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How to Transition Your Summer Wardrobe to Fall Wear on a Budget

Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe | The Lady-like Leopard

Transitioning your summer wardrobe each season can be pretty expensive. It’s always good to find tips that allow you to make that transition without spending a lot. While you may be looking at that little mini skirt, tank top, capri pants, and short-sleeved maxi dress thinking it’s time to put them away, here are some tips you can use that will help you transform how you wear them and make them suitable for fall.

5 Ways to Start Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe

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Jackets and Cardigans are Your Best Friend

When it comes to the ultimate way to take that summer tank top or short sleeved-top and make it work for fall, jackets and cardigans are your absolute BFF. After all, you can keep wearing that favourite sparkly tank top paired with a simple basic knit blazer. That floral print t-shirt can work wonderfully under a jean jacket or even a blazer. Don’t be afraid to mix and match textures and prints. It just makes it look more stylish and on trend.

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Tights Allow You to Keep Wearing Shorts and Skirts

Sure, the cold weather is just around the corner, but thanks to tights you can keep wearing your short skirts and dresses well into the winter months. There is nothing more fashionable than a cute little summer dress paired with opaque black tights and a black cardigan! You’ll have that pop of summer colour to brighten up your look on those cool damp days.

Tights can be found in all sizes, colours, textures, and patterns. Make sure you try your tights on so that you get the right size. Plus size tights are now widely available and can ensure you create that long streamlined look. Large size tights are available in today’s hottest designs. Whether you choose these plus size opaque tights that retailers like APM Fashion keep in stock all year round or sheer versions, your dresses and skirts will no longer face retirement.

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Tall Boots Add Coverage and Warmth

There’s a really simple rule you can follow when it comes to extending the life of your summer wardrobe: when in doubt, opt for tall boots. Tall boots are always in style, and there’s a good chance you already own at least a pair or two. They can be worn with skirts, dresses, shorts, and even under culottes. Once you’ve got that added coverage, then you’ll be okay to keep wearing the summer items. This particular trick can also be paired with tights for that ultra-streamlined look.

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Long Sleeved Tees and Turtlenecks Set the Tone

Again, here’s a trick that will help you lengthen the amount of time you get to wear tank tops and tank dresses. By adding a long-sleeved simple tee or turtleneck under the item, you’ve created a fun fall look. If the dress or tank is a solid colour, you can add your favourite blouse or dress shirt under it. Simply add a belt and some tights and you’ve got a work appropriate and highly fashionable outfit for fall and winter.

The Power of Scarves

Of course, the final trick is one that pretty much all women love. By adding a lovely and cozy scarf to an outfit you will instantly give it that dose of fall and winter. This adds comfort and warmth when you need it, and can be dressed up or dressed down.

Each of these tricks and tips is meant to help you with transitioning your summer wardrobe and make your favourite items work for fall or winter—without having to spend a whole lot of money in the process! It’s a chance for you to be a little creative and set your own style.

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This ‘Transitioning Your Summer Wardrobe’ post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard by Rosana Beechum.


Melina Morry is the author behind the blog The Lady-like Leopard. She has a journalism/fashion design degree and all that other boring stuff but most importantly she's a master of her own spots and is always hungry for more adventure. Melina works as a writer and fashion journalist all over the world. She's been spotted in New York, Paris, London, Sydney and Toronto - to name a few. She loves to be raw, fierce and a rare breed. Follow along with her on social media at @ladylikeleopard.

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