3 Easy Ways To (Slowly) Transition Your Wardrobe From Summer To Fall


Who’s ready for fall fashion?!

Uhm, well, not me, actually. I’m soaking up the current moment and shockingly, perhaps for the first time ever, am happily holding off on all things pumpkin. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like change. In fact, I actually love this late-summer/early fall transition, and over the years I’ve crafted a little task list of sorts for my wardrobe to keep my outfits feeling fresh and interesting.

A few favorite pieces I’m highlighting in this video? These Tecovas boots & my go-to Jenni Kayne sweater (or, of course, its famous dupe).

How I’m Transitioning My Wardrobe From Summer To Fall

Even though I’m not quite ready for fall (y’all), I do always tend to reach the end of August and crave a shift in my wardrobe. My tiny tank tops and brightly colored summer pieces start to feel a little out of place, and yet the weather isn’t exactly ready for jeans and puffy vests. 

To help with this transitional space in August and September (and maybe even October/November, depending on where you live), I took the time in this video to explain the three simple shifts I love to take in my closet this time of year!

3 Steps To An Easy Summer-To-Fall Transition

To summarize what I talked about in the video above, these are the basic concepts I use to help in this weird transitional time. I’m finding these steps especially helpful now that I live in San Diego, a climate that will have summer-like weather long after the fall season arrives.

  1. Swap the sneakers (or sandals) for boots.

The Annie cowgirl boots from Tecovas are my personal go-to, but any boots will work. The trick here is not changing anything with your outfit. Whether I’m wearing shorts or a summer dress, making the switch to boots is not only super-cute but also keeps the outfit fresh and exciting!

  1. Replace my linen and cotton-gauze button-ups with cozy sweaters and lightweight jackets as the evenings begin to cool down.

I’m big on layering, and even throughout summer I’m topping my outfits with lightweight button-ups. But when I hit this transitional season between late summer and early fall, I find it fun to reach for cozier options as the mornings and evenings start to cool off (my favorite choice is still my trusty oversized cashmere cardigan from Jenni Kayne — or the dupe from Quince).

  1. Intentionally shift toward a fall color palette: choosing calm, neutral colors to get me excited for the upcoming season.

I often incorporate pinks and neons in the summertime, but I love to pack those away once we get to the colder months. Early fall is my favorite time to start building neutral outfits once again, focusing on the rich tones of autumn and maybe even a hint of red as we get closer to the holiday season.

As Seen In This Video:

Tecovas The Annie Boots

AGOLDE Parker Long Shorts (more sizes here & here)

Vuori Halo Performance Crop

Reformation Abene Dress

Jenni Kayne Cashmere Cardigan

Vince Cardigan-Coat

Free People Double Cloth Buttondown

Anine Bing Lizzie Slides


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Ready for fall outfits?! I'm not. So here are 3 simple ways to ease into it during that summer-to-fall transition: boots, cozy layers & fall colors.
Ready for fall outfits?! I'm not. So here are 3 simple ways to ease into it during that summer-to-fall transition: boots, cozy layers & fall colors.


    • I find them true to size! I have my true size 9 1/2 and they’re perfect. They’re shockingly comfortable out of the box but then get better as you wear them in — I have this same boot in white that I’ve had for a few years now, and wore them to the Taylor Swift (3+ hours long) concert and my feet were GREAT! Only recommendation I have is to scuff the bottoms up when you get them – outside in the driveway or something. The smooth bottoms start out a little slippery but once worn in are good to go.

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