Summer to Fall Transitional Outfit Ideas

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Technically it is still summer, though when September 1st hits many of us are itching for fall. So how do you dress for fall when it’s still hot out? Here are a few ideas to create summer to fall transitional outfits. 

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Summer to fall outfit red blouse and jeans

Blouse (and similar options here and here) | Jeans | Similar Bag | Similar Sneakers | Bracelets

Summer to fall transitional outfit

Summer to fall transition outfit

Summer to fall outfit. Red Blouse and jeans

Blouse (and similar options here and here) | Jeans | Similar Bag | Similar Sneakers | Bracelets

Throw on a blouse

Flowy blouses are my go-to for this time of year. They still provide a breezy summer feel (especially if they are a natural fiber like cotton) but the longer sleeves make it feel more fall. They also layer well. Toss a blazer or jacket over a blouse for a chilly office or a night out. 

Add accessories and layers to make summer clothes more fall

If you don’t want to give up your favorite summer dresses yet, add in fall accessories. Choose a darker toned bag, layer on gold jewelry, and switch out your sandals for mules, or this year’s trend, clogs. 

When the temperature drops (or if your office loves running the A/C) add a utility jacket or your favorite cozy cardigan. 


Summer to fall transition ideas


Jewel tones

As much as I love pastels, this year I’ve been drawn to jewel tones for fall. Rich reds, emerald green, and eggplant tones are all perfect for transitioning your wardrobe from summer to fall. You can start small with an item of jewelry, or go bold with a jewel toned dress or pair of pants. 

How to wear pastels during fall and winter

Faux leather

Faux leather is trendy this year, but is also a classic. Grab a faux leather accessory for now – I’m eyeing this headband, then break out the faux leather leggings and pants once it gets a little cooler. 

Don’t forget your makeup

In summer the focus tends to be on glowy bronzed skin and makeup. Many of us opt for lighter makeup during this time as well to minimize meltdowns in the hotter temperatures. Fall is such a great time to have fun and be playful with your makeup. Start now by transitioning from your summer bronze tones to cooler fall shades like mauves and dusty rose tones. I’ve really been loving this lipstick lately (shade Berry-more). Its definitely a fall shade but light and comfortable to wear now!


What are your favorite ways to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall?

winter to spring transition outfit with a striped sweater and medium wash jeans

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  1. 9.9.21
    Caitlin said:

    These are all great transitional ideas for staple summer items – like white denim to faux leather! I am a huge fan of mules during the fall too.

  2. 9.10.21
    rebecca said:

    these are great tips for transitional weather! I am fully ready for fall fashion but the weather isn’t quite ready yet, haha! love this fit girl.

    xx rebecca //

  3. 9.10.21
    Stephanie said:

    Such great tips here! I’m definitely the crazy person who starts layering up and wearing sweaters the moment it goes below 70°F because I just can’t wait for autumn to actually arrive (but then, of course, I hate myself for that decision when I go outside and start sweating like crazy haha)! I like the graphic you made. It’s a good way to remember how to make this switch a little easier!

  4. 9.10.21
    Neely Moldovan said:

    I love that top and the shoes. So fun! Perfect for fall!

  5. 9.11.21
    Amanda said:

    Great tips! I love pretty flowy blouses for fall!

  6. 9.12.21
    Jennifer Prince said:

    Ah! I love the idea of switching makeup tones. Honestly, I usually only switch my lip color, but I need to do more!

  7. 9.15.21
    Mariah said:

    These are great tips. I love the little graphic! My favorite part is transitioning to the darker colors and pulling out my cardigans again.