I mentioned last week that I make a very slow transition into fall with my wardrobe. It will be in the 90s through September here in the South, and it really won’t feel like fall until mid October (if we are lucky).
But it makes it hard because you WANT to start wearing fall clothes! The calendar says September, so that means fall! All of the new fall clothes are out, and you may be getting a little tired of your summer wardrobe. I get it. So if you are like me and are looking to slowly transition, I have a few tips for how I do it.
Start reaching for darker colors – think blacks, grays, navy, burgundy, brown. Even if you are still wearing sleeveless dresses, wearing darker colors will help give off a more “fall” vibe. Retire the neons and pastels. Or mix them with the darker colors for an even slower transition!
If you are ready to say “hello” to fall, it is time to pack up the fun summer handbags. I love all of the straw bags, but they are really summery. Again, go darker, more neutral – like this one. Or maybe, you want to do a burgundy bag instead of basic black. Blush pink is still in for fall, and that would be a great color for a bag!
I talked about transition footwear last week, but I think open toe booties are one of the best ways to start the transition without fully committing. You can absolutely wear them with a sleeveless dress, and since they are open toe, no one will think you are jumping the gun. Confession – I don’t know how people start wearing riding boots when it is still in the 90s. I just can’t. But an open toe bootie I can do! These are perfect with the open toe and they are open on the sides for more ventilation!
Leopard always makes an outfit feel a little more like fall. Add a leopard belt to a dress, wear some leopard flats, top just about anything off with a leopard cardigan.
The easiest way to start updating your look for fall is with darker nail polish. You can opt for a slower transition (bright pinks to reds to burgundy, etc), or jump into a a really dark color immediately! The best news is that the color of your nail polish will not make you sweat any more than any other color, so feel free to make those bad boys as fall-ish as you want! Essie’s Wicked is a great choice for a super dark burgundy.
I know it is still hot, and you may not want to start layering, but adding a third piece like a blazer or cardigan over a more summery dress will definitely help transition it into fall. And when the mornings and evenings are cooler but the days are still hot, you will be happy that you did!
So those are just a few ways you can start making your looks feel a little bit more like fall without breaking out the sweaters and riding boots (yet!). And make sure you follow me on Instagram (@nikkihodum). I am going to be sharing some ways to wear your white after Labor Day that makes it feel a little less like summer.
So are you ready for fall? Or are you sad to see summer go?