particularly love that these mules have a woven texture, meaning I won’t have to worry about scuffs or spots showing.
Sneakers gifted by Nisolo (made responsibly) *mine are the Natural Vachetta color, in a 7.5
Switching gears a little, to a more summery look. However, it wouldn’t be hard to take this look into fall — I could always add a chunky cardigan like this one in a neutral shade similar to my shoes to make it more appropriate for cool weather. I could even add soft leggings underneath for chillier days.
I’ve had these shoes all summer, and just love ’em. The Vibram sole absorbs shock, and makes for a very comfortable travel shoe. I wore mine alllll over New York City earlier this summer — you can see what I packed for that trip here.
Top by Reformation (made responsibly)
Shoes gifted by Nisolo (made responsibly) *I got a 7.5
This might be my favorite outfit out of all three. It’s simple, but it’s got little details here and there to keep things interesting — especially that autumnal sienna color contrasted with summery faded denim. Ah, the art of creating a good color palette in an outfit — it’s one of my favorite things and you can see how I create my wardrobe color palette here.
This outfit looks pretty, but feels comfortable thanks to the stretchy denim that looks vintage (another great pair for waist / stomach comfort!) and the low, walkable heel (they do take a little breaking in, but soften up nicely).
I’d been eyeing this dark sienna top all summer, and finally went for it when it went on sale. And I’m so glad I did — the color is all fall, but the cut and weight of the fabric is perfect for mild days. Transitional pieces for the win! Word to the wise: it’s a little sheer, so wear a nude bra underneath (you can find my favorite soft nude bra right here).
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And there you have it! Three outfits to wear when it’s not quite summer, but not quite fall.
So tell me, do you have any go-to tips for blending summer and fall elements in an outfit? What are you most excited about wearing, now that we’re getting close to fall?
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